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Building a high-tech home is way easier than you think!
Smart home devices have never been more accessible, affordable, or easier to use. If you have a strong WiFi network and a smartphone, you’re more than halfway to building your dream space.
From a smart thermostat that allows you to remotely control how hot or cool your home is, to a showerhead that measures your water consumption, there are plenty of ways to ensure your house works just as hard as you do.
Here are 10 tech home updates for every room in your house.
Ever lost your keys? With an August Smart Lock, you don’t need to fumble around for your keyring to get past your front door. Your smartphone works as your new set of “keys,” so you can easily lock and unlock your home. It’s also compatible with Alexa and takes about 10 minutes to install.
Shop it: August Smart Lock, $101 (was $150), amazon.com
The Honeywell Smart Thermostat is Energy Star certified, so it won’t run up your heating and cooling bill when it’s in use. Just use your smartphone to control the temperature in your space, even when you’re not home. Can’t find your phone? The Honeywell also responds to voice commands.
Shop it: Honeywell Smart Thermostat (RTH9585WF), $159 (was $199), walmart.com
The MySmartBlinds automation kit upgrades your horizontal corded blinds to smart blinds! The kit operates on solar power, so its batteries don’t have to be replaced as often. You can also set a schedule, so you’ll get as much light as you want throughout the day. The installation is simple — many reviewers noted it took them minutes — and you don’t even need to take out your toolbox.
Shop it: MySmartBlinds Automation Kit, $159, amazon.com
A traditional bathroom scale can tell you how much you weigh, but the Fitbit Aria 2 can also tell you your BMI, body fat percentage, lean mass, and so much more.
The scale is made from stylish polished glass, and it connects to your smartphone via the Fitbit app. The Aria 2 also stores the weight history of up to eight people, so your entire family can use it.
Shop it: Fitbit Aria 2, $129, amazon.com
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 syncs to your home’s WiFi network for around-the-clock security and peace of mind. It also makes it easy to see and talk to the friend, neighbor, or delivery person at your front door — even when you’re not home.
Shop it: Ring Video Doorbell 2, $199, amazon.com
Light up your driveway, stairs, or backyard with weather-resistant Ring Smart Lighting. It uses motion detection and voice activation via Alexa to turn on or off when your hands are full, while it works with other Ring security devices to keep your home safe.
Shop it: Ring Smart Lighting, $30, amazon.com
Sylvania Smart Home 60W LED Light Bulbs work with a wide range of smart devices and traditional lamps and light sockets, plus they’re meant to last up to 11,000 hours. The best part? If you have a date night coming up, you can dim the lights with either your voice or your smartphone. So smooth!
Shop it: Sylvania Smart Home Dimmable 60W A19 LED Light Bulb, $23 (was $47), walmart.com
Just tap the neck of this smart faucet to start or stop the flow of water. No need to fuss with measuring cups, either: Just ask for one cup (or one teaspoon) of H2O, and you’ll get exactly that. You can even set custom commands, so the Delta will know exactly how much water goes into Fido’s dog bowl.
Shop it: Delta Faucet Trinsic VoiceIQ, from $532, amazon.com
Not only does the WaterHawk Smart Rain Shower Head give you the perfect temperature for your shower every time, but it also accurately measures exactly how much water you’re using for your morning rinse-off.
Shop it: WaterHawk 6-inch Smart Rain Shower Head, $50, amazon.com
iRobot Roomba is the top name brand when it comes to smart vacuums and the Roomba 670 is one of the company’s best entry-level cleaners out there. It can automatically hunt down any dirt, pet hair, and debris in your home, while its mapping feature can help prevent it from falling down stairs or entering off-limits rooms. The iRobot Roomba 670 is also self-charging, so when it’s low on juice it knows to go back to its charging base to get a boost.
Shop it: iRobot Roomba 670, $264 (was $330), walmart.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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