#1. Alarm clock
Alexa doubles as an all-purpose alarm clock. Try “Alexa, set alarm for 7am tomorrow.” And you can even set a second alarm for 7:15am (it usually takes me two alarms to get up!). She takes music requests too: “Alexa, wake me up to Adele every weekday at 6:30am.” When your alarm goes off, say “Alexa, stop."
Pro Tip: Set an Alexa routine that kicks off with your alarm to hear music, news, weather, traffic, calendar updates -- and even to brew your morning coffee!
#2. White noise machine
Skip the sound machine -- Alexa’s ambient sound skills can lull you sleep at night. Just tell her what to play: “Alexa, play thunderstorm sounds” or “Alexa, play rain sounds.” Tap/click here to see the best free Alexa sleep sounds.
#3. Kitchen timer
With Alexa, you'll never use a kitchen timer again. Set a single timer or multiple, and do it all effortlessly as you go. “Alexa, set 20-minute timer.” You can even name timers: "Alexa, set 30-minute timer for the cookies.” It’s a game-changer.
Pro Tip: If you’d rather not say “Alexa, stop” every time, set them as reminders instead: “Alexa, set reminder for 8 minutes for the pasta.”
Last but not least, Alexa's speaker functions are killer -- listen to music, news, books and more. Asking Alexa to play a song, artist or genre is by far the easiest way to play music across home speakers. If you're in the market for an Alexa speaker, tap/click here to find the best one for your needs.