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Top 6 must-have smart home accessories in 2022

Echo Dot with Clock on side table
Echo Dot with Clock on side table (Image credit: Android Central)

If you're planning to set up a smart home, you'll need the basics. First, you have to decide what smart home platform you want to adopt, with the most popular being Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit (though you could use more than one if you really wanted). Then, you need to start building it out with devices that let you control music, lights, security cameras, TVs, and more through a single smartphone app or even voice. There's so much from which to choose, but here are six must-have smart home accessories you should consider adding to your system this year.

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Creating a smart home takes time, and chances are you'll be updating it little by little as you add new gadgets and gizmos, and as your budget allows. As long as you pick one platform and stick with it, expanding will be simple. Best of all, many devices these days are compatible with all the smart home platforms, which means you could adopt two (or more) and still be able to control everything seamlessly by voice. For example, most smart bulbs from Philips Hue (opens in new tab) are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, which means even if you switch platforms, you can still reconnect the same bulbs and continue with voice and app control.

If you're just getting started, a great device to get is the WeMo Mini Smart Plug (opens in new tab), which you can use to smarten up a traditionally un-smart device to get a feel for what it would be like to control it by smartphone, tablet, or voice. Once you delve full force into the smart home, these plugs will still come in handy for ensuring that your old legacy devices, like your favorite multicooker, table lamp, or purifying fan, can still be controlled as part of the system.

However, when it comes down to it, at the heart of your smart home system will be a smart speaker. You probably have a large one set up but smaller ones like the Google Nest Mini (opens in new tab) and the Amazon Echo Dot (opens in new tab) are so affordable these days that it's worth grabbing a few extras to put around the house. The Echo Dot is a favorite option because of the wide breadth of products it can work with. The built-in LED display on the third-generation model makes it perfect for every bedside nighttable in the house.

Christine Persaud is a freelance writer for Android Central who has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's probably working on her latest fitness program, binging a new (or old) TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets, or spending time with her school-aged son. 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.