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How many times have you knocked your Echo Dot behind your desk, or raced to save it from a meandering pool of spilled coffee? You really ought to keep your digital assistant out of harm’s way. Maybe it’s time to invest in a mount?
Mounting your Echo Dot is just a generally great idea. Not only is the tiny speaker easier to hear when it’s mounted at a reasonable height, but it’s also safe from your destructive spills and bumps. And just imagine how guests will react when they realize that the air-freshener on your wall is actually a digital assistant with access to the infinite knowledge and power of the internet.
A note before we proceed: all of the following mounts are for the 3rd generation Echo Dot. Although it seems like, style changes aside, the old generations should fit in the same mounts it just so happens that the new Echo Dot is about .02 inches wider than the previous model. Those .02 inches are just enough to turn a simple Amazon search for “Echo Dot mount” into a confusing mess of compatible and incompatible mounting hardware.
That note aside, you’ll be happy to hear that none of these mounts cost more than $15.
Looking for a straightforward wall mount? This is it—the TotalMount can be installed with screws or an included adhesive tape, you can quickly mount your Echo Dot on drywall, glass, tile, or metal. You heard right, now’s the time to rescue your Echo Dot from the dystopia of your bathroom counter and stick it on the tiled wall. No more excuses!
Don’t forget that this 3rd generation Echo Dot packs a better speaker than the previous model. If you’re going to be mounting it on a wall, you may want to consider a space where it can be used for listening to music or podcasts.
Alas, there’s no built-in cable management for the mount. This isn’t a big deal if you’re installing it directly above an outlet or behind a piece of furniture. But you’re going to have to figure out some cable management if you decide to stick a Dot above the toilet in your bathroom, or on the window behind your kitchen sink. Otherwise, it’s got a low-profile design that would look great in any office, bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom. (Alexa, remind me not to install electronics in the shower).
The convenience of an outlet mount remains unmatched. You don’t have to drill any holes or screw any screws, you just press the Dot into the TotalMount, and then slap the TotalMount into an outlet. Bam! Your Echo Dot is forever safe from spills and violent table-flips. Oh, and this thing’s not just convenient, it also looks great. You can tuck the Dot’s entire power cable behind this wall mount, which makes your digital assistant look like a night-light from the future.
Remember how this new Echo Dot is bigger than the old one? Well, that extra .02 inches means that the TotalMount covers two outlets, not just one. Is the convenience of the Totalmount worth losing an entire outlet? Uh, is “sometimes” a good answer?
Consider which room you plan to use this mount in before buying it. I personally use all the outlets in my bedroom, but my living room has a surplus of the things. Oh, and don’t forget that you can always unplug the TotalMount and move it somewhere else if it’s in your way.
Pssst… Are you looking for something similar for an old, 2nd generation Echo Dot? You can take a peek at the Dot Genie.
The MATONE is a great option for people who are interested in a wall mount but would still like to take their Dot on the go. This wall shelf would look great behind a desk or a piece of furniture, and it would make a futuristic-looking addition to a kitchen or dining area. It’s also a great choice for people who have an interchangeable assortment of smart devices at home, or who may want a space for a Bluetooth speaker when their Echo Dot isn’t in use.
While you can obviously place the MATONE as high or low as you like, be wary of installing it too high or too far from an outlet. You probably don’t want your favorite digital assistant to drop from a high shelf, and you may not want to buy an extra-long power cable. Speaking of the power cable, you can wrap any extra cable around the back of the MATONE. Obviously, you’ll still have to think about the cable running from your outlet to the shelf, but at least it’ll be tight and not dangling about.
If you’re interested in a shelf for your Amazon Echo but you don’t want to drill one into the wall, there’s a chance that you’ll like the ECHOGEAR outlet shelf. It’s a replacement plate for your outlet that has a neat little shelf on it. Again, a shelf is a much more flexible option than a wall or outlet mount. You should consider the ECHOGEAR if you like to carry your Echo Dot around the house, or if you want a space that can be used interchangeably for other smart devices or a Bluetooth speaker.
The neat thing about this outlet shelf, aside from the easy installation, is the little hole that’s in the top for cable management. Whether you plan to leave your dot on the ECHOGEAR permanently or just semi-regularly, you’ll know that the curse of ugly cables won’t plague your happy home.
Obviously, you don’t want to stick this thing behind your desk or any narrow hallways. It would be a shame if you kicked your new Echo Dot clear across the room.
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