Smart Home integration has been slowly creeping into homes across the globe thanks to the fact that we can finally connect our homes to the Internet and control our homes straight from our phones or voices. Tech makers like Google, Amazon, Nest and many more have been leading the charge by delivering quality products that deserve to be in any home.
Whether you’re looking for a digital assistant that practically does everything, smart thermostats that you can control from your phone, or home security systems; we’ve compiled a list of the 10 Must-Own Smart Home Products for your home in 2018!
10. Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
If you’re a fan of quality fine dining then you’ve obviously heard of preparing food ‘sous vide’ style (if not, it involves the process of cooking food in a vacuum sealed bag that is submerged in boiling water). Anova Culinary has revolutionized the method (used by top professional chefs) and made it easy enough to do in any type of pot with their Sous Vide Precision Cooker. With Wi-Fi capabilities that allow you to monitor the progress of your food, the Precision Cooker monitors and regulates heat in the water to ensure a perfect dish!
9. Netgear Arlo Pro 2
Netgear stepped up to the plate when it came to the task of an outdoor home security camera and the Arlo Pro 2 succeeds on all fronts! With support for 1080p video from both of the included cameras, the Arlo Pro 2 are weatherproof cameras that can be placed anywhere outside your home to help identify anyone coming near. Also, the Arlo Pro 2 comes with free cloud storage to store any clips that you may need. Also, the cameras have support for Amazon’s Alexa to help control with ease!
8. Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt
The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt is a “smart lock” system that may have been on the market for some time now but nevertheless, the lock still remains one of the best today. Using either a standard key or the touch of your finger to open the door, the Kwikset Kevo uses Bluetooth technology to open your door with extreme ease. Thanks to the Kwikset Kevo app, the deadbolt will detect registered users when they are outside the door allowing them to tap the lock for entry. The future is here.
7. Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Safety in our homes is primarily one of the reasons why people decide to fit their homes with “smart technologies,” and it should not stop when it comes to our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. With the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm this “smart alarm” designed to pick up and sense any type of fire and alert you to which room it is in. Added functionality allows you to pair with Phillips Hue lights (see below) so your lights will automatically turn on in case of emergency.
6. August Smart Lock Pro
If you prefer a little more functionality with a smart lock, then the August Smart Lock Pro is the “smart lock” is the product for you! Combined with the ability to connect to Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Smart Assistant and Apple‘s Siri to control and monitor door locks, the August Smart Lock has the ability to alert when people come and go and allows for keyless entry with your smartphone!
5. Google Home
When it seems like everyone is rushing to make “smart speakers,” the amazing folks at Google decided to make a new speaker that would help revolutionize the home. Google Home allows users to connect their home instantly through the amazing products of Google’s. With the added functionality of Google Assistant granting owners access to a personal assistant who can seemingly do everything, the Google Home sets its self out as one of the top “smart speakers” on the market.
4. Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit
If getting up to turn off the lights when you’re already snuggled up in bed is the bane of your existence, then this “smart light dimmer” is the ultimate product for you. Fully operatable from the light dimmer itself and an added remote, the Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit will also be fully operatable from an application on both iOS and Android devices. When you’re already wrapped up in a burrito and mid 10th The Office binge, this is the perfect companion.
3. TP-LINK HS105 Smart Wi-Fi Plug
Admit it, you’ve been running late for something and ran out of the door without turning something off! Call that problem a thing of the past with the TP-Link HS105 “smart plug” will reinvent how you plug things into the wall. Fully compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, the HS105 can be entirely controlled through an app that will allow you power or un-power devices from anywhere in the world!
2. Phillips Hue Starter Kit
No other smart bulb has done things quite like the Phillips Hue. With options between standard white lights or Full RGB LED bulb, the Phillips Hue allows users to fully control each bulb’s brightness and power from either your phone or through Alexa or Google Assistant. Phillips Hue lighting kits are fully equipped to be tinkered with until you find your desired lighting scheme.
1. Amazon Echo
Come on, if your even looking at this article there’s definitely a chance you already own this fantastic product but if you don’t… what are you even doing with your life? Amazon’s amazing and revolutionary smart device has been installed in millions of homes across the globe thanks to its phenomenal personal assistant Alexa which can interact with pretty much any device on the planet. Syncing everything pretty much every facet of our digital lives, Amazon Echo is a must own in any smart home even if it’s the first smart home item you own.