Best Of 2020

Discover the Top Alexa Products Your Money Can Buy

Meet our Favorite Virtual Helpers

Since Amazon’s Alexa burst on to the scene, it’s made life so much easier. Using simple voice commands, Alexa can control everything from your lights to security cameras. It can even start your day by telling you the headlines or play your favorite tunes, as well as turning on or turning off your lights. Check out our reviews of the best Alexa lights of the year!

Other big tech players are hot on Amazon’s tails (we’re not just looking at you, Google). But in our humble opinion Amazon do it best.

We present the Top 3 totally must-have Alexa Products:

 

1) Echo Dot 3rd Generation

Overview

This flagship Alexa product doesn’t disappoint.

Just weeks after buying our first Echo Dot, we can’t imagine life without it. Our virtual helper helps us clamber out of bed by playing The Rolling Stones, tells us the weather so that we pack our umbrellas and warns us about traffic jams on the Santa Monica Freeway. It reminds us important lunches and gives the details of a nearby restaurant that serves our favorite cuisine.

What We Like

Those are just a handful of the tasks that the Echo Dot can take off our shoulders. All in all Alexa has skills in a mind-blowing 15,000 areas, and as the software develops, this number continues to skyrocket. As a piece of hardware, it’s pure technical genius. Amazon has been able to surpass voice technology giants such as Apple and Google by being able to bring software and hardware into the perfect union. The Echo Dot can be paired with countless devices such as smartphones and external speakers. It can be paired with home gadgets such as lightbulbs, fans and thermostats to help you with your household chores. The Alexa app will connect to your music streaming service (Spotify, Pandora), read you audiobooks, play kid’s programmes (Nickelodeon, Disney etc), and when you need to work, it will link to your emails in Outlook, iCloud, Google and a whole host of other services.

What Needs Improving

Admittedly, it takes a little getting used to. Specifically, you and Alexa will have to find the best way to communicate with each other. If Alexa doesn’t understand you right away, try rephrasing or simplifying your sentence ever so slightly. The software is developing fast and self-learning, which means that the ability to understand complex conversations is getting better and better.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

The Echo Dot is one of our all-time favorite gadgets. It's a must-have in our homes. A sure fire hit for yourself or to give as a gift. Now is the best time to get yourself one (or two, or three!).

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal

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Last update was on: November 6, 2020 11:41 pm
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$18.99 $39.99

 


2) Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Overview

This powerful 4K media streaming stick is one of our best buy’s of 2020. With access to more than 500,000 TV shows and movies, and streaming in ultra 4K HD, you won’t want to miss it.

What We Like

If you love your entertainment, buckle up because this Alexa gadget is about to change your life. The Fire TV Stick and Alexa Voice Remote will switch on your favorite shows, give you information about the plot, and even order you a pizza while you relax. All you have to do is ask! Combined with an Amazon Prime subscription, the  Firestick gives you access to 500,000 movies and TV shows including Netflix, Prime Video, ESPN, Hulu, HBO and NBC. It’s also perfect for music streaming, and will play you your favorite Beyonce tracks on demand.

The Firestick doesn’t commit you to buying an Amazon Fire TV. You can pair it with any HD TV in your home or at your friends’ house. Having said that, as with Apple products, sometimes it’s nice to collect a few gadgets from the same product family to make it that bit easier. The truth is that as a global community we’re moving away from cable. With so many series available through the Firestick, you won’t have to pay extortionate bills for your entertainment.

What Needs Improving

Initially, it took a little time to get used to the navigation, but once we were familiar, we love it.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Another crowd pleasing Amazon gadget you wish you had owned sooner. Offering every movie, series or anything else you could ever hope for!

Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Last update was on: November 6, 2020 1:35 pm
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3) ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor

ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control, SmartSensor Included, Alexa Built-In Overview

This is a must-have if you’re perennially too hot or cold. The ecobee4 will adjust your room to an optimum temperature on command.

What We Like

The smart technology will monitor your room temperature and help you save money on your costs (up to 23% according to the company email). But it doesn’t stop there. You can also ask the ecobee to search for your favorite music or to read you the news. Actually it has skills in more than 10,000 areas.

What Needs Improving

The instruction are somewhat confusing, but we managed to figure it out by bypassing them.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This gadget has combined Alexa with an ultra smart temperature controller - it’s a marriage made in heaven. We love it!

ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control, SmartSensor Included, Alexa Built-In

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