If you went back in time 20 years and told someone about ‘smart homes’ they’d probably laugh at you and say it’s a Sci-Fi fantasy, but obviously, a lot has happened in the past 20 years that has changed technology and made our day to day lives easier. Now things that would be unthinkable 20 years ago are very much part of our everyday reality.
With smart home gadgets becoming more and more commonplace, you may feel like the odd person out if your home isn’t tricked out with all the newest and fanciest tech available. And because of the fast-changing nature of technology, if you’ve not kept track of smart home tech, you probably don’t know what is hot and what isn’t popular.
To make sure you know what’s hot in the smart home world, here’s a list of some of the best smart home gadgets available at the moment, ranging from ‘essential’ tech to more frivolous and fun tech.
Amazon Alexa/Google Nest Smart Speakers
Smart speakers like the Amazon Alexa and the Google Nest are essential gadgets for anyone looking to hop on the smart home trend, while these aren’t the most hi-tech gadgetry on the market, they’re essential for any smart home.
The reason why smart speakers are so essential is that they’re used to facilitate and control lots of other pieces of smart home technology. So if you’re looking to make your home into a smart home, a smart speaker is a good jumping-off point as other tech will require them to operate.
DotcomBlinds Electric Blinds
This is a more frivolous item in the grand scheme of smart home technology, but nevertheless, they’ll certainly impress visitors to your home. While DotcomBlinds electric blinds aren’t entirely smart as they use a remote control to operate rather than a smart speaker, they’re still a great futuristic addition to your home.
With a set of these blinds, you can operate them with a remote control or pre-program in the movement to set stop points for your blind. As they’re remote-controlled, you can program all your blinds to one controller or have them all separate, but either way, opening and closing your blinds with the press of a button is still impressive.
Ring Doorbell Camera
Ring Doorbell Cameras are a relatively new gadget, but they’ve become increasingly popular over the past few years. Essentially the Ring Doorbell Camera acts as a security camera, an intercom system, and an intruder alarm all in one handy package, with the doorbell linking to an app on your phone.
This is also a perfect gadget for if you receive parcels whilst out of the house, as a delivery person approaches your home, you’ll get a notification on your phone and be able to talk to them, letting them know where is a safe spot to leave it, etc. All in all, this is a handy gadget that should be in every smart home!
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
The Wi-Fi Smart Lock from tech company August is another great bit of smart home kit, the Wi-Fi lock is simply put onto your existing lock on your door and allows you to remotely lock and unlock doors in your home from anywhere on the planet. You can operate this with the August mobile app or using a smart speaker and can be integrated into most other security systems.
This is a really simple piece of tech, but incredibly useful. If you’ve ever forgotten to lock the door when you leave the house in a rush this is the ideal gadget for you. You can also set friends and family as users for your lock, allowing them to let themselves in when you’re out of the home or otherwise occupied.
iRobot Roomba S9+
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know what a Roomba is, but if you have been living under that rock, a Roomba is a small robot vacuum cleaner that wanders around your home vacuuming and picking up small bits of rubbish and debris. Roomba’s have been around for a while, but the new S9+ version is the most hi-tech version yet!
The new Roomba S9+ can be controlled by voice command, the iRobot app, or your smart speaker. When you set it to go, it will venture out into your home and begin cleaning, with updated navigation technology, allowing it to learn the layout of your home and not miss anywhere whilst it’s cleaning.