30 Best Alexa Skills For Your Amazon Echo

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

The Amazon Echo is a powerful device that can completely change the way you interact with your Amazon account, listen to music and radio, and even how you control the smart devices in your home. However, while the Amazon Echo comes with a plethora of commands, its usability can be further augmented by enabling the third party skills that are available on the Alexa app. These third party Alexa skills are developed by various developers to make your Echo support additional devices, or perform extra functions and some of them are simply amazing. However, there are more than 3000 skills that the Echo supports, and figuring out the best ones can be quite tough. Don’t worry, though, in this article we will list out the 30 best Amazon Echo skills that we think you should definitely try out:

Business and Finance Related Skills

1. CryptoCurrency

CryptoCurrency is a skill that can be used to check the current prices of bitcoin. To enable the CryptoCurrency skill, you can go to the Amazon Alexa app, and search for CryptoCurrency in the Skills section. However, you can also simply say “Alexa, enable my crypto“, and your Echo will automatically enable the Skill for you. Using the Skill is easy, and you can use the command “Alexa, ask my crypto what is the price of Bitcoin?“, and Echo will tell you the current price for Bitcoin.

Other commands that can be used with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask my crypto for the current price of Bitcoin”, and “Alexa, ask my crypto for the price of Bitcoin”.

2. Opening Bell

If you follow the stock market, then this Skill is definitely useful for you. The Opening Bell Skill can tell you the stock prices for a lot of companies. To enable the Skill, you can simply say “Alexa, enable Opening Bell“. Commands that you can use with this Skill are “Alexa, ask Opening Bell for Tesla”, “Alexa, ask Opening Bell for Apple“, etc. You can use any company’s name to find out the price at which that company is trading.

3. Mortgage Calculator

The Mortgage Calculator Skill does exactly what it sounds like. It calculates the monthly payment based on your principal amount, mortgage time, and interest rate. Enable the Skill by saying “Alexa, enable Mortgage Calculator“, and you can then use the skill by saying “Alexa, start Mortgage Calculator“.

Other commands that can be used with this Skill are: “Alexa, open Mortgage Calculator”, and “Alexa, launch Mortgage Calculator”.

Food and Drink Related Skills

4. The Bartender

The Bartender is a Skill that can tell you the recipes for a lot of cocktails, and give you instructions on how to make the cocktail. To enable the skill, you can say “Alexa, enable the bartender“, and you can then use the Skill by saying “Alexa, ask the bartender what’s in a Tom Collins?” You can use the name of the cocktail that you want to find the recipe for.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask the bartender to surprise me”, “Alexa, ask the bartender for a drink with pineapple juice”.

5. WineMate

With the WineMate skill enabled, your Amazon Echo can help you figure out the best type of wine for a particular type of food, or even the type of food that would go with the wine that you plan to have. To enable the Skill, simply say “Alexa, enable wine mate“, and then you can use it by saying things like “Alexa, ask wine mate what wine goes with bacon“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask wine mate food for a chardonnay wine”, and “Alexa, ask wine mate what food goes with champagne”.

6. QuickBits

QuickBits is a skill that can make your Echo provide you with recipes that you can make in under 10 minutes. To enable the Skill you can simply say “Alexa, enable quick bits“, and then you can simply use the Skill by saying “Alexa, ask quick bits to tell me the recipe for french toast“.

Other commands that work with the Skill are “Alexa, ask quick bits what is the recipe for a pizza sandwich”, and “Alexa, ask quick bits how is tuna rice made?”

Echo Skills Based on Games

7. The Wayne Investigation

The Wayne Investigation is an Alexa Skill that lets you act as the detective in charge of the investigation for the murder of Batman’s parents. You can take different options at every scene, and the story moves forward accordingly. To enable the skill, you can say “Alexa, enable the Wayne Investigation“, and then, you can start the game by saying “Alexa, open the Wayne Investigation“.

8. Abra

Abra is another fun Skill. You can think of any character, real or fictional, and Echo will ask you questions about them. Based on your answers, Abra will guess the character you are thinking of. To enable the Skill, simply say “Alexa, enable akinator“, and to use the Skill, you can say “Alexa, start akinator“.

9. Blackjack Dealer

If you want to play Blackjack with your Amazon Echo, this is the Skill for you. To enable the skill, you can say “Alexa, enable Blackjack Dealer“, and to start playing, you can say “Alexa, open Blackjack Dealer“.

Other commands that work in this Skill are: “Hit”, “Stand”, “What’s in my hand”, and “Help”.

Health and Fitness Related Skills

10. 7 Minute Workout

This Skill aims to help you lead a healthier lifestyle by simple 7 minute workouts that you can do everyday. It features a variety of exercises, like, push-ups, wall sit-ups and more. To enable the Skill, you can say “Alexa, enable seven minute workout“, and to start the skill, say “Alexa, start seven minute workout”.

11. Fitbit

Your Amazon Echo can pull data from your Fitbit if you enable this Skill. To enable it, just say “Alexa, enable fitbit“, and then you can get your data by using commands such as “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I’m doing today“.

Other commands that you can use with this Skill are “Alexa, ask Fitbit how many steps I’ve taken today”, and “Alexa, ask fitbit how I slept last night”.

Home Automation Related Skills

12. Thermostat for Echo

You can control your Nest Learning Thermostat from your Amazon Echo by enabling this Skill. To enable it, just say “Alexa, enable thermostat“, and then you can adjust your thermostat by saying “Alexa, ask thermostat to set the temperature to seventy one degrees“.

Another command that works with this Skill is: “Alexa, ask thermostat what’s the temperature inside?”

13. Mosaic

If you own a number of smart devices, such as Hue lights, Nest Learning Thermostat, and maybe a Tesla car, you can connect them all together using Mosaic. To enable this Skill, say “Alexa, enable Mosaic“, and then you can control your connected devices by saying “Alexa, ask Mosaic to dim my lights“.

Other commands that work with this Skill (depending on the devices you have connected to it) are: “Alexa, ask Mosaic to make it warmer”, “Alexa, ask Mosaic to change color to blue”. To learn more commands, just say “Alexa, ask Mosaic to list commands”.

Lifestyle Related Skills

14. Dog Feeder

This Skill makes your Echo keep track of when you last fed your dog, and if it has been more than 6 hours since you last fed her/him, it will remind you to feed your dog. To enable it, say “Alexa, enable the dog“, and to use it, say “Alexa, ask the dog if we fed him/her“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask the dog about dinner”, and “Alexa, ask the dog if he is hungry”.

15. Bible

You can have your Echo read out verses and chapters from the Bible version of your choice by enabling this Skill. You can enable the skill by saying “Alexa, enable the Bible app“, and then, you can say “Alexa, ask the Bible app to read John 3 verse 16“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, open the Bible app”, and “Alexa, ask the Bible for verse of the day”.

Local Services

16. Uber

If you want to, you can enable the Uber skill by saying “Alexa, enable Uber“, and you can then use your Echo to request an Uber directly. To do this, just say “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask Uber to request an UberX”, and “Alexa, ask Uber for a ride”.

17. Dominos

Once you enable the Dominos Skill by saying “Alexa, enable Dominos“, you can use it to order food from Dominos, and even track your order. To do this, say “Alexa, open Dominos“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask Dominos to place my easy order”, and “Alexa, ask Dominos to track my order”.

18. Food Finder

If you want to find great places to go out for a meal, you can use this Skill. Enable it by saying “Alexa, enable Food Finder“, and then you can start it by saying “Alexa, open Food Finder”.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “I want some Mexican food in 98004“, and “find me Thai food in 98004”.

Music and Audio Related Skills

19. Guitar Tuner

If you own a guitar, this Skill can help you to tune it. The Skill plays the guitar notes from the low E string to the high E string, and you can tune your guitar by ear. To enable it, say “Alexa, enable Guitar Tuner“, and then, you can say “Alexa, ask Guitar Tuner to tune my guitar“.

Another command that works with this Skill is: “Alexa, ask Guitar Tuner to tune”.

20. Acoustic Metronome

If you want to practice playing a song, but you keep losing the beat, you can try this Skill. It plays a drum beat at the tempo that you pick out (from 40 – 199 bpm). To enable the Skill, just say “Alexa, enable metronome“, and then, you can use it by saying “Alexa, ask metronome to play 50“. You can choose any value between 40 to 199 beats per minute.


21. HuffPost

The HuffPost Skill can read out headlines from the Huffington Post, once you have enabled it by saying “Alexa, enable HuffPost“, and then, you can say “Alexa, open HuffPost”.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask HuffPost for the news“, “Stop”, “End”, and “Cancel”.

22. TechCrunch News

To enable the TechCrunch News Skill, just say “Alexa, enable TechCrunch news“. After that, you can say “Alexa, ask TechCrunch news for headlines“, or “Alexa, open TechCrunch news”.

Productivity Related Skills

23. 1 Minute Mindfullness

This Skill helps you take a break from the world around you and enter a one minute sound meditation. To enable this Skill, simply say “Alexa, enable mindfullness“, and then you can say “Alexa, ask mindfullness for a minute meditation“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask mindfullness for a forest meditation”, and “Alexa, ask mindfullness for meditation”.

24. Quick Events

The Quick Events Skill allows you to add events to your Google Calendar directly from your Amazon Echo. To enable the Skill, say “Alexa, enable Quick Events“, and then, you can say “Alexa, open Quick Events”.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, tell Quick Events to add go for a walk tomorrow at 3“, and “Alexa, tell Quick Events to add beach trip all day on Sunday”.

Social Skills

25. Twitter

The official Twitter Skill can let you use your Amazon Echo to read tweets from your Timeline, find out trending topics around you, and even read out the tweets that were liked by you. To enable this Skill, just say “Alexa, enable Twitter“, and then you can say “Alexa, ask Twitter what’s happening“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are: “Alexa, ask Twitter what’s happening”, and “Alexa, ask Twitter for trends”.

26.  Teach Alexa New Responses

This Skill can prove to be an extremely fun thing to do when a lot of people are present. You can enable this skill by saying “Alexa, enable everyone around“, and then you can ask Alexa a custom question that you have set up in the app, or the website. To set these replies up, you can say “Alexa, tell everyone around to open the app“, which will send you an email with a link where you can set up the custom replies.

27. Ask My Buddy

This Skill is extremely useful, especially for people with disabilities. To enable the skill in Amazon Echo, say “Alexa, enable ask my buddy“, and then you can send distress messages to your friends and family. You can use the Skill by saying “Alexa, ask my buddy to alert all my contacts“.

28. Pickup Lines

The Pickup Lines Skill can give you a plethora of pickup lines. To enable this Skill, just say “Alexa, enable Pickup Lines“, and then, you can say “Alexa, open Pickup Lines“.

Other commands that work with this Skill are : “Tell me a line”, “Tell me another one”.

29. Tips Calculator

If you want to calculate the amount you should tip, simply ask your Echo. First, enable the skill by saying “Alexa, enable tips calculator“, and then, you can say “Alexa, launch tips calculator“.

30. Color Convert

If you have the RGB, Hex, or LSM value for a color, you can use Color Convert to convert it. To enable this Skill, simply say “Alexa, enable color convert“, and then you can say something like “Alexa, ask color convert hex FF00FF to RGB“. The Skill can convert colors between the Hex, RGB and HSL formats.

SEE ALSO: How to Set Up and Use Amazon Echo Outside US

Supercharge your Amazon Echo with These Great Alexa Skills

Once you start using the Echo with these third party Alexa Skills, you will realize how much potential the little device has. The applications for this device are many; and in such a versatile design and small package, the Amazon Echo is definitely a great device to invest in. We would like to know your experience with the Amazon Echo. Also, if you think we missed out on some great Echo Skills that deserve to be on this list, feel free to leave us a line in the comments section below.


Akshay has been a gadget freak since longer than he cares to admit and loves everything to do with technology. When he's not fanboying over the latest and greatest in the tech universe, he watches Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley.


  1. Thanks for your report on Amazon’s Alexa / Echo device. Their Alexa Voice Service is also available on other devices, such as Invoxia’s Triby.

    We are especially thankful for being #27 on your list. As you mentioned, Ask My Buddy is a Personal Alert Network service designed to let people build their own network of emergency contacts, and to use the Alexa voice Service to contact them in an emergency.
    Most important? Its free.

    Thanks again!