Poll: Do you use smart home products around the house?

Echo Show 10 Nest Hub Max 1
Echo Show 10 Nest Hub Max 1 (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

The smart home is here, and it's getting more useful perks than ever. With recent launches from Amazon and Google's vast support for smart home devices, it's becoming easier to build your smart home just the way you want it. But it's not for everyone, as some people prefer a more straightforward way of life where you actually get up to flip the light switch.

We want to know if the smart home is for you.

When it comes to smart home products, there are two big players to choose from: Google and Amazon. Sure, Samsung has its own ecosystems, but Google and Amazon have arguably the largest share in the smart home space, with their respective ecosystems continuing to grow and improve every year.

They also have some of the best smart displays on the market like the Nest Hub Max, making it easy to control all your smart home products with one hub. Unfortunately, Google doesn't update its first-party display offerings as much. Still, Amazon often offers new models, the latest being the Echo Show 15, which doubles as a digital picture frame.

At the moment, buying smart home products can be a tricky undertaking, as not all devices work with every ecosystem. However, that will soon change with the new Matter initiative. Major companies with smart home ecosystems and products are involved in its process, which will launch a connectivity standard to be implemented across all Matter-certified products. So no matter which smart home device you buy, you can be confident that it'll work with your ecosystem.

If you haven't considered turning your house into a smart home, it may be worth looking into, especially once Matter-certified products come to market. Let us know if you use smart home products around your house and what your experience is with them.

Derrek Lee
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  • I've not seen a need to adopt such technology as yet. I keep watching, though.
  • They day I cannot stand up and adjust my thermometer, need to open my door with a smart phone, etc., is the day I will move into a tent or a hospital. People are getting too darn lazy.
  • Consarnit! I bet you drive a car and use a washing machine though... Probably turn your TV volume up with a remote, too. Where's the line?
  • Your washing machine analogy is weak because you are still required to walk to the machine to put the clothes in. Only the remote control for the TV is universal and that's generally because there are hundreds of channels to sift through. Nobody actually needs a smart fridge, thermometer, house lock, car door or as I saw recently, toilet. It's technology for tech sake, wasting resources and destroying the environment in the name of selling us pointless trash. We need to be cutting back on this needless consumerism before it's too late.
  • Spoken like someone who has never done a full load of laundry by hand lol.
  • Did you submit this comment through telegram or carrier pigeon? Because either that pigeon has an LCD screen or you're using a modern convenience to decry technology. Don't tell me they're necessary; they're not, if you really don't want to use smartphones, computers and the like you can do without, many many people do. And the irony of pretending that a thermostat in itself isn't a lazy option is delicious. The house I grew up in had two heating settings, on or off.
  • Yeah, exactly lol. If you wanted the heating on in the house I grew up in, you had to set and light a fire. Go shovel coal or chop wood outside in freezing January rain or snow so the house is hot enough to take a bath and then tell me how high and mighty you are because you turn a dial when you get chilly! Damn I'm old haha.
  • OK boomer, what a nonsense comment, don't drive a car, don't use a cellphone to call someone, don't buy a laptop and just go to a library to do your research, you get the idea.
  • No, I'll never hand over microphone and video access of my home over to Google or Amazon.
  • You don't have an Android phone?
  • Im so old and ugly if they do see me and hear me by looking (when they are not supposed to) they would come and take it away. Or their equipment would melt.
  • I've got smart bulbs around the house, primarily to dim or change color and love them, otherwise my home lacks smart products.
  • All over the house. Can be useful for queries and automating appliances.
  • All over the house too. The best is when you tell Google to turn up the thermostat or ask if the front door is locked from the comfort of my bed.
  • Thermostat I love my nest. Allows me to control the temperature when I'm not at home or automatic based on my usage or pattern set. If it fold when I leave but warm towards afternoon the hear is not on for. Nothing or If heat is off incM turn it on so it nice and toasty. My light so I don't have to worry if I turned my light off when I'm upstairs or if I come in late I can have the light turn on. Garage so I can check to see if someone didn't close it, monitor opening and closing of it. Or open it up for someone if I'm. It home. Now smart lock have a hard time justifying because I can let someone in the garage will h a spare key hidden in the garage to get house access.
  • My use of the smart lock tends to be to lock it. The August at least has a feature you can set it to lock after a while. Only does it if the door is shut, but is convenient. For the door lock and garage, most have some feature where you can authorize access for someone for a time period. Easier than having spare keys, or garage clickers for visiting family.
  • A thermostat and a Google home. The home has seen less usage since GPM ended. It's basically just a smart kitchen timer at this point.
  • I dont have a single smart appliance or light fixture. Im certainly not against those sorts of things. I just have to set my prioritys to match my meager income. I still enjoy a Miller Lite or two tho.😉
  • Wow, some of these comments, made me feel like I'm sitting with a bunch of boomers, I have around 20 something Google Nest Hubs and speakers, depend on them for pretty much automating the whole house, it's nice to be able to see when I'm outside the house if I turned off the lights, closed the garage door, locked the front door, fed my cat or not, unlike what all the boomers in the comment section say, there are tons of benefits to having smart speakers but sure, if boomers want to live in the dark ages then by all means, your life your choices but I will also live mine the way I want to.
  • Guess I'm doing it wrong. I just make sure I do all that stuff before I leave the house. 🧐
  • We / technology seemed to have solved a lot of problems that dont or didn't actually exist.
  • If everybody was fine doing it the way we always did it, nothing would ever have been invented.
  • Yes, I've got a smart home, it's got a fantastic roof that keeps every drop of rain out.
  • Yes, I sure do, I love technology! Implementing technology around our home has become sort of a hobby. It's fun nothing to do with being lazy etc in my opinion those are silly assumptions. A week ago I was notified that there was activity near my vehicle. I found out that they were attempting to break into my vehicle. My motion sensors and cameras made it possible given the incident occurred around 3am. Something as simple as having a motion light activate and light a path for my daughter and then once she's back in bed the system will check the lights and for water that she has a habit of playing with. At night our house goes into secure mode checking every door, lights, etc and activating certain things. I have an added peace of mind. I grew up watching the Jetsens and ever since I could remember I wanted to live in a home like that. In a couple of years robots will be mainstream. I'm really looking forward to see how technology evolves over the next few years. People have the option to like what they like.
  • None atm, maybe in the future, finances are being spent elsewhere.
  • Yes several kinds, all controlled by Google assistant. 19 light bulbs, lg washer dryer, 2 Google Chromecast with Google Tv, 2 outlet plugins, 4 Google mini's, a Google home display, 1 Google music Chromecast,
  • This boomer uses a lot of smart plugs as light timers inside and outside the house. One of the operates a garden fountain. I have a smart irrigation system and a smart thermostat and a smart vacuum cleaner, all of which operate through my phone.
  • Boomer here. Been using home automation since way back when Radio Shack was selling X10. Using Insteon switches now, because they work just like a regular switch when you want, but are controllable when needed. When heading upstairs in the evening it's nice to just say Alexa, turn of the main floor, instead of having to reach for the remote for the TV, and hit every light switch in every room someone left on. Might be a little lazy, but I'm old, I've earned it. Oh and my echo's and cameras tell me when a package has been thrown on my porch since delivery guys are apparently not taught what doorbells are any more.
  • Got several light switches and several smart plugs including one outside to turn on lights on a shed and greenhouse. tv box is smart enough to turn on and off, adjust volume and change inputs.
  • I have 80 smart devices. Only 2 have IP addresses. The voice assistants have no idea they exist. You can have a smart house without putting all your Ts on the I. Nor do you need to carry a phone around. Physical controls are an option. With the exception of the robovac, I could take my HomeSeer system offline and retain 90% of the functionality. Zwave remotes and in-wall scene controllers allow the family to change which schedule or mode is active. To change between a regular school day and holiday, folks push a button in the hallway. Lights and HVAC follow the chosen schedule, but can be over ridden at the light switch or to modify temps, they grab a remote or use the wall control to choose temp up/down. Door codes mean people aren't locked out without keys. A zwave multi-siren plays MP3/Wav files to let us know when the washer is done, use a unique chime for each door/garage, if water is detected by a sensor, or (if the internet is available) if there are bad weather alerts. I could make it work with the smart speaker/smart displays the family uses to video chat with relatives....but I don't.