Amazon Alexa gadgets can be found all over the place. With over 100 million devices sold since the launching of the initial Echo smart speaker in 2014, has been at the forefront of Amazon smart home innovation.
Alexa is the artificial intelligence that powers smart home automation, and Amazon has progressively increased the number of devices that can be controlled with simple voice requests to turn off lights, start the coffee maker, arrange a doctor’s appointment, and more. Isn’t that fantastic?
Turning your house into an Alexa-controlled smart home, on the other hand, will cost you money.
The overall cost will be determined by the number and type of devices you want to use Alexa with. A single Echo Dot costs $50, but an entire ecosystem of Echo Dots, Echo Show smart screens, smart plugs, smart lighting, and security systems can cost thousands of dollars.
I’m going to break down the cost of three Alexa-centric smart home setups, ranging from the simplest and cheapest with Amazon essentials to an expensive setup decked out in a full array of Amazon gadgets because you might not be in the market for every type of Alexa-compatible device — though don’t let me stop you if that’s what you had in mind.
1. Amazon Alexa pricing: When it’s better to keep it simple.
If you’re beginning from scratch with your Amazon smart home, I recommend starting with an Echo smart speaker, particularly the fourth-generation Echo. This isn’t just our favourite smart speaker; it’s also our favourite Alexa device in general.
Despite the fact that this Echo speaker costs $100 more than the smaller Echo Dot, it’s well worth it. The music quality on the fourth-generation Echo is substantially higher than on previous Echo smart speakers, and the Echo’s built-in Zigbee receiver allows it to operate as a smart home control centre for compatible devices.
This single Echo speaker is an excellent option because it acts as a control panel for all of your connected devices thanks to its voice control features and connectivity.
So far, the cost has been $100.
It’s time to connect smart home gadgets once you’ve constructed that central hub. When you’ve finished with the fundamentals, security and smart lighting are an excellent next step.
I recommend the Wyze Bulb for lighting. You can get a two-pack of white LED lights for $15, which are brighter than many other bulbs on the market. They’re simple to set up: simply plug the bulb in, link the lamp to your internet via the Wyze app, and you’re ready to start using Alexa commands.
So far, the cost has been $115.
I recommend starting with the Wyze Cam v3 for Alexa home security cameras. Its $36 price tag not only makes it a standout economical option among all home security cameras, but it also comes with a long list of top-notch features, including sharp night vision, a working siren, 14-day video clip storage, weatherproof casing, and a wide field of view. It’s no surprise that it’s our overall favourite home security camera.
So, for less than $150, you can build a functional Amazon smart house that meets all of your basic requirements.
2. Amazon Alexa pricing: Going above and beyond the basics
It isn’t too much, and it isn’t too little. That’s where a smart home in the middle range may help. It will meet all of your fundamental requirements while also bringing a touch of personality to your smart home.
Keep your Echo speaker where you listen to music most of the time, but add an Echo Show 8 to view YouTube videos or video chat with family. This display, which costs $110, responds to voice instructions while also including tablet-specific capabilities such as gaming, watching movies, browsing recipes, and making video chats.
The display has excellent sound quality, a high-resolution screen, and a privacy shutter, making it an excellent secondary control centre
The Echo Show is frequently reduced. On Amazon, it’s presently on sale for $70.
So far, the cost has been $261.
You just have one home security gadget right now in this hypothetical Amazon smart home we’re developing together. However, adding another device, such as the Ring Video Doorbell (Wired), will complete the system.
It’s ideal for both homeowners and apartment residents, and at $60, it’s one of the most affordable options on the market. It’s simple to set up, Alexa-compatible, and loaded with features like 1080p HD video resolution, two-way communication, night vision, and quick notifications like motion alerts and person-only alerts.
Check out the $100 Ring Video Doorbell if you don’t have doorbell wire. It has many of the same functions as the previous model, but it also contains a battery.
So far, the cost has been $321.
Saving money on energy and utility bills is a fantastic way to save money in the long run, and a smart thermostat can assist.
Of course, being able to adjust the temperature of your home or apartment with a simple voice command is nice, but the Amazon Smart Thermostat’s $60 price tag could be the coolest thing about it. In terms of value, it’s difficult to beat.
It’s quick and straightforward to connect the thermostat to your Echo speaker or Echo Show or to manually control the device. It can also save you roughly $50 each year because of its energy-saving features.
So far, the cost has been $381.
Without a few smart plugs to connect and control “dumb” items like lighting or fans, a smart home is incomplete. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini comes highly recommended. It’s one of CNET’s favourite smart plugs on the market, thanks to smartphone app controllability, Alexa compatibility, and a beautiful aesthetic. I recommend starting with the $17 2-pack and working your way up from there.
So there you have it. For about $400, you can have a fully connected smart home that is entirely controlled by Alexa.
3. Amazon Alexa pricing: ‘The Works,’ or Echo overload
Maybe middle-of-the-road isn’t enough for you. Perhaps you’ve read our articles about the finest things you can do with two or more Echo devices, or why having an Echo in every room is a good idea. In any case, sometimes you just need a refresher course that goes beyond the basics.
There are plenty of other devices to add to your shopping list on the top of or in instead of those listed above if you’re willing to spend a lot of money to construct an Alexa-controlled house. I’ll suggest the best Alexa products for you to start building an Alexa-centric home from the bottom up. Let’s go over some of the ones I’ve already discussed as a good place to start:
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini by TP-Link
Echo Speaker (fourth-gen)
Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is a device that allows you to control the temperature
With these items, our total cost is $192.
So far, the cost has been $442.
August (fourth-generation) Wi-Fi Smart Lock: The August Lock is a little pricey at $199, but with the ability to activate your smart lock remotely through the phone — and, of course, by Alexa command — and a slew of other security features, it’s a good choice for further security.
So far, the cost has been $641.
Home security system Ring Alarm Pro: The Alarm Pro is a good solution for your Alexa smart home, with DIY installation and unique built-in Alexa integrations. It comes with an Eero Wi-Fi 6 router, which provides backup internet in the event of a power outage as well as encrypted local video storage for your Ring devices.
It also connects with your Echo devices to keep an eye on your home for intruders. The $300 eight-piece system, which will meet all of your home security needs while costing less than many other solutions on the market, is my recommendation. You can also pay a little extra for packages that include cameras and Echo devices at a substantial discount.
So far, the cost has been $941.
The third-generation Echo Dot (with clock): These puck-shaped favourites will never go out of style. These devices, which cost $40 and are frequently on sale, combine an unobtrusive form with all of the finest features of a smart speaker: outstanding sound and ease of use. Because these gadgets are frequently on sale, I recommend purchasing two: one for the upstairs and one for the master bedroom.
So far, the cost has been $1,021.
The greatest Firestick on the market is the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. The $55 Max is fast, with Wi-Fi 6 and support for nearly all of the most recent playback standards, including Dolby Vision. You can even combine a second Echo smart speaker with a Fire TV Stick to enjoy the stereo sound for all your favourite shows if you acquire a second Echo smart speaker.
So far, the cost has been $1,076.
Ring Pro 2: This video doorbell costs $250, which is more than its $60 and $100 predecessors, but the new built-in bird’s-eye-view function is unique to Ring products. The Ring Pro 2 also has a 1-to-1 aspect ratio, high quality, multiple push notifications, encrypted video, and Alexa compatibility.
So far, the cost has been $1,326.
Ring Floodlight Cam Pro: Another great addition to your home security system is the Ring Floodlight Cam Pro. This device features three-dimensional motion tracking and a bird’s-eye-view mode in addition to two LED lamps. On the Ring website, it’s presently $250.
The total cost of the entire set is $1,576.
Overall, your Alexa smart home setup will cost a little more than $1,500. This implies that a smart home powered almost entirely by Amazon’s voice assistant will set you back only $73 more than a full-fledged Google smart home.
If you wanted to buy more Alexa-compatible gadgets or place an Echo in every room, you could spend thousands more, but I’ve just identified the top products to buy at three different price points. Go ahead and use Alexa to your heart’s content.