7 Low-Tech, Low-Cost Gadgets That Put Pricey Smart Home Devices to Shame – AOL
There’s no arguing about the wide variety of devices made for the smart home. While many are undoubtedly helpful, like how security cameras act as deterrents, they can be cumbersome to use and operate. If there were only low-tech solutions to some of our favorite smart home gadgets, right?
We’ve been thinking the same and realized that not everything needs to be connected to Wi-Fi. You’ll be surprised just as much as we were by how some low-tech solutions put some of these pricey smart home devices to shame. Best of all, you’ll save quite a bit of money.
Today’s Top Deals
1. The Clapper
You might have thought smart plugs were revolutionary when they started to gain popularity, but they all pay homage to the OG: the one and only Clapper. You’ve seen the commercials on TV, so you know that the clap of your hands is all that’s needed to turn on this low-tech wall plug. Use it to turn on/off the lights while in bed, or perhaps the TV?
Full Review: The $15 Clapper Is the Original Smart Plug
Buy: The Clapper $29.00
2. MAZ-TEK Plug in Dimmable Led Night Light
Anyone who’s bought a smart light knows that they can be pricey. That’s why we love the low-tech solution offered by these dimmable LED night lights from MAZ-TEK. Since they plug directly into an outlet, you can place them anywhere throughout your home for ambient light. Light sensors can detect when it’s dark, so they’ll automatically kick on to help guide you as you stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
MAZ-TEK Plug in Dimmable Led Night Light
Buy: MAZ-TEK Dimmable Led Night Light $13.59 (orig. $22.99) 41% OFF
3. Securi Wireless Doorbell
Video doorbells have changed our habits around checking who’s at the front door. Still, the Securi Wireless Doorbell is a low-tech and ultra-affordable alternative that quickly allows you to add a doorbell and chime anywhere. Installing a wired video doorbell can be a hassle for some, especially with drilling screws and power connections. With this, however, you simply fasten the wireless doorbell outside and keep the chime indoors. It’s battery-powered and has a range of 1,000 feet, so that’s more convenience your way.
Securi Wireless Doorbell
Buy: Securi Wireless Doorbell $17.99 (orig. $23.99) 25% OFF
4. Crosize Rubber Door Stop Wedge
One of the most critical areas in your home is the front door. Whether you’re heading off to bed or coming to the door to see who’s there, this rubber door stop wedge is a low-tech solution that can help fortify your door. That way, even if someone attempts to pry it open, they’ll realize that it isn’t as easy as they thought.
Crosize Rubber Door Stop Wedge
Buy: Crosize Rubber Door Stop Wedge $5.99 (orig. $7.99) 25% OFF