Are you still living in the 90s or early 00s? It’s time to upgrade your home to a smart home, outfitted with the latest phone-connected and voice-enabled gadgets of this decade. Whether that’s a coffee machine that you can literally tell, “Make my morning coffee,” or a smart grill that maintains the temperature of your meats even when you’ve stepped away for a moment, transforming your home into a smart home will make you feel like the fanciest person alive.
13 Smart Home Products
Not sure where to start when it comes to getting smart? Check out our 13 top picks for smart home products—all of which make life-changing gifts ideal for this upcoming holiday season. As always, the prices listed may fluctuate over time.
1. Roborock S7+ Sonic Mopping Robot Vacuum and Auto-Empty Dock
Roborock S7+ Sonic Mopping Robot Vacuum and Auto-Empty Dock is voice-enabled with most smart home devices—like Alexa, Google Home and Siri—and mops the floor up to 3,000 times per minute.
The best way to upgrade your home in 2021 is with a techy product that kills two birds with one stone—like the Roborock S7+ Sonic Mopping Robot Vacuum and Auto-Empty Dock. Featuring ultrasonic carpet recognition technology (say what), which allows the vacuum-slash-mop to transition over various surfaces, lifting its mob feature to avoid wetting the carpet. The Roborock S7+ captures up to 99.99 percent of particles, making it a must-have for anyone with severe allergies.
This vacuum—which, let’s be honest, is one step away from truly being a robot—also has intelligent dust collection, automatically emptying the dock when necessary, and of course, it connects to Alexa, Google Home and Siri.
One Amazon.com reviewer wrote, “Just got my RoboRock (already named Zurg) and He is Amazing. Mapping – Perfect. He is halfway through mapping my main floor home. The navigation is perfect. He has not got stuck or missed an inch of flooring.”
Buy at Amazon for $949.98.
2. Ecobee 3 Lite Smart Thermostat
The Ecobee 3 Lite Smart Thermostat balances your home’s temperature throughout and can even save you significantly on your yearly energy costs.
Skip the smart thermostats with bad reputations (they’re not worth the trouble), and instead, opt for the Ecobee 3 Lite Smart Thermostat. Chic and minimalistic in appearance, the Ecobee 3 Lite is WiFi-enabled (so you can control it from the app on your smartphone). This thermostat is also Energy Star Certified and integrates easily with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, If This Then That and more.
Most importantly, this amazing smart thermostat can save you up to 23 percent on your annual energy costs—though, of course, every person’s home is different. It’s especially thrifty when connected to SmartSensor (sold separately), which controls the temperature in the room you’re in rather than the room the thermostat’s in.
Buy at Ecobee for $179.99.
3. Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagon Smarter Kit
You can screen mirror onto the Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagon Smarter Kit from your smartphone, as well as sync them up to music and enjoy more than 16+ colors.
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