Looking to make your home a little smarter? Having a “smart home” doesn’t have to come at a pricey cost. A ton of new smart home products came out this year to make your life a little bit easier. You can pick and choose your favorite smart home gadgets or upgrade your whole house. Here are some of our favorite smart home technologies:
Amazon Echo, $99.99
Alexa is still the most compelling voice control platform, and the new and improved Echo should only boost her momentum.
Amazon Cloud Cam, $119.99
Amazon's Cloud Cam is affordable, reliable and easy to use, but it's the free storage that ultimately makes it more appealing than Nest security cameras and many other home security competitors.
BeOn Starter Pack, $122.99
Best smart security lighting
BeOn's smart bulbs don't come cheap, but they'll keep shining when the power goes out, turn on automatically when they hear your doorbell or alarm, and even replay your typical lighting patterns when you're not home.
August Smart Lock, Homekit-enabled, $144.95
Best retrofit smart lock
August's Smart Lock adds smarts to the deadbolt you already have. It’s simple interface, integration with HomeKit, and reliability earned it an Editor's Choice.
D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor, $53.99
Best smart flood sensor
The D-Link sensor plugs into the wall, so you don't need batteries. Plus, it works using Wi-Fi, so it will send your phone push notifications without the extra expense of a smart home hub.
Lutron Serena Remote Controlled Shades, $346.66
Best smart home shades
If you're looking for smart shades with a lot of features and flexibility, Lutron's Serena Shades are the best bet. You can schedule them, control them remotely via an app, and even use Siri to open or close them. Just be ready for a bit of an investment.
Smart home technology, although constantly changing and improving, can add efficiency, comfort, security and convenience into your home.
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