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16 April . 2020

Ultimate Smart Home Technology Guide

From doorbells and speakers to lights and thermostats, smart devices are making it easier for homeowners to stay connected and in control of their space. Check out our ultimate smart home technology guide to get an inside look at today’s trending tools.

Home Assistants, Hubs & Controllers

Smart home hubs connect a collection of home tech devices in one automated system. Users can choose from a variety of products and brands based on their personal preferences. While Amazon Alexa has been a popular choice among the tech community, Samsung SmartThings can also work with a wide range of devices and teach your home a few cool tricks - our favorite being turning on the coffee machine in the morning! Apple lovers can take to the Home app and control their tech, or HomeKit accessories, using Siri, and Google-junkies can try Google Assistant. Whatever you decide, smart home hubs allow homeowners to be in control with a simple voice command or touch of a button.

Smart Speakers

Rock out to your favorite tunes, catch up the day’s news, or checkout a podcast all hands-free with smart speakers! Amazon’s Echo Dot is sleek, small and compact and easily connects to the Alexa app for those looking to control other home devices. Sonos One is another powerful smart speaker that can easily fit in any room and deliver brilliant beats with its stereo-like sound quality. Last but not least, Google Nest Minis offer amazing sounds perfect for your next living room dance party.



Smart Lighting & Thermostats

Not only is smart lighting efficient and easy-to-use, but it uses less energy than traditional bulbs – saving you a little extra on your electricity bill. While there are hundreds of brands available, Philips Hue offers a range of light bulbs, lamps, and light fixtures that can easily integrate with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit. Lifx and Sengled deliver voice and app-controlled lighting systems suitable for any space. For your heating and cooling needs, consider installing a smart thermostat. Major brands including Nest, Ecobee, Hive, and
Honeywell all offer well-designed options that allow you to control the temperature in your home from anywhere in the world.

Smart Video Doorbells

See who’s knocking from the comfort of your couch with smart video doorbells. A high-demand home device, smart video doorbells send alerts and live footage of your front porch directly to your smartphone. While the Ring Video Doorbell is a popular choice, Google Nest Hello and Eufy Video Doorbell are also effective, affordable, and easy-to-use options. All devices come equipped with pre-recorded messages, night vision features, and much more.

Smart Kitchen Appliances

From smart refrigerators and ovens to Wi-Fi enabled air fryers and Instant Pots, household kitchen appliances just got a whole lot cooler. Samsung has a whole line of tech-friendly refrigerators equipped with built-in tablets and inside cameras that connect directly to your smartphone - allowing you to check your grocery supply while wondering the aisles at the store. GE is helping you manage everyday tasks with its range of Wi-Fi connected appliances and SmartHQ app, which gives users the ability to preheat the oven or change the temperature all with a simple touch. The company also has a tech-savvy, voice-controlled microwave that connects to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.



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