Best Smart Home Devices for 2017

Jun 29, 2017

As you look for ways to improve your home this year, take a look at some of the advances in smart home technology that can make your daily life easier. Everything from voice-controlled home assistants to smart door locks have hit the market at affordable prices. Many devices can be operated from your smart phone or employ voice commands that automate tasks you would normally have to do yourself. Here is a summary of some of the new trends in smart home technology.

Voice-Controlled Home Assistants

Voice-controlled home assistants were developed as a way to control all of your smart home devices and internet queries through a singular hub. Using voice commands you can ask your home assistant to play music, order items online, perform an internet search or operate any of the other smart home devices it has access to. If you’re looking to start a collection of smart home devices, this is a good place to start. Some of the most popular smart home assistants include:

  • The Amazon Echo
  • Google Home
  • L.U.C.Y.
  • Zenbo
  • Apple Home
  • Lenovo Smart Assistant
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Ainemo’s Family Robot

Smart LED Light Bulbs

Smart LED light bulbs are an energy-efficient bulb that connects to your smartphone for complete control over your home’s lighting. With these bulbs you can change colors, dim and brighten and schedule your on/off times through your smart home assistant. Some of the most popular smart bulbs include:

  • Philips Hue
  • C by GE
  • Cree Connected LED Bulb
  • GE Link
  • LIFX Color 1000
  • TikTeck Smart LED Light Bulb
  • MiPow Playbulb Rainbow
  • Stack Downlight

Video Doorbells

Video doorbells connect to your smartphone or tablet and let you see who is outside before you open the door. They also allow you to speak to the person at the door through an intercom and monitor your front porch while you’re not at home. The camera automatically activates when there is movement close by, so any package thieves or vandals will be caught on video. Some of the most popular video doorbells include:

  • Ring Doorbell
  • Skybell
  • August Doorbell Cam
  • 1ByOne Video Intercom
  • Aiphone JKS-1ADV
  • YYGIFT Smart Video WiFi Doorbell
  • VTech Video Doorbell
  • Lerway Video Doorbell

Smart Kitchen

Smart devices for the kitchen have been popping up everywhere and preparing meals will never be the same. You can get a GeniCan for your trash that scans the items you throw away and adds them to your shopping list, a smart crock pot that lets you adjust settings wherever you are, a Tefal smart fryer that lets you fry to perfection with little oil, a smart juicer, smart wine decanter, smart ovens, refrigerator, coffee makers, grills and more. Here are some of the most popular smart kitchen items to check out:

  • GeniCan
  • Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker
  • Tefal Actifry Smart XL
  • Juicero
  • iSommelier Smart Decanter
  • LG Smart ThinQ Cooker
  • Smarter Coffee
  • Samsung Smart Fridge

Smart Locks

Another way to beef up your home security is by installing a smart door lock. These locks have options like using voice commands, keypad codes, in-app tap icons and the standard door key. They can replace your deadbolt, many have intercoms included and they will alert your phone whenever there is activity. Here are some of the popular smart locks you can get:

  • Kwickset Kevo
  • August Smart Lock
  • Schlage Smart Sense Deadbolt
  • Yale Real Living Deadbolt
  • Ikilock for Apartments
  • Lockitron
  • Danalock
  • LockState RemoteLock

Of course we’ve only scratched the surface with the smart home devices listed here. New devices are coming out every day, so search for new products regularly. If you’d like help integrating your smart home devices into your home’s design, call us today at 316-685-1700 for a free consultation.