5 Essential Products for Home Automation

Futureproof your home with these devices

Google Home Hub with Voice-Activated Assistant
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In order to create the home of the future, you’re going to need devices that can do things for you. While you’re not going to see the Jetsenns’ Rosie any time soon, there are a handful of devices that can do your bidding with a simple tap or voice command. If you’re looking for the best smart home automation products around, check out our list below.

Google Nest Hub

Google Home Hub with Voice-Activated Assistant - 7" Smart Touchscreen (Chalk White)
Google Home Hub with Voice-Activated Assistant - 7" Smart Touchscreen (Chalk White)

The easy route is to say that Amazon’s Echo should be your first choice, but since we’re talking about smart products, we’re going to go with Google’s Nest Hub. Not only is it easier to talk to, it actually sounds a lot smarter than talking to an Echo. It feels like Alexa still has her training wheels, despite being older and capable of more integrations than Google’s Nest or Home lineup.

The Google Nest Hub is simple in its execution, in that it’s a smart speaker with a 7-inch touchscreen. It’s void of a camera, so you don’t have to worry about anyone taking a peek at your while you sleep. Google will soon offer a Next Hub Max, which ships with a larger screen and with cameras, but for now, the regular option will have to do.

Like other smart speakers, the Nest Hub can be your hub for all of your smart appliances. You can control them from your voice or from the touch display.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest T3019US Nest Learning Thermostat, Polished Steel
Nest Nest Learning Thermostat

While we’re on the subject of Nest, the next item on the list is the Nest Learning Thermostat. While there’s a lot of competition out there, the Nest’s signature “learning” feature that will adjust your thermostat without command is just a part of the future we’re looking for.

Another thing to note is that because the Nest has been around for as long as it has (even this generation’s model), you’ll also likely always find it on sale to some extent. You’ll also find it in a variety of finishes to fit your own home’s style.

Philips Hue Lights

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit (4 A19 Bulbs and 1 Hub Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit 

There’s almost no other smart home item as satisfying as smart lights. Once you’re used to controlling your lights through the companion app or through a smart assistant like Google Home or Alexa, the idea of even touching a light switch seems archaic—although you’ll still have to at “non-smart” locations.

If you’re willing to spend the dough on them, the Philips Hue Smart Lights are the way to go. Yes, it’s true that there are other options out there that are both brighter and more colorful, but what the Hue Lights do, they do right. There’s also little competition when it comes to ecosystem. Philips has smart lighting available for indoors, outdoors, and pretty much an option for anything in between.

Wemo Smart Plug Mini

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, WiFi Enabled, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit
Wemo Mini Smart Plug

If smart lights are the most satisfying of the smart items you can buy, then smart plugs are certainly the most boring. Nonetheless, the small WiFi plugs can bring life to your dumb gadgets, and it’s something that can come in handy.

The Wemo Smart Plug Mini is one of the most popular options around. They’re short and wide so you can stack multiple plugs on top of each other. As one could imagine, these plugs can turn on or off with your phone or smart assistant of your choice.

August Smart Lock Pro

August Smart Lock, 3rd Gen technology - Silver, Works with Alexa
August Smart Lock, 3rd Gen technology - Silver, Works with Alexa

If you’re really trying to smarten up your not so humble abode, then a smart lock is in order. With almost zero competition in the space, August is your go-to smart lock option. Easily create digital keys for yourself and others, and even give the keys expiration dates. The companion application also allows you to monitor all activity, so you know who’s coming and going at any time. You can easily install it over your existing deadbolt lock, which means you can still use your old keys with it if you need to.

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