Whether you are looking for a connected light bulb, security camera, or thermostat, for your home start with the best smart home devices we have tried and tested for every room in the house.
So before we get down to the best smart home devices for 2021, let’s share with you or give you can information about Smart Home Technology.
What Is Smart Home Technology?
What if all the devices in your home could connect with the internet? Not just your computers and smartphones, but almost everything in your house including the: lights, doorbells, cameras, windows, window blinds, water heaters, clocks, speakers, appliances, cooking utensils, name them.
And also what if those mentioned devices could all like communicate, send you information, and take your commands as you say it? Well to make it clear to you, it is not science fiction; it is the Internet of Things (IoT), and it’s a major key component of home automation and smart.
Home automation is literally what it sounds like: automating the house and the ability to monitor or control the items around in the house, from the window shades to the pet feeders, with an easy push of a button or by simply using a voice command.
Some activities, like ordering the lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are easy and fairly inexpensive. Others, like intelligent surveillance cameras, may require a more significant amount of investment of time and money.
There are different smart home product categories, so you can regulate everything from lights and temperature to locks and home security devices.
They also happen to put together fantastic gifts, whether you are shopping for the festivities or buying a housewarming present. Here’s a rundown of the best products we have tested for every room of the house and how they work effectively.
- ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2
If you are looking to add some smarts devices to small home appliances like to your coffee makers, lamps, and TVs, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 is a great choice.
This universal dual-outlet smart plug can be monitored and controlled with an Android or iOS mobile app and works well with Alexa, Google Assistant, and also Siri voice commands. It lacks IFTTT support, but you can also make it work with other smart home devices like using HomeKit Scenes and Automations, and it monitors energy usage for both socket.
- Arlo Ultra
The Arlo Ultra lifts the bar for all outdoor cameras. It is the first of it kind that we’ve seen streaming and recording videos in true ultra 4K video quality, or Ultra High Definition (UHD), and it’s packed with cool tech including automatic zooming, gesture tracking, colour night vision, an integrated spotlight and siren, one-click 911 connectivity, a 180-degree field of view, and more.
It is also fully wireless and a snap to install. But You will have to sign up to one of Arlo’s subscription plans to take advantage of all that the camera has to offer for you, but it still rates top honours for outdoor security cameras.
- Nest Thermostat
At the price just $129.99, the Nest home Thermostat is the company’s most cheap model to date—and arguably the most beautiful. Like the $250 price tag Nest Learning Thermostat, it lets you have full control over your heating and cooling system by either phone or voice, set temperature schedules, and you can also remotely monitor your energy consumption.
The main difference is that it does not automatically learn your temperature preferences and set up a schedule for you but you can still do it manually. That makes it a big alternative to the Learning Thermostat for nearly half the price, and our Editors’ Choice winner for affordable smart thermostats.
- Wyze Bulb
Best recognized for its ultra-affordable home security cameras, Wyze entered the smart home lighting arena with the named Wyze Bulb, a tunable white LED that’s one among the cheapest bulbs we have come across.
Despite its low price in the market, it offers lots of features including a built-in Wi-Fi, support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, modifiable white colour temperatures, scheduling options, and also interaction with other smart home appliances.
- Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
The Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI can do both the vacuum and also mop your floors and with boasts, artificial intelligence and visual interpretation (AIVI) technology that enables it to automatically identify and avoid any obstacles it comes across.
It also features a neat Visual Butler feature that allows you to view live video of your home from wherever you are, and it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can start and stop cleaning with your voice anytime as long as you give the command. It is very expensive, but it’s one of the most feature-rich hybrid floor-cleaning robots we have e tested.
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