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Best Smart Home Devices

It can be challenging to select a smart home devices that best suits your needs and preferences given the wide range of manufacturers available.

The best smart home devices can make your home more automatic, safer and cleaner. In some cases, these connected products can even help you save money. Whether you want to turn on your lights from your smartphone, stream music to a speaker via Alexa (or Google Assistant or Siri), lock your doors remotely, or vacuum your floors without lifting a finger, the best smart home devices offer comprehensive convenience.

It can be challenging to select a smart home devices that best suits your needs and preferences given the wide range of manufacturers available. We have a wealth of practical experience working with smart speakers, displays, and many other web-connected devices because we are experts in everything automation-related. In order to help you make an informed decision about your upcoming smart home purchase, we’ve combined all of our knowledge into this list of the top products on the market today.

These also create better gifts for that friend who is into tech but you may never decide what to give them. With connected devices being a large part of most tech brands operating, a lot more affordable choices are now available in the market. To help you begin on your smart home journey, or complete the technology-laden home of your dreams. Now below is the list of 11 best Smart Home Products Which you can purchase easily.

Here is the list of 11 Best Smart Home Devices

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock

It’s an Amazon Echo Dot with a smart LED clock built into the front panel. However, this seemingly simple addition adds a lot of functionality to the Echo Dot, making it an even better smart home companion. In fact, we wish more smart home companies would take a cue from Amazon and make small but effective improvements to already excellent devices.

Besides the weather, the Echo Dot’s clock-like display can show the current temperature and also works as a timer. It also has an ambient sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the ambient lighting. The Echo Dot with Clock costs $10 more than the Echo Dot, but it’s a useful upgrade for those who want to know what time it is without having to ask Alexa.

Sonos One

Our recommendation for the best smart speaker is the Sonos One. It’s compact enough to be placed in most rooms in the house, but more importantly, it offers excellent sound quality superior to many other smart speakers. When properly tuned to the room’s acoustics, via the iOS app, the sound is fantastic, with powerful bass and clear treble. Unfortunately, the Android app doesn’t provide a TruePlay setting, but the speakers should still sound delightful. It’s also compatible with many streaming services, including the major ones like Spotify and Pandora.

The main advantage that a Sonos speaker offers over the competition is that it’s a gateway to a multi-room audio system that you can set up over time. It’s also handy if you’re planning to set up a home theater setup later, as the One model integrates well with Sonos soundbars. Plus, the Sonos One supports Alexa and Google Assistant, so you don’t have to worry about choosing one voice assistant over the other.

Arlo Q

The Arlo Q 1080p camera features excellent video quality both day and night, accurate motion detection sensors and a flexible programming mode. Best of all, though, you get a free week of video storage, so you can review the footage a few days later in case you missed something or need to check it out for another reason. For this reason, the Arlo Q is our top contender among the best home security cameras.

The square shape of the Arlo Q needs to be plugged into an outlet and it’s not waterproof, but it’s the best camera for monitoring the interior of your home or apartment. However, if you want to store video for longer, you can subscribe to one of Arlo’s cloud storage plans. Prices start at $3 per month for a single camera.

Amazon Echo

For people on a budget, there are several smart speakers priced around $100. We recommend you buy one of the three latest smart speakers from Google, Amazon or Apple. We feel that out of the three speakers the Echo has the best sound quality. Our colleague Nate Ingraham said the bass is impressive and the mids are quite powerful.

You can also pair two of them together to get even better stereo sound. However, the Nest Audio and HomePod mini are no less impressive either. The HomePod mini has a balanced sound, while the Nest Audio has pretty good bass tones. Again, it all depends on which assistant you prefer.

Ecobee SmartThermostat

The fifth-generation Ecobee smart thermostat has everything we loved about its Ecobee4 predecessor, like built-in Alexa, a sleek touchscreen interface, and a remote sensor that helps ensure all rooms in the house are heated or cooled properly. But the latest version comes with a better speaker that allows music listening, all of Alexa’s features (including Drop-In and Messaging), and integration with Spotify. The remote sensor also has longer battery life and better range.

The audio can’t compete with the Echo Dot in terms of quality, but the Ecobee is a smart means of outfitting a room with Alexa without connecting to another smart speaker. Not only is Ecobee one of the best smart home devices you can buy, it’s also our top pick among the best smart thermostats.

Echo Show 8

The best Alexa-powered smart display is the Echo Show 8. The Echo Show 5 is too small, and the Echo Show 10 and its rotating screen take up too much space. On the other hand, the Echo Show 8 is perfectly suited for most rooms in the house. Like other Alexa-equipped smart displays, it supports multiple video streaming services, including Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix, and has several built-in browsers that let you surf the web.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t support YouTube, which is a pretty notable omission given the ubiquity of the service. As a workaround, it can be accessed through the aforementioned browsers, but operating it isn’t as smooth as if it were a native app. You can use Show 8 to make video calls with any phone or tablet that has the Alexa app. Alternatively, it supports Skype, Zoom, and Amazon’s Chime service. Like the Nest Hub Max, the Show 8 also has an additional face-tracking feature that tracks the user’s movements in the room during a call.

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

The Philips Hue White starter kit includes two bulbs and a hub to connect them to other smart home devices. Although you cannot change the colors of these bulbs, you can adjust their brightness (up to 800 lumens) and add up to 50 to a single hub. Philips’ bulbs also work with a wide range of smart home systems, including Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Google Home, and Nest.

Philips Hue lights also have an app, Philips Hue Sync, which allows users to synchronize smart bulbs with media content on their Mac or Windows PC. For example, lights can be set to flash and change color based on music, videos and movies played on the computer. Users can also change color schemes and themes to suit their tastes. For an additional charge of $30, the initial kit can be upgraded with 4 bulbs instead of 2.

Nest Hub (2nd gen)

Our favorite Google smart display is the second-generation Nest Hub. It has a 7-inch screen, large enough to be placed in most rooms of the house. The size also makes it suitable as a digital picture frame. You can set it to insert photos of friends and family from the Google Photos library, and there is an intelligent algorithm that automatically uses the best shots while avoiding blurry ones. As you might expect, you can also use the display to watch YouTube, Netflix and other streaming services.

In addition, a smart display without a camera is great if you want to place it in more intimate places such as the bedroom, where you might be more protective of your privacy. If you place it next to your bed, Nest Hub also has a sensor that can track your sleep patterns, if you choose to do so.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

There wasn’t much to improve on in our August Smart Lock Pro review, but the company has gone ahead and modified its original to make it smaller and easier to use. As a new choice among the best smart locks, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45 percent more compact than its predecessor so it is less noticeable on the door. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, so you can bypass the August Connect bridge to connect the lock to your home network.

Everything we appreciated about the August Pro is still there: An easy installation process, features like DoorSense (which lets you know if the door has been left open), and compatibility with all major smart home systems, from Alexa to Google Assistant to Xfinity. In addition, August Wi-Fi allows you to keep your existing deadbolt keys.

Wyze Cam V3

Security cameras are useful for catching intruders, apprehending porch pirates or simply keeping an eye on your pet while you are away from home. Our favorite is the Wyze Cam V3 for its wide range of features and affordable price. It also has an IP65 waterproof rating, can be used both indoors and outdoors, and has color night vision that can record color night videos.

Like previous generation models, it sends alerts to your phone whenever it detects sound or movement. You can also customize the motion detection zones, which allow you to adjust the desired sensitivity. It also offers 24/7 continuous video recording, which can be stored via a 32 GB microSD card (not included).

Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

The $25 Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is one of the best smart home devices and our top choice among the best smart plugs. It is more compact than competing options, even than its predecessor the Wemo Mini. Although it does not have energy monitoring like other smart plugs, the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug works with all major smart assistants.

This smart plug has a physical switch, so if you don’t want to use your voice or an app to turn the device on or off, you can click Wemo’s switch. It also has a smart Away mode, which can make it seem like you’re home even when you’re not, by turning on a lamp intermittently.

Final Words

We hope you like this special collection of the best Smart Home Devices. It is clear that the categories they fall into are important. Instead of starters like smart plugs, smart lamps, or smart locks, our best smart home options will be the main meal. And no, we don’t think about price. Not because we are snobs, but because we truly believe that you should buy something if it is good. Think of the purchase as an investment with a potentially significant return if it is high quality and expensive.

Kevin Hawk
Kevin Hawk
Over the past several years, Kevin Hawk has been writing about various technology-related topics, including computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys, and smart homes. Outside of his professional life, Rob is quite enthusiastic about riding motorcycles, skiing and snowboarding, and participating in team sports, with football and cricket being two of his favorites.

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