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5 Smart Home Technologies

Smart Technology is changing the way the world works around us. Every day, it makes our lives easier in both big and small ways. You’re now able to bring your friends with you wherever you go by using one of the many social applications, send important emails for work while sitting on your couch with your dog, and fill your home with new and exciting gadgets to enhance your life. We know how much is out there already and how often new devices and brands are released.

That’s why we decided to sift through the mess for you and compile this list of a few Smart Home technologies we fell in love with. After all, the holiday season is right around the corner – what better gift than a gadget that can make your loved ones’ lives easier?

Amazon Echo Plus Second Generation

The new and improved Amazon Echo Plus is an upgraded, second-generation addition the Alexa family. A must-have for anyone with the slightest interest in smart home technology, the new Echo Plus 2nd Gen comes in a smoother, more attractive package. Redesigned to be less of an eyesore, the new casing is a bit shorter and rounder and is enclosed in fabric instead of metal. With an improved and larger subwoofer, the sound quality shows itself off instantly. Now that it comes equipped with a temperature sensor, the device can help pair with any compatible smart thermostat to help regulate temperatures in your household. The Echo Plus is available at a very reasonable $150, which makes it a must-have for any and every home.

Amazon Smart Plug

With the release of Amazon’s Smart Plug, you can give smart app capabilities to any regular device! The Smart Plug makes it so that you can control multiple devices using Alexa. Instead of the regular morning struggle to get your day started, you can now have Alexa turning on your coffee maker, lights, or television for you so you can stay in bed for those extra crucial minutes. The most attractive benefit of the Smart Plug is the capability to schedule plans; schedule which plugs you’d like to turn on in the morning and ask Alexa to “start your day”, or plan what you’d like to be ready when you arrive home from work. Wake up to ready brewed coffee or have your thermostat adjust itself so getting out of your warm bed isn’t as daunting. The possibilities with the Smart Plug are endless, and for at $25 a plug you can have your home working seamlessly in no time!

Ecovacs Deebot N79S

The Ecovacs Deebot N79S is one of the best smart-home vacuums currently on the market. You might approach buying one a bit wearily, being that it does cost nearly $230, but compared to other vacuums on the market, the N79S gives you the most bang for your buck. This vacuum works with a three-step method of cleaning, simultaneously sweeping, lifting, and vacuuming any floor or carpet area! Sensors in the vacuum enable it to avoid any drops or furniture bumps, and it even returns to its docking station to recharge after it burns through its two-hour battery life. One of the most appealing features of the vacuum is its compatibility with both Alexa and Google Home devices. Whether you use Alexa or Google Home, give voice-commands to the vacuum as you please. Treat yourself to the N79S – standing well above the rest of the market, it certainly has our stamp of approval!

Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat

The Ecobee 4 stands to be the strongest contender in the smart thermostat market. We’re talking about a thermostat that can not only sense which rooms specifically need cooling or heating, but also can act as a smart hub for any household. The Ecobee 4 comes equipped with Alexa voice technology, so don’t think of this as any plain old thermostat. You can ask it to read you the news, order groceries, play music, or even recite recipes while you cook. The App allows you to control the thermostat from around the house or on the go, so you can set your home to warm up or cool down before you get home. Thankfully, the system is hardwired and doesn’t rely on any batteries, so you won’t have to worry about short battery life or your AC shutting off in the middle of the night because the battery on your thermostat died. The Ecobee 4 is even ENERGY STAR certified and can help you cut down on your electric bill. The thermostat comes bundled with one room sensor and is priced at $249, which isn’t too bad considering what you’re getting out of it. If you live in a bigger house and decide you need more sensors, you can purchase extras on Ecobee’s website or on Amazon. If you’re looking to upgrade your home with something modern that does it all, the Ecobee 4 is truly the best of the best.

SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security System

SimpliSafe Home Security sets the bar for home security. They provide packages for you to choose from, but also give you the opportunity to build one that suits your home and needs best. The cameras work with or without the full system, so you don’t have to spend too much money on features that might be unnecessary for your needs. The setup is easy and very manageable to do by yourself, but they have top-notch customer support who are open seven days a week to help available if needed. That support system goes a long way – in fact, they have multiple monitoring stations simultaneously observing your system. On top of that, the main hub runs on what they claim are the strongest networks and is backed up by your home wifi system. A huge upside which we love is, hypothetically, if an intruder were to come and try and damage the system, SimpliSafe’s monitoring would automatically notify the police and have them come out. And if you’re concerned about power outages, the main unit comes with a 24-hour battery backup. SimpliSafe goes the extra mile to make sure you stay safe in any situation!

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