I am thinking about adding Echo to my Smartthings as I have a decent amount of GE In Wall outlets and light switches. Would Echo allow me to control those without IFTTT?
Yes, you can do any zwave or zigbee light switch or outlet that smartthings can control through the official smart things/echo integration without needing IFTTT. The outlets will be listed under echo as a “switch.” I have several of these.
In these screenshots, “Ceiling” is a GE outlet.
You can also add virtual switches to Echo, giving you even more options.