Holiday Gift Guide 2015 - 2016: Top 10 Best Home Automation

As with everything nowadays, more and more products are becoming 'connected' and 'smart'. As a result, the list of what you can buy for the home to enjoy a smarter experience, seems to be growing at a very increasing rate. Whether it is a thermometer to keep track and control your home's temperature, cameras to monitor the home when you are aware or even your front door lock, there are a number of smart options available. To try and help sieve through the offerings available, below are ten home automation products worth considering as your next purchase or gift.

Nest Cam

Starting off today's list is the Nest Cam. Nest is already becoming one of the most popular home automation companies and this is partly thanks to their emphasis on producing good looking and functional products. The Nest Cam is a prime example as its functionality is all controlled by the Nest app. The Nest Cam will offers a wide view of the recording area and can stream video in Full 1080p resolution. Not to mention, it comes with two way radio capabilities, so as well as being able to hear what's going on, you can also respond to what's going on.

Buy the Nest Cam on Amazon

ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor

In the world of home automation, thermostats are one of the big selling products and one of the best currently available is the ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat. ecobee3 is one of the products that really emphasizes its 'smart' capabilities. This one is able to register a number of incoming data streams including the outside weather as well as what's going on inside to really ensure that it turns on or off, up or down, when needed. The ecobee3 can register when people are home or in which room to further ensure hot or cool air is only provided where it is needed, when it is needed. Ideal for ensuring bills are kept to a minimum.

Buy the ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor on Amazon

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is one product which has gained a lot of attention recently, although it is easy to forget that as well as being a sort of virtual assistant and audio speaker, it is a very capable home automation hub. Amazon Echo has the ability to connect to a number of your home smart devices and offer the level of control you would expect from any Smart Hub or Router. All with the added benefits of also connecting to your apps, music files and so on.

Buy the Amazon Echo on Amazon

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Speaking of hub's, one of the most popular options currently available is Samsung's SmartThings Hub. This one is again able to connect to most, if not all, of your smart products and provide access and control from pretty much anywhere in the world. This includes your various smart light switches, thermostats. sockets and so on.

Buy the Samsung SmartThings Hub on Amazon

Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation

We've already discusses the popularity of Nest in the home automation world and this is the latest version (3rd Gen) of the Nest Learning Thermostat. Like the ecobee3, this one will offer you a way to control your home's heating and cooling needs. The Nest Thermostat requires little programming as its built-in auto scheduling features will ensure it learns from experience and adapts to your family's individual needs

Buy the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Ge) on Amazon

Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera

Another option for those looking for a smart camera is the Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera. This one offers a great level of clarity when recording as well as a wide 130 degree field of view. Not forgetting, night vision mode as well so you can always be able to view what's going on. Like the Nest option, this one also offers two way audio so you can talk to the room as well as the room telling you what's going on.

Buy the Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera on Amazon

Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

If you are in the market for a new air conditioning unit but one which is smart, then the Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner is worth checking out. Like the various thermostats that are on offer, this one learns from its experience in your home to know when it should turn on and off. Not to mention, this one also makes use of your GPS location to further ensure that it is on when you need it to be and off when you don't

Buy the Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner on Amazon

WeMo Insight Switch

Of course not all of the products in your home will be smart, but that does not mean that they cannot be controlled. By making use of the likes of the WeMo Insight Switch, users can essentially turn any product into a smart product. Simply connect your dumb product to the WeMo and control remotely when they are turned on or turned off.

Buy the WeMo Insight Switch on Amazon

Nest Protect Smoke Plus Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is one of those silent dangers which cannot be detected through a number of the more orthodox ways. However, there are various carbon monoxide detectors now available. In fact, this option from Nest doubles as both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector and is also smart. So this one will let you know if and when an issue is detected, even when you are not at home to hear the alarm.

Buy the Nest Protect Smoke Plus Carbon Monoxide on Amazon

Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

Smart devices are not just for the traditional products you would find in your home but also on the outside too. Closing out today's list is the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock. This is a lock which can be used both inside and outside and is designed to give you the normal lock functionality as well as a more smarter functionality by using your smartphone as your key. Not to mention, it is also compatible with the rest of your home automation hubs and products for a more inclusive connected experience.

Buy the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock on Amazon

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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]