Best Smart Home Devices for 2022

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By adding appliances and gadgets you can manage from anywhere, you can make your home a little more livable—and a lot more automated. To help establish which ones are ideal for each space in the house (and outside of it), we tested hundreds of smart home items across more than 20 categories.

Out of necessity, the transformation got underway a number of years ago. I was shocked to see a heavy layer of dust on the floor after peeping underneath my bed skirt to collect a dropped object. My outdated corded upright vacuum was too big to fit underneath, so I bought a robot vacuum to do the dirty work instead.

Then I adopted a dog, which prompted me to buy a smart air purifier to help with allergies and asthma, as well as a pet camera so I could monitor my pet (and my house) from my phone, round-the-clock.

Since then, I have been reviewing smart home technology for PCMag, and my small Florida beach bungalow has changed into a test site for the most recent home technology that is becoming smarter every week. I enter the bedroom at this point and ask Google Assistant to switch on the lights.

Dog food and protein powder that I had previously ordered from Alexa show up on my doorstep two days later. Before getting out of bed in the morning, I use an app on my phone to change the temperature.

On the screen of the smart display in my kitchen, I get notifications for severe weather and cooking suggestions. Even my air fryer notifies me when the preheating process is complete.

These days, almost every home appliance you can imagine comes in a smart version. These items typically have an internet connection, allowing you to use an accompanying app on your phone to control them. Most also support various voice control techniques.

You can easily set up your devices to carry out a specific action at a particular time by using one of the many smart home companion applications that allow scheduling. For instance, Wendy Sheehan Donnell, editor of PCMag, set her smart garage door to automatically close each night at a specified time after having a bike stolen.

You can create routines to configure your gadgets to cooperate and carry out many tasks at once using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, such as adjusting the lighting and thermostat when you return home.

With Apple HomeKit, you can create scenes to activate multiple devices simultaneously and control your devices with Siri voice commands or from an Apple Watch.

You can connect different internet-connected gadgets and quickly program them to respond to real-world events using IFTTT, a service that is backed by many of the leading smart home brand names. For example, you could enable your lights to switch on automatically at sunset.

Here is a list of the top smart home products we’ve tested for each room of the house. Because there are so many items, we’ve divided them by area to keep things organized, but most of these devices can be used almost anyplace.

Additionally, keep coming back soon because we frequently test new goods and include them in this list.

List Smart Home Devices

Ring Smart Lighting System

You may set up a network of motion-activated security lights for the exterior of your home with the Ring Smart Lighting System.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

A versatile battery-powered wireless indoor/outdoor security camera, the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery captures motion-activated footage and uploads it to the cloud.

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera

A wireless outdoor security camera with amazing 2K footage, quick setup, and a ton of feature and integration choices is the Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera.

Ezviz DB1C Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

The Ezviz DB1C Wi-Fi Video Doorbell is a cost-effective smart doorbell that offers clear HD video with a wide viewing angle, cloud and local video storage, voice control capabilities, and compatibility with a variety of third-party smart devices.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

It’s simple to install and has a ton of functionality packed into the stylish August Wi-Fi Smart Lock’s small body.

The ultimate smart home for you

The obvious stars of the living room technology show are televisions and soundbars. But in the ultimate smart home, a wide range of additional devices collaborate to improve the ambiance, practicality, and security of your primary living area.

A smart speaker is a must for the living room right away. In addition to playing music, our top models act as a kind of voice-activated control panel for virtually every other connected home device.

Choosing one involves first determining which voice help platform is best for your house: Siri, Alexa, or the Google Assistant. All three offer compatibility for the majority of the top manufacturers of smart home gadgets.

If Alexa is your preferred voice assistant, we recommend the Echo Studio, which provides remarkably good audio quality for the money, or the fourth-generation Amazon Echo as a more cost-effective option.

Fans of the Google Assistant can choose the Nest Audio. You have the choice to use Alexa and Google Assistant with the Sonos One.

You may also use Siri to manage your smart home as a third option. You should place a HomePod mini in your living room in this situation. If you choose to go this way, just ensure that any additional smart home appliances you purchase are Apple HomeKit compatible.

You might want a smart display instead of or in addition to a smart speaker. They have the same hands-free voice assistant functionality as a smart speaker, but they also have a helpful touch screen that you can use to make video calls, check live feeds from your smart doorbell or security camera, and quickly operate your connected devices.

Your living room smart display can double as a digital photo frame to show off your own photos or carefully selected artwork while it’s not in use. Our top picks for the living room are the Google Nest Hub Max and the Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo Show 10. Smaller options work better in the kitchen and bedroom.

Replace your normal incandescent light bulbs with smart light bulbs that support app and voice control as one of the simplest and most economical methods to modernize your living space.

You won’t ever need to get up from the couch to turn on the lights again after upgrading. Smart lights not only provide more convenience than conventional bulbs but also use less energy and last longer, which can ultimately save you money.

The Wyze Bulb Color is the smart color bulb we’ve evaluated that offers the most value. It’s a lot smarter than your typical light bulb, yet affordable enough to install in every fixture in the house.

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It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for hub-free app control and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so you can turn it on and off with your voice. It offers a variety of alternatives to establish the ambiance for your upcoming movie night because it can produce almost any color, along with a spectrum of warm to cool white tones, and shine bright or dim low.

A connected thermostat is another smart living room appliance that can significantly improve your level of convenience and possibly reduce your energy costs.

The heating and cooling systems in your house may be monitored and controlled by phone or voice commands, temperature regimens can be established, and models with energy-saving features can help you save money.

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, which is our top choice, has a remote sensor that you can install in various rooms to maintain a constant temperature throughout the house.

The capacity of the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat to program itself makes it unique. It picks up on your daytime and nighttime heating and cooling preferences during the first week of use, then automatically creates a customized program.

We strongly suggest the Nest Thermostat as a more cost-effective alternative because it requires manual scheduling but is undoubtedly the most fashionable device available.

With a smart plug, you can turn any gadget that plugs into the wall into a connected device that you can control from your phone, including a lamp, space heater, humidifier, and even a Christmas tree.

One of the better options in this price range is the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2, which is also one of the priciest. It offers a convenient USB charging port, allows you to separately operate two outlets, and displays how much power each one is using.

A smart surge protector with six outlets that you can individually manage with your phone or voice is the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip HS300. Additionally, it works with IFTTT, so you can set it to turn on or off specific outlets when another event, like a camera motion trigger, occurs. The Wyze Plug is our preferred inexpensive choice if you want to make fewer items smart.

Considering all of the smart devices in your living room, it makes sense to spend money on a Wi-Fi-connected indoor home security camera.

The Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt, one of our favorites, offers vibrant high-resolution video and is crammed with features usually found on more expensive models, such as local and cloud storage, automated motion tracking, and support for all the major voice assistance platforms.

A pet camera that enables you to keep an eye on and communicate with your four-legged family members around-the-clock from wherever you are would round out your smart living room if you have a cat or dog.

The Furbo Dog Camera offers barking notifications and a remote treat-tossing functionality that both you and your dog will enjoy. It is both practical and entertaining.

Melissa Valentini

I am a journalist graduated from the University of New York. In addition, I write short stories and chronicles as a hobby. I currently write for the Techeneis.