Best Alexa devices for 2021: Ring, Wyze and more

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The holidays are upon us, and if you’re looking for gifts, smart home gadgets are an increasingly popular option. Amazon’s annual fall event brought announcements of dozens of new Amazon products and Alexa features as usual, including our new favorite Amazon Echo smart speaker. Also new are a slew of new Alexa-compatible devices. In 2020 alone, popular camera developer Wyze, for instance, has released the Wyze Cam v3, the Wyze Cam Outdoor, the Wyze Thermostat, the Wyze Video Doorbell, the Wyze Robot Vacuum, the Wyze Sprinkler Controller and — incredibly enough — even more.

Alexa has long ruled the roost when it comes to smart home integration, and this year Amazon’s voice assistant is bringing even more impressive integrations to your countertop. This list of the best Alexa devices is updated periodically, so check back often for the most up-to-date recommendations.

Amazon’s Echo Dot with Clock was our previous favorite Alexa speaker, but with this year’s new product line, the flagship fourth-generation Echo speaker gets the nod. At $100, the spheroidal new speaker is a little more expensive than the $50 fourth-generation Echo Dot, but the improvements in sound quality and some intriguing smart home features justify the additional cost.

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