Making your home smart is no longer a break-the-bank affair as the smart home industry matures. From Amazon Echo speakers to Alarm Relay residential monitoring, there are several budget-friendly options that don’t compromise on quality.
Top 6 Affordable Smart Home Device Suggestions
Whether you want to do the basics or are looking to add to an existing setup, there is something for you in this top 6 list.
1. Smart Speaker – Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) – $49.99
The 3rd generation model of the Amazon Echo Dot is a considerable improvement upon the previous model in terms of design and speaker quality. Indeed, the audio output is superior to its close competitor – the Google Home Mini. Using just your voice, you can control a wide range of devices (Alexa is compatible with more than 10,000 smart home devices). Features such as Whisper Mode, Shopping Lists, Flash Briefings and Alexa Calling make the Echo Dot all the more, a worthy budget buy.
2. Smart Color Changing Lighting – Lifx Mini Wifi Smart Bulb – Under $50
The Lifx Mini is sufficiently small to fit into the majority of fixtures to replace the conventional light bulb. The bulbs can be linked to virtually any smart-home ecosystem from Google Assistant and Alexa to Samsung Smart Things and Microsoft Cortana. The fact that the bulb doesn’t require a specific bridge device or dedicated hub is indeed a major cost advantage. The entry-level LIFX MINI White is just $23.51.
3. Smart Thermostat – Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat – $64
The Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat is easy to install and program. Though a no-frills product in comparison to the Ecobee or Nest, it does its job of monitoring and managing the heating and cooling system. You can run the system using its touch screen or the Honeywell Total Connect comfort app with it connected to your domestic Wi-Fi network. The thermostat is compatible with a wide range of smart home systems which is a great perk for the price it is available at. One con worth mentioning though is that you need a C-wire.
4. Smart Cleaner – Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner – $546.99
Irrespective of whether you live in a large house or a studio apartment, the Roborock S5 delivers an amazing range of functionality for its low price. The cleaner utilizes a smart sensor navigation map to plan and execute the optimal route for cleaning around your home. Other noteworthy features are that it sweeps and mops in addition to just vacuuming, and its battery has a running time of 150 minutes. With its companion Mi Home App, you can save maps and do scheduled a cleaning. You can also set up a barrier and no-go-zones. The zoned clean-up feature enables you to position one or more boxes over the map and order the Roborock S5 to clean just those areas following which it returns to its dock.
5. Smart Plug – Kasa HS 107 (2-outlets) – $34.9
The HS 107 Kasa Smart Plug enables its user to control two devices individually or at the same time from anywhere with a single smart plug. Thus, it is suitable for controlling kitchen appliances, bedroom lamps, an iron, and so on. You can schedule the device to switch on or off if you’re not at home or even set a scene to manage many devices using just one button. Combining the smart plug with a smart home speaker such as Google Assistant or Alexa enables voice control.
6. Smart Cooking – Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano | Bluetooth | 750W – $98.99
The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano with Bluetooth makes it possible to prepare a meal of restaurant quality at home and hands-free. All you have to do is attach the cooker to a pot, pour water and put in the food you wish to cook, in a glass jar or sealed bag. You just have to press a button to start cooking. The cooker’s timer and accurate temperature control enables you to relax for a while and leave the cooking to the smart device. To control the device from your Android or iPhone smart device, download the Anova app. The cooker’s Bluetooth connection makes it possible to control the device from an amazing maximum distance of 30 feet away.
So as you can see, you don’t need thousands of dollars to create your very own smart home. You can always upgrade to more advanced options in future as and when you feel the need.