Even a few years back, the following devices were things of sci fi movies. After all, who thought that there will be a device that will answer all your questions? Or you will have a machine that will clean your house, all by itself? But, once again, thanks to internet, smartphones and modern technologies, these along with many other devices are now things of realities. Today, we are showing you the best smart home devices that you should have. After all, we live in 2018, right?
Here are our best smart home devices.
1. Smart Speaker Alexa – Amazon Echo 2017
Right, so this item has blown people away by far. The first Amazon Echo came in 2014 and the latest, 2017 version mainly bested it’s feature in terms of it’s looks. The new model is smaller, comes mainly in wood color, but there are more options (black, silver etc.) for you. And it has added an auxiliary input system which was not there before. The built in speaker is a little under performing than the previous version, but that’s why you get the aux input and connect with your sound system.
Those who don’t know about Amazon Echo, it’s the perfect home assistant that is capable of doing so much now. All you have to do is call ‘Alexa’ and give instruction to set your alarm, play a music, set timer, ask about weather or general knowledge question, send a message, even order an Uber for you. Recently, it has also added a secured banking feature as well! It’s 360 degree microphone can hear you from any corner of the house. And these are just the tip of iceberg, the best features of Amazon Echo is far more that you can imagine. Why not buy one right now, right?
2. Smart Thermostat – Ecobee 4
Having trouble in managing your electricity bill? Try the new Ecobee 4 smart thermostat and let it manage your home temperature efficiently. The new Ecobee 4 has all the great features that you have seen in Ecobee 3 and you also get Alexa installed in it. Therefore, if you have one of these, you can get the facilities of the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot’s features like asking about weather updates, various questions, or talking to it directly to manage your home electronics. But, if you already own a Ecobee 3 and a separate Amazon Echo, may be buying an Ecobee 4 would not bring much change in your life.
3. Best Indoor Security Camera – Amazon Cloud Cam
For indoor security, the Amazon Cloud Cam is hard to beat. We agree that there are other great cameras like Netgear Arlo Q, Belkin Netcam HD, Nest Indoor Cam etc. Each has there own advantages and disadvantages, just as the Amazon Cloud Cam. But, this item that we selected, gives an all round performance at a lower price and that sets it apart for indoor security.
It captures great 1080p live picture, can prompt motion detection and has 24 hours of free video storage facilities. If you subscribe for Amazon cloud subscriber, you will also get motion zones and person alert feature. It’s performance is reliable, the app is simple and the installation is very simple.
4. Best Outdoor Security Camera – Netgear Arlo Pro
The Netgear Arlo Pro is great for outdoor security monitoring. It’s WiFi enabled, waterproof and it’s powered by a battery that can last up to six months. It has free 7-day event-based cloud storage. The installation is a little hassling and also it’s costlier than the other competitors. But facilities like built in loud siren, motion detection, night vision etc. are convincing enough for you to try this product at home. You also get a two way audio microphone so that you can directly talk to unwanted people walking around your perimeter and ask them to leave.
5. August Smart Lock
With a simple software interface, the August Smart Lock is very easy to install. Many other smart locks are not really very user friendly; the app doesn’t work right, difficulty in setting up etc. comes up. Thankfully, this item is above all those. It looks great, the app works well and you can trust it’s performance. This device is compatible with Apple’s Siri, Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. You get this item in two different colors, silver or dark gray. However, we recommend you to check with your deadbolt if that’s compatible with the smart lock. or else you might have to replace the deadbolt before you set up your August Smart Lock. It’s one of the best smart home devices that you should have if you want a smarter home!
6. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a great looking, smart, video doorbell. It shows the videos of the person who rings your doorbell. It slim enough for you to fit on the door. The picture quality is 1080p and captures 160 degree area of visibility. It’s installation is a little tricky; it has a ‘chime connector’ that needs to be used for power management. You have to connect it with your mechanical or digital doorbell connection. It might seem a little inconvenient, but not difficult. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a little pricier than other competitor product, but this certainly is the most reliable, best performing smart doorbell you can get from the market. It also integrates with Alexa.
7. Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit
The Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit is like a must have if you want to have smart bulb in your house. In the standard packaging, you will get two bulbs and a smart hub and for $15 each, you can add more to it. These lights are vanilla white colored, you won’t be able to change the color, unless you buy a separate Hue Bridge. You will be able to control them with voice command via Siri, Alexa or Google Home; literally talk to the bulbs. You can program them to turn on and off at your preferred scheduling, you can dim or brighten them via smart home systems like Alexa. At full brightness, it can give over 800 lumens of light.
8. Best Smart Plug – TP Link HS105
If you want to make your electronic devices smart in a low cost manner, use the TP Link HS105 smart plug. The related app is easy to use and has some interesting features. You can schedule your devices to turn off and on as you wish, there is also an away mode that will turn your devices on even when you are not home, to make it look like someone is home. And the good thing is, it can be linked with other smart home devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.
9. Nest Protect – Smoke and CO Detector
The Nest Protect is a great tool for detecting smoke and carbon mono-oxide (CO). It stays connected with your phone, Alexa via WiFi. With the upgraded sensor, this device helps to detect both slow and fast burning fire. It looks great too. It’s another great feature is that it can tell in which room of your house the fire is located.
10. Samsung Powerbot R7070
If you are searching for best smart home devices, wouldn’t you think of a machine that will clean up for you? Of course you will! And that’s why, try the Samsung Powerbot R7070; it’s one of the best smart home devices. Well, don’t get super hyped up, because it won’t clean everything like a human would clean. But certainly, it will help you a lot. It can clean up hairs, simple dirt, food scraps, dust on the floor and we all know that it’s a big support. And guess what, you can easily schedule it to clean and it works with Alexa or Google assistant.
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