Slowly but surely, technology is taking over the home. You can control your speakers, lights, alarm systems and more with the touch of a button — or even a slight yell (Hey, Alexa!). In this new age, smart home gadgets add a ton of convenient assistance to daily life, and almost everyone is primed and ready to get a little extra help around the house.
Not sure where to start? Here are 30 easy-to-use smart technology products to upgrade your home ASAP and get you up to speed.
The Perfect Home AssistantAmazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
Many consumers are already familiar with products in the Amazon Echo family. The latest revamp of the popular smart speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), makes the perfect addition to any home. Simply by asking Alexa for help, you can listen to music, news and other information as well as talk to contacts hands-free using high-quality sound.
Control Your Room Temperature with Easeecobee4 Smart Thermostat
Control the climate in your home with ease with the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat. You don’t even have to get up and walk across the room to change the temperature. Simply use your phone or your voice — via the thermostat's built-in Alexa feature — to control it. Plus, the device can be installed in about 30 minutes.
The Maestro of Your Smart HomeWink 2 Smart Home Hub
Many people have faced the annoyance of forgetting to lock their doors or turn off their lights when leaving the house. The Wink 2 Smart Home Hub can take care of that oversight for you. Priced on average at less than $200, the Wink 2 can lock your doors, open your garage, turn on fans, turn off appliances and more.
Comfortably Binge Watch Netflix in BedLucid L300 Adjustable Bed Base
Adjustable bed bases have been around for a while, but the Lucid L300 Adjustable Bed Base takes the technology a step further. The wireless remote (with a built-in flashlight!) controls the base so you can find the perfect comfort position in bed. It also has two USB ports to charge your phone and other devices.
No More Pushing the LawnmowerHusqvarna Automower 315 Robotic Lawn Mower
There’s a way to beat the summer heat and relax while still making sure your lawn looks beautiful. With the Husqvarna Automower 315 Robotic Lawn Mower, you can keep a clean-cut lawn, rain or shine. The robotic Husqvarna continuously mows and leaves the fine grass clippings as a natural fertilizer — no more bagging or raking required.
So Your Food Doesn't Lose FlavorAnova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano
For those who find working in the kitchen to be second nature, this smart device is for you. The easy-to-use Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano allows you to monitor and adjust the cooking temperature from your cell phone.
The Smart System to Keep You Safe and SecureSimpliSafe Home Security System
The eight-piece wireless SimpliSafe Home Security System has been named "the best home security system" by CNET and PC Magazine. It offers protection for your entire home using a variety of motion and entry sensors that can be set up without any tools. With 24/7 professional monitoring, help is dispatched quickly in case of an emergency. The system also includes a wireless panic button to call for help.
Brighten Up Your House with the Touch of a ButtonPhilips Hue LED Smart Light Bulbs
The Philips Hue LED Smart Light Bulb starter kit comes with three smart bulbs and a Hue Hub for customized lighting. It’s possible to control these special bulbs with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant as well as through the Philips Hue App on your phone. That means you can turn the lights on and off or even dim them without getting up.
Smart Security Right at Your DoorstepRing Video Doorbell
One of the hottest smart devices out right now is the Ring Video Doorbell. The original doorbell, priced at around $100, is certainly not a normal doorbell. It allows you to see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet, PC or other smart device.
Keep Your Floors Clean at All TimesiRobot Roomba 675
The iRobot Roomba 675 allows you to vacuum around the house without lifting a finger, which makes the cost of around $300 sound like a perfectly fair deal. The smart vacuum moves around the house and easily loosens, lifts and suctions dirt, dust and hair from hard floors and carpet.
Quickly Cook Your Food with Voice CommandsAmazonBasics Microwave
The AmazonBasics Microwave works hand-in-hand with Alexa via an Echo device. Priced around $60 (for the microwave alone), this appliance makes it easy to reheat or cook for specified amounts of time just by asking. With Alexa, you can set up quick-cook voice presets and then ask her to start microwaving your food.
Keep Your Lawn Looking Pristine Without Wasting WaterRachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller
Ranging from about $200 to $240, the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller is perfect for those who want a healthy green lawn without breaking the bank — and without physically watering it themselves. You can control this smart sprinkler system with a few taps on your phone.
A Much Easier Way to Clean Your PoolPolaris F9550 Sport Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner
If you have a pool, you know it’s a huge chore to physically clean it during the summer months. The Polaris F9550 Sport Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner easily sucks up any debris in pools using Vortex Vacuum Technology.
Power Your Devices Down at Any TimeKasa Smart WiFi Power Strip by TP-Link
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip by TP-Link isn't just an ordinary multi-plug extension cord. The Kasa Smart app allows you to independently control the power strip and its six outlets. Schedule each outlet individually or collectively to turn on and off at various times throughout the day.
Cook Your Meals to PerfectionTovala Gen 2 Smart Steam Oven
Home cooking is truly made effortless with the Tovala Gen 2 Smart Steam Oven. The Wi-Fi-enabled steam oven, which costs around $300, can be controlled with your phone through the Tovala mobile app. As a bonus, the app also provides more than 60 tasty recipes for you to try with your family.
Watch Your Home from Every AngleWyze Cam Pan Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera
If you’re upgrading your home with better home security, the Wyze Cam Pan Wi-Fi Indoor Camera is a smart product to add to your list. Each camera costs less than $40 and delivers 360-degree coverage in less than three seconds, allowing you to see anyone inside the same room, no matter where they are positioned.
Easily Control Access to Your HomeAugust Smart Lock
Ranging from $200 to just under $280, the August Smart Lock is simple to install, only taking about 10 minutes to attach to a door with a screwdriver. The lock allows you to control and monitor your door with ease, no matter where you are, just by looking at the August mobile app.
Turn Your Appliances on with a Simple CommandConnectSense CS-SO-2 Smart Outlet²
The ConnectSense CS-SO-2 Smart Outlet² may seem a little price at around $60, but it allows you to plug in and control the appliances you use in your home. Easily monitor and turn on and off lights, fans and other appliances with the free ConnectSense app, or use voice commands through popular home assistants.
For Getting the Baking Measurements Just RightPerfect Bake 2.0 Smart Scale and Recipe App Kitchen Tool
The intuitive Perfect Bake 2.0 Smart Scale comes with a recipe app that makes this handy kitchen tool an even better addition to your kitchen. Ranging from just under $20 to almost $50, depending on promotions, the set provides what you need to automatically scale recipes for the desired number of servings as well as different pan sizes and shapes.
Staying on Track with Your Health GoalsQardioBase2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale and Body Analyzer
Priced around $150, the QardioBase2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale and Body Analyzer keeps track of your weight, BMI and any changes to your total body composition. It’s a helpful tool for anyone trying to track their progress as they work toward fitness goals.
Attack Dryness in the AirSmart Wi-Fi Essential Oil AromatherapyUltrasonic Diffuser & Humidifier
The Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Diffuser and Humidifier is an essential addition to your home when you need to tackle dryness in the air. The smart humidifier, which can be controlled by your phone, helps add moisture to the air to treat dryness of the skin, nose, throat and lips. If you get a cold or the flu, a humidifier can help ease some of the symptoms.
Dinner Is Served for Your PetsSmart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
The PetSafe brand has been a trusted global leader in pet behavior and lifestyle products for almost 30 years. If you have pets of your own, the company's Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder is a must-have for your home. For around $160, you take all the work and mess out of feeding your pet by allowing this Wi-Fi-enabled product to do the job.
Getting the Party StartedSonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker
The Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker is a small — but powerful — device that streams music and more. The compact design of the speaker, which costs around $150, allows it to work in just about any space, including on countertops and tucked into bookshelves.
Watching Over Your Little Ones from AfarNanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Floor Stand
If you have babies or active toddlers, the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor gives you the perfect way to keep a close eye on them. The product sells for less than $400 and comes with a floor stand to provide a clear visual with audio of your child. You can access the feed from anywhere using your phone.
Ask Alexa to Do Even MoreEcho Show 5
The latest addition to the Amazon family is the compact Echo Show 5, which can easily sit on your kitchen countertop, side table, mantle or nightstand. With Alexa at your command, it has never been easier to create to-do lists and calendars, pull up recipes, listen to radio stations and audiobooks, and watch the news and your favorite shows.
A Hub to Keep Everything TogetherLogitech Harmony Hub
With so many smart devices and streaming services in a single household, it is sometimes hard to balance them all. If you have multiple smart products in your home, the Logitech Harmony Hub can help you organize the chaos. The hub controls up to eight home entertainment devices using your phone or Alexa.
Keeping the Garage SafeMyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
It can be a real problem when you leave the house and forget to close the garage — or the battery in your remote dies, and you can’t get in. All those issues go away with the MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener from Chamberlain. With the myQ app, you can open and close your garage door from wherever you are.
Getting Proactive About Water DamageGovee Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector
Water leaks and flooding are serious risks that go with owning a home, especially after big rainstorms. The Govee Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector helps you proactively detect leaks in areas of the home that are susceptible to water damage.
Getting Out Safely in Case of a Fire or Gas LeakNest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
To protect your family from smoke and undetectable gases, you need a reliable system that quickly detects and notifies you of the problem. The Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm is that system. The device, which costs around $125, speaks to you and sends both an alarm and notifications to your phone when something is burning or smoke is detected.
Getting the Clearest Picture for the Big GameSony XBR85X900F 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
The Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV delivers a clear, dynamic range of color and detail using 4K HDTV technology. It's perfect if you’re always the host of the big game or you frequently arrange watch parties for your favorite show.