If you're looking to make your home smarter and take advantage of today's automation capabilities, there's tons of stuff to choose from that can get the job done. Home automation equipment can not only make things convenient, but many times can also be more energy efficient which can save you money as well as time. We've put together a list of ten of the best products for home automation so you don't have to do the searching.
Nest Learning Thermostat
If you're thinking about automating your home and making it more efficient, the first stop should be with the Nest leaning Thermostat. It's got an autoschedule feature that remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself, and it saves you energy by automatically turning itself down when you're away. It also has a built in remote control feature that lets you control it from your smartphone, tablet, and even laptop. Just connect it to your WiFi network. You can find the Nest learning Thermostat on Amazon for $249.00.
Revolv Smart Home Automation Solution
If you want to automate your home you're going to need a controller, or a hub of some kind. Revolv is that smart hub solution. It brings all your smart home connected products together in one unified solution letting you control everything from your smartphone in one easy to use application. No searching around for the different apps to different products. With the Revolv Smart Home Solution you can monitor and control your smart home from anywhere. You can find the Revolv on Amazon for $600.
Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt
The Schlage Connect Camelot Deadbolt brings home automation and security together. It has a finger print resistant touchscreen panel for inputting the keycode to unlock, and it features an anti-pick shield to protect against lock tampering. The strong motorized bolt locks and unlocks when the user code is entered, and thanks to the built-in Z Wave technology you can control the lock from your smartphone or tablet, or any other web connected device. It also comes in a variety of colors so you can find the perfect fit for your home. You can find the Schlage Connect Camelot Deadbolt on Amazon for $147.00.
Dropcam Pro WiFi Monitoring Camera
Keep your home securely monitored with the Dropcam Pro. It's WiFi enabled and connected to your home network which allows you to view anything it sees right from your smartphone. It features updated optics and image sensors for stunning video quality so you can see everything in detail, and it has an amazing field of view with 130 degrees diagonal with built-in zoom and night vision so you don't miss a thing. It also features video recording that's stored in the cloud and two-way talk as well as intelligent alerts. You can find the Dropcam Pro on Amazon for $199.99.
ASUS RT-AC87U Dual Band Gigabit Router
With all the connected smart home products, plus your normal every day connected devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, TV's and anything else you may have connected to the internet, you're going to need a fast router. The ASUS RT-AC87U is the solution. It features an ultra fast dual-band data rate of 2334 Mbps for smooth up to 4K/UHD video playback, file sharing of large files and low latency online gaming. It also features ASUS AiCloud 2.0, so you can access, sync, stream and share your files anywhere on any internet connected device. You can find the ASUS RT-AC87U on Amazon for $263.99.
Phillips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Pack
These are some really smart light bulbs, perfect for anyone interested in beginning the smart home adventure. The Hue bulbs use LED technology to deliver 80 percent energy savings and they have a long life of up 15,000 hours(14 years). You can recreate millions of different colors, set timers and alarms, and connect them to a variety of apps and dim the lights all using your smartphone or tablet. You can also connect and control up to 50 hue bulbs with one Phillips Hue Bridge, which is included in the starter pack.You can find the Phillips Hue starter pack on Amazon for $181.90.
GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Duplex Receptacle
You can easily replace any standard wall outlet with the GE Z-Wave for controlling the lighting or small appliances with your smartphone, tablet, or other internet connected device using the Z-Wave certified gateway. It's compatible with LED lighting bulbs up to 600 watts, so that means it should be compatible with the Phillips Hue bulbs. You can find the GE Z-Wave Control on Amazon for $36.84.
What would any smart automated home be without wireless speakers to match, which can also be controlled from your smartphone just like everything else in this list. The Sonos Play is a single, compact wireless speaker for streaming music. It features deep, crystal clear Hi-Fi sound, and it connects directly to your home WiFi network. You can stream music from your library or from favorite apps like Spotify or Pandora. Use the free Sonos controller app to control the speakers and your music from your smartphone. You can even end up connecting it to other Sonos speakers in other rooms to fill the entire home with audio. You can find the Sonos Play on Amazon for $199.00.
Sonos Playbar/TV Soundbar
The Sonos Playbar is the must have speaker for giving your TV the experience of Full-Theater HiFi sound. It features nine amplified speakers that delivers powerful, realistic sound, and it's easy to setup with one single cable and multiple position options so you can make it work for just about any room in the home. The Playbar also doubles as a wireless speaker for streaming music, and with the Sonos controller app you can control everything right from your smartphone or tablet. You can find the Sonos Playbar on Amazon for $699.00.
Sonos Connect Wireless Streaming Music Receiver
The Sonos Connect does for your existing home stereo setup was the line of Sonos wireless speakers already does out of the box. It transforms your existing home stereo audio into a streaming music machine that lets you stream music right through the speakers you already own. Use the Sonos Controller app to pick and play your music easily and quick. It connects to your home speakers via RCA cables, and then you simply stream the music to the receiver. You can find the Sonos Connect on Amazon for $349.00.