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These smart home accessories work with Amazon's Alexa and Apple's HomeKit

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What smart home accessories work with both Alexa and HomeKit? Several!

Splitting your smart home commands between Siri and Alexa (Apple and Amazon, respectively) actually makes a lot of sense. Sometimes you talk to Siri on your Apple Watch, tap away in the Home app on your iPhone, or speak into the Siri remote on Apple TV to control your smart home; other times you ask Alexa to hit the lights and turn down the AC!

If you've got an Echo or Echo Dot in your home, here are some smart home accessories that work with both Amazon's Alexa and Apple's HomeKit.

August Smart Lock

The August smart lock's appearance is immediately striking and will give any door a futuristic look — with your choice of dark gray or silver finishes. You can use your smartphone to remotely unlock or lock your door, or you can set up a proximity lock: Your door will unlock when you get approach with your phone and lock when you move away.

August's smart lock is listed among the Wirecutter's choices for best smart lock, especially for those who prefer to keep their existing hardware (I'm looking at you, renters!).

August lets you create virtual keys for friends and family staying at your place, and keep tabs on the comings and goings of your household using a built-in 24/7 activity log.

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