Practical smart home gadgets you can control from your phone

Keeping up with all the tasks around your home can be a job in and of itself. But no one has the time or motivation for that. That’s why you need an easier way to control your home appliances: operate them from your phone. You’ve already got it in your pocket anyway. Why not use it to streamline your home electronics? These practical smart home gadgets are ones you can control from your phone to make your home's daily operation run smoother.

Practical smart home gadgets you can control from your phone
Amaryllo Apollo Biometric Tracking Security Camera on a Yellow Shelf

When it comes to tasks around the house, easier is always better. Honestly, no one wants to devote an extra ten minutes in the morning and evening to opening and closing all the blinds in their home. But having your blinds at the right height can create the ideal mood. A set of smart blinds that you can control from your phone is one item you’ll find on this list of practical smart home gadgets.

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Controlling your electronics and front door should be as easy as looking at your phone. There’s no reason to search high and low for your iPhone charger and then run to the ringing doorbell when you can operate everything from your smartphone. In fact, the NHS says that time-management techniques, like automating some of your daily tasks, can help minimize the negative effects of stress.  The gadgets we’ve listed here will help things run more smoothly at home, a place where you should be able to relax. These practical smart home gadgets you can control from your phone can help you achieve that.

Ween Life-Responsive Smart Thermostat

One of our practical smart home gadgets, the Ween Life Responsive Smart Thermostat, can save you money. It uses GPS algorithms and motion detection to determine when you’re away from home. This way, it can adjust your home’s temperature accordingly. Over time, it even learns your schedule and predicts the temperature you need. Now that’s a smart thermostat!

Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet

Control all of your appliances via your phone with the Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet. This device works with your Apple HomeKit to control your TV, coffee maker, lights, or any other electronic device that plugs into a standard outlet. And you don’t even have to go into your phone to make it work since it’s compatible with Siri.

iSmartAlarm Contact Sensor Door & Window Alarm

Smart home gadgets that let you know what’s happening at your home’s entrances are incredibly practical. The iSmartAlarm Contact Sensor Door & Window Alarm attaches to both sides of your door or window, notifying you whenever they open. They’re easy to install and work with the CubeOne central hub to set off a 110-decibel alarm.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Bulb Warm Amber Light

The TP-Link Kasa Smart Bulb Warm Amber Light lets you create a vintage atmosphere in your house, the smart way. The 40-watt and 400-lumen warm amber bulb produces an amber-brown glow circa the turn of the 20th century. But unlike the original light bulbs, you can control this amber light with your phone or voice. It also boasts a dimmer for a romantic feel. Options like these would certainly blow Edison and Tesla away.

IKEA FYRTUR Smart Window Blinds

The IKEA FYRTUR Smart Window Blinds let you easily control the natural light in your house at any time of day. Controllable through a remote or your smartphone, these smart blinds automate the daily task of opening and closing your blinds. You can even set them on a timer for easier operation.

Minut Smart Home Alarm

You won’t need to buy so many smart home gadgets when you’ve got the Minut Smart Home Alarm. This device combines a motion detector, temperature and humidity monitor, mold analyzer, and alarm recognizer in one. And it does so without any cameras. Its infrared sensor tracks how many motion events are going on in your house. It also lets you know if other alarms like smoke or CO are going off.

Amaryllo Apollo Biometric Tracking Security Camera

A smart home gadget you’ll want to have at your front door is the Amaryllo Apollo Biometric Tracking Security Camera. Its biometric technology recognizes faces. So if the Apollo sees a face it doesn’t know, it will automatically track that person to provide you with the clear footage you need. Its app works on your iOS or Android device, and you’ll get notifications if the camera detects something amiss. It’s like having a security guard right at home.

Amaryllo Apollo Biometric Tracking Security Camera

Amaryllo Apollo Biometric Tracking Security Camera on a Yellow Shelf

Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor Home Security Device

Another smart home gadget that helps keep you safe is the Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor Home Security Device. Easy to set up, it needs just a phone and a Wi-Fi connection to get it going. It will notify you whenever someone comes in or just how often your kids peek inside the snack drawer. It also has a handy motion detector that can differentiate between people and pets.

Any of these practical smart home gadgets can make your home a lot easier to operate. And we’re pretty sure there’s something here that will make you feel like your house is on-par with the tech age. We’re certainly updating our shopping lists. What smart home devices have made your life easier? Let us know in the comments.

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Meet Lauren Wadowsky

Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she's not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters.
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