Smart home tech is a great way to liven up your home and automate certain aspects of your life, and that extends to the bedroom as well. Whether you have trouble sleeping or could use technology to help you wake up, picking up some smart gadgets can enhance your bedtime experience and make you look forward to catching some ZZZs and waking up for each new day.
Best smart display
The Home Hub is an excellent smart display that can work as an alarm clock, a music and video streaming device, and a control center for your smart home gadgets. Ask it for the weather and traffic reports in the morning, and to read the daily news headlines to you as you get ready to start your day.
Small, affordable speaker
If you don't need a smart display but still want a convenient way to control your smart home and get vocal responses to things like the weather, traffic, and your daily calendar appointments, the Echo Dot is one of the cheapest solutions around. The fabric design looks great, the built-in speaker isn't half-bad, and you can connect the Echo Dot to other speakers for better sound when desired.
Best smart bulb
The best part about LIFX's smart bulbs is that they work over Wi-Fi without the need for a hub, but that's not their only benefit. They also get extremely bright and emit vibrant colors. Schedule them to dim late at night or start your mornings off with a warm-toned white.
Best sleep tracker
Sleep tracking has gotten pretty popular lately, but not everybody wants to wear a smartwatch to bed. The Withings Sleep Tracking Pad is a simple pad you can put under your mattress that monitors your sleep cycles, heart rate, and even snoring, and reports it all back to your phone so you can review the data in the morning.
Ease into your mornings
This handy device is compatible with virtually any window shade or blind that has a plastic or metal beaded chain. Install it in five minutes, then open and close the blinds using the Android or iOS app or the Touch Strip controls. You can even set custom timers, so the blinds open every morning at 6:30 a.m., for example, to help you wake up and start your day.
Best smart scale
In addition to keeping a daily log of your weight, this smart scale also helps you keep tabs on other personal health stats, including your body mass index (BMI). It syncs automatically to the Health Mate app on your phone, so you can track progress over time, whether you're trying to lose a few pounds or get into a healthier BMI.
Best smart plug
Smart plugs can make gadgets you already own a little smarter. The Kasa Smart Plug plugs into a wall outlet and is small enough that it won't block the second outlet. It provides two outlets that you can plug any standard device into, like a night light, fan, or lamp, then control it from your phone or even by voice when connected to a compatible voice assistant.
Best air purifier
The Sharp air purifier has a True HEPA filter that can help remove 99.97% of allergens in the room, like dust, smoke, pet dander, and more. Ideal for those who have allergies, it can effectively clean the air in a room that's about 143 square feet in size, ideal for the standard-sized bedroom. And its library quiet 23dB operation won't disturb your slumber.
Help lull yourself to sleep with these clever headphones that are placed flat inside a comfortable fabric headband. Connect it via Bluetooth to your phone, queue up some soothing sounds or music, lie down, relax, and sleep. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours per charge, and there are built-in controls for play, volume, and skip. Invented by a doctor, the band comes in small, medium, and large sizes and moisture-wicking or soft fleece fabric.
Make your bedroom smarter
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There are plenty of ways you can automate your bedroom with specialized devices, but these gadgets are a great place to start. Most people can benefit from a Google Nest Hub, whether they have other smart home tech or not — it's a great way to check the weather at a glance or play music from your bedside table. Of course, it's also nice to have a dedicated speaker or smart lighting; LIFX bulbs make it easy to dim your room late at night for more comfortable reading in bed.
Focusing more on personal health, you can slip a Withings Sleep Tracking Pad under your mattress to get some insight on how you sleep at night. Maybe you'll figure out why you're always so tired! Speaking of sleep, the AcousticSheep SleepPhones help you get a peaceful night of rest by playing soothing sounds to shut out unwanted noise. If you're trying to watch your weight, you can also pick up a Withings Body Scale and start building a historical graph on your phone to try and reach your goals.
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Christine Persaud has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's working on her latest fitness program, binging a new TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets she's reviewing, or spending time with family and friends. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.