Best Smart Home Gadgets Of 2019

Posted: Jun 6 2019, 10:48am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2019
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We're halfway through 2019. If you don't have a smart home, it's time to get with the program. Check out some of the best smart home gadgets of the year so far.

The era of the smart home is upon us. Not long ago, the idea of controlling your home's security, lighting, entertainment and appliances all through wireless networking was science fiction. Today, it's a reality. Depending on how far down the rabbit hole you'd like to go, your home can offer a list of features and accessories that would put most luxury cars to shame.

But how do you know which items are just a gimmick and which are worth your investment? We've done the hard part for you, here are our recommendations for the five best smart home gadgets.

1. Amazon Echo

No surprise here, you might not even think of the Echo as a smart home device, but it's the key to unlocking all of the great things a smart home can offer. As Amazon's Alexa assistant gets smarter, Echo interfaces with an ever-broadening set of devices, which means you can control all of them with your voice. It also does a pretty good job as a speaker.

2. Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 Smart Garage Door Opener

This handy gadget gives you all the garage door functionality you never knew you needed. You can monitor whether the door is open or closed, activate the door remotely and forget all about pressing buttons to open it on your arrival. It does that automatically.

3. Wink Hub Two

An Echo will help you carry out simple tasks in a snap, but if you plan to deploy a large number of devices that interact through multiple subscription services, you want to look into a Hub. The Wink Two supports all of the most popular home automation protocols and creates its own "mesh" network that lets device A talk to device C directly, rather than requiring a middleman like an Echo device works.

4. Belkin WeMo Mini Plugs

Possibly the most affordable step into the smart home lifestyle, these nifty little outlets replace your old technology with smart plugs you can control from your phone, a hub or through a pre-programmed schedule. Save power and never worry about turning your lights on when you come home again. You'll be amazed at how it relieves stress.

5. Neato Botvac

Imagine a Rhoomba, but with network integration. Boom, we give you the Botvac. While it doesn't abandon the lofty price point of its dumb-vac cousin, the Botvac does pack a wonderful array of features that make it quite capable of eliminating debris around your spacious smart home. It's four times more efficient than round robots thanks to its D shape, and you can send it new maps or choose a specific program to run from anywhere using the Neato smartphone app.

Which Gadget Will You Add First?

The possibilities really are quite limitless. If there was a gadget before, there's a smart version of it now. Many of these re-imagined home appliances are not only simpler to control but offer added functionality relative to their less network-friendly predecessors. So take the plunge, once you go smart you won't go back!

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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