May 22, 2020|

The Best Smart Appliances & Devices to Upgrade Your Home

Smart homes are everywhere. Over 130 million homes in the US have smart devices, and it's no wonder–they make home a safer, more comfortable, and more convenient place for everyone.

Whether you want to add to your existing smart home or start from scratch, we've gathered up some of the best smart appliances and devices to add to your smart home. 

What's a smart home? 

First, let's define in simple terms what a smart home is–it's an ecosystem of connected smart devices that work together and can be controlled remotely via apps.

As a connected smart home, the devices can also automate certain functions, like heating or cooling your home. They can even trigger other actions; for example, unlocking a front door with a smart lock and having the lights in your entryway turn on automatically. 

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Add comfort, safety, and convenience to your home with smart devices and appliances.
 

Smart devices you should consider

So which smart devices and appliances should you add to your smart home? Some of the best include:

  • Smart thermostats. What makes a thermostat smart? Unlike programmable thermostats, these smart devices do the work for you. The Vivint Element Thermostat, for example, uses information like your temperature preferences, location, and local climate to automatically set the temperature in your home. Or, if you prefer, you can also adjust your temperature via an app or smart speaker.
  • Smart lighting. You don’t have to completely rewire your home to have smart lighting in your home. Simply replace the light bulbs with smart light bulbs, such as Philips Hue, and control your lighting no matter where you are. 
  • Smart locks. An important device in any home, smart locks provide better security by eliminating the need for physical keys. Instead, you enter a code via a keypad on the door, or unlock or lock your door from your phone. Many smart locks also lock automatically after a certain amount of time, another feature that makes them both safe and convenient.
  • Smart speakerAmazon Echo and Google Home are the main players in the smart speaker market and a staple in many smart homes. With them, you can control other connected devices, like smart thermostats or your lighting with voice commands.
  • Surveillance cameras. Smart surveillance cameras can be either indoor or outdoor. Many are equipped with motion sensors that automatically record when motion is detected. The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro goes a step further, helping spot and deter lurkers through its Smart Sentry feature. 
  • Doorbell camera. Doorbell cameras are another type of surveillance camera that allow you to monitor your front door. You receive a notification on your smartphone if someone comes to the door. From there, you can answer your door virtually wherever you are.

Adding to your smart home 

As technology advances, the list of available smart devices and appliances–along with their ability to simplify life around the house–grows as well.

If you want to take the smart devices in your home up a notch, check out some of the latest smart appliances and devices you can add to your smart home: 

  • Smart plugs. Want to turn small devices that plug into an outlet into a smart device? With smart plugs, you can. These small but smart devices plug into a regular outlet and allow you to control whatever you plug into it–from lamps to fans to coffee makers–with a single app or even your voice.
  • Smart ovens. Who wouldn't love a little help making dinner? With smart ovens, you can preheat the oven on the way home from work, transform your oven into a grill, or let the oven auto-suggest the right temperatures and cooking times for you. 
  • Smart refrigerator. The latest WiFi-enabled refrigerators come complete with touchscreens you can use to access news, weather, and more. Some even come equipped with indoor cameras so you can use your smartphone to check what you're running low on while you're at the grocery store.
  • Smart vacuums. Robot vacuums have been around for a few years now and continue to advance, making cleaning up a breeze. Newer smart vacuums on the market also automatically detect the type of surface you're cleaning and monitor your filter and battery life for you, then provide reminders when it's time to clean the filter or charge your vacuum. 
  • Smart beds. A better night's sleep may be just a smart bed away. Depending on the bells and whistles you choose, your smart bed can automatically adjust the mattress's firmness, track your sleep quality, and even alleviate your partner's snoring. 
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Today's most advanced smart vacuums can detect the type of surface you're cleaning and alert you when it's time to change the filter.
 

With so many devices available, it's easy to get caught up in thinking you need them all. However, not all will provide the same amount of value to your life. If you prefer takeout to cooking, for example, it may not make sense to drop a couple thousand dollars on a smart oven.

Ultimately, the smart devices you choose depend on your family’s needs and preferences. Whether you want to make your home smarter, safer, more convenient, or all of the above, there are plenty of devices out there to help. 

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Why a smart home?

Yes, these smart devices are innovative, but why should you invest in a complete smart home? Simply put, smart homes use technology to make home safer and more convenient for everyone. 

A smart house is a safer house

One of the biggest perks of a smart home is enhanced home security. Take a look at a few of the ways your smart home makes it a safer home:

  • Surveillance cameras can be set to automatically record when motion is detected, so you can review the footage later if needed.
  • What if your kids get locked out of the house while you’re at work or lose their spare key? Smart locks eliminate the need for a physical key and the number of spare keys floating around. You can also easily unlock and lock the door from your smartphone no matter where you are.
  • Smart lighting lets you turn lights on and off from anywhere, making your home look occupied even if it’s not.
  • Doorbell cameras let you see who’s coming and going from your home. You can also use them to ask a delivery driver to leave a package somewhere inconspicuous or tell a visitor to come back later, without them knowing whether you’re home or not.
  • Smart devices also provide notifications, from motion on your security cameras to visitors to your front door. This means you’re always in the know when it comes to your home, no matter where you are.
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With a doorbell camera, you can keep an eye on your front door no matter where you are.
 

Smart homes are convenient

Don’t underestimate the convenience of a smart home. In addition to making your home safer, smart homes make life more convenient. Take a look at some of the ways a smart home takes the stress and inconvenience out of daily life:

  • They allow you to create custom actions. For example, arming your security system at night also locks your front door for you. Or, you can automatically disarm your security system and turn on your entryway smart lighting when you unlock your front door. Imagine how convenient this would be if you have an armful of groceries or you're carrying a sleeping baby.
  • You can control your home from anywhere. Whether you're upstairs or in a different state, you're still connected to your home. So you can turn off the downstairs lights without leaving the comfort of your bed, preheat your oven for dinner on the way home from work, or even tell your Amazon Echo or Google Home to make the house a few degrees cooler.
  • You can be two places at once. Let's say your doorbell rings while you're getting your kids ready for school. Rather than rush to open the door, you can answer it right from your smartphone if you have a doorbell camera.

As you add devices to your smart home, you'll quickly find many other benefits that make life a little easier.

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