You may be looking to kit out your home with some tech to make it smarter, over the last year a lot of smart home tech was released to make out lives better and easier and today we are going to round-up what we think are the best smart home tech products of 2017.
Check them out below.
The Amazon Echo is a device that allows you link all of your smart home devices together and control them with your voice while providing you with various personal assistant commands from your home.
Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot does all of the stuff that the normal Echo does, but with a smaller speaker, price tag, and body.
Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show is Amazon’s latest home personal assistant that builds upon the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot but also expands upon it with the addition of a new touchscreen display, and a camera.
Unfortunately the Echo Show isn’t available in the UK yet.
Samsung SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThings platform is a pretty easy way to get started with setting up a smart home. That’s thanks to Samsung’s integrations and design for the platform which is to launch a number of smart home products that just work.
With the SmartThings hub you can control all of these devices with light, speaker, lock, thermostat, sensor and other integrations.
And it allows you to control all of those over the SmartThings app or via other smart home devices like Amazon Alexa.
Google Home is an alternative to the Amazon Echo, it is designed by Google as the name suggests and it comes with the integration that you would expect from Google, with Google Assistant inside.
Some people prefer Google Home because it can control Google devices and because Google knows more answers to your questions, however, it is not as fully featured in terms of its smart home capabilities.
Wink Hub 2
The Wink Hub 2 is a pretty sleek smart home hub that not only looks pretty great but also works great for setting up and controlling a smart home, particularly for beginners, however, the hub is only available in the UK at the moment sadly.
It is fully compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde devices and it can connect to those with Bluetooth LE, Z-Wave or Zigbee.
To top that off, it supports Google’s Thread interface with 5GHz Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port.
Logitech Circle 2 Security Camera
The Logi Circle 2 is a pretty awesome smart home security camera that we think looks amazing but it’s not just that, the Circle 2 has some great features such as Full HD 1080p recording with a 180-degree glass lens that ensures the footage that it captures is great looking.
It also has various smart home features with smart alerts that allow you to get notified when a person is detected. It also has free access to the last 24-hours of footage or you can upgrade that with more storage.
It also has a 2-way microphone and a time-lapse feature that recaps the most important recorded moments.
SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
Another way to start with SmartThings is by picking up the Home Monitoring Kit, which includes the SmartThings hub, two multipurpose sensors that detect movement, temperature, and vibration, a smart power outlet, and a motion sensor.
Of course, if you already have a hub then you can purchase each of these sensors individually.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is one of the best smart home devices but also one of the best ways to integrate a doorbell in your home.
It allows you to make your doorbell smart and you can even use it to greet visitors even while you are away from home, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro does all of this with interchange face plates, however, it does only work with a hardwired connection.
You have probably heard of the Nest Learning Thermostat before, as one of the first well-known smart home devices, it is a sleek smart home integration that allows you to control your home’s heating with a set of smart controls, remotely.
Ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat
If you want to make your thermostat smart than the ecobee3 lite smart thermostat is definitely one of the best ways to do that.
As you can see in the image above, it looks really nice with a sleek and modern touchscreen interface that uses a simple and easy to user interface, with local weather integration, and schedules.
It has also been designed to be easy to install, which is pretty awesome.
Honeywell Lyric T6R Smart Thermostat
The Honeywell Lyric T6R is a pretty awesome smart thermostat that looks fantastic and is pretty small, making it great to be placed on a way or sat on a side table.
With support for SmartThings, Amazon Alexa and HomeKit, you can set the temperature from your iPhone or Amazon Echo, get alerts and set up geofencing, allowing you to set up the heating in a smart manner.
It also has scheduling features and it can be used alongside other smart home products for further features.
Roost Smart Home Battery
The Roost Smart Battery is an interesting device that changes your current smoke and Co2 detectors into smart ones, providing you with smart notifications without having to buy a new alarm.
Nest Smoke Detector and Co2 Alarm
Nest Protect is a new smoke detector and C02 alarm system that works as an all in one smart home solution for detecting smoke and Carbon Monoxide, with smart alarms to your phone.
The Nanoleaf Aurora is pretty expensive, however, it is one of the best smart home lighting solutions around.
As you can see in the image above, it is a lighting system that consists of a range of triangular panels that can attach to each other and show your selection from the available selection, which consists of 16.7M colours and tunable white options.
It doesn’t require a hub to work and can be expanded as you wish with more panels.
It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and IFTTT.
Logitech Pop Home Switch
The Logitech Pop is a fantastic smart home switch that allows you to control a range of smart devices from any room with an easy to install smart home switch.
With it you can control lights, speakers, power outlets, and many other smart home devices, it has a range of mounting options that allow it to be stuck exactly where you want it and you can customise what it does via the companion iOS and Android app.
You can get a starter kit that includes the hub and 2 Logitech Pop switches today, after that you can add on more switches to control more devices.
Philips Hue Starter Kit
Lighting is an obvious thing to make smart, turning lights on/off is annoying and if you make them smart then you can also get extra capabilities like automation, colour changing, and dimming controls.
One of the best ways to do this is with Philips Hue.
You can get a range of starter kits that will allow you to get started with Philips Hue, there are a range of options available for this depending on what you need, including the White Personal kit, and the White and Ambience Kits.
Netgear Arlo Pro HD Home Security Camera System
The Netgear Arlo Pro was one of the first wire free camera systems but it is still one of the best available and for good reason.
Netgear has made this system to be extremely easy to use and install, it is a wire free system that uses a rechargeable battery that can be charged up quickly and allow you to place the cameras pretty much anywhere. They are also completely waterproof and include magnetic mounts that make it easy to place anywhere.
They also feature two-way audio and can be connected to a base station that makes the cameras more secure with its own private network and it also includes an alarm that you can set off that is extremely loud, oh and you can save your recordings to the cloud for free with 7 day access and it the base station also has a couple of USB ports for saving footage to a USB device.
You can pick it up in a kit with 1, 2, 3 or 4 cameras included.
Yale Keyless Connected Smart Door Lock
The Yale Keyless Connected Smart Door Lock is a great way to secure your home and make it smarter with keyless entry.
With the lock, you can enter your home with the smartphone app, the keycard, keytag or a phone tag. It can be retrofitted to your current system and it is compatible with 60mm nightlatches making it easy to install.
To top that off, it is also battery operated with 4x AA batteries, so there’s no need to get electric to it and it is compatible with SmartThings and other devices.