5 Awesome Smart Home Gadgets You Can Actually Afford
Smart home technology can drastically improve your quality of life. It can make things easier and improve the cost efficiency of your home, but most people think the upfront costs of owning smart technology is out of their reach. The good news is, you don’t have to be rich to afford a variety of smart gadgets. Just check out these five awesome smart home gadgets you can actually afford.
#1 Amazon Echo Dot
As the least expensive way to add voice control to your home, the Echo Dot offers a ton of bang for your buck. In addition to connecting to a variety of other smart home gadgets you may already have in your home, the Echo Dot also offers a lot of modern conveniences in a tiny package. You can play music, order dinner, change the channel, or place an Amazon order without having to lift a finger. $40 on Amazon
#2 Kasa Smart Light Bulbs
Replace your “dumb” light bulbs with these smart bulbs from Kasa to control your home’s lights with the touch of a finger or even your voice! All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and a compatible device. The bulbs work well with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, or you can turn them on and off using the Kasa app available for Android or iOS. $18 on Amazon
#3 Wemo Mini Smart Plug
Turn any normal outlet into a smart outlet with these inexpensive plugs. Simply plug them into any outlet and easily control your lights and appliances from an app on your phone. These mini smart plugs connect through your home’s Wi-Fi and are also compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control. $30 on Amazon
#4 Samsung SmartThings Hub
This handy smart device makes it easy to connect all your smart home gadgets that aren’t otherwise compatible with each other. Connect all your devices easily in the Samsung app, which allows you to group gadgets together by room and create scenes for each space (adjusting the shades and lights or changing the thermostat settings at certain times throughout the day). $85 on Amazon
#5 Honeywell Touchscreen Thermostat
Control the temperature of your home with your voice using this surprisingly affordable high-tech touchscreen thermostat. In addition to the ability to connect with Alexa for voice control, this smart thermostat also sends push notifications when your filter needs to be changed or the temperature outside reaches extreme highs or lows. It also has a handy seven-day flexible scheduling or location-based temperature control. $99 on Amazon
Smart home gadgets are now affordable. Consider which ones would make your life easier or offer long term savings. Then, make a wishlist of the smart home gadgets you want. The holidays are right around the corner. It will be a great time to catch some of these on sale!
Do you have a favorite smart home gadget? I’d love to hear about it. And, be sure to tell me what you love about it.