A smart home is a home that makes use of new technologies to make living easier. To help you start your smart home journey and get the complete, technology-packed home of your dreams, we have compiled a list of devices we believe are the best products for smart homes you buy now. What is in a smart home? In the article below, you will find information on the best smart lights, smart doorbells and smart security cameras, which we see as reliable investments for your growing smart home. As well as in-depth analysis and information on a range of devices, the articles we will link to offer our honest opinion on the newest devices on the market.
Remember that there are more and more devices and manufacturers every year. Within each category of smart home devices you will likely find Amazon, Google and Apple products, but you will also find dozens of other brands making products that are often better and sold at a lower price point.
Smart home systems and devices are now more impressive and offer more comprehensive features than ever before. Multiple centralised systems allow users to turn off lights, stream music, lock doors, change the temperature and ask for the weather all from a smart or a speaker via Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. You can even start automatically cleaning your house with smart devices!
For many people who purchase their first smart device, they will start with a small smart speaker such as the Google Nest Mini, which is one of the first smart home devices that they purchase. Many if not all of the products on our lists are compatible with these smart speakers or can be integrated through other apps. If you haven’t purchased one of these yet, this will be our first recommendation.
Buy Your First Smart Home Speaker
Smart speakers can browse the internet, tell you the weather, inform you about the work of a personal assistant and act as a central control centre for your entire smart home system. With the right smart speaker you can control every aspect of your home with your voice. Smart assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa are the central hub of a smart home. Google and Amazon have quickly become the leading smart home companies on the back of these specific products. Although not mandatory, they make life easier by controlling all your devices from one place with voice commands.
Buy Your First Smart Thermostat
A smart home depends on components being able to communicate with each other. So before you fill your shopping cart with the latest and best smart home gadgets, make sure they are compatible with all the other smart devices you already own, including your phone, tablets and smart speakers. One way to build a smart home is to buy many components – sensors, smart light bulbs, surveillance cameras and speakers – and connect them to a hub which helps them communicate with each other and with you via your smartphone. Smart thermostats are one of the trickier products to purchase since you also need to make sure you buy a thermostat that is compatible with your heating/cooling appliance, whether baseboard, floor heating, air conditioning or other.
Buy Your First Smart TV and Smart Sound Systems
Beyond the basic Google Nest and Amazon Alexa speakers, you might want to upgrade to better sound entertainment system. Some Sonos models include both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on board, allowing them to control other smart home devices when one or the other is enabled, even when you’re not using them at the same time.
If you’re just getting started developing your smart home and need a new television set why not opt for a smart TV? Basic smart TV, such as the Hisense 40-Inch Class H4 Series LED Roku Smart TV with Alexa Compatibility can be great additions to your home. Even without a built-in smart TV there are many additional devices such as Apple TV or the Amazon Fire Stick that allow you to easily play streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime on any television set.
Buy Your First Smart Security Device
Finally, when you have smart entertainment with a smart TV and sound systems, smart locks, smart lights and smart temperature control, you might want to set up a smart lock and security system. These systems are very practical, they can allow you to see who rings at your door and let them in from your phone.
Here are some of our most popular articles on the topic of smart security systems:
We hope this overall guide to setting up your first smart home system will be helpful to you and your family to understand how to make the smart home you dream of. What smart home will you build? Don’t hesitate to go through our other articles all focused on more specific topics and to reach out to us for any specific questions.