4 ways to use Alexa speakers across your home every day:
#1. Control your smart home. You'll definitely want an Echo in the rooms where you have Alexa hue lights (or other Alexa-connected smart devices). After all, it doesn't make sense to walk into the kitchen in order to ask Alexa to turn on your bedroom lights!
#2. Play music across rooms. Simply say "Alexa, play Tom Petty everywhere" to listen to an artist, playlist, podcast, etc. across all the Echo speakers in your home. You can also easily create multi-room speaker groups such as "Upstairs," "Downstairs" or "Entertaining" (tap/click here for the step-by-step).
#3. Set reminders. If you're like me and often rushing around, it's great to have an Echo speaker in each room. When I say, "Alexa, remind me to text Jack happy birthday at 10am" on my way out the door, I know Alexa is right there to hear me!
#4. Reorder on Amazon. As soon as you remember you need something, you can say "Alexa, buy more Kleenex on Amazon." Having an Echo nearby allows you to let go of the mental load of list-keeping.
3 essential Alexa speakers for your home:
#1. Echo Show smart display for the kitchen. With a smart display, Alexa can both tell you things and show you things, opening up many new ways to engage with Alexa (YouTube, interactive recipe videos, local TV to name a few). You have two options: Echo Show 2nd Generation or the Echo Show 8. The 2nd Generation is more expensive because it has a bigger speaker, bigger screen and built-in home hub.
#2. Echo Dots for bedrooms and bathrooms. Echo Dots are small and can easily fit on a dresser or bathroom shelf. We also love the Echo Dot with Clock (I have one on my bedside table).
#3. Echo for a room where you want bigger sound. The All-New Echo 3rd Gen will give your music more umph than a Dot. I have an Echo in my living room. If you want to splurge for top-of-the-line sound, check out the super premium Echo Studio.
Bonus Pro Tip: Lots of hallways in your home? Check out the new Echo Flex plug-in mini-speaker that lets you add Alexa to any outlet.