Amazon Alexa vs. Home Depot Hubspace: everything you need to know about these two smart home platforms

Amazon Alexa has long been one of the most popular smart home platforms because it offers a powerful suite of hub devices (like the Echo Show 8) and supports hundreds of third-party products. Hubspace, by comparison, is much more specialized. The platform was only compatible with a handful of devices when it first launched, but now its library is approaching 100 supported products.

But what exactly is Hubspace and how does it compare to Amazon Alexa? More importantly, which one is best for your smart home? There are a lot of similarities between the two — and Hubspace even offers support for Alexa, making it more interesting than you might imagine.

Here’s a closer look at Amazon Alexa and Hubspace to help you decide.

What is a smart home platform?

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A smart home platform is a network that allows you to control all your devices. From a single app, you can enable all controls for supported gadgets such as smart locks, smart blinds, smart lights and more. You can also set up automations that run multiple devices at once — for example, unlocking the door and turning on the lights in your living room. Many smart home platforms are powered by smartphone apps or hub devices such as smart displays or smart speakers. Some also support voice commands.

In essence, a smart home platform pulls all your smart devices into one location, giving you easy access to them without switching from one app to another.

Hub device

Echo Show 8 on the counter.
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Amazon sells a variety of first-party hubs for Alexa. These include the Echo Studio, Echo Dot, and Echo Pop, as well as the many Echo Show smart displays. The collection is constantly updated, and with prices ranging from $40 to $200, there’s something for every budget.

In addition to first-party devices, several third-party hubs also work with Alexa, including the powerful Sonos Era 100. This gives you a lot of flexibility when choosing a hub for your smart home.

Home Depot’s Hubspace does things a little differently. There is not a single product in its product range that functions as a connector. In fact, not a single smart speaker or smart display works with Hubspace.

However, the platform makes up for it with support for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This essentially turns Hubspace into a secondary application that can be supported by your smart home platform of choice. That means you’ll have to go through another setup process to get it up and running with the service, but it’s good that Home Depot includes its versatility.

Winner: Amazon Alexa

Compatible devices

Amazon Echo Studio Alexa Smart Speaker
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The number of products that work with Amazon Alexa is astounding. Smart displays, smart speakers, smart locks, smart thermostats, smart kitchen appliances, smart lights — if there is a smart home category, there are probably devices in that class that work with Alexa. As mentioned above, Amazon also makes a long list of first-party smart devices, most of which have been well-reviewed and popular with users.

It’s a different story for Hubspace. While Home Depot has made great progress, Hubspace only works with about 80 products. That’s a much smaller list than Amazon Alexa, and doesn’t cover as many device categories. Products are mostly limited to smart ceiling fans, smart lights, smart locks, and smart switches. Many of them are designed to be budget-friendly entry-level options. The team did reveal a new smart thermostat and security system in CES 2024, but still far behind Alexa.

Despite these shortcomings, it’s important to reiterate that Hubspace products will also work with Alexa and Google Home. Home Depot built Hubspace to provide an efficient way for users to install their products and provide a simple way to access their controls. But if you prefer to use Google Home or Alexa, you’re free to do so. This isn’t always the case with Alexa products — especially those made by Amazon, which are all made specifically for the platform.

Still — it’s hard to top the massive catalog offered by Amazon.

Winner: Amazon Alexa

Ease of use

The Hubspace app is displayed in front of the living room.
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Amazon Alexa and Home Depot Hubspace are easy to use. Alexa is powered by a powerful smartphone app and voice commands and is integrated directly into products like the Echo Show 8. This gives you many ways to control actions. Its smartphone app is one of the most popular ways to access the device, as it gives you a simple way to organize Routines and make your connected gadgets work together. Home automation is a big part of Amazon Alexa — when used correctly, it can simplify many of your daily tasks.

The Hubspace app is as easy to use as Alexa. The software isn’t as versatile, but you can still control all your devices remotely, group them for faster operation, and get detailed installation instructions. Depending on the product, you can also set a schedule, ensuring your product turns on (or off) automatically depending on your needs.

Winner: Tie

Indictment

Amazon smart display on the kitchen table.
Amazon

No doubt, Amazon Alexa is a better smart home platform. Nearly everyone will benefit from the wide collection of supported devices, easy-to-use smartphone apps, and powerful voice commands. Because so many different products can be used with Alexa, it’s possible to build a complete smart home without leaving the ecosystem. It’s also great that it offers first-party hubs, like the Echo Show 8 and Echo Dot. This gives you another way to interact with your smart home beyond your smartphone.

Hubspace, by comparison, has a lot to develop. It’s still a great platform — designed with simplicity in mind; it’s an ideal way to dive into the world of smart homes. You won’t find many products available for this platform, but with the many lights, locks, and security systems now available, it’s a strong starting point for newcomers. Best of all, the device is supported by Google Home and Amazon Alexa — so when you decide to switch to a more powerful platform, you won’t have to throw away your current product. Consider giving it a try if Alexa sounds too overwhelming.

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