Smart Homes have become the quintessential way to interact and control items in your home. These Devices let you remotely control items like your lighting, your TV, thermostat, or even the locks and security in your home all from your smartphone or by a voice command. Even though the age of smart homes is still in its infancy there are plenty of products and whole ecosystems that wants to help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app.. The Accessories below are currently some of the best smart home systems and individual gadgets on the market. They will help you to assemble an affordable intelligent abode on your own terms to make your home just a bit smarter.
Priced From $180USD
The Amazon Echo is Amazon’s kool voice-activated home speaker with its own intelligent virtual assistant called Alexa to play and control music and also give you connected home experience. It has a lot of features integrated and a few tricks up its sleeve to help make your smart home starter. You can take phone call or ask, Alexa to stream any kind of music or a specific song or band you want to hear from services like Pandora and Spotify. You can do so much more like setting your kitchen timer as you cook, turn your lights on or off, turn your heat up or down in the room. Alexa gives you so many possibilities to control most of the electronic devices in your smart home. She will tell you jokes, confirm sports score or even order and Uber and so on.
Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit
Priced From $33USD
This Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a really affordable way to add smart lighting to your home. You will be able to wirelessly control the light by turning it on or off and dimming it by using the included magnetic remote that you can stick on your wall or wherever you like. There are is no sort of wiring that’s required its all wireless. This is much simpler to use than the more expensive Philips Hue products. If you want to make the bulb a lot smarter you’re going to need the Philips Hue Bridge, which allows it will work with all 3rd party integrations like the Amazon Echo. This smart-light is a great way to add a smart-light to your smart home if you’re on a small budget.
August Smart Lock 2nd Generation
Priced From $103USD
This 2nd Gen August Smart Lock is a really awesome way to control your door lock from your smartphone. The home kit has a new face design with a built in magnet and a new turn style. You can add this smart lock to the deadbolt on your door. It has Bluetooth, auto lock and unlock features which you can access via your iOS or Android app.
This new 2nd Gen now has Apple Home Kit so you can ask Siri to lock or open your door. The August Smart Lock 2nd Gen is a very reliable device with a simple and easy to use interface.
Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen)
Priced From $232USD
The 3rd Gen Nest Thermostat is a really great way to control the temperature remotely via WiFi from a phone, tablet or PC. It has a large display with all the necessary information on display and it also has more sensors than the previous version, along with geofencing support and a furnace monitor.
Amazon Echo Dot
Priced From $50USD
The Amazon Echo Dot is the much cheaper sibling of the bigger Amazon Echo. You can’t deny how much it resembles a hockey puck, but it’s a really great device that will listen to your commands and answer just like the bigger Echo. Similar to the bigger Echo, you can ask it to read news feeds, to do a schedule, set timer while you’re cooking and much more. It’s not a music speaker like the bigger echo but you can connect it to your HiFi speaker and play your favorite tunes. The Amazon Echo is a bargain and is the best option for those on a small budget.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Priced From $239USD
The Ring Pro is more than just your average doorbell. It has a camera that shoots in 1080p so you can keep your eye on the front of your door from a remote location. You can control the Ring Pros features via the Ring app on your iOS, Android or Windows device. The app allows you to see everything that you’re connected to like your device health, motion sensor, camera and hallway chimes. It also has a dedicated ring alert for when someone pushes the bell. If you’re looking for a great doorbell with a camera for your smart home the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a great option.
Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
Priced From $39USD
The Belkin Wemo Insight Switch allows you to track power usage of your electronic devices. This works by simply plugging it into your wall outlet then plug your electronic device into the Insight Switch. Then just set it up on your smartphone via WiFi. From there your smartphone can control power to the device and you can use the app to control basic programming cues like setting up the timer, setting it to run on a certain day of the week and you can extend the functionality even more with the IFTTT protocol. With IFTTT you can regulate TV usage, gaming console usage and more.
Amazon Echo Show
Priced From $229USD
The Amazon Echo Show is the best Amazon Echo so far. It’s basically an Amazon Echo with a touchscreen. The 7inch touchscreen has a 1024×600p display which has pretty decent image quality. There are also 2inch speakers at the front below the touchscreen with good audio quality, very good for casual listening.
Setting up is really quick and simple, you just add your WiFi password and you’re good to go. This has all the features like the cheaper Amazon Echo, you get all the Amazon content plus Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, SiriusXM, and more. You can watch movies and videos from apps like YouTube. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera for video calls and 8 microphones.
Elgato Eve Energy
Priced From $49USD
This power switch is a great way to get your electronic devices automated. Similar to the Wemo you can plug-in electronic devices like a fan, lamp or whatever you choose. You can control your electronic device via Apple Mobile where you’re able to turn the electronic device on or off remotely, monitor your energy consumption and much more. The Eve Energy will calculate the cost the of the power that’s been used and it works with HomeKit. The Elgato Eve Energy is a great way to monitor the electronic devices in your smart home remotely.
Lifx Color 1000
Priced From $53USD
This is the second-gen Lifx Color charging smart bulb. These smart LED bulbs are very bright and extremely efficient with vivid colors. The Lifx can be automated using Amazon Echo so you will be able to tell Alexa to change the color of the light. You can also control it wirelessly from your mobile or windows device. It’s compatible with other 3rd party devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Lifx Color 1000 is one of the best color changing bulbs on the market.
Priced From $118USD
The Nest Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector with a really sleek design. This smart device knows the difference between smoke and steam. If the Nest Protect senses smoke or carbon monoxide it will speak a warning before the alarm goes off and alert your phone of the issue. There’s also a built in camera that will record a clip of the incident so you can review it at a later time.
Setting up the Nest Protect will vary depending on which version you choose, there’s the plugin version and the battery version. It has an IFTTT channel so you can do a lot of 3rd party integration like making your Lifx color 1000 flash red in the event of a smoke or carbon monoxide issue. It’s compatible with Amazon and Google.
Nest Cam IQ
Priced From $168USD
The Nest Cam is a new version to the popular older model. The camera has 1080p video quality which is pretty good. This advanced camera has digital sensors that will alert you of any activity and stream the footage at a high resolution. You’re able to monitor the camera via WiFi from the web or mobile app. With its awesome software, you can zoom in on a person or object and follow them around the room. To get even more features like face recognition, it will come at a cost from the Nest Aware subscription. The Nest Cam has a speaker and microphone that allows you to communicate with home from your mobile device. It’s compatible with Google and Amazon.
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