Smart home gear and accessories can often time add a huge value to your life, but the added convenience carries a price tag along with it that is sometimes hard to swallow. Whether you're in the market for a smart thermostat, plug, or light bulb, Prime Day is sure to bring a bunch of big price drops across various brands that you'll want to check out.

You'll see price drops from the big brands, like Philips Hue, Nest, Ring, and more, but also from lesser-known brands like Aukey, Teckin, Eufy, and more. There's something here for every budget, so be sure to look around and grab what you've been waiting for.

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Start small: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd-Gen)

The first thing to consider when looking into any smart home is the hub that you'll be using, AKA the brain of it all. Amazon's Echo products make for great hubs and are super versatile. It's super likely that Amazon will drop the price of the latest Echo Dot by around 50% for Prime Day, or maybe even more. During Black Friday, which was shortly after it was released, the company sold it for just $25, so maybe this time around we will see it for $20.

Small and smart

Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot can control your smart home gear, answer your basic questions, tell you the weather, set reminders for you, and oh so much more. It gets smarter each week, so pick one up now and see how much it can improve your life.

Voice controlled lighting: Philips Hue 4-Bulb Kit

When it comes to smart bulbs, the Philips Hue bulbs are some of the highest rated on the market. With the quality comes steep price tag at times, though, but during major shopping events we often see discounts on almost the entire lineup. This kit happens to come with not only four bulbs that you can control the brightness of, but also the required hub that you need to connect them all through.

Smart lights starter kit

Philips Hue White 4-Bulb Kit w/ bridge

Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart bulb brands, and its starter kit offers a great value for getting started in a smaller home or apartment. You get four soft white bulbs and the Wi-Fi bridge required to control your bulbs through an Echo Dot or Google Mini. Once you're set up, it's easy to add more Philips Hue bulbs in the future.

Add smarts to more: Amazon Smart Plug

Another easy smart home gadget to pick up and find tons of uses for are smart plugs. These can be used to control lamps, turn on your coffee maker, control fans, and so much more. Many of them can be set on routines or controlled via a smartphone app, so you don't even have to get off the couch to control them. You can use this with the Echo Dot above to turn them on or off with just you voice, and in the past we've seen Amazon run a bunch of different offers with these.

Works with the Alexa app

Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon's Smart Plug does not require you to own an Echo speaker to use voice commands — it connects directly to the Alexa app and lets you control lamps, fans, or appliances and set schedules with little hassle. It's a great option if you're sticking with the Amazon Alexa ecosystem or buying for someone who already owns an Amazon Echo speaker.

See from anywhere: Ring Video Doorbells

Gone are the days of having to be home in order to answer the door, and here are the days of being able to communicate with whomever is at your door from anywhere. The Ring Video Doorbell allows you to use your phone to communicate with those ringing your doorbell, even if you're at work, on a business trip, or just sitting on the couch. It keeps track of motion alerts, can be customized to help you monitor what goes on outside your home, and more.

Alexa, show the front door camera

Ring Video Doorbell

Staff Pick

The Ring Video Doorbell works with the Echo Spot and Echo Show to show you who is near your doorbell, with a horizontal field of view of 180 degrees and a vertical FOV of 110 degrees, plus the ability to power the doorbell via your existing wiring or via an independent battery, the Ring Video Doorbell is a perfect starting point for smart home security.

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Best Smart Home Products Under $100 in 2019

Upgrading your house with the best smart home products can seem daunting and expensive at the outset, but over the years, some of the best equipment has come down in price. Now, you're able to upgrade rooms in your home for under $100 with quality products that will work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control — or quite possibly both! Maybe you choose to strategically upgrade some electrical outlets to control lamps and small appliances first, then fill in the gaps with smart bulbs and switches in your bedrooms and other living spaces. The choice is yours — and the best tech has never been more affordable.

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Plug in more devices: Top Greener USB Wall Outlet

Staff Pick

Smart plugs are a great option if you live in an apartment or other rental property. But if you own your home, you should upgrade some of your outlets to include USB ports like these outlets from Top Greener. These plugs are easy to install with the existing wiring in your house and are packed with safety features, including tamper resistance for kids. These plugs do not support fast charging, but it will let you keep your phones charged without needing a wall adapter.

$21 at Amazon

OK, Google!: Google Home Mini

Google Assistant is probably baked into the phone you use every day, so it makes sense to stick with Google for your home smart speakers. The Google Home Mini is a colorful and compact smart speaker that lets you connect and control smart home products through the Google Home app, seamlessly integrates with Chromecast, YouTube, and other Google products and services you may rely on.

$29 at Best Buy

OK, Google!: Google Home

This is the OG Home smart speaker that Google released back in 2016, and the price has come down in the years since. The full-size Google Home takes up about the same footprint on your counter or side table, but it stands out more due to its taller stature and louder speakers.

$70 at Best Buy

Add more Alexa: Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Amazon's Echo Dot is the most affordable way to add Alexa to a room in your home. The 3rd generation Dot is the most stylish version yet with a rounded fabric finish and a 3.5mm line-out for connecting to more substantial speakers. Amazon offers bundles that include a smart plug or two-pack of smart bulbs, which is an equally great deal if you're looking to add more smart things to your home.

$30 at Amazon

No speaker needed: Samsung SmartThings Hub

For those who want all the benefits of smart home controls without adding smart speakers with active microphones in your home, you will want the Samsung SmartThings Hub. SmartThings supports a growing number of smart home devices and appliances — from smart bulbs and switches to smart fridges and TVs. Definitely worth considering if you own a Samsung phone and enjoy their apps and products.

$65 at Amazon

Works with the Alexa app: Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon's Smart Plug does not require you to own an Echo speaker to use voice commands — it connects directly to the Alexa app and lets you control lamps, fans, or appliances and set schedules with little hassle. It's a great option if you're sticking with the Amazon Alexa ecosystem or buying for someone who already owns an Amazon Echo speaker.

$25 at Amazon

Smart buy: Aukey Wi-Fi Smart Plug 4-pack

This is such an incredible deal that you might as well stock up even if you can't think of a use for all four right now. Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are very easy to set up and use. And you need the Aukey app and an Amazon Echo or Google Home to control lamps or seasonal decorations with your voice. A simple smart plug that doesn't block the second outlet at all.

$50 at Amazon

Smart lights starter kit: Philips Hue White 4-Bulb Kit w/ bridge

Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart bulb brands, and its starter kit offers excellent value for getting started in a smaller home or apartment. You get four soft white bulbs and the Wi-Fi bridge required to control your bulbs through an Echo Dot or Google Mini. Once you're set up, it's easy to add more Philips Hue bulbs in the future.

$67 at Amazon

Tap to turn on lights: Philips Hue Tap

This accessory is specifically for those who have gone all-in on Philips Hue bulbs around your home. Use the Philip Hue Tap in coordination with the Philips Hue app to trigger up to four light scenes at the press of a button. Incredibly, this device is wireless and does not require batteries, making it a very convenient way to control your Philips Hue network.

$50 at Amazon

How to get the Best Smart Home Deals

The thing with smart home gear these days is that there is just so dang much of it that it can make it really hard to know what you should purchase or what you should avoid. Luckily, there are a few basic requirements that you'll want to look for before considering any purchase. Since Prime Day is all about Amazon, the focus will probably be on products that work with Alexa. Luckily, it's a little easier to find out if these are worth purchasing or not based on a simple piece of information found on each listing.

Amazon certifies smart home devices to work with Alexa, and each listing proudly displays that achievement once they've received it. If you see "Amazon Certified: Works with Alexa" on the item, then you should feel a little more comfortable buying it, even if you've never heard of the brand before. There are smart plugs, security cameras, smart lights, and so much more that you can pick between.

They all range is pricing, some of the stuff you'll be able to find for under $10, and some of it will run you a few hundred bucks. Be sure to keep an eye out on all the deals as they are available, and buy them as you see them. It's always better to return something that you didn't like instead of regretting a deal that you didn't purchase.

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