The smartest smart home devices we’ve seen so far in 2019
When it comes to technology, the world of smart home devices is packed to the gills. There’s innovation around every corner, literally. From the kitchen to the living room to even the bathroom, there’s a smart home device out there ready to make your life easier.
- Are there any cool new tech you haven’t seen before? Most new tech offers only an evolution on current products. But just occasionally, something truly remarkable comes through the door. Here’s some cool new tech offering features we have never seen before.
- How can you find the right smart home camera for your home? When you’re away from home, it’s nice to know that your place is safe. Installing a smart home camera gives you a live view from anywhere in the world. Here’s our guide to choosing the right one.
- Where can I find more smart home gadgets? Here’s a curated collection of smart home gadgets that you need right now.
Of all the areas of technology we cover, smart home devices is one of the most impressive. And, it’s not simply about new ideas. It’s the fact that we see new technology emerging in this space every single week. Suffice to say, 2019 has been chock full of innovation. From robot vacuums to smart doorbells to intelligent showers, this industry is loaded with developments. Here are the smartest smart home devices we’ve seen so far this year.
Alfred Smart Touchscreen Home Deadbolt
There are smart locks and then there is Alfred. This smart deadbolt is outfitted with a touchscreen display and provides up to 20 different PINs. This means you can keep tabs on who enters your home and when as well as revoke access when you need. With Bluetooth connectivity, you simply need to approach with your connected device and tap to get access. With no buttons to press or keys to jingle, it’s the most streamlined way to access your home.
Eve Smoke Connected Smoke Detector
One of the most overlooked electronics in the home is the smoke alarm. That is until the batteries run low. The Eve Smoke is a smart smoke detector that changes all that. It may look like a regular smoke detector, but that’s the only thing traditional about it. It can detect fires of all sizes. But you can also turn it off for any reason (we’re looking at you bad cooks…!). If you do set it off by mistake, you can use the app to manually turn it off so you can finally wave goodbye to frantically waving a dish towel under it.
Blink XT2 Indoor/Outdoor Smart Security Camera
In our modern world, it’s becoming imperative to have eyes on your home at all times. Thanks to the Blink XT2, you can. Working both indoors and out, this smart security camera integrates with Alexa. This means you can access a live feed on your connected device using just your voice. And, you can use this connection to view past footage. It uses just two AA batteries for a whopping two years of battery life even if you use all the great features. Offering an impressive image both day and night, it’s easier than ever to keep tabs on your house.
Samsung SmartThings Hub Smart Home Automation Controller
With all these smart home devices, you’re going to need a hub to control them all. The SmartThings Hub from Samsung is small and compact, but it helps you keep track. It connects to all your devices so you can use a single app to create scenes, set schedules, and monitor your usage. In fact, you can set a scene for morning, when you leave the house, and when you close down for the night. If anything is amiss in your preset scheduling, the SmartThings Hub will send a notification to your device so you can check on it.
ecobee4 Room-Sensing Alexa Thermostat
Sure, you’ve probably seen plenty of smart thermostats. In fact, they were one of the first big smart home devices to hit the market in full force. But the ecobee4 is different. It has Alexa integration and actually senses the rooms to make sure they’re the optimal temperature. This means it can detect hot and cold spots and then accurately set the temperature to offset them. Plus, you can ask it any question you’d ask your other Alexa devices. It’ll even order your online groceries for you.
Belkin Wemo Smart Light Switch 3-Way Wi-Fi Switch
Rather than give you a single smart light switch, the Belkin Wemo Smart Light Switch gives you three. Replacing your switch plate, you can instantly control and manage three lights or fans at once. Working without a subscription service, the Smart Light Switch uses Wi-Fi for a seamless connection. And, with Alexa built-in, you can waltz into the living room, announce your desired lighting settings, and watch it happen instantly. How very god-like!
Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen
Anything from Amazon is bound to be a showstopper and the Echo Show 5 is no different. In fact, it is the show. It’s compact and designed to replace your alarm clock, although it can do so much more. With a feature called Alexa sunshine, this nifty device will slowly begin to emit a soft warm glow, helping you wake up each morning. But, you can also use the display to watch videos, surf the internet, and play music. Because it integrates with Alexa, it also works as a hub so you can manage all you other smart home devices in one place.
Logitech Harmony Express Universal Remote
Are you the proud owner of a smart entertainment setup? How’s it going having to juggle all those remotes? The Harmony Express from Logitech is here to quell your disjointed controlling. This universal remote communicates with over 250,000 devices. (We’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor.) Not only that, it also features Alexa so you can manage them all with just your voice. Want to switch the app on your TV? No problem. Fancy a special lighting scenario? You got it. It’s all at your fingertips.
U by Moen Smart Shower
U by Moen is something out of a kid’s dreams. It’s not just a smart shower. Well, technically it is. But it’s an impressively intelligent shower. Thanks to Alexa compatibility, you can request the exact temperature of the water with your voice. Or, you can use the app to do the same. The app will also notify you when it’s ready. This means you don’t even have to get out of bed until it’s nice and warm. Have a full house? U by Moen can handle it thanks to storing your preferred options and saving your ideal settings.
Kangaroo Siren Smart Keypad Alarm
Having an intruder is one of the biggest worries for homeowners. With the Kangaroo Siren, you can have peace of mind. It works with the brand’s smart sensors to be able to detect if anyone is breaking in. The device will emit a noise as soon as it’s detected. In addition, Siren works as a hub for all your other Kangaroo devices, too. With a keypad on top, you can instantly arm and disarm the system as you need. You can also assign a different PIN to each member of the family, ensuring total security.
Kohler Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet
The one smart home device everyone has been talking about: Kohler’s Numi 2.0. Somehow, they created an even smarter version of the original Numi. This smart toilet is outfitted with surround sound speakers and even mood lighting. This is all designed to help you set the mood (whatever you may need) when you need to go. Plus, you can do this with commands to Alexa. Of course, what would a smart toilet be without a built-in warming function? Numi 2.0 as that, too, in the form of the Kohler PureWarmth seat.
Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
To keep your home the most comfortable, it takes more than a guess. The Honeywell 9000 provides you with the temperature inside and outside as well as the humidity. With this information, you can tailor both the heat and air conditioning as you need. Plus, you can set a 7-day program to make it perfect for the weather for the week ahead. It will even remind you when it’s time to change filters to keep only the freshest air in your home.
iRobot Roomba i7+ Wi-Fi Connected Robot Automatic Dirt Disposal Vacuum
Robot vacuums have been around for awhile, but, no matter how smart they are, they require human intervention. iRobot decided enough was enough and introduced the iRoomba i7+. What’s so “plus” about it? The fact that it empties itself. When it’s done doing the rounds on your hard floors and carpets, this little robot heads back to its base. Once secure in place, the built-in automatic dirt disposal mechanism removes all the dirt, dust, and debris from the chamber. If that wasn’t enough, it can store 30 whole bins of dust.
Yale Assure Smart Lever Lock
Using a regular key is a thing of the past. The Yale Assure Smart Lever Lock grants you keyless access to your home and looks good doing it. It takes a simple passcode for entrance and you can hand out special ones to your friends and family. Along with this option, you can grant and revoke access to these codes as you see fit. Beyond your front door, Assure is beautiful enough for your interior doors, too. You can choose the sleek touchscreen interface or go with the classic keypad to suit your needs.
Mui Interactive Wooden Panel
We love seeing technology integrate with objects that usually aren’t even electronic. Mui is an interactive wood panel that looks like a shelf. But, it’s actually a smart home control hub. When one, there are sleek lights that show through the wood to display information. With a simple swipe, you can view your messages and notifications right on the wood. It also has a built-in speaker and works with Google Assistant for even more autonomy. Even though it’s so smart, the beautiful wood exterior will fit in beautifully with any home decor.
Ikea Smart Window Blinds
Like something out of a sci-fi film, Ikea’s Smart Window Blinds are truly practical. Coming in two styles, these blinds will automatically lower and lift as you need. They come with a remote or you can use the app. Or, if you’re feeling particularly futuristic, you can use your voice. The blinds work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit for impressive integration into your smart home setup. Because they utilize a built-in battery pack, you don’t have to worry about pesky and unsightly wiring.
Eve Smart LED Light Strip
Smart lighting has evolved from a single bulb to an entire strip of lights. The Eva Smart LED Light Strip lets you customize your lighting in all new ways. You can place the strip practically anywhere you need light or want to add ambiance. This could be behind your sofa, around the TV, under the cabinets, or just about anywhere else. Connecting to the app, these lights also work with Apple HomeKit. You can use your voice to control them with ease. Plus, you can control just how bright they are with the choice of white or colors.
Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet
Sometimes, it’s the simplicity of a smart device that makes it so impressive. The Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet from Satechi helps you create a smart home without replacing your devices and appliances. Simply plug in the device you want to make smarter and you’re good to go. Featuring two outlets, you can plug in your TV, coffee maker, lights, fan, or anything else you want to control. Then, use the app to manage them to your heart’s content. Coming in at just $60, it’s as affordable as it is practical.
GROHE Sense Smart Water Sensor
The biggest bills we have at home tend to come from emergencies. But, with the GROHE Sense Smart Water Sensors, leaks will be detectable and manageable. This wireless device sits in places that you might have leaks. This could include on the floor by your washing machine or dishwasher, under your sink, or even by windows and doors. As soon as it detects water, it alerts you immediately on your device. With such early detection, you can take action and save yourself from spending big.
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