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Ready to make your home smarter? It’s hard enough staying up to date on all the new gadgets and gizmos, but if you’re looking to make your home more advanced, we’re here to help. Getting a smart home doesn’t necessarily mean remodeling everything. In fact, most smart devices are easy to set up and compliment what’s already in your space, which intern makes your day just a little bit easier.
To get you started in turning your living space into a voice-controlled oasis, we gathered six items to modernize your residence. From the Echo Show 8 to the popular Ring doorbell, and motorized blinds, see below for smart home start kit essentials. For more home and office upgrades, check out best tech deals and best sustainable gadgets.
Featuring an 8” HD screen and stereo sound, this smart hub can help keep your devices, and your day, in order. It comes with Alexa so that you can easily catch up on news, weather, play music, and more. The speaker lets you make announcements to other devices in your home, and you can connect with video calling and messaging to stay in touch with friends and family who have the Alexa app, or an Echo device with a screen. If you’d like a larger screen, pre-order the Echo Show 10, which will be available on May 30.
Available in silver and satin nickel, the Ring Video Doorbell features your standard 1080p HD video with improved features that allow you to see, hear, and speak to anyone captured on the doorbell camera via your phone, tablet, or PC. You can also connect it to Alexa or pair with select Alexa-enabled devices to enable announcements, and two-way talk for convenient in-home monitoring.
The Google Nest Smart Learning Thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home from your smartphone, notebook, or laptop. The WiFi-compatible device monitors energy usage, and learns the temperatures you like so that it can create a schedule for you. When you choose a temperature that saves energy, the Nest Leaf will appear on the screen to guide you in the right direction. It also shuts off when you leave so it’s not heating or cooling an empty home.
This Alexa-compatible, three-pack light switch is a great buy at a budget-friendly price. These wifi light switches let you to control the ambiance in the room from anywhere by using the Kasa Smart app. Adjust the dimmer switch, and use “Schedules” to set your smart dimmer switch to automatically turn on and off when you’re home or away.
These app-controlled, customizable motorized smart blinds from Graywind are compatible with Android or iOS, and of course, you don’t have to be at home to control them. The durable, fade-resistant, easy-to-clean blinds are made from 100% blackout polyester and linen, and include a white waterproof back layer to give you privacy, and save on your energy bill (which is helpful because the hardwired motor needs to be plugged in to work). The blinds are remote-controlled (one remote can control up to nine blinds at once), or you can pair them with Alexa or Google Assistant and use voice control to open and close them. Plus, the cordless design makes it safe for children and pets.
Eufy Security Smart Lock makes it so that you no longer have to fumble around with keys. The smart lock recognizes your fingerprint in just 0.3 seconds, and unlocks your door in one second (you can also open the lock by using the Eufy Security app with Bluetooth, the electronic keypad, or the key). A built-in sensor detects when your door is closed and locks it automatically, keeping your home secure even when you’re in a hurry. Instead of cloud storage, the gadget stores your fingerprint and in app-data locally to help keep your personal information safe.