This is my 4th Amazon Echo Dot to put in my smart home. I think that says it all. I have one in the main living room that can easily be heard from the kitchen and dining room, one in the master bedroom so there’s never a need to get out of bed to turn off the lights that may have been forgotten. It’s invaluable for those nights that you just pour into bed exhausted after a long day. I have one in the guest bedroom which eliminates the need for guests to discover the intricacies of my home, i.e. which switch does what, where is the switch for this light? No worries, just let Alexa know what you’d like to do in my home and ¡voila! she will do it. I have a 4th Amazon Echo Dot in my office along with an Ecobee thermostat in the hall that also has the full Alexa features. She will not only regulate the HVAC but with Alexa’s assistance, my thermostat will turn lights on and off, open and close the garage door, lock or unlock the front and back doors, set a timer for the cookies in the oven after first telling me how many teaspoons of vanilla make an 1/8th of a cup and she will also turn off the oven when the cookies are finished. I ran out of chocolate chips making the cookies and I know my daughter would probably enjoy some in her pancakes in the morning. Well, no worries because Alexa has already ordered more for me and the Amazon Prime delivery will arrive in less than two hours from the time she ordered the chocolate chips and more paper towels. I didn’t even realize we were low. Thanks Alexa! I have a wink hub and a wink relay which is an Android 7.0 Nougat OS touchscreen device that is wall mounted where every light switch once was in my home. If you really wanted to push a button rather than speak to my home, you can access any of the apps on any other dozen flat screen relays in my home that also act as an intercom system. Would you like to see who your talking to on the intercom in the other part of the house or at the front or rear door? No problem, all 20 of my security cameras are very easily accessible from any other wink relays too. If you’re by the front or back door, you also have the option of using one of the two Android 7.0 Nougat OS Insignia 10.1” touchscreen tablets that are flush mounted inside the wall and first show what’s on the other side of the doors without ever opening them. Do you see two bicycles by the sidewalk and two teenage boys in black suits that are clearly two size too large hand-me-downs? Well, guess who’s NOT HOME today. Sorry but I already know the good news! It’s that I’ve just avoided a long debate between their believes and my non-denominational Christian bible fact based believes. WHEW! That was close! Thanks to my Amazon Echo Dot devices, I was able to ask Aleza to have the front porch cameras pulled up and shown on the 10.1” touchscreen by the front door before I could even walk all the way to the door from the kitchen where Alexa had just notified me that the timer I had her set has indicated that the chocolate chip with pecan cookies are ready to come out and cool. I’ll bet those poor Morman boys could smell the cookies baking and that’s all they really wanted. I better ask Alexa to close the garage door so that the neighbors kids aren’t teased by the smell of these delicious cookies too. In my home, Alexa also has an assistant to help and her name is Siri and she lives in the iPad Pro and the iPhones throughout my home. If that wasn’t enough, I can alway give the ladies a break and just say, “Ok Google, tell my Wink hub that it’s time to watch a movie. Like magic, the wink hub jumps into action and has my harmony hub tell my harmony remote to turn on the nine 65” smart TVs that make up my video wall, turn on the Yamaha home theater receiver and amp that powers the 7.2 surround sound system, ask the Netflix or Prime app to load the movie we are about to watch while also dimming all of the lights to 10%, turning on the LED strip lights behind my crowne moulding and setting it to my favorite shade of cool blue to match the backlighting LED lights behind the TVs which illuminate the entire video wall and to top it all off, my old time popcorn popper cart has just been powered up and it’s beginning to heat up and that smell of freshly popped corn is not far away. Finally, the wink hub has just set my leather power reclining loveseat into motion moving both ends to the preprogrammed setting that are the most comfortable for me on my end and my guest on the other side. This all happened by simply saying, “it’s time to watch a movie.” The only thing my smart home hasn’t done is bring me a cold bottle of water from the refrigerator but DON’T WORRY, I haven’t mentioned this yet but I am disabled and I have an absolutely amazing Weimaraner service dog who has just gone to my refrigerator in the kitchen and pulled the towel that is tied to the door handle to open it and is bringing me a nice, cool refreshing bottle of water. I’ve tried to get him to bring me the popcorn when it was finished but by the time he got to me, there was hardly any left! Steele really likes popcorn. My smart home is a lot of fun and very technologically advanced. It is not a toy though. It’s a life saver. Being disabled, it has made my life completely different. I would not be able to live here without it. It does much more than I have talked about here. It has even saved my life twice. You see, I have a heart condition that causes me to pass out and fall 6-10 per day on average. Sometimes I’m down for a few seconds, there has been other times that show it was 38 hours before I regained consciousness when my cardiologist watched the recorded security camera footage that he has access to 24/7 from anywhere in the world. He may very well be looking at me right now, as I type this. He can also speak to me and hear me respond. It’s all live and in the now. Creepy you say, Well...if your life depended on it and you were as stubborn as me and absolutely refused to live in a geriatric nursing home. I turned 45 just before Thanksgiving and my home healthcare nurses have actually spent their own time on a weekend to search and visit many nursing homes looking for one with a more suitable age range...maybe one with veterans that have come home and now need assistance too. The only thing we can find is a bunch of nursing homes with a median age of 72, That’s great for a one or two day visit but I don’t want to live there full time. SORRY! My smart home helps me to stay home. There have been times that I’ve come to on the floor and could not move at all. Once I had broken my lumbar spine in the fall and another time, I have broken my cervical spine. My dog is able to simply push a button on my alarm key pad that will call an ambulance. Steele is able to open doors when he hears the diesel engines of the fire trucks and the ambulance outside. I can simply speak to my home and turn on every single light in the house, open the garage door, turn on outside lights and more. Once in the ambulance and everyone is ready to leave, it only takes the push of a button on my iPhone and I can turn off all of the lights, close the garage door, lock all of the doors and fully secure my home. If i’m unconscious (which happens too much) and I wake up in the hospital with my service dog, Steele, lying in the hospital bed with me worried to death, I can then pull up the live cameras at home and double check everything. I can be sure that my home is secure and locked. Most of all, I can watch the recorded footage to see what the heck happened this time! It’s always like someone has hit a reset switch in my brain. I have absolutely ZERO recollection of the events that have let up to me waking up in the hospital. Luckily, I have been there so much and this happens so frequently, I recognize my surroundings immediately and that mitigates some of the fear and confusion. My AMAZON ALEXA ECHO DOTs play a huge roll in my smart home capabilities and functionality. I would recommend them to EVERYONE! Do you have a disabled family member? Do you have a 10 year old techy son? The Echo Dot is great for both of them. It sells for $49.99 but I’ve never paid that much for mine. I’ve always gotten my on sale for $34.99 or as on black friday through cyber monday, I only paid $29.99 for my most recent acquisition. I would recommend keeping an eye open for a sale like I have. They are definitely worth the full price but I am not able to work and I live on a very limited income. My medical bills alone (after insurance) and prescriptions to stay alive, eat up more than my monthly income as it is. I have to really look for the best deals. That’s also why I have the Echo Dots instead of the much, much more expensive full size Echo or the ones with the touch screen, etc. My Echo Dot sounds just as good when playing music using it (which is a main function for someone that isn’t disabled and using to make day to day life easier. I really don’t see anything that the more expensive Alexa options can do that my Dots cannot do just as well. Your grandmother will get a lot of use from it and so will your preteen age child. It’s great for everyone. While you’re at it, buying Christmas gifts, you will definitely want to grab one or two for yourself. Just wrap them and slip them under the tree from Santa. You’ll be happy you did! FYI: I do NOT write reviews. That’s how much I endorse these. If you’re not online buying one already, you should be slapped! What else do you need? You’re reading my review trying to decide. If you’ve made it to the end and haven’t decided, well let me help you....YES, YOU WANT ONE, YOU WANT SIX! PUT THEM IN YOUR CART NOW AND GET ONE FOR EVERYONE! This is the greatest gift!