20 Smart Home Products for Living a Connected Life

These home gadgets work smarter, not harder.

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What makes something a smart home product? Generally, it's defined by its ability to connect to a Wi-Fi network, allowing users to interact with it from their smartphones. Most of today's smart home products are also compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Siri, or Samsung's own SmartThings platform. We've rounded up 20 cool, diverse offerings — from smart speakers to air conditioners, smoke alarms, and more — that you'll love to have in your home.

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​Google Home Mini​ Smart Speaker

The palm-sized Google Home Mini is an affordable smart speaker that's perfect for newbies to smart home gadgets. Powered by a single 40-millimeter audio driver, it'll allow you to seamlessly access the Google Assistant via voice commands or by tapping its fabric-covered surface.

Google offers the speaker in a trio of finishes — chalk, charcoal, and coral. If you stream music often, consider the larger Google Home Max for a better listening experience.

More: All the Google Products You Need in Your Life

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Apple HomePod Smart Speaker

The Apple HomePod has better audio quality than any other smart speaker available today. Available in white or space gray, the Siri-powered device also doubles as a HomeKit hub, allowing you to control a number of smartphone gadgets with voice or directly from your Apple device.  

You can pair two HomePods for true stereo sound, or use multiple units in multiroom setup. The speaker works best with an Apple Music subscription. 

More: Our Review of the Apple HomePod

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Neato Robotics
Neato Botvac D7 Connected​​ Robot Vacuum

Thanks to cutting-edge tech and top-notch performance, the Neato Botvac D7 robot vacuum has earned glowing reviews from not just us, but Wired and TechRadar as well. Laser mapping tech allows this robot vacuum to scan and systematically clean spaces, as well as easily avoid obstacles — even in the dark. 

The D7 robot vacuum can store multiple floor plans and allow you to set no-go lines from your smartphone without the need to install physical barriers of any kind. It also features Amazon Alexa and Google support via dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even control the device via a Facebook Messenger bot.

More: Our Guide to Shopping for Robot Vacuums

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Arlo Pro 2 Home Security Camera System

The Arlo Pro is an easy-to-install home security system that consists of a base station with a built-in siren and up to six wireless camera modules. These Full HD cameras can last for weeks without recharging, and they come with sturdy magnetic mounts. They're also weather-resistant, so you can place them outside your home.

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings, the Arlo Pro can alert you when its cameras automatically detect activity, as well as activate the powerful siren if you need it to.

More: Wireless Home Security Systems Worth Your Attention

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Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Mesh Router (3-pack)

The Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi combines a high-performance mesh router system with an incredibly capable smart home hub. The device is compatible with all major smart home automation standards, headed by (of course) Samsung's own SmartThings. You can also control it with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. 

A Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi three-pack can cover 4,500 square feet. In case you have a smaller home, you can purchase a single unit, too. On the flip side, if you live in an even larger home, you can connect up to 32 hubs in a single network. 

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First Alert
First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
$197.99 (21% off)

The First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector with a built-in high-quality speaker and full Amazon Alexa functionality. The device can alert you via voice and with an 85-decibel alarm while you're at home, as well as send you mobile notifications while you're away if anything happens.

The Onelink Safe & Sound requires a hardwired installation, which is as straightforward as it gets. All you need to do is download the First Alert mobile app and follow the instructions to get started.

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Sony X900F Smart 4K TV

Powered by Android TV, the Sony XBR X900F smart 4K TV gives you seamless access to the Google Assistant out of the box. In case you’re an Amazon Alexa user, you can add support for voice controls by connecting an Amazon Echo Dot to the TV.

The picture quality offered by the Sony XBR X900F TV is impressive, thanks to high-quality image processing and full-array local dimming. The TV also supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision content formats, so whatever you're watching will always look amazing.

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Sonos Beam Soundbar With Amazon Alexa

The Sonos Beam sound bar has a beautiful design and excellent audio quality. Like all Sonos products, the Beam is incredibly easy to install. Available in black or white, it can blend in with just about any decor, too. 

In addition to full Alexa compatibility, the Sonos Beam has Apple AirPlay support. You can make the Beam sound bar the centerpiece of a new Sonos multiroom audio system, or seamlessly integrate it into an existing one.

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Samsung Family Hub Smart Refrigerator

The latest iteration of Samsung's smart refrigerator has a 21.5-inch touchscreen and the tech giant's Bixby virtual assistant on board. The Wi-Fi-connected fridge has the ability to create shopping lists, stream music via built-in AKG speaker, and even mirror the screen of your smartphone or Samsung TV. It can also share photos, and peek inside the fridge via a trio of built-in cameras.

In a manner befitting its price tag, the Samsung Family Hub has a sleek design with recessed handles, 22 cubic feet of storage capacity, and a highly versatile interior storage.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug
$26.37 (25% off)

The WeMo mini smart plug can work with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit. It has earned a spot as the top pick in a guide for smart outlets by Wirecutter

You can control the sleek Wi-Fi-connected device from anywhere, as well as set the schedules of the connected appliances. You can even randomize your lights while away from home to create an impression you haven't left. Genius!

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Airmega 400S Smart Air Purifier

The Airmega 400S can keep the air clean in up to a whopping 1,560 square feet of living space, so it's well worth its considerable price tag. The device has a built-in real-time air quality sensor, as well as a sophisticated dual-filter setup that allows it to keep both particles and odors at bay. 

You can control the air purifier via a sleek smartphone app or Amazon Alexa. There's also the option to automatically replenish filters using Amazon's Dash Replenishment technology. 

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Amazon Echo Plus Smart Speaker
$129.99 (21% off)

The Amazon Echo Plus is a great option for smart home newbies, as it has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub and give you the ability to control a vast selection of compatible devices. Amazon will even give you a free Philips Hue lightbulb to get you started.

The Echo Plus has similar looks to the original Echo, but vastly improved audio performance and microphone setup. Amazon offers the speaker in black, white, and a brand-new silver color.

More: The Only Amazon Echo Shopping Guide You'll Ever Need

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera

The Nest Cam IQ is a beautifully designed and incredibly clever home security camera that can recognize faces. This enables the device to alert you if there's a stranger in your home. The camera also has the Google Assistant built-in, so you can use it as a smart home hub.

The Nest Cam IQ has a 4K HDR-capable sensor — it enables the camera to capture Full HD footage and zoom toward an object with excellent results. The gadget also supports two-way communication via built-in microphones and a powerful speaker. 

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​Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote Control​

The Logitech Harmony Elite is the best universal remote control available on the market. It can control just about every piece of electronics you own (it supports over 270,000 devices!) in every room of your house or apartment, including TVs, gaming consoles, streaming devices, and sound systems, among others. 

The remote has Wi-Fi connectivity and a crisp color touchscreen, and there's also a free app that can turn your smartphone into a remote. It's also compatible with Alexa voice commands — all you need is an Amazon Echo or another compatible smart speaker.

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​Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance​ Lighting Kit

This lighting kit by Philips supports a whopping 16 million colors, including 50,000 shades of white, thus allowing users to find the perfect ambiance at all times. The set is compatible Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Apple Home Kit, Nest, and all popular home automation standards. 

The starter kit includes three bulbs and a connectivity hub. You can easily purchase additional standalone bulbs and add them to your existing lighting setup. 

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Sleek and easy to install, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro allows users to see and talk to visitors even while away from home. It will also send you notifications if it detects motion. 

The weatherproof device is capable of streaming Full HD video, including in the dark. Amazon offers a interchangeable plates for the Ring Pro, thus allowing you to seamlessly match it with your door. 

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ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

The Amazon Alexa-powered ecobee4 smart thermostat uses room sensors to keep tabs on the temperature in your house. You can connect multiple units to match the size and layout of your home. 

This sleek gadget will listen to your Alexa commands via built-in microphones with far-field voice tech. Of course, it has a built-in loudspeaker to answer your requests just like an Amazon Echo would, too

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Logi Circle 2 Security Camera

The Logi Circle 2 camera by Logitech is our favorite pick for a Wi-Fi security camera. It's compact and versatile, weatherproof, and capable of streaming Full HD video to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.

The camera's video quality is excellent. The camera will send you alerts when it detects motion. It supports two-way communication and night vision, too. Logitech gives you access to 24 hours of free cloud storage — you can get more via a subscription plan.

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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier

Dyson's Alexa-compatible smart air purifier will not only remove pollutants and allergens in the room, but it'll also keep it warm or cool. The device will also monitor the air quality and deliver the results on an intuitive smartphone app.

Like all Dyson products, the Hot + Cool Link air purifier combines sleek looks and intuitive controls. There are two colors to choose from — white and blue.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

The Schlage Sense smart deadbolt with turn your iPhone into a key to your home thanks ti Apple HomeKit compatibility. The lock is also compatible with Amazon Alexa. 

A mobile app allows you to manage access to the lock, check its usage history, and receive notifications when someone opens the door. Designed to meet the highest industry standards for security and durability, the lock has a traditional key and a touchscreen just in case your phone's not around.

More: Our Favorite Apple HomeKit-Compatible Products

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