The technology in the world is skyrocketing, and that includes cool tech pieces for our homes. Smart home products and gadgets have been steadily gaining more and more popularity for quite some time. Smart home gadgets let you do things such as turn your lights on using your smartphone, stream music to a speaker using Alexa, lock your doors remotely, clean your house, and much more. These devices can also help you save on heating and energy costs, let you know if someone's trying to break in, or if there's some other emergency.
They really can bring your home to the next level. Keep your home up to date with these fun gadgets that won't break your bank.
Our homes are full of our personal devices, and finding a way to charge them all can be a real pain. This 8-port USB charging station by Fintie can solve all those problem. Each port intelligently identifies your device and effectively distributes the maximum amount of electricity needed to charge your device as quickly as possible. It also has a smart LED screen to show the charging status of every USB ports simply and intuitively.
William wrote on the Walmart website: "Awesome product. All ports are being used without any troubles. In fact I'm ordering another. Shipping was ahead of schedule. Thumbs up on this product." User BRK4 was also impressed, saying: "So many devices are powered with USB these days. I have several of them and it made more sense to try this than to have several outlets charging several devices. One outlet charges 8 things now. The description is very accurate, it identifies the necessary charging speed of each device. The one I got is the one in the picture. It shows you a charging battery Icon, plus volts and amps for each port that is in use. The current $23.99 price is very cheap compared to most other charging stations I have found online. Shipping was free and it came earlier than expected"
Amazon AlexaThe Amazon Alexa has become a household name. She is be best type of personal assistant. You can ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, call almost anyone, and more. Alexa can control compatible smart lights, switches, sensors, door locks, and more. Echo Plus also includes a built-in temperature sensor. With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Plus hears you from any direction—even while music is playing. John wrote on the Amazon website: "We absolutely love our new 2nd generation Echo Plus! With the built-in hub, I've already connected almost everything I can to our Echo Plus and our original Echo Dot. Verbal home automation at it's finest! Music sounds great when played through our new Echo! You can't go wrong with the new Echo Plus."
Smart On/Off LightsSmart lights enhance your home with soft white lighting, controlled remotely wherever you are. With the Philips Hue Smart LED Light Bulbs, you can have full control of your homes lighting system. Innovative in design, they are easy to install and pair with the Hue Bridge allowing you to control your smart bulbs via the Philips Hue app. MamaG1 said the product worked great, writing: "Love how we incorporated Alexa. They all are great color and work perfectly." This was echoed by Grammy65 that gave it 5-stars, saying: "I was happy to be able to put these lightbulbs in my backyard light poles. I can now control them remotely instead of having to physically go to each one and flip the switch. Very nice technology!"
Smart Home Intercom SystemDo you want a way to communicate with your family with the touch of a button? The Nucleus Anywhere Intercom with Amazon Alexa is a family communication device that connects you with the people you love, whether they're downstairs or across the country. Designed with the kids and Grandma in mind, it is easier than ever to set up and just say "hello." S. Ortiz was happy to get it for her elders, and she wrote in a review: "This is perfect for seniors! My grandmother is extremely technologically challenged. She can't Skype. She barely understands the phone. However now all of her children have the ability to see her face to face all over the country. If she doesn't answer the phone, I can video call her to make sure she is ok. I call and the camera comes on without her having to do anything. This is absolutely ideal for seniors. Additionally the staff is extremely attentive and works hard to answer questions personally and efficiently."
Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide AlarmOne big concern of most homeowners is safety. This includes some threats you might not see with your eye, like smoke and carbon monoxide. The Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm will take care of those worries. The device speaks up to tell you the level of smoke or CO and where it is coming from. You can connect the alarm to Wi-Fi to receive phone alerts if the alarm goes off or the batteries run low for further safety. Barry SB wrote a review with 5-stars that said: "I have been using the nest protect for over a year and love it . It has so much safety features that makes me feel safe with my family and when I'm away." Rich J appreciated the option to get notifications when you are away from the home, and wrote: "I was at work and got an alert. I called home and my husband told me my son was cooking sausage. I silenced the alarm from work before it went off. It was great."
Touchless VacuumWhen the Roomba first came out on the market, the world was incredibly intrigued. It was a great option to save time at home. Over the years, this powerful little robot has only gotten better. The iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, and works directly with Alexa. It is good for cleaning up pet hair, carpets, and even hard surface floors. It has a large amount of sensors to guide the robot under and around furniture to make sure the area is completely clean. The reviewer Jules named the little robot Zoomboni, and loves her purchase: "I cannot believe how awesome this little gizmo is for our household. We have a smallish house on one level, with lots of dark carpet, very dark pergo in the kitchen, and some older shag in the back bedrooms. Zoomboni has handled it all. We have two small dogs, one that sheds more than other, and they mostly live in the family room and come and go through the doggie door there. Instead of weekly vacuums that miss lots of spots, Zoomboni goes everywhere and gets it all."
Universal Smart Home RemoteNow that you are getting all these cool new smart home devices, you need a remote to be able to control it all. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub and App, works with Alexa and other smart home accessories. It can handle up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices. With a few simple swipes, you can control channels, movies, volume, and smart home devices like Philips Hue lights. Benjamin wrote in a review: "I've bought many Logitech Harmony remotes for myself and family members over the past 6 or 7 years. This one tops them all." Michael Livingston also left a positive review, stating: "This is absolutely the best universal remote I have ever owned to include the last three Harmony remotes from Logitech I have owned. Easy to set up and what a cool feature to simply ask my Echo to "Turn on the TV" or "Turn on National Geographic"... It is awesome."
Self-Adjusting Learning ThermostatHave you and your family ever fought over the thermostat before? It's a common issue in many households. The Nest Learning Thermostat is the solution. This thermostat will help make your home not only smart but energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature. It lights up to show you the temperature, weather or time. The big and bright beautiful display allows you to see it from across the room. Reviewer Robert R. Depew wrote in his 5-star review: "Setting up the nest was quick and easy. The instructions were simple, clear and easy to follow. Nest's goal is for customers to have the thing up and running in less than 30 minutes."
Smart Digital Shower InterfaceWant to stop guessing if your shower is the temperature you want it at? Then you need the Kohler Prompt Digital Shower Interface. You can change the water's temperature with just the push of a button. It gives you greater precision, control and customization than a manual shower. Kyle Cavaliere wrote on Amazon: "Fantastic!! Works well and once programmed you won't ever have to mess with it." TKS said it exceeded their expectations: "I installed this unit in my remodeled bathroom and it was the best decision. They work flawlessly and the valve that goes with this is fantastic. It functions quietly with immediate response and I am able to use a shower wand, 10" rain shower and 2 water tile body sprays on one zone at the same time and still have enough pressure for them to operate fully. I only have 1/2" copper piping with normal pressure. Install was easy and the user menus easy to follow and use. Highly recommend."
Wi-Fi Smart Video DoorbellDo you wish you could see who was at your door when you weren't home? The Ring Video Doorbell does just that. Get instant alerts when visitors press your doorbell or trigger the built-in motion sensors. Then use the free Ring app to see, hear and speak to guests from your smartphone, tablet or PC. It works on any home, with or without existing doorbell wires, and monitors your home in HD video with infrared night vision. Kat gave the product a great review, citing it helped catch a robber: "Literally just installed and caught someone stealing our packages the same day. Sent video to our local police and they currently have them in custody. Found out they were also stealing our mail and trying to use our credit cards." Another Amazon customer also loved the product and said: "This is a great way to view who is coming to your door without opening the door. You can even view and speak to whomever is there from a remote site, so no one has to know that you aren't home."
Key Finder TrackerAre you someone that frequently loses your keys and wallet in your own home? This gadget is the one for you. The Govee Wireless Item Locater comes with a remote to help locate up to six different items. Designed with radio frequency technology, this key finder can track your item up to 100 feet away. Powerful enough to penetrate through walls, floors, cushions, and the like. Gadget Lady gave this product five stars, saying: "I like this product and I could hear it beeping upstairs from downstairs. I also like the remote transmitter and 6 receivers!! I purchased another like product from another company and it did not work, but this one does!!" Marvin Comer also agreed, leaving a review that said: "Works perfect. Should of had this years ago. Put it on my purse, keys, phone and drink bottle. Makes it easy to get out of the house. Now if you could only make a tiny one for my glasses..."
Robot Floor MopFor most people, cleaning is not the highlight of their week. It takes up time that us busy American's don't have to spare. The Braava Robotic Mop is just another way to save some time. At under $300, this is a great deal. Susan from Indiana said this about the robot: "Really enjoyed this Robotic Mopping. It actually did natural semi uneven slate. Then went on to perform very well on marble. Without streaks. Also wooden floors fair well. Would highly recommend." Robert from Florida echos this statement, saying: "Great for maintenance cleaning , I use it daily after dinner to keep floors clean. Very easy to set up and use." It's cordless and bagless, and begins to clean your home at only the touch of a button.
Think you could never own a smart TV? Think again. With some searching, you will be able to find smaller smart TVs for under $300. Samsung offers a 32" Smart Full HD TV that offers 1080p resolution. You can still enjoy a viewing experience that is twice the clarity of standard HD TVs. While this isn't the huge TV you may be dreaming of for your man cave, it would be prefect for a bedroom. You can get to all your entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu quickly with it's smart TV design. Furthermore, if you have other Samsung smart objects you can connect them through the TV app and control all of your devices on one screen.
One promising review from Phillynoir states: "I bought this 32"FHD TV 2 weeks ago and so far I am enjoying it fully. It has clean sharp picture and colors and easy to use controls. I placed the TV in my bedroom for viewing before bed and when I wake in the morning, so I use it on a limited daily basis, but I look forward to the years ahead."
Robotic Lawn Mower
One of the worst chores for many is mowing the lawn. No one has any desire to push a machine across their yard for hours. Technology brings a solution. The Robomow Robotic Lawn Mower is a bit pricey when compared to some of the other projects on the list, however is the perfect gift for any man in your life. It starts cutting with the press of a button, and mows areas inside of perimeter wire including slopes of up to 15 percent. Extra solid, super secure blades ensure maximum performance and safety.
A great review by Martha S. Brown states: "I waited until the end of the season so I could give an informed review. I have a very small yard that needs cutting every other day. It was irritating. I bought this mower fully expecting to return it. But I was pleasantly surprised. This is an excellent mower and fairly easy to set up. It does an excellent job of mowing and has plenty of power...This yard was not pool table flat, and the mower handles it with ease."
Home Security System
Every home owner cares about the safety of their houses and their family within it. This wireless home alarm system by SimpliSafe is great at under 250 dollars. With a surveillance system so precise it knows the difference between a pet and an intruder, this alarm monitoring system is easy to use and reliable 24/7. The keypad has got a big, bright display and backlit keys so it’s easy to use at night. No plug needed—place it anywhere you want.
One positive review from rkruz states: "Easy to Install. I have installed professional wireless alarm system and for those you need a engineering degree to understand. The Simplisafe is as simple as it needs to be to install for any average non-technical homeowner. There are textual and voice prompts that help guide you through the simple procedures." Another positive review from 9 Pieces says: "Just got the product (2018 edition) about a week ago. Hooked everything up, had to call their customer service group a few times for clarification on a couple of questions. Got great service, polite, helpful, professional. Highly recommend this system (the latest version) to anyone looking for a self-installed home system."