The concept of a smart home has been around for ages, but we are finally at a point where it can be a reality for anyone. From turning on your lights using your voice to locking your doors remotely, there are some truly great devices available that will transform your home into a place of intuitive convenience. Here are the best smart home devices of 2020.Â
The Echo was one of the first smart speakers released on the market, and now in its 3rd generation, itâs still going strong as the best on the market. Sporting a fabric-wrapped design, the Echo blends in while managing to still look sleek and stylish. Itâs smart home capabilities allow it to take control of pretty much any internet-connected device, serving as the main hub for all your needs.
The fifth-generation of the Ecobee is the strongest yet, packed with tons of slick capabilities. It has Amazonâs Alexa baked-in, a touch screen interface, remote sensors, great battery life, and long-range. It will ensure your home is being heated or cooled in the most optimal way possible, which results in some sweet savings on your energy bill.
A smart doorbell is the next best thing in home security, and Nest is one of the best out there. It features terrific video quality with its doorbell cam, a clear microphone, and crisp speakers. It can even recognize faces and announce when someone is at the door. Nest operates an easy-to-use smartphone app too, giving you notifications if someone is at your door no matter how far from home you are.
Automating the lights in your home can be one of the coolest ways to bring smart tech to your living space. This starter kit includes two bulbs that can be connected to any smart home system, allowing you complete control over the lighting in your home all with a simple voice command.
This smart plug is simple to use, giving you impressive energy monitoring capabilities. It can connect with every major smart assistant, and gives you control of any appliance connected to it. By ensuring your home appliances are only using energy when necessary, it can save you money on your bill and allow you to be more sustainable with your power consumption.
If youâre concerned with home security, SimpliSafe is your best bet in ensuring your safety. The base kit comes with a station, keypad, motion sensor, and an open/close sensor, which can be customized to fit your homeâs needs. It also requires no contract locking you into their service plan, though you can opt into a $15âmonth professional monitoring package if you prefer it.
Smart locks can be troubling as they have the potential of failing, leaving you locked out of your own home. The August Smart Lock is one that gives you robust security while still allowing you to use your physical key if need be. It is simple to install, fitting over the internal thong latch of most deadbolt designs. It can be connected to digital assistants, controlled via your phone, and can even give virtual keys to guests allowing entrance into your home if you arenât there to let them in.