Don’t pay full price for your next smart home gadget. Here are the best deals on smart speakers, lights, switches and appliances.
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There are plenty of smart home devices on the market at a variety of prices for every shopper, depending on what you need or want. But some of them can be rather costly. If you’re looking for the best smart home deals, you don’t have to scour every website on your own for discounts. Let our team of experts assist you as you build the smart home of your dreams for less, whether you’re looking for a single smart plug or need to outfit an entire house.
Smart plugs can be used for a number of things, including automating lights, small appliances and more.
Kasa is a trusted brand in the smart home space and makes some of the best smart plugs on the market. These small plugs can be stacked in the same receptacle if needed or used elsewhere around your house. Using the free Kasa app you can automate the plugs by setting a schedule or control them from anywhere with ease.
These plugs can be easily controlled using Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT routines with no additional hub being required.
You can’t just use any smart plug outside — you need to buy one that’s specifically meant to be used outdoors. This smart plug from Kasa is IP64 rated for weather resistance and has two plugs that can be controlled individually. It has a built-in cord to make it easier to plug in to outdoor receptacles and works with Alexa, IFTTT and Google Assistant.
If you have a lot of devices, you likely need a surge protector or power strip. Why not pay a little extra for one that has some smarts built right into it? This one features six outlets that can all be controlled individually or together. It offers up to 1,200 joules of surge protection.
Smart bulbs offer a unique way to bring some new color to your spaces without having to repaint. You can get white and color versions, and they come in different sizes for your lamps and light fixtures.
The kit comes with a smart hub that supports 2.4G and 5G Wi-Fi routers so that you can connect up to 64 smart bulbs to your system’s network. Sengled smart bulbs come packed with features, too. You can easily use the Sengled Home app to customize your schedules, routines and scenes. And the bulbs include Wake Up and Sleep modes, which slowly transition you from darkness to light, or vice versa, simulating a sunrise or sunset to help you wake up and fall asleep more naturally. You can even adjust your lights with voice commands. The two A19 light bulbs included in the kit come in a soft white color, but you can always add-on full color bulbs to your setup as you expand your smart hub system.
Smart bulbs are a great way to change the look of a room by adding a splash of color. You decide when the lights come on and off, and how bright they get. You don’t need to add a hub to use these, but they work with both Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands.
Some smart bulbs can be a bit large and may not fit in all of your lamps. But there are “mini” smart lamps that can be used in their place with the same features and functionality. These Lifx bulbs only come in white, but you can select from different white hues to match your other lights or personal preference. You can use these with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s HomeKit.
Save $7 on a single Philips Hue color bulb versus the Amazon price. You can choose from 16 million different color options within the app to instantly change the look and feel of your spaces. They can be controlled using the app or your voice, depending on your preference. Philips Hue bulbs do require the use of a separate hub.
Adding smarts to your speakers is a great way to bring hands-free music to every room in your home. They look stylish, sound great and offer great functionality that everyone can enjoy.
You may not believe it, but there are so many smart appliances these days. You can use your voice to preheat the oven, adjust your home’s temperature, control your garage door and more.
It seems as though companies are adding Alexa and Google Assistant support to just about anything these days, including countertop microwaves. This model offers support for Amazon’s Alexa to reheat your food, add cooking time and more, but does not support Google Assistant. You’ll still need to use your hands to load it with food, though maybe one day we will have a smart robot that can do that for us, as well.
This Meross smart garage remote allows you to open or close your garage from anywhere using the companion app on your phone or tablet. It’s also compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant so you can control it using using the sound of your voice through other smart devices. Or, you can set a schedule so that it closes at a preset time, or after being open for an extended period. Just be sure to activate the instant coupon to get the full discount.
With the Google Nest Learning Smart Thermostat you can control the temperature from anywhere using the Nest app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Within a week of setup, the thermostat starts programming itself to the temperatures you like. And Away mode automatically switches to an energy-efficient temperature when you’re not home.