Our homes are getting smarter every passing year. But with these great smart home devices, you can take it to the next level.
How much does it cost to turn your house into a smart house?
Making your home smart will vary on your ambitions and, of course, budget. Estimates from sites like gearbrain.com indicate that, on average, it will cost you somewhere in the region of $11,000 for a basic setup with an Alexa and Lutron installation.
Other estimates from sites like fixr.com suggest a planned budget of around $1,000 per room.
What do smart homes do?
"A smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating." - internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com.
In this sense, a smart home offers occupants complete control of many aspects of their home and appliances with minimal physical effort.
If you do plan on making your home smart, be sure to research the potential risks and put in place appropriate measures to keep you safe and sound.
13 awesome smart gadgets for your home
Here are 13 awesome smart gadgets to make your smart home that little bit smarter.
This Kasa Smart WiFi plug from TP-link that works well will your home Alexa. These plugs help you create schedules to automatically turn devices on and off to save you a pretty penny.
You can create schedules to effectively manage your home's most power-hungry devices any time of day, even when you're out of the house.
Why not consider getting yourself this handy wall-mounted holder for your precious Echo Plus? Keep it out of harm's way, and conveniently placed at all times by strategically placing the holder in a suitable location.
For only 19 bucks you can rest assured your Echo Plus will be in very good hands.
Why bother cleaning the floors yourself when you can employ the work of this handy little Robo Vacuum? For as little as $349, you can sit back safe in the knowledge at least one house chore is in hand.
The robot is WiFi connected and has intelligent mapping making it ideal for carpets, hard floors and picking up pet hair. It can also connect with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
This wireless charging pad is Qi-certified and ultra-thin and enables fast wireless charging for your phone. It is compatible with 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs MAX, XS, XR, X, 8, 8Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 8, 5, Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, and most other Qi-enabled devices.
Home security is vitally important to keep you safe and sound in your smart home. These Larkkey Wi-Di Home Security Cameras are ideal for that and can connect with your Alexa to show you footage from around your home on command.
They can also be used as great little baby monitors too.
Using LED technology, these bulbs can connect with your Alexa or Google Home to remotely dim and even change color. Being LEDs they are highly energy-efficient and will last a very long time.
You can also download their free APP called "Smart Life" which lets you control the light individually or create different groups to control the lights even when you are not at home.
This ecobee SmartThermostat is voice-activated and Wi-Fi enabled. It comes with smart sensors to keep your home at the perfect temperature depending on occupancy and the time of day.
It helps reduce unnecessary use of energy and saves you a ton of cash over the long run.
The Sonos Multi-room Digital Music System Bundle is great for streaming music wirelessly anywhere in your home. You can use the system to play different music in different rooms or the same music in many rooms simultaneously.
It works over your existing Wi-Fi network and plugs into the wall so the music never needs to stop.
This Smart Humidifier is perfect for those who love to keep their home smelling awesome all the time.
"Use it like a normal diffuser or download the companion app to control features like LED color, mist intensity, timer settings, scheduling and more directly from your phone." - Amazon.
It is compatible with both Alexa and Google Home devices.
This great smart coffee maker is great for brewing-up on-demand remotely. It comes with a heavy-duty burr grinder, reusable filter, and 1.5-liter capacity glass carafe.
The maker can be controlled using its specially designed smartphone app or front LCD control panel.
This Logitech Harmony Companion all-in-one remote control is a great addition to your smart home. It connects easily with your Alexa and will let you perform activities like lowering the blinds, dimming the lights, firing-up the TV for movie night - - all with a tap of the finger.
This Instant Pot Lux 6 qt Multi-Cooker is a fantastic addition to any smart kitchen. It combines 6 kitchen appliances in 1, this pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and Warmer prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle.
This smart video doorbell is Wi-Fi enabled and allows for real-time video and 2-way chatting from anywhere with an internet connection. Keep your home safe day and night whether you are home or not with this great addition to your smart home.