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Best Amazon Echo accessories: Make the most of Alexa with these must-have extras

The Alexa-equipped Echo does so much more than tell you the weather – here’s our pick of accessories

Whether you’ve had an Amazon Echo since day one or you’ve just snapped one up in the Prime Day sales, you’ll be wanting to make the most of your Alexa-enabled device.

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The Echo is so much more than the sum of its relatively banal commands: “Alexa, what’s the time?”; “Alexa, what’s the weather doing?”; “Alexa, turn on the radio”. With the help of some additional accessories, the Echo can transform into a voice-enabled home security system, live-in cleaner or temperature control unit.

We’ve rounded up the best accessories out there so you can make the most of your Amazon Echo. Read on for our pick of transformative extras.

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Best Amazon Echo accessories

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

A smart plug is the most convenient way to digitally overhaul all of your conventional electronics. Users can link up their coffee machine, kettle or other on/off device to their Echo via the smart plug – you’ll then be able to bark orders to your home appliances.

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Blink XT Home Security Camera

Home security is getting cheaper and smarter. We were big fans of the Blink XT, giving it four stars for its long-lasting battery, free cloud clip storage and 1080p video. What’s more, users can link it up with their Echo, meaning you can activate it on command – literally. Protecting your household has never been simpler.

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Can you imagine anything more convenient than hooking up your robot vacuum to your Echo and enjoying a dirt-free floor, without you even having to lift a finger? We can’t. The Neato Botvac D7 is the best in the game for effective cleaning and uninterrupted flow (read: it rarely gets stuck).

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Fitbit Inspire HR

Another great use of the Amazon Echo is to link it to your fitness wearable, so it can reel off your stats, improvements and trajectories upon request. The market is filled with fantastic fitness trackers, but we recommend the Fitbit Inspire HR, which is a stylish and budget-friendly entry into the legendary Fitbit family.

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Tado Smart Thermostat

While the sweltering weather will have you believing otherwise, come autumn in the UK, home heating is essential. A smart thermostat is a great choice for making sure your home is always at optimum temperature, and it has the capacity to significantly reduce your heating bills. Tado’s offering is flexible, its geolocation feature will turn off the heating when no one’s home and it’s also controllable via your Amazon Echo. That way you won’t have to lug yourself off the sofa to turn the heating up.

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