Smart home devices are becoming the norm, and at wtg we’re big fans. Many homes are becoming “smart homes”, whether it’s with a smart speaker or a host of smart devices that may include a thermostat, video doorbell, and robot vacuum (to name a few). The best smart home devices make life more efficient and create more free time.
Here’s our pick of the best smart home devices 2019.
The third-generation Amazon Echo is easily our favorite smart speaker. Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers have become the #1 smart home device for millions of people around the world.
It’s affordable, yet stylish, with fabric finishes to fit your home, and has increased audio performance. Amazon is always upgrading Alexa, especially now that the Apple HomePod and Google Home are directly competing .
The Echo integrates with your Amazon account, which enables you to do things like order food, and control your other smart home devices (such as your thermostat or robot vacuum) – making it a super useful addition to your smart home devices list.
Take a Look: Amazon Echo
When you think of the “smart thermostat,” what comes to mind? For most people, it would probably be the Nest Thermostat.
Nest was among the first companies to inject machine learning into heating and cooling your home, and since then has been hailed as the best smart thermostat manufacturer. It has incredible features such as auto-scheduling, energy preservation, weather awareness, home/away assist, and can be controlled by an Amazon Alexa device (such as the Amazon Echo 3rd Generation).
Take a Look: Nest Thermostat
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a solid device. Setup is easy, the app is a breeze to use, and the motion tracking works great. If reliable motion tracking and security video capturing features are at the top of your list, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 has got you covered. The system can be integrated with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant which is a huge plus.
Take a Look: Ring Video Doorbell 2 with HD Video
If you are a somewhat busy person, you may hardly find time doing menial tasks like cleaning your home. This is why we find robot vacuums so practical – but they’re great at keeping your floors debris, dust, and dander free on a daily basis.
With the iRobot Roomba 690, you can take it further with app and voice assistant control with Amazon Alexa devices. You can easily customize its cleaning process, start cleaning anytime remotely, set up cleaning schedules, and even tell it to go back to its home unit for charging.
Take a Look: iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
One thing that you might want to do as soon as you decide to make your home a smart home is switch out the light bulbs. Of them all, we think the best smart light bulbs are Philips Hue smart bulbs.
It’s incredibly reliable and is compatible with a range of different standards and home control systems including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.
There is one device that can convert virtually all of your current small (plugged in) devices into “smart” devices.
The Kasa Smart Plug is one such smart device, compatible with small electronics that run at up to 12 AMPs. This means that you can plug your fans, coffee makers, lamps and radios into it, and then control them with voice commands, turn them on/off remotely, and even set them on schedules. It even offers a feature called Away Mode, which allows you to set your appliances to go on and off at random intervals to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.
Take a Look: Kasa Smart Wifi Plug HS100 by TP-Link