Smart devices are fast becoming a 21st century essential. Whether you want to adjust your thermostat, play music, dim the lighting, or even improve the quality of your sleep, there’s a smart device to help. With new products flooding the market every day, you’ll have your pick of smart devices to choose from. But which ones offer the most bang for your buck? Which will simplify your life and free up your time to relax and unwind? Find out now as we run through the five best smart devices for relaxing at home.
1. Philips Hue White 60W Light Bulb Smart Home Device
You know the feeling…. you sit down to relax, only to have to get up again a few minutes later to adjust the lighting. Now there’s an answer. The Philips Hue White 60W Light Bulb Smart Home Device makes light work of controlling your house lighting system. Installation is a breeze: simply take the bulb out of the box, screw it in place, download the Hue app to your Google Home or Amazon Echo, and you’re ready to go. Whenever you want to switch the lights on, off, or dim them for mood lighting, you just need to call on Alexa. The price is ridiculously reasonable (expect to pay around $20 or so, depending on where you buy them), you get four smart light bulbs per pack, it takes less than 2 minutes to set them up, and you’ll never have to leave the comfort of your sofa to adjust the lighting again. What could be better?
2. Sonos One
As T3 writes, amazing through Amazon Echo is, no one’s going to claim it’s got the best sound quality in the world. Fortunately, Amazon isn’t so precious about its AI home tech that it’s willing to turn down licensing royalties. As a result, numerous other providers have tuned into the tech to develop some far superior speakers. Case in point, Sonos One, a music-focused speaker that combines Alexa’s skill set with outstanding sound quality. Contol it via your voice, the Sonos app, or Apple AirPlay. If you’re a serious audiophile, you’ve got the option to pair two Sonos Ones together in the same room for stereo separation and an even richer sound. As it’s humidity resistant, you can even fit it in the bathroom. If you like to relax to music, you won’t regret investing in one of these beauties.
3. Worx Landroid M 20V
Unless you’re cut from a different kind of cloth to the rest of us, mowing your lawn is probably not your ideal way of spending your weekends. If your reluctance to get to grips with the gardening has turned your lawn into the neighborhood eyesore, it’s time to turn over a new leaf with the help of some 21st-century gadgetry. The Worx Landroid M 20V promises to take the leg work out of lawn mowing, freeing up your downtime for the things you actually enjoy. Priced at around $999, it’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but it still represents one of the most budget-friendly options on the market. Described by PC Magazine as delivering excellent cutting performance, easy to program, and whisper-quiet, it’s a slick device with some first-rate features. Along with GPS and WI-FI radios, it comes with a mobile app that lets you start and stop the mower from anywhere. The app also lets you adjust cutting schedules and monitor progress. You can even opt to receive status updates about what the mower is currently doing and if there’s an issue. In case some passing opportunist decides the mower is a better fit for their home than it is yours, you can track the location of the mower using inbuilt GPS.
4. Ecobee4 Thermostat Smart Home Device
Trying to relax when the temperature in your home keeps veering between too hot and too cold is a nightmare. Worrying about forgetting to turn off the heating or air conditioning before you go on vacation is just as bad. Smart thermostats are a game-changer. They’ll learn your preferred temperature and adjust the temperature settings accordingly. If you leave without turning the heating off first, sensors and GPS will alert the thermostat to the fact and it’ll make the necessary adjustments for you. Of all the options available, the Ecobee4 Thermostat Smart Home Device is one of the best. As gearpatrol.com writes, it comes with Amazon Alexa integrated right into it, meaning that regardless of whether or not you have an Echo or an Echo Dot, you can simply call out for Alexa to set the temperature. What sets the Ecobee4 apart from the competition is its enhanced room-sending smart thermostat technology. Thanks to the enhanced room sensors, it’s capable of taking an incredibly precise temperature reading that factors in humidity before heating or cooling the room to your preference. Installation is done via a super easy in-app video tutorial system that’s virtually impossible to go wrong with.
5. Eight Sleep Pod
For insomniacs or anyone who struggles to doze off, a smart bed is life-changing. As maketecheasier.com writes, smart beds are capable of analyzing your sleep patterns and offering solutions on how to optimize your sleep. Some go even further by performing functions that can actively improve your sleep quality, including communicating with other smart devices to switch lights on and off. Of all the smart beds on the market (of which there are many), Eight Sleep Pod is undoubtedly one of the best. Thanks to its automatic cooling and warming capability, night sweats and shivers are a thing of the past. Buried within its four-layer memory foam mattress are sensors that track heart and breathing rates, along with sleep stages. It syncs this data with a water-powered thermal engine to automatically adjust the temperature throughout the night. To ensure maximum comfort for each of the bed’s occupants, separate controls can be used to customize the setting on each side of the bed. If you want to warm the bed before jumping in, you can thanks to the bed’s ability to work with Amazon and Google home hubs. If you prefer to be woken up in a more gentle manner than via a beeping alarm, you can set the bed to rouse you by cooling or warming. An app lets you know how well you slept each night and offers recommendations for how to improve your sleep quality.