Getting Alexa into your home’s never been easier, even for the frugal. Amazon’s Echo Dot is a puck-shaped device that’s small enough to install in any one of a variety of places — and hell, it’s cheap enough to basically leave one in every room you spend significant amounts of time in. Seven far-frield microphones let the nearest Echo Dot hear you from across the room, even over music or ambient noise, so that Alexa can answer your question, order a pizza, control your home’s smart devices like lights or blinds, hail an Uber, fire up Spotify, and we’re only scratching the surface. Owning one of Amazon’s previous full-sized Echo devices is not necessary and if you buy six they’ll give you one for free, further simplifying the outfitting of larger homes.
Grab one at Amazon – $50