Our Favorite Smart Home Products That Make Your Life Easier

Remember when we thought video phone calls were a thing of the distant future? Now technology is deeply engrained in our lives. Smart home products are ever-evolving to make life easier on the home front. We’ve rounded up our favorites that will take a task off your hands or help you rest assured.


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iRobot Roomba 690

iRobot Roomba 690

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Photo courtesy of iRobot

There’s one name that’s synonymous with cleaning robots, and that’s Roomba. According to Consumer Reports, “robotic vacuums have finally transcended from being a novelty item in YouTube cat videos to a serious cleaning tool,” plus, there are seriously affordable options on the market now. This guy is Wi-Fi connected, compatible with Alexa, and really gets the job done.

$375, store.irobot.com


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iRobot Braava Jet 240

iRobot Braava Jet 240

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Photo courtesy of iRobot

Okay, so you love your Roomba but you would kill for a little robot that mopped your floor, too. Your wish is iRobot’s command: the Braava Jet can wet mop, damp sweep, and dry sweep all the hard floors in your home like a champ.

$170, store.irobot.com


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Nest Thermostat E

Nest Thermostat E

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Photo courtesy of Nest

Picture this: it’s 3 a.m. on a summer night, and you wake up in a sweat because you forgot to turn down the thermostat to a comfortable sleeping temperature. Instead of throwing off the covers and going to change it, having the Nest Thermostat E would prevent this problem in the first place. It can be scheduled to adjust the home temperature from morning to night, saves energy by turning itself down when you’re out of the house, and you can change the temperature from your phone.

$169, nest.com


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Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

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Photo courtesy of Ring

Rest assured, because you can instantly see if it’s the UPS guy at the door or an unwanted visitor, without leaving the couch, or being in the house for that matter. The Ring video doorbell lets you see, hear, and speak to front-door visitors, is accessible by phone anywhere, and is weather-resistant.

Starting at $99, shop.ring.com


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Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa

Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa

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Photo courtesy of Garmin

Alexa in your car? Yup. The Garmin Speak Plus with Alexa does a whole number of things that you love about your home Echo, but in your car, like: playing music through the car stereo, making hands-free calls, and turns your lights off when you forget. It also has awesome car-exclusive features like a voice-controlled dash cam, turn-by-turn directions, and more.

$179.99, buy.garmin.com


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Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon Echo Spot

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Photo courtesy of Amazon

It’s your favorite gal, Alexa, all-grown-up. The Amazon Echo Spot does all the things you love Alexa for (news, weather, music, lights, etc.) but with a the added bonus of a video screen that allows you to video call with other Echo Spot users. Not only that, but you can “drop in” to the Spot from anywhere in the house to check on things, like the kids actually doing their homework.

$130, amazon.com


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Caavo 4K UHD

Caavo 4K UHD

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Photo courtesy of Caavo

These days, there’s a ton of different ways to watch TV – satellite, cable, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, and more – Caavo takes all these methods and combines them into one streamlined TV experience (you literally just plug all these things in and it does the rest). You can search through all the apps and providers at once for the show or movie you’re looking for, and it of course connects to Alexa.

$399, caavo.com


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Nest Protect

Nest Protect

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Photo courtesy of Nest

The sound of the smoke alarm when you just over-broiled some broccoli is enough to send your heart into overdrive, but Nest Protect speaks with a calm, human voice to direct you and your loved ones in case of emergency (or burnt food). It intelligently detects where the smoke is in the house, can be silenced with your phone, tests itself daily, and won’t wake you up with a 2am low-battery chirp.

$119, nest.com


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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link

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Photo courtesy of Dyson

Get yourself an air purifier that does both. And by both, we mean heating and cooling The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link not only does its job of removing 99.97% of pollutants and allergens, it can warm you up in the morning and cool you down at night. Plus, it connects to its remote, your phone, or Alexa for controls on: fan speed, jet focus control, oscillation and more.

$515.99, dyson.com