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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and Alexa digital assistant, a cottage industry of add-ons and accessories has sprung up to make the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap even better. Make your Echo/Alexa device portable. Improve the Echo’s sound quality. Hang your Echo device on the wall or even mount it inside your ceiling. A cornucopia of after-market gadgets can accomplish these tricks and more.

We’ve put our hands on 16 of the best Echo accessories on the market so that we can not only inform you of their existence but tell you how they perform and let you know of any potential drawbacks. Most of these are compatible with the Echo and Echo Dot (2nd generation), since the new models (the Echo Show, 2nd generation Echo, et al) just came to market. 

Updated November 6 to add our review of the $130 Amazon Echo Sub, an add-on subwoofer that's compatible with many of the latest Echo smart speakers, although most people will prefer to augment Echo speakers that can operate as a stereo pair (you can check compatibility on Amazon's page).

All-device accessories

Echogear Outlet shelf

If you have an outlet that’s in the middle of your wall and unobstructed by design elements such as a countertop backsplash, Echogear’s Outlet Shelf ($15 on Amazon) can accommodate not just any Echo device but also larger devices such as a Sonos One speaker (there’s a weight limit of 10 pounds).

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This plastic shelf replaces your outlet cover (extra-long screws and metal plates for both styles of outlets are provided to secure it to the receptacle). The shelf is above the outlet, and the power cable passes through a hole in the back. The “legs” of the shelf are wide enough to accommodate even large wall warts, but it can be challenging to hide the excess cable for smaller items like an Echo Dot (you might want to replace the standard cable with a stub cable in such situations).

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) accessories

The Spot, for the Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is short, but its footprint is just as large as the full-size Echo. If the counter or tabletop space in your home is already overcrowded, Mount Genie’s The Spot ($14 each or $26 for a two-pack on Amazon) lets you hang the Dot from an electrical outlet, effectively reducing its footprint to zero.

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The Spot is a plastic cradle that holds an Echo Dot. It comes with a USB cable stub that plugs into the power adapter that came with the Echo Dot. The adapter fits inside a collar that the cradle hangs from. Flanges on the back of the mount extend to the wall, so that pressing the buttons on the Dot won’t pull the AC adapter out of the plug. The Spot can be used with vertical or horizontal outlets, but it will prevent you from plugging a three-pronged plug into the adjacent outlet in a duplex. 

Most outlets are installed about 12 inches above the floor, which isn’t an ideal location for either a speaker or a microphone. That goes double if the outlet you want to use is blocked by furniture. The Spot works great with outlets that are located above countertops (kitchens, bathrooms, wet bars, etc.) or in workspaces such as the garage. The Spot is available in black, white, gray, and aqua.

This Dottie, for the Echo Dot

Nothing Like This offers a similar cradle for the 2nd-gen Echo Dot called This Dottie ($20 on Amazon). Unlike The Spot, it has an AC adapter built right into the device. A USB cable stub is also included. This Dottie won’t block the lower outlet in a duplex if you plug it into the upper outlet, as shown on the installation pamphlet, but the buttons on the docked Dot will be upside down. Also, the weight of the Dot might pull the AC adapter out of the outlet over time.

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I’d recommend plugging This Dottie into the lower outlet instead. You won’t be able to use a three-pronged plug in the upper outlet, but the Dot’s buttons will be oriented correctly. This placement, however, will be a problem if there’s a thick backsplash beneath the outlet. The one in my kitchen, for instance, is about 1/2-inch thick. The Dot didn’t look all that attractive sticking out at an angle, but the Dot was able to draw power without a problem. This Dottie is available in black or white and costs $9 and change more than the similar The Spot, but remember that it comes with an AC adapter.

Flush Mount for Round Puck Speakers

I didn’t have time to install this Flush Mount ($20 on Amazon), but I intend to—probably in multiples. It’s a brilliant idea that will make an Echo Dot virtually disappear into your architecture. An Echo Dot fits inside the mount, which has a flange that leaves the Dot sitting flush with your wall or ceiling. The edge of the angled USB plug and stub cable that Mount Genie provides holds the Dot in place. Mount Genie also provides a strip of two-sided tape to further secure the Dot, which I recommend using.

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You’ll also get an angled 3.5mm female-to-male adapter for connecting external speakers, and a 10-foot braided USB cable. Mount Genie suggests using power-over-ethernet (PoE) to supply electricity to the Echo Dot. No power supply is included, and you’ll need to purchase either a power injector or a PoE switch plus a PoE splitter that you’ll install at the Dot end of the ethernet cable (Mount Genie recommends a WiFi Texas model, which Amazon sells for about $21) if you decide to go that route.

A paper template for cutting a hole in your wall or ceiling is included, which you should use with a hole saw or a keyhole saw (a drill mounted hole saw would be easier and more precise). You don’t need to install a junction box in the hole, the mount will wedge itself into the drywall.

Sanus Speaker Mount

Sanus specializes in TV speaker stands and mounts, but they also have a couple of cool and inexpensive accessories for the Amazon Echo. The Sanus Speaker Mount ($15 on Amazon)—available in black or white—is a plastic mount with a silicone rim that securely cradles an Echo Dot. It’s designed to be screwed into the wall; alternatively, Sanus also provides two 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips that will do the job without damaging the wall.

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The Dot’s buttons will be upside down if you arrange it in the cradle so the Dot’s power input and aux output are at the bottom. The alternative is to position the Dot so that the cable power comes out the top and wraps around the Speaker Mount. You could also mount it to the side of the outlet. However you manage it, this is a slightly less-attractive solution than the outlet-mounts we’ve seen and you’ll want to wrap up the excess cable and secure it with a cable tie. Other than that, it’s every bit as effective at getting your Echo Dot off your counter or desktop.

Wasserstein Battery for Echo Dot

This little gadget is a combo dock and battery for a 2nd-generation Echo Dot ($30 on Amazon). I like it better than the Fremo Evo (see below) for a couple of reasons: First, it doesn’t require you to permanently alter the Echo by gluing a metal plate to its bottom. Second, there’s a push button on its front that can turn the battery on and off. If you know you won’t need the Echo for an extended time, you can shut it down and save the battery for the times you do need it. Four LEDs indicate battery level.

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The 7000mAh battery is rated to last 10 to 12 hours, depending on how much you use it. The dock itself, which is covered in your choice of four woven-nylon fabrics (brown, red, dark blue, or light blue), will protect the Dot. Unfortunately, it also blocks the Dot’s 3.5mm analog auxiliary audio output. As with the Evo, you’ll need to use the Dot’s AC adapter and cable to charge the battery.

Fremo Evo

The Fremo Evo ($35 on Amazon)—available in black or white—is one of several battery options that render an Echo Dot mobile. Not only do you not need to worry about the distance from an AC outlet, you can take your Echo Dot with you and connect it to any Wi-Fi hotspot. Fremo’s battery is slightly larger in diameter than the Echo Dot itself, and it comes with a metal disc with adhesive on both sides so that you can mount the battery to the Dot permanently.

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It uses an L-shaped connector with a Micro-USB port for the Dot on one side and pin-type connector on the other for the battery. Fremo promises six hours of battery life from its 5200mAh battery, but this will obviously vary depending on how much you use the Dot. You’ll need to use the Dot’s original AC adapter to recharge the battery, as the Evo doesn’t come with one of its own. Four small LEDs on the front of the Evo indicate remaining battery life.

Ninety7 Vaux speaker dock for the Echo Dot

We’ve looked at several battery docks for the 2nd-generation Echo Dot. Ninety7 ups the ante with the Vaux ($50 on Amazon), which adds a small speaker to the mix. The battery is a 5000mAh model that the company says can power the Dot for up to six hours, depending on how often you summon Alexa and listen to music.

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An on/off button lets you preserve the battery for those times you actually need it. You’ll need to use the Dot’s AC adapter and USB cable to charge the battery, since the Vaux doesn’t come with its own. You can read our in-depth review of the Vaux for more details.

iHome iAVS1 Bedside Stereo Speaker System for the Echo Dot

One of the Echo Dot’s shortcomings—besides its atrocious speaker—is its lack of a display. It will tell you the time, but only if you ask Alexa first. Plop a Dot in the center of the iHome iAVS1 ($50 on Amazon), and it will not only display the time for you, it will also upgrade the Dot’s speakers (just plug the 3.5mm aux cable into the Dot). The onboard speakers are a step up, but that’s not saying much. Frequency response is limited to the midrange—there’s virtually no bass—and you’ll need to listen closely to get any sense of stereo imaging.

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The iAVS1 also comes with a preinstalled set of AAA batteries, but these will only keep the clock going in the event of a blackout—your Dot-based alarm won’t go off. The digital clock display can be dimmed over eight stages, but it would be nice if there was an ambient light sensor that did this automatically, so it was brightest during the day and dimmer but legible at night when you’re sleeping. Lastly, there’s a USB charging port in back for your smartphone or digital media player, but it puts out just 1 amp of power. It’s available in black now and white soon.

Wasserstein Protective Fabric Case for the Echo Dot

This attractive case ($6 on Amazon) will add a little flair to your Echo Dot and offer a bit of protection in the bargain. It’s covered in the same woven nylon as Wasserstein’s Battery and available in blue, brown, gray, red, and white.

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This and the Silicone Skin (see below) are available only through Amazon’s Add-on program: Their price tags are lower than the cost to ship them, you can purchase them only by adding them to an order of more than $25.

Wasserstein Silicone Skin for Amazon Echo Dot

These skins ($5 each on Amazon) let you change the color of your Echo Dot while protecting it from knocks and bumps. For the $1 difference in price, I think Wassterstein’s fabric cases are the better deal—silicone is a bit of a dust and lint magnet—but you might have a different opinion.

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The silicone sleeves are available in black, blue, light blue, tan, and white. Like the fabric protector, they are an add-on item (see description above).

Amazon Echo (first generation) accessories 

Sanus Bumper Guards

If you own the original Amazon Echo, you know how easily the too-tall device can be knocked over. Slipping these thick bumper guards ($20 on Amazon) over the top and bottom of the Echo won’t make it any less accident prone, but they’ll at least cushion its inevitable falls.

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A notch in the bottom ring will accommodate the Echo’s power cord. Available in black or white, they can also be stretched to fit over the second-generation Echo, although that model is less in need of protection.

Wasserstein Acrylic Speaker Stand for Amazon Echo

Here’s another solution for stabilizing the original Echo: The smart speaker is virtually impossible to knock over once you drop it into this acrylic stand ($18 on Amazon). A large silicone pad isolates the speaker from the stand, and silicone feet on the bottoms of its four aluminum pegs will further prevent vibration transfer from the speaker to whatever surface you place it on. A cut-out allows the power cord to pass through.

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The translucent blue stand isn’t particularly attractive, but it gets the job done. And it

can also accommodate a 2nd-generation Echo—if you really want it to. 

Wasserstein Wall Mount for Amazon Echo

Screw this metal mount ($15 on Amazon) into the wall and you can slide a first-generation Amazon Echo inside as if it were a wall sconce. It holds the Echo out and away from the wall at a slight angle, which makes its buttons and volume-control ring easier to use.

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Unlike the acrylic speaker stand above, however, there’s no padding to isolate the speaker from stand or the stand from the wall. The opening is not large enough to accommodate a second-generation Echo.

Wasserstein Echo Charging Station

Ever wish you could take your first-generation Amazon Echo with you? Wasserstein’s Echo Charging Station ($30 on Amazon) can make that dream a reality. You plug a removable adapter into the Echo’s power port that has spring-loaded pins that contact the battery base. Strong magnets hold the base to the bottom of the Echo, so you can carry it around. My advice: Put a pair of Sanus Bumper Guards on it first.

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Like Wasserstein’s Battery for the Echo Dot, a power button on the front of the base turns the 9,000 mAh battery on and off, and four LEDs report the battery level. The battery can be charged with any 5-volt, 2-amp AC adapter and a Micro-USB cable, or you can use the provided 15-volt, 1.4-amp AC adapter instead. You can also charge your smartphone or digital audio player’s battery by plugging a USB cable into the 5-volt, 2-amp USB output on the base. And if you’re ever plunged into darkness from a blackout, there’s even a weak LED flashlight in the base. Available in white only.

Amazon Tap Accessories

Silicone sling

It sounds like a tropical cocktail, but the Amazon Tap Sling ($20 on Amazon) for the Amazon Tap smart speaker—the only Alexa-powered device that we haven’t taken a liking to—is quite handy. It will protect its host from bumps and bruises, and a large loop will also let you hang it from a carabiner, hook, or even a nail (you’ll need to provide your own).

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It’s a bit pricey for what it is, and you’ll need to remove it before placing the Tap on its charging cradle, but it’s available in five colors: blue, green, magenta, tangerine, and white.

Correction: This story was updated on November 17 to clarify the price for The Spot, for the Echo Dot.

At a Glance

This product is most useful when your electrical outlets are located in the middle of your wall, but it is a great and inexpensive idea nonetheless.

Pros

  • A super convenient shelf for objects weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Cable-through provided
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • A tight fit for anything with the footprint of a Sonos Play:1 or bigger
  • Requires 1.75 inches of clearance beneath it
  • Somewhat impractical if your outlets aren't in the middle of the wall

An ingenious solution for mounting an Amazon Echo Dot in your home's wall or ceiling, where it's out of the way and yet completely usable.

Pros

  • Mounts an Echo Dot flush to the wall or ceiling
  • Saves counter- or desktop space
  • Doesn't interfere with the Dot's speaker function (if you really want to use it for music)

Cons

  • Involves cutting a hole in your ceiling or wall
  • You'll need to spend about $45 to $100 more to bring power to the Echo Dot
  • You'll need a stick to reach the Echo Dot's buttons if you mount in the ceiling

This battery renders your 2nd-generation Echo Dot both portable and more attractive; plus, you can swap out a dead battery for a fresh one.

Pros

  • Echo can be undocked from the battery at any time
  • You can power-down the Echo Dot with the push of a button to extend the life of the dock's 7000mAh battery

Cons

  • The case blocks the Echo Dot's 3.5mm auxiliary audio output
  • AC adapter and USB charging cable not included (depends on the Echo Dot's)

The Amazon Echo Sub is a welcome addition to the Echo speaker family. The sound is not audiophile-quality, but it's better than I expected from a 6-inch sub, making it well worth the price.

Pros

  • Perfect companion for Echo and Echo Plus speakers
  • A lot of bass for not a lot of money
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Sound can be boomy without reducing the bass level
  • Bass-drum hits can sound thuddy
  • A few operational hiccups (which could disappear before the speaker ships)

If you really want to take your first-gen Echo on the road, this battery dock will make it possible.

Pros

  • Renders a first-gen Echo mobile
  • You can charge your smartphone or media player from the 5-volt, 2-amp USB charging port
  • An on/off button shuts the Echo down when you don't need it, preserving battery life

Cons

  • Base will fall off if the magnetic bond is broken
  • AC adapter and USB charging cable not included (depends on the Echo's)
  • Flashlight is a cheap gimmick

An easy way to mount an Echo Dot to your wall without requiring screws.

Pros

  • No screws or tools required
  • Works with both vertically and horizontally oriented outlets

Cons

  • Its presence in a duplex receptacle will block the grounding plug in an adacent outlet

The Vaux won't wow you with its audio performance, but it does add a tremendous convenience factor to the Echo Dot and it sounds a whole lot better, too.

Pros

  • You can take an Echo Dot from room to room without needing to plug it in
  • Audio performance vastly superior to the Echo Dot on its own
  • Attractive industrial design

Cons

  • Not weatherproof, so take care using it on the porch or patio
  • No AC adapter or USB cable included
  • Silicone strip on the back is a dust and lint magnet

This case dresses up and protects an Echo Dot, not than a stationary Echo Dot needs much protection.

Pros

  • Prettifies the Echo Dot
  • Protects the sides and bottom of an Echo Dot

Cons

  • Offers no protection for the top of the Dot
  • Can be purchased from Amazon only as an add-on item

If you own the original Echo, it's only a matter of time before you knock it over. These silicone bumper guards

Pros

  • Helps stabilize an Echo and protects it should it fall over anyway
  • Easy to install, and can stretch to fit a 2nd-generation Echo

Cons

  • Doesn't protect the very top of the Echo
  • Expensive for what's delivered

The Evo will free your Echo Dot from a power cord, but we'd like it a lot better if it wasn't designed to be permanently stuck to the smart speaker.

Pros

  • Industrial design is a good match for the Echo Dot
  • LEDs in front report battery life
  • Promises 6 hours of uptime from its 5200mAh battery

Cons

  • Power adapter not included (depends on the Echo Dot's)
  • Designed for more or less permanent attachment to the Echo Dot it's paired with

While it's no substitute for a full display, the iAVS1 will at least show you the time without your needing to ask Alexa to say it out loud.

Pros

  • Battery-backed clock display with eight levels of brightness
  • A step up in audio quality (but that's not saying much)
  • USB port for charging your smartphone or digital media player

Cons

  • Battery backup won't keep a docked Dot powered
  • Stereo speakers aren't very exciting
  • USB charging port puts out just 1 amp of power

A handy way to hang an Echo Dot on your wall without needing screws or tools, but the buttons on the Dot could end up upside down depending on how you install it.

Pros

  • Won't block an adjacent outlet if installed in the top receptacle of a duplex
  • Integrated AC adapter for an Echo Dot

Cons

  • Buttons on the Echo Dot will be upside down if installed in the top receptacle of a duplex
  • Will block the grounding plug in the upper receptacle if installed in the lower half of a duplex

Holds an Echo Dot tightly in place on the wall and can be installed without screws.

Pros

  • Maintains a firm grip on an Echo Dot, even when upside down
  • Unobtrusive industrial design
  • 3M Command Strips are included if you don't want to use screws

Cons

  • You're on your own when it comes to cable management
  • The Echo Dot's buttons will be upside down when vertically mounted, unless you mount the Dot with its power and audio inputs at the top
  • Expensive for what's delivered

Here's another way to protect your first-generation Amazon Echo: Mount it to the wall out of reach of kids and pets.It's not the most attractive solution, though.

Pros

  • Keeps the Echo out of reach of your kids and pets
  • Bounces the speaker's sound off the wall, increasing its range

Cons

  • Not the prettiest accessory we've seen
  • You're on your own when it comes to cable management

This case will protect the bottom and sides of an Echo Dot, but silicone can be a dust and lint magnet.

Pros

  • Protects the sides and bottom of an Echo Dot
  • Available in five colors: Black, blue, light blue,tan or white

Cons

  • Silicone is a dust and lint magnet
  • Can be purchased from Amazon only as an add-on item

This cover seems expensive for what it does, but it's one of the few options out there for protecting this particular smart speaker.

Pros

  • In addition to protecting the Tap from bumps and dings, the Sling Cover adds a handy loop you can hang the speaker from
  • Available in four fun colors: Blue, magenta, tangerine, and white (okay, that last one's not so fun)

Cons

  • You can't charge the battery while the Tap is in the sling
  • Expensive for what's delivered

It's not the most attractive accessory you'll find for the Amazon Echo, but it will prevent the speaker from getting knocked over (and it will accommodate the 2nd-geeration Echo as well).