20 Smart home devices and gadgets for under $100 and $200
Are you ready to knock the holidays out of the park with your gifts? You’d better make sure you have smart home devices and gadgets on your list. They’re the ultimate gift; big or small, they help us humans with everyday tasks to make our lives easier.
There’s so much that goes into gift-giving. It is absolutely true that it’s the thought that counts. But the thought isn’t just the fact you bought a gift. It’s the thought that goes into the gift that really makes a difference. Buying smart home devices and gadgets is always a winning option.
Just think back to any lame gift you’ve ever received. You probably thought “does this person even know me?!” Even if they did know you really well, perhaps they just didn’t have access to this awesome holiday gift guide.
Now, what makes a gift great? The gift should be useful and practical for the receiver. It should be something that makes their life better but also easier. Smart home devices and gadgets do exactly that.
From smart home security systems to automated devices, these gadgets will simplify everyone’s life.
Smart home devices under $100
Who says great tech has to cost an arm and a leg? There’s plenty of intelligent design and equally smart functionality all available for less than a Benjamin. Some of them are affordable enough that you can buy a few and still have money left over to treat yourself.
Teckin Outdoor Smart Plug
Indoor smart plugs are extremely convenient, giving you complete control of your home’s electronics through an app or smart home hub. But you don’t see as many smart outdoor outlets. The Teckin Outdoor Smart Plug will give you complete control over your outdoor gadgets, be it a speaker or outdoor patio lights. Use the outlet with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or control it via the Smart Life app for easy control. The plug doesn’t just give you instant on-and-off control of the plug but also lets you set timers and schedules so you don’t need to worry about turning your devices off at the end of the day.
Nest Mini Smart Speaker
The Nest Mini might look a lot like the Google Home Mini, but it comes with a few key upgrades. First, the audio output is vastly superior to the tinny-sounding Google Home Mini. That’s in part due to twice the bass power as its competitor, leading to a brighter and more natural sound. It’s also more customizable than Google Home Mini. For example, it comes with the option for wall mounting, which can help keep your desk and table space clear. It also comes with different color options to match any aesthetic or decor. Best of all, the fabric cover is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, so you’ll feel like you’re doing the planet a solid as you gift out the Nest Mini.
Ring Indoor Cam Compact Plug-In Camera
Indoor cameras are incredibly useful, whether you’re a parent with kids, a pet owner, or you simply want to keep an eye on your home when you’re not there. The Ring Indoor Camera is an affordable way to achieve all of the above. It plugs straight into your in-home outlets so you don’t need to keep an eye on its battery life like more expensive wireless security cameras. It also lets you set specific motion detection zones, so your pets won’t set off tons of unnecessary motion alerts while you’re not home. Connect your device to the Ring app to check in remotely and set up your notifications to alert you to any motion alerts that might indicate something is afoot back at home.
Samsung SmartThings Cam Full HD Monitoring Camera
If you want to gift an indoor security camera with more features than the Ring, the Samsung SmartThings Camera is a great option. The camera can tell the difference between a person and an object, so it will automatically filter potential motion alerts that come from pets or activity out your windows. You can set motion zones to avoid windows if you live along a busy street. This camera also connects to the Samsung SmartThings hub for anyone trying to build out an interconnected smart home. The high-quality 1080 HD camera offers two-way talk so you can talk remotely to anyone back at home. It also gives you 24-hour cloud-stored footage so you can look back on any important footage you might have missed in the moment.
Yi Home Camera 3 AI Security Setup
The YI Home Camera 3 was built with AI features, making it a true smart indoor security camera. It offers the same motion detection capabilities as any indoor security camera, but this YI camera lets you adjust motion detection sensitivity to avoid unnecessary alerts to your phone. You can also set the camera up to alert emergency responders when it detects unusual activity while you’re not there to handle the situation yourself. At 107 degrees, the camera is plenty wide to cover the entire front or back of your home without breaking the bank.
Teptron MOVE 2 Smart Motorized Blinds
Home automation products make for great practical gifts because they can simplify life at home for years to come. The Teptron MOVE 2 Smart Motorized Blinds are one example of a tedious chore that smart home technology can alleviate for homeowners. These blinds plug into a nearby outlet and connect to your phone wirelessly so you can control them from anywhere. Don’t want to get up from the couch to close the blinds while you’re watching TV? No problem, simply jump into the app and adjust them from the couch. There’s also a solar-power option to keep these blinds charged in sunnier places.
Eve Extend Bluetooth Range Extender
If you’re trying to build out a comprehensive smart home, you’ll find that connectivity is one of the greatest limiting factors to automating every aspect of your home. The Eve Extend gives your Bluetooth added range to connect to devices far across the home or outside in the yard. Set up the Eve anywhere within Wi-Fi range to extend your smart home range. With this device, you’ll be sure to connect to everything in your home, and all the way out to the motion detectors on your property line.
D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera 2-Pack
If you’re wanting to monitor multiple rooms or points of entry into your house on a budget, the D-Link Mini Cameras have you covered with an affordable 2-pack. The cameras themselves come with a 120-degree field of view, which is more than enough to monitor an entire room or entryway, and the HD 720p resolution is sharp enough to capture detailed footage of the goings-on at home. They also come with night vision that works up to 16 feet to ensure your home is safe all hours of the day and night.
Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet
The Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet is a great gift for tech-savvy Apple users. The dual smart outlet syncs with your Apple HomeKit to offer easy control of your home electronics from anywhere. The outlet works with things like your TV, coffee maker, in-home lights, or any other electronic devices that you’d like to control from the HomeKit app. And unlike other smart dual outlets, this one covers just one socket instead of blocking both.
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Rainbow Smart Speaker
If your children aren’t ready to have a whole world of information at their fingertips, this Amazon Echo Dot designed for kids can make for a great gift. The speaker lets your children Alexa to call approved contacts, listen to bedtime stories, and listen to audiobooks from FreeTime Unlimited. It’s more of a learning tool than a toy, but it also comes with all the same convenient features like the ability to set alarms and check the weather.
Smart home devices under $200
Okay, so perhaps you’re trying to wow the crowd a bit more. Or maybe you’re going halves (or thirds!) with your siblings and you can afford a bit more. No problem; we can certainly expand our budget to match your search! These smart home devices are still affordable but might better fit the gift-giving bill.
Momentum Meri Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
The Momentum Meri is a smart way to control the comfort of your home and monitor your energy consumption at the same time. It also gives you tons of advanced features to help automate your home comfort and cut down on expensive energy bills, like scheduling your heat and A/C to match the times you’re actually home. You can also set a temperature range so your thermostat doesn’t have to work as hard to combat temperatures as they change outside. And unlike other thermostats, it can actually tell you if your home is more humid than it should be.
Remo+ DoorCam Over-The-Door Smart Security Camera
The Remo+ DoorCam helps you keep an eye on your front door when you’re not there to monitor for yourself. It’s a Wi-Fi enabled smart camera that surveils and records HD footage of the goings-on outside of your home. Or alert you when that Amazon package you’ve been waiting on was finally delivered. It can also tell the difference between humans, animals, falling leaves, or traffic outside your home. The Remo+ was made with a 720p HD camera, two-way audio, and an adjustable bracket that makes it easy to install over any door.
Arlo HD Video Doorbell
Arlo has a huge line of high-quality indoor and outdoor security cameras, and if you already have an Arlo camera, you can control this video doorbell through the same Arlo app. It comes with HD video and a whopping 180-degree field of view that lets you see the entire front of your home with a single camera. Monitor for freshly delivered packages, or keep an eye out for smart motion detection notifications if there’s anything unusual happening on your porch.
Facebook Portal TV Smart Video Chatting Device
Video calling has never been so simple or convenient. The Facebook Portal TV is a smart video chatting device that turns your TV into a video calling machine. It connects you to friends and family anywhere in the world and casts them straight to your TV so you can catch up from the comfort of your living room. The camera stays focused on you as you move around, so you won’t have to fuss to keep yourself focused and in-view. And you can fit the whole family in the frame with its 120-degree field of view.
Lenovo Smart Display 7 Google Assistant Hub
The Lenovo Smart Display 7 works like any smart assistant but it also comes with a screen and camera so you’ll have way more features than most smart hubs. It comes with a built-in Google Assistant for quick and easy voice control over the smart products in your home. You can also use this device to video call family and friends, look up recipes, check the weather, and a whole lot more. It also comes with your security in mind, allowing you to block the camera and mute the microphone when you’re not using the device.
Alfred Smart Touchscreen Home Deadbolt
If you manage an Airbnb or you simply have a lot of guests come through your home, the Alfred Smart Touchscreen lock is a much safer way to manage your home’s entries than that spare key hiding under a fake rock. You can give out up to 20 PINs for entrance into your home. It also lets you keep track of who comes and goes, and when they use your door. It is Bluetooth and Z-Wave controlled so you can control the lock and override any entries from afar.
Orro Smart Light Switch
The Orro Smart Light Switch looks great in modern homes, and it adds a lot more value than your average light switch. This device senses your presence and provides the best lighting accordingly, whether it’s midday or the dark of night. That said, it doesn’t require a Wi-Fi connection to add utility to your home. But if you want to connect it to your smart home, it’s also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for easy control of your lights at home.
Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
The Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 gives you ultra-simple control of your home’s climate. Connect it via Wi-Fi to control your thermostat from anywhere in your home. It boasts a colorful HD touchscreen panel that looks clean in any home. You can also change the touchscreen color to match any home decor. The thermostat monitors your indoor temperature, outdoor temperature, and indoor humidity to give you the best air quality possible in your home.
Onelink Smart Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
While you should already have smoke detectors in your home, it’s worth adding carbon monoxide detectors to ensure you’re never subjected to the silent killer that is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is both odorless and tasteless, so there’s no real way to know if you’re in contact with the gas unless you have a detector in your home. The Onelink Smart Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm gives you an easy way to monitor carbon monoxide in your home. It works with other smart products, like smart locks, that will unlock when your detector senses a threat to your air quality.
HP Tango Smart Home Printer
Printers are notorious for being fussy, and that’s in part to the fact that they’re actually pretty complicated as a technology. But the HP Tango Smart Home Printer takes the fuss out of your printing needs. It prints documents and photos, copies, and scans, all from the cloud. It’s also compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana so you can print certain documents via voice commands. The app also helps you keep track of toner and paper supply so you don’t run out when you need the printer most.
Phew-just writing this list of smart home devices and gadgets has us adding some to our own wishlists. When it comes to giving the perfect gift, all you have to do is make sure it’s practical. Having a budget should never get in your way. Are you giving any smart home devices as gifts for the holidays this year? Let us know in the comments!