Bring Alexa to your shower or outside on your deck or patio! We break down the best Echo Dot speaker for each need in your smart home.
The Amazon Echo is a great speaker for your home. Alexa can answer all of your questions and the device is “good enough” at playing music for most people. The ability to create a stereo pair of speakers, add a sub-woofer and play multi-room music really makes the Echo a great home audio solution.
Use an external speaker to improve the quality of sound and music or to extend the Echo to areas it normally cannot go.
However, there are a few situations where it makes sense to add an external speaker to your Echo. For example, you can use an external speaker to improve the quality of sound or to extend the Echo to areas it normally cannot go. Luckily, Amazon has made it very easy to add or link external speakers to your Echo or Echo Dot.
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Amazon produces several models of Echo devices. In many cases, these devices don’t need an external speaker. The Echo and Echo Show provide the quality and loudness that is good enough in most cases. However, if you want premium audio or if you want to extend Alexa to unique areas in your home, then an external speaker is the perfect option.
In this article, we will explore three situations where you should add an external speaker to your Echo or Echo Dot.
The Echo devices can connect to virtually any Bluetooth speaker. However, you need to buy a Bluetooth speaker with the right features to avoid frustrating disconnects and inconsistent performance.
Use a premium wireless or Bluetooth speaker to increase the quality of sound and music on your Echo. The Echo Dot is an amazing smart home speaker, but it lacks the power and features to provide quality music throughout your home. The Echo and Echo Show have decent sound but they still don’t provide the quality that is available with some speakers.
The best premium wireless speaker for your Echo is the Sonos. If you want premium sound with a system that can grow with your smart home, then you want Sonos wireless speakers. After trying a few options, I choose Sonos for my home and I have no doubts that it is the best wireless speaker system for a smart home.
I choose Sonos for my home and I have no doubts that it is the best wireless speaker system for a smart home.
Here are four key reasons for choosing Sonos speakers:
The Sonos Play 1 is my choice for the best premium wireless speaker for your Echo or Echo Dot. I love it because it seamlessly integrates as an "Alexa Preferred Speaker", has top notch sound and is truly a smart home speaker.
Your Echo device can connect to any Bluetooth speaker, but you need to consider a few things to ensure the best experience. Additionally, the best choice for inside your home is different than the best choice for outside or other areas.
Here is a list of features to consider when selecting the best Bluetooth speaker to use with your Echo Dot in the home.
The OontZ Angle 3 Ultra is the best speaker for your Echo Dot. The speaker checks all of the boxes for the criteria above. The sound quality is surprisingly good and you can pair two for even better stereo sound. I use this in the garage and the kids rooms. Great Value!
Bring your music, podcasts and audiobooks to the shower with a Bluetooth shower speaker. Amazon doesn’t currently make a waterproof speaker, but you can easily pair your Echo with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that is perfect for the bath or shower.
BONUS: These speakers are perfect for hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Grab it from your shower before you go and get twice the benefit from one speaker.
Four things to consider with your Echo Bluetooth shower speaker:
Leave a voice remote in your bathroom. Connect your Bluetooth shower speaker with an Echo in another room and control it with the voice remote.
I'm going to give two recommendations for the best shower speaker. The best comes at a premium price, but the value pick is really good too.
The Vtin Q1 is a great speaker with a price that is half of the premium choice. It is waterproof with an IPX5 rating (perfect for handling splashes in the shower). You have to manually power off or tell Alexa to disconnect Bluetooth.
Make your deck or patio even better with Alexa. You have several options for setting up your Amazon Echo music, podcasts and audiobooks outside.
“The ultimate goal is to have voice control of your music while you relax on your deck, porch or patio.”
You can take your music outside with any Bluetooth speaker. However, the ultimate goal is to have voice control of your music while you relax on your deck, porch or patio. There are two ways to extend your Echo music outdoors and have voice control of that music.
The speaker with voice remote path gives you the most options, but you don’t have full hands free control. The portable Echo Input setup is completely hands free, but you are limited to a few specific speakers that have charge capabilities.
The simplest outdoor speaker setup is simply using a Bluetooth speaker connected to your Echo device. All Amazon Echos can connect to an external Bluetooth speaker, which can be placed on your deck or patio.
Bluetooth Range - Look for a speaker that has a long Bluetooth range (100 feet). Your Bluetooth speaker will be connected to your Echo or Echo Dot in the home. You want a speaker that can easily reach your Echo when you place it outside.
However, you have to be near your Echo or Echo Dot to control your music with voice commands. This can be resolved by pairing an Echo Voice Remote to your device. Take the voice remote with you outside and speak a command into the remote when you want to change the music, get the forecast or check the time.
The Echo Input can turn any speaker into a voice activated Alexa device. Pair the Echo Input with an outdoor Bluetooth speaker with charge capability and you have a completely portable setup for your deck, porch or patio.
Look for a Bluetooth speaker with the following features:
The JBL Charge 3 is perfect for pairing with an Echo Input. It has a built in charge feature, great battery life and incredible sound. Link multiple speakers wirelessly around your deck! The Echo Input and JBL Charge 3 make the best portable Echo setup.
Check out these resources to make your Echo Speaker into an even better device:
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