As time continues to pass, our homes are getting smarter. By the looks of the trajectory, we'll soon be living in times where pretty much everything is hands-free. From your thermostat to your speaker, there are a handful of devices out that already accomplish that. Something is a smart home device if it can connect to a Wi-Fi network, and can be controlled by the person's voice or smartphone. Most of the products on the market today can link up with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Samsung's SmarThings platform. Continue reading to find out the best smart gadgets money can spend for your humble abode.
The Google Nest Hub Smart Display
The Google Nest Hub smart display is a connected multitool for your home. Essentially, it helps improve the IQ of your smart home. Once you have it connected to your Wi-Fi, you can control anything else made by Google with this device and a few other smart home products.
There is a max version, and a regular one, and the prices are vastly different. For the standard, it will cost you around $90.00, if you choose to upgrade it will set you back $229. There are built-in speakers along the bottom of the device that are louder than you would think. With the Google Assistant tool, you can command it from the comfort of your bed.
Apple HomePod Smart Speaker
The Apple HomePod Smart Speaker is Apple's attempt to get into the smart speaker market. While they already lead the pack in smartphones, they're doing a pretty good job at catching up to the Google Home and Alexa devices.
At $299, this device has better speakers than any other smart speaker in its price range. It comes in multiple colors and has Siri built-in as well. Like the Google Nest Hub, the HomePod acts as a HomeKit hub, letting you control various smartphones.
As of September 2019, the Amazon Echo is in its 2nd generation model. The flagship smart speaker packs sensational sound with an attractive sound for $99.99. With the ability to add changeable covers, this is a bargain.
This new generation device is smaller, but it still does the same things. It can control other smart home gadgets, read your audiobooks, and purchase items online for you. You no longer have to move a muscle to shop online.
Arlo Ultra Wireless Home Security System
If you want your home to have proper protection, then the Arlo Ultra Wireless Home Security System is the way to go. It's easy to hook up, and it has a system with a built-in siren with up to ten wireless camera models.
Each of the cameras has a 4k HDR image sensor. One of the better features is that the cameras don't need charging for a few weeks. Oh, and they're weather-resistant, so you don't have to worry.
Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Mesh Router
When you choose the Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Mesh Router, you're choosing more than one thing. This Samsung device combines a highly capable mesh router with an exciting smart home hub.
Not only is it compatible with all major smart home standards, but you can also control it with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With the ability to cover 4,500 square feet, one can connect up to 32 hubs for an even more extensive reach of space. Pick one up for $117.99.
Cnet calls the Nest Hello the best video doorbell on the market. After this device connects to your Wi-Fi, you can see who's at your door in real-time. Not only that, but it can obtain and store three hours worth of clips for free.
The regular price for one these is $230, but a retailer like Walmart will have sales for the product and reduce it to $180 as they've done in the past. The Nest Hello can help you build your facial recognition database based on who arrives at the door. Once it familiarizes, the app will alert you with who exactly is at your door.
LG C9 4K Smart OLED TV
The LG C9 4K Smart OLED TV stands out from other smart TV's thanks to artificial intelligence powering it. Other than that, you get seamless access to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
With industry-leading picture quality, the ability to connect with Google Assistant makes this entertainment centerpiece an immaculate smart home hub. Once you're willing to spend the $1,996.99 on the TV, you'll be the king of the family when everyone comes to visit and watch the big games!
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle
Many people worry about the prospect of having a smart lock. A hacker might get into it, or a technical failure might compromise the entry point of your house. While these are legitimate concerns, you don't have to fret over the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle.
This device only takes 15 minutes to install, and it doesn't replace the lock mechanism of your door, so you can still use the physical key. The smart lock connects via Bluetooth and connects with Google, Alexa, and Siri. You can assign timed virtual keys to whoever visits as well. Get one for $198.
Neato Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum
For $749.99, you can have the cleanest house on the block thanks to the Neato Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum. It might be mouthful saying the full name of this vacuum, but it's worth it.
Thanks to laser-mapping tech, this robot scans, and systematically clean spaces while avoiding obstacles in light or dark. The Neato Botvac also stores multiple floor plans and allows you to mark "no-go" lines through your smartphone. Your house will never be cleaner.
The Nest has a ton of products that help with the security of your home, and the Protect is another helpful one. After spending $119, you'll get a device that detects smoke and carbon monoxide in extraordinary ways.
The Nest Protect has sensors designed to pick up slow and fast-burning fires. It will also inform you of which room the danger comes from and can link to other smart devices. That way, it can automatically turn on the lights in the event of an emergency!
The WeMo Mini is a simple, smart plug that's compatible with all major smart assistants. It may be wide, but it's thin enough to fit two on one outlet. For as low as $12.95 on eBay, you can get a device that has an on/off switch that lets you control the devices connected to it.
You might not be able to see energy consumption, but you can connect to Alexa, Google, and HomeKit. There's also a smart Away mode that gives the appearance that you're home.
Sonos Beam Soundbar With Amazon Alexa
Soundbars are essential if you wish to have a proper home theater installed at your house. The Sonos Beam has a gorgeous design and impeccable audio quality to match. You can get them in black or white, and they're easy to install.
For $394.49, you can have full Google and Alexa compatibility, as well as Apple AirPlay 2 support. Turn your entertainment center into the best place to be in your residence with this device installed.
Bose Home Speaker 500 Smart Speaker
Bose has always been a central player in the audio landscape. Their headphones are state of the art products, and so is their Home Speaker 500 Smart Speaker. The beautiful design is only one key aspect.
With full Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, the price tag of $399 is worth it. Even though it might be a little compact, it has an extensive audio signature that you would expect from a larger speaker. With eight built-in microphones, it can hear voice commands exceptionally well. Plus, there's a neat built-in color screen.
Samsung Family Hub Smart Refrigerator
As long as your fridge keeps the food safe, what's the point of getting a new one? The Samsung Family Hub Smart Refrigerator is why you would want something else.
Through a Wi-Fi connection, this fridge can create shopping lists, play music via a built-in speaker, and mirror the screen of your smartphone or Samsung TV. With a $3,597 price, these features make it worth it. You can also see inside the fridge thanks to a trio of built-in cameras.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat
The Ecobee smart thermostat ranks as the favorite for many tech websites for various reasons. Not only does it have Alexa built-in, but the remote sensors make it worth the $246.95 price tag.
The remote sensors ensure that every room in your house receives the proper cooling and heating. The latest version has an updated speaker so that you can play music and use all of Alexa's features like messaging, and Spotify integration. Keep your home at the right temperature with style.
Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote Control
Forget about every other universal remote control. You now have access to the Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote Control, the best on the market. It has the power to control almost any electronic you own in every room.
The devices it can have power over include your TVs, streaming devices, sound systems, and gaming consoles. There's also an app that allows your smartphone to become a remote if needed. For $349, it can all be yours.
Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor
Need some more color in your life? Well, it's time you pick up the Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor bulb. You can grab one for only $24.99 and install it any standard E26 socket. Once it connects to your Wi-Fi without the need of a hub, you have access to 16 million colors.
Easily command the LED light with Alexa and Google Assistant to make things easier on you. With the app, you can create lighting schedules and see how much power a bulb uses.
Coway Airmega 400S Smart Air Purifier
Do you want the best air purifier on the market? Your best option is the Coway Airmega 400S Smart Air Purifier, which covers up to 1,560 square feet of living space! For $588.99, we'd say that it's worth the steep price.
With a built-in, real-time air-quality sensor, you can keep particles at bay. The dual-filter setup also keeps odors away as well. You can control everything via your smartphone app or with Amazon Alexa. Keep your air clean with this device.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera
For optimum indoor security, your best bet is the Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera. This intelligent home security camera can recognize faces, giving it the ability to alert you when there's a stranger in the house.
With the Google Assistant built-in, you can use it as a smart home hub too. The 4K HDR-capable sensor allows for sophisticated footage and zooming in towards an object with stellar results. Also, the device supports two-way communication with built-in microphones. Secure one for $299.
TP-Link Kasa Smart HS300 Power Strip
If you have the TP-Link Kasa Smart HS300 Power Strip, your friends and family members no longer have to ask for a charging cube. This nifty power strip comes with six individually controlled power outlets and three USB ports for smaller devices.
This power strip can work with Alexa, Google, and Cortana voice commands, so there's that. For $69.99, you can keep tabs on the energy consumption of each device it powers. The only thing lacking is that it doesn't work with Apple HomeKit.