In today’s day and age, everything has a “smart” option. From light bulbs to thermostats, controlling virtually every aspect of our home is both economical… and smart. Get it? Now, that being said, knowing which items you need can be daunting. There are so many lists out there, and even more promotions telling you “YOU NEED THIS NOW” – it can be tough to find which options are best for you. But worry not, we’ve compiled a list with the best of the best products! Here is your smart home shopping guide:
AMAZON ECHO – $179
As every amateur home-chef knows, figuring out how many cups are in a quart or tablespoons are in a half of a cup can make you feel like an elementary school student again. Place the Amazon Echo in your kitchen, and never get that crappy feeling again. Plus, once you connect your Amazon Prime account to Echo, you’ll never need to write another grocery list again! Out of pepper? Just tell Alexa, and BAM! Pepper will be delivered to your doorstep.
LOGITECH HARMONY ELITE REMOTE CONTROL – $245
If you’re one of those people that has 27 remotes and lose them on a regular basis, this is your new best friend. Working with Alexa voice control (technology is so cool), you’ll be able to connect your TV, stereo, and phone all together.
AUGUST SMART LOCK – $225
I live in an old brownstone, which means that I can only lock my door from the inside – and as I’m on the third floor, having to keep going up and down the stairs whenever anyone comes over is, well, the worst. With the August Smart Lock, you (and I) can control our doors with our smart phones. Lazy AND efficient? Speaking my language. Oh, and it obviously connects with Alexa.
NEST LEARNING THERMOSTAT – $247
There’s nothing worse than coming home to a too-hot or too-cold house after a long day of work. Enter the Nest, a “smart” thermostat that will keep your humble abode just the way you like it, without having to leave the AC or heater on all day. Hello, electricity bills! It’s Alexa-friendly, obviously, and you can automatically and remotely adjust your home’s temperature. Get off the train? Turn on the AC. Leave for the day? Turn it off. It’s like the clap lamp, but for the 21st century.
SHYU BLUETOOTH SMART LED LIGHT BULB – $19
Bad lighting can ruin your flow. Need to set the mood? This genius bulb will fit into most of your lamps or light fixtures and provide whatever color you’re feeling at the moment. Connecting to your phone, change colors instantly. Perfect for movie nights!
ANOVA SOUS VIDE PRECISION COOKER – $198
I got one of these for Christmas last year, and it has changed my life. Cooking a piece of steak or fish to the perfect temperature can be really tough for home cooks, until now. Just look up the right temperature (Serious Eats is the perfect companion here), set it via your smart phone, put the filet in a plastic bag and into the water bath, and forget about it. Within a couple of hours, you’ll have a perfect medium rare, without the headache. Oh, and bonus: like a poached egg? This makes it better than your favorite brunch spot.
What did we miss? What’s your favorite smart home item? Shoot us a comment on the blog, leave us a comment on our Facebook page, or throw us a tweet. Oh, and don’t forget to have your Slice app on call so you can track when everything will arrive or get some money back if a price drops.
Happy smart living!