Have you started making your home ‘smart’? If not, here are some of the best ways to start, with some cool smart home devices you can install right now.
Cameras around your home are a great deterrent to unwanted trespassers. There are several options in this market, but Google Nest Cam is certainly a popular one. With great video quality, better sensitivity to avoid setting off alarms when cats run through your yard, and amazing remote monitoring features, you can get some great peace of mind with a smart home security system.
Remember the days when the ability to clap your lights on and off was revolutionary? We’ve come a long way since then, and smart lighting is now not only convenient but energy-efficient. Certainly, the ability to turn lights off from an app, no matter where you are, is a big step forward.
Two of the best products to consider are Kasa Smart and Phillips Hue. Kasa has taken the smart lighting world by storm, and offers terrific value, ease of use and voice control. The other big player here is Wyze, so it’s just about finding which one has the features you prefer.
Hands up, who loves doing the vacuuming? That’s a resounding total of nobody. Walking around the house hunched over a vacuum is never fun. Even if you’ve got a fancy Dyson, most people would rather be doing something else. Well, thanks to robo vacs, you can!
There are some amazing robotic vacuums on the market that can take care of your floors while you’re out. The Roomba always stands out from the crowd, but the iRobot vacuum is also a good investment. With cool features allowing your vacuum to move freely around obstacles, as well as remote app monitoring and control, you’ll never think of housework the same way again.
The best smart home assistant?
It’s always a close call between Google Nest and Amazon Echo. Each has their loyal customers who would never consider the other, but it’s possible that Google just wins this one. Your smart home assistant is the key to everything in a smart home, so you want to make sure you get something that’s right for you.
If we’re being honest, the two systems rate much the same for most key metrics such as reliability, smart home control, sound quality and even overall customer satisfaction. However, Google’s smart assistant seems to be a little better equipped at understanding requests and performing search functions.
The area that Amazon wins out is in ease of use, particularly during setup. In reality, you can’t go wrong with either smart home display!