Everything is getting digitalized, so is our homes. The advent of smartphones has made mobile devices smarter and more intelligence. Voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant have changed the way we relate with our devices. Having a smart home implies having a home with most gadgets and appliance smart and intelligent. How does it feel to tell Alexa to play your favorite music as you head home, and you're welcomed by that music? Let's unravel the best smart devices for your home.
Best Smart Home Devices
1. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
Amazon Echo does the job for you when mentioning smart speakers for the job. It gives out an excellent sound output. Controlling it is possible with your voice. The speaker is powered by Dobly technology that gives out crisp highs and deep bass audio. Use your voice to give Echo commands like asking Alexa for the weather, reading you the news, or giving you directions. You can connect your smartphone to it to play the song you love or set a playlist.
Smart Plugs are often suggested as one of the important smart home devices, especially when talking about the connected home device. They are not expensive, simple, and easy to use. They just perform the primary function of toggling power on and off remotely. The smart plug we recommend here at TechLector is TP-Link's Kasa Mini. It uses Wi-Fi to connect to your network and works with an app. The app allows you to schedule turning on or off. Voice assistant are supported on the plug such as Google Assistant and Alexa.
3. Arlo Ultra
The Arlo Ultra is an excellent camera solution. It is a smart camera that streams and records video in true 4K, or Ultra High Definition (UHD). Loaded in it are automatic zooming, motion tracking, color night vision, an integrated spotlight and siren, one-click 911 connectivity, a 180-degree field of view, and more. It does its operations wirelessly and very easy to install. We recommend it if you're thinking of a smart camera for your home.
4. Nest Thermostat
With the Nest Thermostat, you can control the temperature of your home via your phone or voice assistant, and this lets you save energy and thereby saving money on your cooling and heating bills. If at all you forgot to lower the heat of the house, just launch the Nest app on your mobile device and control the heat down to your desired temperature. If you want it up again as you're heading home, reach out for your phone and adjust it to be higher.
To keep security in good shape in your home, you may consider SimpliSafe. It is a smart security device that will serve you, and it starts at $229 for the base station, a keypad, a motion sensor, and an open/close sensor. One good thing about the device is that you can customize the settings and choose from different sensors, from smoke to glass-break. You can decide to subscribe to a $15-a-month professional monitoring package, but it is not required.