20 smart home products you can control from your phone

What makes a smart home product? Generally, they’re defined by their ability to connect wirelessly, allowing users to interact with them from their smartphones. We’ve rounded up 20 cool, diverse offerings — from TVs, air conditioners, smoke alarms, and more.


1. Amazon Echo Show

Amazon’s Echo Show is an Alexa-powered speaker with a built-in camera and a 7-inch touchscreen. The aforementioned features bring a whole new layer of functionality compared to past Echo products, including the ability to make free video calls with other Echo Show users. ($229)


2. Samsung POWERbot R7040 Robot Vacuum

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is a well-priced robot vacuum with Amazon Alexa support. This means you can simply tell the gadget to clean your home with a simple voice command. Other key features of the device include powerful suction, excellent floor mapping, and a washable filter. ($449.99)


3. WeMo Mini Smart Plug

The WeMo mini smart plug supports a plethora of popular connected home standards, including Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. 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! ($34.99)


4. Google Home

The stylish Google Home smart speaker is a rival to the Amazon Echo. It features the tech giant’s AI-powered Google Assistant, which responds to voice prompts by tapping into an ultra advanced neural network. It can play music, answer questions, set timers, and control connected appliances, among many other things. ($129.00)


5. Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a connectivity powerhouse that’s disguised as a premium 360-degree wireless speaker. It will play your favorite tunes, read you the news, and control your compatible appliances, among other things, all thanks to the retail and tech giant’s Alexa platform. If you don’t feel like splurging on an Echo, consider the more affordable Amazon Echo Dot. It won’t play tunes, but it will deliver Alexa functionality to just about any device. ($99.99)


6. Linksys Velop

The Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi system consists of one or more high-performance mesh nodes with pleasantly understated design and a compact footprint. A single node can cover up to 2,000 square feet with high-quality Wi-Fi. A pack of three units is good for 6,000 square feet of space. ($199.97)


7. Nest Cam IQ

The Nest Cam IQ is a sleek and incredibly clever home security camera that can recognize faces. This enables the device to alert you in case there’s a stranger in your home, office, or place of business. The video quality of the device is exceptional too — the Nest Cam IQ is the first security camera with a 4K HDR sensor. ($252.99)


8. Nest Protect Smoke Detector

The Nest smoke detector has a cool design and gesture controls, as well as the ability to send alerts to your smartphone while you’re away from home. There’s a wired and a wireless variant to choose from. This is definitely a must-have connected home gadget. ($119.00)


9. Logitech Harmony Elite

The Logitech Harmony Elite is arguably 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. ($256.99)


10. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Wireless 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 ambience at all times. The set is compatible with major home automation standards such as Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit, and Nest, among others. The starter kit includes three bulbs, a dimmer switch, and smart control. ($173.89)


11. Logitech Pop Home Switch

The Pop Home Switch by Logitech is a lot smarter than its understated appearance suggests. Compatible with all major home automation platforms, the gadget can control a host of smart devices, including connected lights, speakers, and power outlets, among others. Its functionality can be customized via an intuitive mobile app for iOS and Android. The price is for a starter pack with two switches and Wi-Fi bridge, though additional ones are also available in various colors. ($69.99)


12. TP-Link Smart Plug

The TP-Link Smart Plus is compatible with Alexa, so you can control it with voice via Amazon’s popular gadgets. Wi-Fi connectivity and a neat smartphone app also enable users to control the connected appliances remotely. The device doesn’t require a hub. ($24.90)


13. Frigidaire Cool Connect Air Conditioner

The Cool Connect by Frigidaire is a stylish and Wi-Fi-connected air conditioner with 8,000 BTU of cooling capacity and excellent energy efficiency. Easy to install and intuitive to use, the Frigidaire Cool Connect will also send alerts to your smartphone when it’s time to clean its filter, and you can control the settings via a free app. ($299.00)


14. Nest Learning Thermostat

The latest iteration of the Nest Learning Thermostat packs a vibrant circular touchscreen as well as Amazon Alexa support. In addition to allowing users to control it via a neat smartphone app, the thermostat has the ability to learn their habits — meaning that in time, it won’t need programming. There are three colors to pick from —  White, Stainless Steel, and Copper. ($249.00)


15. Ring Video Doorbell

Sleek and easy to install, the Ring video doorbell allows users to see and talk to visitors even while away from home. The device is available in a quartet of colors, ranging from a silver-looking Satin Nickel, all the way to an option with brass finish. This allows buyers to always find a perfect match for their door. Setup is easy, and the weather-resistant design ensures that water and humidity won’t damage the Ring. ($199.00)


16. Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Smart Lock

The Kwikset Kevo smart lock turns your smartphone into the key to your home. A mobile app allows users to manage access to the lock, check its usage history, and receive notifications when someone opens the door. The lock has a traditional key and an optional fob just in case your phone’s not around. ($200.00)


17. Samsung Family Hub 2.0 Smart Refrigerator

The latest iteration of Samsung’s smart refrigerator has a sleek design with recessed handles, 22 cubic feet of storage capacity, and a highly versatile drawer with four temperature settings. The device’s Wi-Fi-connected smart features include the ability to create shopping lists, stream music and videos, share photos, and peek inside the fridge via a trio of built-in cameras. ($3,197.90)


18. Petzi Treat Cam

The highly rated Petzi Treat Cam began its journey to the market as a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding project. In addition to dispensing pet treats, the camera can stream HD video, support two-way communication, and capture still images of your furry friends. ($149.99)


19. iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

The iRobot Roomba 960 robotic vacuum supports voice commands via both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, so it’s incredibly versatile. The gadget also offers top-notch floor suction and mapping, as well as up to 75 minutes of cleaning time on a single battery charge. ($697.99)


20. Dyson Pure Hot Cool Link Air Purifier

Dyson’s 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. There are two colors to choose from — white and blue. ($499.99)


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