14 Smart home accessories that won’t break the bank (for $50 or less)
Looking to smarten up your home but have a tight budget? Lucky for you, we’ve compiled all the best smart home accessories that are just as affordable as they are intelligent.
- How can I find the right smart home camera for my home? While sensors and connected devices can monitor your home, there is nothing quite like having an eye in the sky. Installing a smart home camera allows you to check up on everything you hold dear — including kids and elderly relatives. If you are wondering which camera to buy or how they actually work, you have come to the right place. Here is our beginner’s guide.
- Which Spotify speaker should I buy? Thanks to Spotify Connect, you can play all your music via the speaker with ease. Those with this feature built-in transform your smartphone into a remote for your music. You can access your playlists, discover new artists, or even repeat that one song you love. The best Spotify speakers tend to also incorporate loads of intelligent features, making them the perfect device for your smart home.
- Which Alexa hub is the best? Simply purchasing Alexa-enabled devices won’t create the smart ecosystem you’re looking for. Instead, to create the best Alexa smart home, you need to find the right devices that suit your needs. Plus, you’re going to need a hub to manage them all – here’s our pick of the best.
It seems like everybody and their mother is hopping on the smart home trend. But, this is for good reason. Through AI, machine learning, and good ol’ Bluetooth connectivity, we’re alleviated from countless (boring) tasks. How incredible is it that you can enter your home and instantly have the perfect lighting? Or, that the alarm that wakes you up also triggers the coffee pot to start brewing? That’s truly the way to wake up and smell the coffee.
Smart home accessories and devices are a-plenty and we’re spoiled for choice. While you should commit to a single smart assistant such as Google Assistant or Alexa, most devices integrate with plenty of different platforms.
And, to make things even easier on yourself, make sure to invest in a hub. With a smart home hub, it’s extremely easy to manage all your devices in one place and app. You can even set scenes and situations, customizing your settings even down to the minute.
Of course, a smart home can be as expensive as it sounds. With big leaps in innovation come big price tags to go along with them. However, there are plenty of devices out there that are plenty smart and won’t break the bank and we’ve found 14 of the best.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker
If you want something smart, the Echo Dot is probably the quickest, easiest, and most helpful addition you could have. The 3rd generation smart speaker gives you full access to Amazon Alexa, meaning you can ask for anything and everything. With new skills added faster than you can keep up, there are few things Alexa can’t do. From relaxing your dog to commanding your other smart home devices, it’s a cinch to operate with your voice. You also get access to Amazon Music and it’s all just a command away. Coming in three modern color options, the smart speaker is complete with a beautiful fabric exterior to match any interior space.
Neos SmartCam Full HD Smart Security Camera
Have full peace of mind about your home security the smarter way. The Neos SmartCam provides full HD footage of any room you want to monitor. Not only does it record in 1080p HD, but it also gives you two-way audio. With this, you can chat to whoever is in front of the lens, all from your smartphone. And, this nifty little camera also has night vision and automatically arms itself. Using intelligent sensors, it’ll instantly start recording if it detects motion or noise. These clips are stored in AWS cloud storage with end-to-end encryption, giving you even more peace of mind. Likewise, when it detects motion or noise, you also get an instant notification on your device so you can get a live view.
Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug
It can be expensive creating a smart home. And, there are plenty of appliances that don’t have smart counterparts (or at least affordable ones). To cover this grey area is the Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug. It plugs straight into any standard outlet and gives you virtually endless control. Great for older electronics, the SmartThings Plug turns them into smart devices. With the app, you can manage those older devices, having them turn on and off as you need. Just think of all your beautiful lamps that match your home decor but don’t have a smart bone in their body. Now you can have your smart home without having to compromise on your personal style.
Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb
If you’re going to go down the Samsung SmartThings track, you might as well continue with their Smart Bulb. Just like the Smart Plug, this device is made to fit in with the products you already own. These LED bulbs screw right into your regular sockets, meaning they can be used with all your favorite lamps. And, the LEDs offer 806 lumens to brighten up your entire place. Using the app, you can manage the lights to your heart’s content. Not only can you turn them on or off, but you can also dim the lights. And, if that wasn’t enough, these intelligent lights can also respond to your voice whether you use Alexa, Bixby, or Google Assistant.
Nooie Cam 360 Motion-Tracking Camera
You may think a simple security camera in your living room is all it takes. But it’s most likely that the person or thing you want to track won’t stay in one place. With Nooie Cam, you can be instantly alerted to motion and disturbances in your space. But, this camera goes the extra mile and will pan around the room, tracking the motion in real-time. You get crystal clear 1080p HD footage with the lens always pointed at the perpetrator, whether it’s your dog on the couch when he shouldn’t be or a home invasion. If you feel like virtually popping in, you can also use the app to manually pan around the room. Incredibly, Nooie Cam can pan in a full 360°.
Belkin Wemo Smart Light Switch 3-Way Wi-Fi Switch
One great way to add in smart additions is to incorporate the old with the new., The Wemo Smart Light Switch has a three-switch design, all with smart capabilities. Although they look traditional, you can actually control the switches via Wi-Fi. This means your traditional ceiling lights, fans, and lamps all get the royal smart treatment. Of course, for the traditionalists, you can still use these switches manually. This helps them integrate seamlessly into your life and accommodate every member of the family.
Swidget Customizable Smart Outlet
Beyond a smart plug, why not just update the entire outlet? This smart outlet is totally customizable. In fact, it has six different insert options. Along with customizable plugs, including standard plug and USB, it also has options for a Z-Wave outlet insert and a Wi-Fi insert. With these, you can instantly make smart any electronic you plug in, helping you create your smart home. Plus, it gives you full access to Alexa and Google Assistant for an even more seamless experience. Each Swidget works on its own, but you can also pair multiple units together to manage your smart home even more.
Lexi Next-Generation Smart Lighting
Sometimes, traditional just isn’t going to cut it. The Lexi Smart Lighting is next-generation lighting. The brand offers a variety of lighting solutions, all expertly and intelligently designed to be as convenient as possible. The lights available include LED candles and rechargeable smart tea lights. With 16 million color options to choose from, you’ll never have to deal with horrible lighting again. And, the smart Lexi system has an app that lets you control Philips Hue, LIFX and Sylvania products, too. As your smart home grows, you get even more convenience and control.
Wyze Sense Home Sensor System
You already know smart home security is one of the fastest-growing niches in the smart device world, but it’s easier than ever to get started. Wyze Sense is a whole suite of smart products, each one designed to put you at ease. The kit comes with two contact sensors and a motion sensor, along with Wyze Bridge to connect them all. The contact sensors can detect an open window or door and alert you, no matter where you are. Then, as an added measure, the motion sensor can alert you to any detected motion when there shouldn’t be any. The entire starter kit is amazingly affordable.
Eve Motion Wireless Motion Sensor
Looking for simple yet effective? Eve Motion is a smart motion detection system that alerts you instantly to any motion. It sports a 120-degree viewing angle, meaning it can detect just about everything that crosses its path. Plus, it has a range of 30 feet. This allows it to detect motion even across the room. It also connects to Apple devices, so it’ll integrate easily into your everyday life. It also has a two-second reaction time. Once it detects motion, it triggers an alert to be sent to your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device.
Nest Bluetooth Temperature Sensor
If you already have a smart thermostat, or one is just out of your budget, the Nest Temperature Sensor might be for you. Place it in any room and it will keep track of the temperature with precision. You can track temperature as it changes throughout the day, or you can use multiple sensors in different rooms to track it all. If you do already own the Nest Thermostat, it syncs instantly and it can trigger an adjustment in your heating system. This makes easier than ever to maintain the ideal temperature in your home. For those with heat-sensitive stuff, such a antiques or certain foods, this sensor is life-changing.
Belkin WeMo HomeKit Bridge
Having multiple smart devices can get confusing. You may also run into devices not communicating with each other, making you wonder why you opted for a smart home in the first place. To quell your frustration is the Belkin WeMo HomeKit Bridge. In layman’s terms, it makes sure your WeMo devices can communicate seamlessly with your Apple devices. Then, you can use Siri and just your voice to command and control all your WeMo devices. Because it uses your home’s Wi-Fi network, you’ll never have to worry about Bluetooth and distance again.
Sammy Screamer Motion Alarm
Do you have multiple people to keep in line at home? Whether it’s your partner or your spouse, the Sammy Screamer can help. This clever device is a motion alarm, but unlike any you’ve ever seen. As soon as it detects motion, it sends off a screeching alarm, notifying everyone around. Pairing with your smartphone, you can set schedules to make it work with your life. It’s perfect for the fridge, cookie jar, or anywhere else family members try to access without permission. It’s also great for keeping yourself accountable whether it’s for cutting down on calories or screen time. It also comes in four fun colors so everyone will know it’s there.
Aria Modern Home Affordable Smart Home Gadgets
While technically the price for this is over $50, it comes in a bundle, saving you lots of money. The Aria Gadgets include an ambient sensor, smart plug, multi-color light bulb, daylight light bulb, and LED strip controller. Used altogether, it’s home security, home management, and intelligent lighting all in one. The lights also have 16 million color options for total customization. Ember is the ambient sensor that can detect temperature and humidity and then trigger subsequent actions. Imagine your AC automatically turning on as soon as it gets hot outside — talk about smart. Plus, it works with Alexa and Google Assistant for instant voice control. Plus, you can always add to your suite with additional Aria products to fill your home.
Do you have any must-have smart home devices you got for cheap? Let us know in the comments!
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