Make your house more convenient by bringing home some of the best smart home gadgets introduced this year by top manufacturers in U.S. and Canada.
We are currently in the beginning stages of the smart home era and there are more and more smart devices being introduced into the market every day. This movement is making everyday task more convenient for home owners by replacing manual functionality with smart home devices controlled by an app on your smartphone. This innovative advancement in technology is enabling users to basically control the entire household with just a few clicks on the smartphone. As there are a lot of products on the market, we decided to gather a list of the 10 best smart home gadgets to identify the best rated and most popular products in 2016.
1. Samsung SmartThings Hub
The Samsung SmartThings is a great smart home hub to integrate all your smart home gadgets for better control and increased possibilities. Compared to all other smart home hubs available in the market, it has unparalleled compatibility as you can connect a large variety of devices and gadgets without making any complex changes. The hub also comes with a battery backup to avoid outages during emergencies. This setup works great for controlling lights and thermostats with action triggers such as motion or opening a door. Though SmartThings isn’t just perfect as of yet, it is still better than other options available in the market.
2. Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat
Ecobee is definitely making homes smarter and more connected with its elegantly designed and intelligently programmed smart home gadgets. Equipped with DataRhythm™ Technology, the Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats is one example of how technology can help you live a convenient life with incredible monthly savings. By using thousands of data points, it keeps you comfortable by intelligently managing heating and cooling and avoiding unnecessary energy consumption. The HomeKit enabled Ecobee3 lets you control your thermostat remotely using your smartphone or tablet device. Ecobee3 comes in an elegant design with a 3.5” full-color LCD touchscreen display and you can even avoid unauthorized changes to your thermostat by setting a security code. This smart thermostat comes with a lifetime free access to Ecobee’s advanced web portal and phone application.
3. Nest Cam Home Monitoring
Nest Cam definitely isn’t just another home security camera. It offers exciting new and smart options to monitor your home more effectively and intelligently. The camera provides you with 1080p high resolution videos and comes in a unique design making it easier for you to place it anywhere. In addition to 24/7 live streaming; the features such as easy installation, advanced night vision, motion and sound alerts and powerful digital zoom make it a smart option for home monitoring. It starts automatically as you go out by using your phone’s location. By signing up for Nest Aware, you get more accurate alerts and cloud storage for your high-quality footage.
4. Amazon Echo Smart Speakers
With a good number of advanced voice-activated features, these Bluetooth speakers from Amazon are one smart home gadget that can bring you exciting home automation possibilities. Thanks to its compatibility, you can connect Amazon Echo to a number of home hubs such as from Samsung and Belkin. Echo lets you connect to the Alexa Voice Service to play music and informational content. It’s great to have a skillful hands-free speaker that answers to all your commands including things like ordering food and a taxi.
5. Roost Wi-Fi Battery for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Roost Wi-Fi battery for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms costs just $35 and can be plugged into your existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to convert them into a smart home gadget. You get alerts right on your smartphone every time the smoke alarm goes off. The mobile alerts make it easy for you to either quickly call 911 right away or to simply silence the alarm in case there’s nothing serious.
6. Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener allows you to control your garage door remotely through Wi-Fi to ensure unparalleled control and better security. This garage door opener takes only few minutes to install and relies on your home’s Wi-Fi. It’s compatible with most of the door openers available in the home stores across U.S. that use safety reversing sensors. The company is also working to add newer features such as geofencing to enhance its sensing capabilities. Another benefit is that there are no additional charges for subscription fee for the usage of the app.
7. Stack Alba LED Light Bulbs
The Stack Alba Smart LED light bulbs are equipped with motion sensors enabling it to detect your presence to turn on/off the lights automatically. Not just that, the ambient light sensors inside these LED bulbs adjust the intensity of light as per the overall ambiance of the room. Additionally, the Alba LED Bulbs work in coordination with the Nest in keeping your home warm during chilly weather.
8. Sleep Number C2 Bed
Make sure you sleep well with this incredibly smart mattress that allows you to adjust the firmness to ensure comfortable sleep and a relaxed body. Its Sleep IQ helps you with tracking vital body functions during night sleep to assist you with improving both the quality and duration of your sleep. It comes with an easy-to-use wireless remote to help you with your Sleep Number settings. It also allows you to adjust the firmness for each side so both you and your partner have a great sleep.
9. Leviton Humidity Sensor and Fan Control
Avoid mold and mildew with the Leviton Humidity Sensor and Fan Control that automatically enables ventilation after detecting undesirable humidity inside your home. This humidity sensor is equipped with digital sensing technology that is further enhanced by a microprocessor to assist you with preventing false cycling and managing humidity for a healthy environment. It ensures you breathe healthy air by complying with CALGREEN standards related to quality of air.
10. Belkin WeMo Smart Slow Cooker
Thanks to the partnership between Belkin and Jarden Consumer Solutions; now you can also control your slow cooker on your smartphone. Using the WeMo mobile phone application, you can conveniently make changes to the slow cooker’s settings, alter cook time, and get alerts on the status of your cook time. The remote access to your crockpot opens exciting possibilities of multi-tasking that makes it the most important smart home gadget to buy this year. Serve your family with perfectly cooked dishes by spending less time in the kitchen.
We hope you found this list of 2016 best smart home gadgets helpful. As you can imagine, there are a lot more products in the market that didn’t this list so please leave your comments below with your favorite smart home gadget.