Top 10 Best Smart Home Devices Under $100 - September 2018

Converting your home into a "smart" home can be pretty expensive, as some of these appliances can be several hundred dollars or more. But you don't need to start with the big stuff, or even pay that much to get started. You can start and work your way up to the $300 smart thermostats out there. There are plenty of great smart home products that are under $100, and definitely worth picking up. We have gone through and found the ten best products under $100, and these are all listed below. They include smart bulbs, smart plugs, thermostats and much more.

One of our favorite products that is listed below is BOND. This essentially works as a hub for your home and will control your ceiling fans in your home. It's simple to setup as well, just point the remote control for your ceiling fan at the base, and it'll sync with it. Afterwards, you can control the fan with the app, or use your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. And on top of that, this will work for multiple ceiling fans. So if you have more than one, BOND can control them all.

Another favorite is the LIFX Z. This is a smart LED strip that can be used to add accent lighting around your home. Though, one of the more popular ways to use this strip is by putting it behind your monitor or your TV. This adds lighting behind the display, making it easier to use these displays in the dark. It also adds a pretty cool effect. All of the items that are listed on the list below are compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, so you can use your voice to control them, as well as the app that comes with them - and are available on both Android and iOS.

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

The Ring Doorbell is just under $100, coming in at $99.99. It's not the Video Doorbell Pro, so it's not the company's most high-end model, but it does work really well. It has a camera built-in, which will feed you with 1080p video so you can see who's at the door. You will also get notifications when you aren't even home, and can interact with whoever is there, which is a nice feature.

Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera

It's a good idea to have a smart camera inside your home - especially pointed towards a door or a window - so you can keep an eye on your home when you are not home. This camera from Wyze can do just that. The Wyze Cam is a 1080p camera, that works inside, and can be set on a table, or even mounted on the wall.

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Light Bulb - 3-Pack

You can pick up a 3-pack of A19 bulbs from Kasa for pretty cheap - under $40. These are soft white bulbs, so you won't be able to use different colors in your home and really make things exciting. Those bulbs are generally around $40 a piece. But these will allow you to control them with the app, and use your voice with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

LIFX + (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

This smart bulb from LIFX is another awesome one to check out. Now this one is a multi-colored bulb, so you can really go crazy with these. LIFX has a better option than Philips Hue, in a lot of people's opinions, because you don't need a hub to control these. Each one has their own WiFi chip, so you can set them up individually. And you can get started with just one bulb, instead of needing to buy a starter pack.

eufy Lumos Smart Bulb - 2-Pack

eufy, which is a sub-brand of Anker, has a number of great smart home products including this two-pack of Lumos Smart Bulbs. These are smart bulbs that work with the eufy Home app as well as voice via the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Which are both great ways to interact with these bulbs. And best of all, they are around $30.

eufy Smart Plug Mini

eufy also has a great Smart Plug Mini here that will work great at allowing you to make "dumb" appliances at home, "smart". For example, you can plug in your lamp to this smart plug, and then control it using the app or your voice with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. That is a really cool feature, since these are usually much cheaper than a new smart light or lamp.

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

All of the products on this list are compatible with Alexa, allowing you to control them with your voice. And that means you're going to want to grab an Alexa speaker, like the Echo. This one comes in at $99.99, and has Alexa built-in. But it also has some pretty good audio quality, so you can actually use it for streaming audio which is really nice too.

Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug - 4-Pack

Etekcity has some smart plugs here as well, and this is a four pack, so you can really outfit your home with some smart plugs, which is nice. These are smaller, so they won't cover up the other plugs on your outlet. These will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as with the app that is available on Android and iOS.

BOND

Now this product here is pretty cool. It essentially works as a hub and can make your ceiling fans, smart. It is super simple to set up, and allows you to then control your ceiling fans using the app or with your voice. It does work with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use your favorite voice assistant as well.

LIFX Z (Starter Kit) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Strip

This LED strip from LIFX, the LIFX Z, is another great option to pick up and add some color to your home. This LED strip can be added onto the back of your TV to make for a really great experience at night. It can also be used under cabinets and such to add some accent lighting.

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