The easiest way to start out making your home smarter is to start with one room. The kitchen is a great place to start, and there are already a ton of great smart home products available for the kitchen, and these include things like smart plugs, some light bulbs, but also some things that you may or may not have heard of before. Like a smart coffee maker that you can use Alexa to control, or set a timer to start brewing your coffee about 20 minutes before you wake up, so when it's time to get up, your coffee is good to go.
The majority of the products in this list are compatible with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and in many cases they are both supported. So if you do have an Alexa device, you'll be all set to control everything. Of course, if you have an Android smartphone, you have the Google Assistant anyways, but you can also pick up the Google Home or Google Home Mini. Both platforms are great for the kitchen as well.
While many may think that making your kitchen "smarter" is just a waste of money, it really isn't. Once you've added one or two of these products to your kitchen, cooking becomes a much different beast. Think about it, when you're cleaning chicken, you could tell the Google Home to turn on the oven to 400-degrees. Or you can tell Alexa to set a timer for 10 minutes while you are putting cookies into the oven. Those are just a couple of the use-case scenarios for making your kitchen smarter, it just makes things easier – and you'll also save some electricity, and who can argue with saving electricity? Not only does that save you some cash, but makes your home a bit more greener.