Whether it be via your cell phone, laptop, or tablet, we are virtually always connected. While that has both pros and cons, it does enable us to work harder, be more social, and manage tasks seamlessly that otherwise wouldn’t be as easy. As technology evolves, so do our lives and in order to keep up, our homes need to, as well.
If you’re looking to make your home smarter, more efficient, and connected, you’re not alone. In fact, the Smart Home industry has been booming, especially in recent years. To get your home working smarter, not harder, check out these items to add to your registry for a smart(er) home.
Although it’s a bit of a #firstworldproblem, the struggle is real when you’re surrounded by different remotes for your cable box, sound bar, television and other techy tv features. With Logitech’s Harmony Elite Universal Remote, you can kiss them goodbye and embrace one, sleek remote. With a color touchscreen display and motion-sensing backlit keys, its sleek design and easy-to-charge functions make television and home entertainment watching simple again, offering connectivity to gaming consoles, smart lights, locks, thermostats and even Alexa.
Blueair Sense+ ($399.99)
This sleek air intelligence system purifies the air in your home while eliminating impurities through two filters, each with a particle filter and activated carbon filter that works to remove heavy gaseous pollutants. It’s “whisper silent” and comes in six colors to perfectly blend with your home décor, all while letting you say goodbye to smoke, dust, pollen and more through five air changes per hour. The best part? It synchs with the Blueair Friend app, which will allow you to control the airflow speed, LED light, child locks and night mode remotely from the app, while receiving air quality updates and alerts in real time.
iRobot Roomba 890 ($499.99)
Want to vacuum your home with the push of a button, from anywhere? You can, thanks to iRobot’s Roomba 890. With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can log in to the iRobot HOME App, literally touch the “clean” button, and come home to freshly vacuumed carpet and floors. It’s Triple-Stage Cleaning System with Edge-Sweeping brush helps to get dirt and debris without getting tangled, and its smart navigation with cliff-detect sensors will prevent it from going down stairs, all while still getting at hard-to-clean areas.
August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Generation ($229.99)
Turn your phone into a key? Why not?! Thanks to August Smart Lock Pro, you can lock and unlock your door with your phone, enabling you to provide entry to anyone who should be there, and of course deny anyone who shouldn’t. With easy attachment to your already installed deadbolt locks, the device also boasts DoorSense technology, letting you know that your door is always closed and locked. It can even lock itself behind you when you leave the home, so no more nagging feelings of, “Did I forget to lock the door?”
Netatmo Healthy Home Coach ($99.99)
Not only can you make your home smarter, but you can make it healthier, too. With a simple glance at your smartphone, you can know if the air in your home is healthy or not thanks to its app connectivity that displays your home’s humidity, air quality, noise and temperature. Whether you’re looking to set the ideal noise level for sleeping, or humidity monitoring to avoid mold and keep healthy, the home coach can help you create the ideal environment, while being pretty to look at, too.
Nest Learning Thermostat ($249)
A thermostat that programs itself? Yes, please. Available in four colors and either as a single or a two pack, this smart thermostat helps to save energy and can be controlled from anywhere through your smartphone, computer, or tablet. In fact, its website claims that studies have shown that the Nest has saved people an average of 10%-12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooing bills, so it essentially saves money, energy, and adapts to your lifestyle and preferences.
Blink Video Doorbell ($99 for existing customers, or $129)
With this product, you can literally answer your doorbell when you’re not even home. The Blink Video Doorbell’s live video and two-way audio lets you see and speak to anyone on your doorstep, and also alerts you with instant motion-activated alerts that can be sent to your smartphone. Whether you’re looking to keep an eye on much-anticipated deliveries, or improve home security, it’s wire-free connectivity, infrared night vision and two-year battery life are just a few features that make it both convenient and safe to use as an innovative added feature to your smart home.
Amazon’s Echo Show (229.99)
The new Echo Show combines all of Alexa’s existing technology, and brings it together with video representation for added capabilities. Whether you’re looking to display your favorite music lyrics for singalongs, video calls, photo displays or the ability to look at recipes without dirtying your phones, the Echo Show can do all that and more. Available in black or white, its 7” touchscreen display is perfectly sized for countertop placement, and the Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS, too.