Amazon’s Echo Dot is one of the cheapest ways to get Alexa into your home, but if you have it just sitting on an end table without much fanfare, there are better, creative ways that you can mount it.
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Thanks to a ton of third-party accessory makers, there are a ton of cool ways that you can mount your Echo Dot, not only to get Alexa to hear you better, but to also keep it out of the way so that it doesn’t take up space on your counter or end table.
Install a Small Shelf Above an Outlet
If you want to keep your Echo Dot off of counters so that it’s out of the way, a really easy solution is to install a small shelf that can be attached to an outlet.
Something like this $10 outlet plate with a shelf is cheap and works great for all sorts of small devices, and an Echo Dot would fit perfectly on it. Heck, you could even set your full-size Echo on it if you wanted to. You can also buy outlet mounts that hold your Echo Dot parallel to the wall, which would likely make it easier for the microphones to hear you.
If you’re feeling handy, you could also make your own shelf out of wood or use a 3D printer if you’re really handy, especially if you want to use your own custom design. Thingiverse has a ton of cool Echo Dot mounts that you can 3D print. And if you don’t have a 3D printer, there are services that’ll do the work for you.
Stick It In a Recessed Lighting Can
Recessed lights are great, and they make any room look classy. Got a light that doesn’t really need to be there, though? Mount your Echo Dot in one of those recessed lighting cans instead.
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You can engineer one yourself using a light socket to outlet adapter and then retrofit a flush mount kit to make it fit in the recessed can. Obviously, this would require some handy skills, so if you’re not in the mood for that, you can use the Dock Socket ($32)—it’s specifically made to mount your Echo Dot inside of a recessed lighting can.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to keep the light switch that controls that bay of lights turned on all the time, so this is really only recommended if the other recessed light fixtures have smart bulbs already installed.
Mount It Anywhere on the Wall or Ceiling
If you want to mount your Echo Dot to the wall or ceiling, but have a very specific place that you want it, you can buy basic mounts that can screw in to the wall or ceiling just about anywhere you want.
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If you want it flush with the wall or ceiling, you can use that flush mount kit that we linked to above, or go with something even simpler like these holders that you can screw into the wall or ceiling.
If you’re feeling really cheap, though, you can use 3M Command Strips and place them to the back of the Echo Dot. From there, just stick it anywhere you want it.
Don’t forget that you still need to run a power cable to the Echo Dot, so be sure to think about how you’ll route the cable so that it’s out of the way and doesn’t look too unsightly.
Hide It In Plain Sight
If you don’t want to deal with mounting your Echo Dot somewhere special and would rather just keep it sitting on the counter or end table, you can at least hide it in plain sight.
A great way to do this is by sticking it in an Echo Dot vase of sorts. This cute fox Echo Dot holder not only gives you a place to out your Echo Dot, but it can also be a great conversation piece. And there’s a lot more where that came from.
Amazon even sells their own Echo Dot cases, like this fabric enclosure that at least makes your Echo Dot look a bit more homey and not stick out like a sore thumb.