The smart home movement is not predicted to slow down any time soon. Many builders and new owners are opting in to adding smart features to new homes or older homes to give them a much-needed update. We have compiled a list of gadgets that can make your life easier as well as some that are just fun!
The Amazon Echo has quickly risen to the top of many lists as a favorite smart speaker. The Echo with Alexa can easily play music, read the news, set alarms and more with voice control. You can even turn lights on and off with compatible bulbs!
The Arlo Q 1080p security camera has excellent quality both day and night. There are motion-sensing technologies built in that will trigger instant email and phone alerts if there is activity in the house when you’re not home. Reviews boast quick and easy setup too, which is always a plus.
This smart thermostat has a slick touchscreen interface and a remote sensor to heat or cool all rooms properly. It also has Alexa built in, so an Echo is not required to use voice controls. Quick installation is also a common praise in reviews as well as the ability to access it from mobile devices away from home.
The Nest doorbell has extremely high video and audio quality. It recognizes faces so you don’t have to be alarmed when a friend or family member stops by unexpectedly. The camera also shows a full range of the front porch to see people head-to-toe or check to see if packages were dropped at the door.
This smart plug is a simple and inexpensive way to make just about any device “smart”. It allows electronics to be controlled from anywhere using your phone and works with voice-controlled devices for a hands-free experience.
Keeping the house clean can be a tedious task, but this vacuum makes it so much easier. It quickly picks up hair and crumbs and works well around corners. It can be controlled from your phone for quick access and has an easy-empty cup to remove debris between runs.