Smart-Home Gadgets Worth the Money
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29 Smart Home Products That Are Worth the Money

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Smart-Home Gadgets Worth the Money
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You can control just about everything with your phone or your voice these days, but that doesn't mean you need to go overboard on smart-home technology. While gadgets like smart thermostats can indeed save you money, there are some things that simply don't need to be connected to Wi-Fi (we're looking at you, smart water bottle). So what’s worth the splurge? We've rounded up 29 tried-and-true smart-home products that earn reviewers' raves for making their lives easier.


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WeMo Mini Smart Plug
Amazon

Wemo Mini Smart Plug

$20 from Amazon

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Want to turn on lights or appliances from your phone? It's as simple as plugging them into this sleek Wemo plug. You can schedule them remotely or even randomize lights to make it look like you're home when you're actually sipping margaritas on the beach. With Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you can control Wemo with your voice, too.


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Nest Protect
Amazon

Google Nest Protect

$119 from Amazon

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The Nest Protect does double duty as a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm. Spoken alerts and push notifications leave no doubt about whether something's wrong, and in case of a false alarm, you can easily hush it with your phone. It even automatically tests itself every month.


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Ring Video Doorbell 2
Amazon
Zircon Wi-Fi Leak Alert Water Detector
Amazon

Flume 2 Smart Water Monitor and Leak Detector

$199 from Amazon

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Whether you have a second-floor washer, a flood-prone basement, or an aging water heater, this leak detector can immediately alert your phone if it detects even a tiny bit of moisture. It also tells you exactly how much water you’re using, as well as where and when you’re using it, so you can find ways to cut back and save on your utility bills.


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Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub
Amazon

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub

$27 from Amazon 

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You know that sinking feeling when you can't remember whether you closed the garage door? Banish it forever with the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub. Control access remotely with your smartphone, know when someone comes or goes, or get alerts if your garage door is left open for a certain amount of time.


Ecovacs Deebot Robotic Vacuum
Amazon

Ecovacs Deebot Robotic Vacuum

$160 from Amazon

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Kick your feet up and enjoy with this robotic vacuum, featuring a three-stage cleaning system as well as anti-drop and anti-collision sensors. Schedule cleanings anywhere using your phone, or control it with your voice using Alexa or Google Assistant. 


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Blink Mini Indoor Security Camera
Amazon
Whirlpool Smart Slide-In Electric Range
Home Depot

Whirlpool Smart Slide-In Electric Range

$1,999 from Home Depot

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Scan a frozen-food barcode and your oven will know exactly what to do — what a world. You can also control the oven from your phone, using a remote-start feature to preheat even if you aren’t home. 


Cielo Breez Air Conditioner Controller
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Cielo Breez Air Conditioner Controller

$68 from Amazon

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If you rely on a window air conditioner, ductless mini-split, or other remote-based A/C to stay cool, the Cielo Breeze will let you control it from anywhere with your phone. It can even note your location and turn on the A/C on before you arrive — no more coming home to a stuffy apartment or bedroom.

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
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Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

$179 from Amazon

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Sous vide cooking isn't just for professional chefs anymore. Attach the Anova to any water-filled pot, put your food inside in a sealed bag, then set the cooker time and temperature, either on the Anova or with your phone. You'll get an alert when it's time to eat.


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Sonos One Smart Speaker
Amazon

Sonos One Smart Speaker

$199 from Amazon

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These compact plug-and-play speakers use your Wi-Fi to stream music in any room of your home. Different units can be paired for bigger sound, too. But the One's biggest claim to fame is that it has Alexa built right in, letting you control the speaker and any Alexa-enabled smart-home devices with simple voice commands.


Rachio Sprinkler Controller
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Rachio Sprinkler Controller

$176 from Amazon

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A big storm is coming, but does your irrigation system know that? Save water and money with this forecast-connected controller, which is smart enough to adjust sprinkler operation based on the weather. Build schedules, set up custom zones, and control everything from your phone or with your voice using Alexa or Google Assistant.


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Ecobee Smart Thermostat
Amazon

Ecobee Smart Thermostat

$249 from Amazon

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A smart thermostat not only saves energy; it saves money on your monthly power bill, so consider this an investment that will pay for itself even more quickly when bought at a discount. The included room sensor measures occupancy and room temperature in an especially important spot, and you can control the thermostat from anywhere using your phone or Alexa. 


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Tile Stickers
Amazon

Tile Stickers

$55 from Amazon (4 ct.)

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There's nothing more frustrating than frantic, last-minute searches for keys, wallets, or phones. Tile Stickers are an easy way to eliminate the problem. Attach them to important items, then launch the Tile app to ring your things. Tile Stickers can even ring your phone when it's set on silent mode.


Ambient Weather Professional Weather Station
Amazon

Ambient Weather Professional Weather Station

$170 from Amazon

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If you're an avid weather watcher, this personal weather station will let you monitor conditions in your own yard and receive phone alerts about wind speed, rainfall, temperature, and humidity. Ask Alexa for the weather, and she can tell you what your station has detected.


Arlo Pro 3 Spotlight Camera System
Amazon

Arlo Pro 3 Spotlight Camera System

$300 from Amazon

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The Arlo Pro cuts the cord on your outdoor security cameras, giving you the freedom to monitor any nook and cranny. The weather-resistant cameras include rechargeable batteries, two-way audio, and wide-angle viewing. They're also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.


Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon
Whistle Go Explore
Amazon
Ooma Telo Smart Home Phone Service
Amazon

Ooma Telo Smart Home Phone Service

$73 from Amazon

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Tired of relying on your cell phone, but don't want to pay a big monthly bill for a landline? Connect the Ooma Telo to the Internet and you'll get free nationwide calling. You'll also get caller ID, call waiting, voicemail, and smart-home integration with Alexa.


Samsung Family Hub French Door Refrigerator
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Samsung Family Hub French Door Refrigerator

$2,430 from Best Buy

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Why not make your next fridge smart, too? The Samsung Family Hub can show you inside your fridge so you can see what you already have while you're at the grocery, and the integrated smart screen can show photos, calendars, or memos, and even stream music or TV shows.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit

$200 from Amazon 

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Long-lived LED light bulbs are among the most efficient lights you can buy, and these smart bulbs take the savings one step further by giving you the ability to control them and create schedules with your smartphone. Got Alexa? Turn them on or off with your voice.

Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo
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Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo

$349 from Amazon

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Baby monitors have come a long, long way. Owlet’s camera and wearable monitor let parents track everything from their baby’s heart rate to oxygen levels, while also streaming high-definition video. A background audio feature means you can use your smartphone for other tasks while keeping an ear out for the baby.


Bond Smart Ceiling Fan Remote Hub
Amazon

Bond Smart Ceiling Fan Remote Hub

$99 from Amazon

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Make any remote-operated ceiling fan smart with this internet-connected hub. Use your phone to control speed, direction, and light. Better yet, connect it to Alexa or Google Assistant and turn your fans off and on with your voice.


Ring Alarm 8-Piece Home Security System
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Ring Alarm 8-Piece Home Security System

$200 from Amazon

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Looking for a smartphone-friendly security system that won't break the bank? The Ring system doesn't require professional installation or monitoring (though it's available for $10 a month). Control the alarm, sensors, and motion detector from your phone. Got a Ring doorbell or an Alexa device? It will integrate with those, too.


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Roku Streaming Stick
Amazon

Roku Streaming Stick+

$47 from Amazon
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Don't have a smart TV? You can still ditch cable with the Roku. As long as your TV has an HDMI port, it offers easy access to streaming channels and hands-free control using a voice remote feature. Better yet, it’s compatible with your new 4K display as well as Alexa and Google Assistant.


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August Smart Lock Pro
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August Smart Lock Pro

$130 from Amazon

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Stop worrying about whether you locked the front door. With August, you can check in from anywhere, lock or unlock remotely, and monitor who comes and goes. It’s compatible with your existing deadbolt, and you’ll get to keep and continue using your existing keys.


Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan
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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan

$400 from Best Buy

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This all-in-one heater, fan, and air purifier will be useful year round, and its sleek, blade-free design means it can keep a place of honor in your living room even if you have small kids or pets. Control it with your smartphone or voice commands.


SmartDry Wireless Laundry System
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SmartDry Wireless Laundry System

$50 from Amazon

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If you’ve got an older dryer, here’s a cheap way to save some money. This wireless sensor will alert your phone when clothes are ready, which means you can save time and energy by turning the dryer off sooner rather than later. It’s compatible with both gas and electric dryers, and it integrates with Alexa, too.


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Cosori Smart 12-in-1 Air Fryer and Toaster Oven
Amazon

Cosori Smart 12-in-1 Air Fryer and Toaster Oven

$180 from Amazon

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Multifunctional appliances are all the rage, but this smart oven takes the trend one step further by letting you control many of its features with your phone or Alexa. Cooking functions including roasting, air frying, baking, broiling, dehydrating, and much more.