The smart home isn’t only a dream for enthusiasts anymore, but a mainstream reality in a lot of homes around the world. It has many advantages and can improve your daily routine in many ways you didn’t know were possible. Want in on the action? we have got some of the best products that we think will improve your life and help you set up or upgrade your smart home.
For most people, the most important priority is home security, and start their home setup with a camera or smart doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell does both.
The video doorbell provides the option to speak and listen if someone is at your door, has complete control and 1080p video in the app, and can connect to your Alexa smart devices in the house for easy hands-free use. The doorbell also has high-quality night vision and can connect to your existing doorbell hardwiring.
The Ring Doorbell is one of Amazon’s best-selling doorbell cameras and has a very affordable $59 price tag. You can bundle in the Ring Chimefor an extra $20, which will help you know if someone is at the door when you are far from your phone or Alexa device.
In recent years, Alexa has become the most popular voice assistant, for its wide device compatibility, intelligence, and AI quick learning. Out of the many products that enable Alexa, the one that started it all: the Echo – or its latest iteration – the Echo Dot 4.
The Dot 4 has a powerful 1.6″ speaker inside a small and compact body, supports voiced music commands with streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, and has physical buttons, including an “off mic” button for privacy. As with any Alexa voice device, you can do all the commands and controls to your connected network, ask for information, and add items to your Amazon shopping list.
For its compact form factor, the Echo Dot 4 performs remarkable and delivers great value to its $49 price. The speaker has a wired connection but can also work with many other 1st and 3rd party docks and accessories and has a $59 version with an illuminated digital clock display.
*The Echo Dot 4 is currently in sale for $39 and $44 for the clock version*
At some point, and more often than not, people wish their house would be at the right temperature when they come back, but don’t bother looking for a solution. That is where Amazon’s smart thermostat comes into play. It is made to solve one of the most overlooked problems in our day-to-day life, and it doesn’t do a bad job.
The thermostat comes with some very useful features such as remote temperature control, connection to Alexa, and pre-scheduled settings for specific times of the day. It had a very simple DIY installation process with a voiced guide on Alexa, and it can be installed in under 2 hours.
As an Amazon product, the Smart Thermostat will have smooth control it the Alexa app, and it is only $59 on Amazon.
*The Amazon Smart Thermostat is currently in sale for $47*
This one is very simple: these are light bulbs that connect to your WiFi and Alexa app and can be controlled with voice or remotely in the app. The lights have a warm and natural hue to them and have a quick setup process. They can be grouped for singular command controls, and the brightness can be changed between 10% – 100%.
For the $10 price on a single one, they don’t provide much value, but you can buy a pack of 6 bulbs for $35, which makes much more sense.
At a time when tech is in everything, implementing smart features into your house can change the way you operate and make it much more efficient and comfortable. As technology progresses, it is important to change and adapt to it, otherwise – we stay behind and progress is slowed down.