The Best Gadgets for a Smarter Home in 2020
Smart homes are equipped with gadgets that can anticipate our needs and make life easier - without being a chore to set up or maintain. With the help of a voice assistant, be it Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant, devices like your thermostat, speaker, television remote and just about anything else can become immeasurably more useful.
But with the rapid proliferation of the smart home tech market, choosing the right devices can be challenging. Fortunately, there are a number of tried-and-tested options in each category. In this list, we’ll take a look at the latest and greatest smart home devices for 2020, helping you add a little more fun and convenience into your living space.
The aptly named Harmony Elite aims to centralize your smart home gadgets, allowing you to control everything from the volume on your television to the locks on your doors from a single device. Not only that, but Alexa integration means that you can do it all with your voice. You can also set up “One-Touch Activities” to further streamline your actions.
While easily the most popular and reliable of all smart home bulbs, Philips’ Hue line isn’t known for affordability. If you’re willing to forgo multi-color lighting, you can save a good chunk of money by picking up the White Ambiance Starter Kit, which still allows you to reap all the other benefits that the Hue ecosystem offers.
This includes integration with major voice assistants, thus allowing you to hop into bed and turn the lights off with a simple command. You can also automate the process with timers and schedules, as well as being able to control the intensity of the lights with the included app.
While not necessarily bound to the home, the Apple Watch is a great addition to your smart home tech arsenal. This is thanks to deepening levels of integration that are making wearables capable of interacting with other devices. If you’re more vested in the Google ecosystem, you’ll probably want to pick up a watch that runs the company’s OS. The top smartwatch options for iOS and Android is a good place to start.
Using your choice of a wired or wireless connection, you can monitor indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speed, rainfall, solar radiation and more with the Vantage Pro2. You also get a display console for convenient monitoring. Take a look at this roundup of home weather stations for more information on the Vantage Pro2 and its competitors.
Program it right, and you probably won’t have to touch it again. This is the biggest draw of smart thermostat systems, a category in which Ecobee currently shines. The SmartThermostat features a sleek design with a built-in microphone, which means you can give it voice commands to adjust temperatures. Of course, you can also automate the process and set schedules to save on your energy bill.
These are just some of the many smart home gadgets that can improve your life at home. Don’t hesitate to explore what’s out there, as there is plenty of great tech to discover.