When it comes to smart home gear, there's a lot of choices out there. From smart plugs to bulbs, microwaves to thermostats, and trying to find the right stuff can be a tough task. On top of the confusion around it all comes a large price tag with some of it, so you're definitely going to want to shop for it while it's on sale, like right now!
- The latest version: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
- 16 Million Color Options: Philips Hue 2-Bulb Color Starter Kit
- Tiny but powerful: TP-Link Wi-Fi Mini Smart Plug
- See who's there: Ring Video Doorbell 2
- Smartphone Controlled: Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
- Professional Grade Security: Ring Alarm System
- Smarter HVAC Controls: Ecobee Smart Thermostat
- Let robots do the work: iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum
It may not be the thing you think of when you think smart home, but the Echo Dot is a great starting place for anyone looking to bring some smarts to their residence. From answering your questions to controlling your smart plugs and more, the Echo Dot does just about everything. It retails for $50 and has yet to drop from that price aside from this sale.
When it comes to smart bulbs, Philips Hue usually ranks right up at the top. With this comes a price, but if you look around you can often find a nice little savings. This kit normally costs almost double this, and it comes with the required hub and two color bulbs to get your obsession going.
You can't always be home to answer the door or see who's taking the flowers from your front yard, but Ring's Video Doorbell 2 can give you that extra set of eyes that you want. It normally costs $199 on its own, and right now you can also get a free 3rd-gen Echo Dot on top of the already-reduced price. It can be hardwired or use a battery, making it very versatile.
If your home has a garage, it has a garage door. Did you ever think how cool it would be to control that from your phone? This smart hub works with just about any garage door made after 1993, and at $21 off it's hard to pass up.
You don't need to lock into a contract or pay a huge lump sum of money to add some professional grade security to your home. Ring's Alarm system is currently $40 off and you can install it yourself within minutes. For $10 a month or $100 a year, you get 24/7 professional monitoring and some extra peace of mind at home.
Both the ecobee3 lite and newer ecobee4 smart thermostats are on sale right now by up to $50. The ecobee4 has Amazon's Alexa built-in and a few other features, but if budget is your big concern the ecobee3 lite is a very capable thermostat that can definitely still help you save on your heating and cooling costs year round.
Robot vacuums are becoming far more popular, and it's because they do a great job of cleaning your floor for you while you do something else. With the iRobot Roomba you can control it from your phone or via Alexa, and even create a schedule. It normally sells for upwards of $700, and this is the best price to date.
There's a whole bunch of smart home gear that you treat yourself to, and the more you save on each purchase, the more you can afford to continue to buy. There are a few things that you'll want to consider first, like the Echo Dot, smart plugs, and maybe even some Philips Hue bulbs. Once you have the basics down, it's time to get a little more extreme with smart garage door openers, microwaves, and more.
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