Smart devices let you turn off your lights without getting out of bed, or turn on your air conditioner before you get home, or have an intelligent robot vacuum clean the house for you. But before you start building a smart home, you need to find devices that work with each other. And, with so many smart devices on Amazon, it can be hard to choose. That’s why we created this list of the best smart home devices for 2020 – all of which work with Amazon Alexa.
The Best Smart Home Devices This Year
Amazon Echo 2nd Generation – Best Smart Speaker ($80)
A smart speaker is the centerpiece of your smart home. With this device, you can ask your digital assistant, Alexa, to make calls, play your music, send texts, answer queries, and give you reminders. It will also allow you to control your other smart devices, like your smart TV, or a smart thermostat, with simple voice commands.
This smart speaker has 360-degree audio, so you can fill the entire room with music. Plus, it has noise cancellation, so the speaker can hear you from across the room.
Amazon’s 2nd generation Echo is considered to be the best speaker because it’s relatively cheap and high-quality. And, since Alexa is the most popular digital voice assistant on the market today, it will work with almost any smart device out there.
There are lots of smart speakers on the market today that work with Alexa. If you want to see the best smart speakers from third-party sellers, check out our list here.
Hue by Philips – Best Smart Light Bulbs ($123 for 2 bulbs)
These smart light bulbs from Philips Hue let you control brightness and color with voice commands or via an app on your phone. You can choose from more than 16 million colors and shades of white, and schedule your lights to turn on or off remotely.
Plus, the bulbs are Energy Star Certified and last up to 23 years, according to Philips, so they should cost less than buying new bulbs every few years.
Since Philips Hue bulbs are so popular, they are compatible with most smart home systems available today. That’s why they’re one of the best options for any smart home.
Want to know why you should switch to smart bulbs? Check out our previous blog to see what they can do for you here.
HS200 by TP-Link – Best Smart Light Switch ($27)
Installing smart lights in your home is perfect until you accidentally flip one of your lights switches. Doing this will cause your bulbs to stop working until you flip the switch back on. So, not using a smart switch sort of defeats the purpose of having a smart bulb in the first place.
Installing the TP-Link HS200 will give you the ability to control your lights from your smartphone, whether the switch is on or off. You can also create scenes with the Kasa app, which is perfect for anyone that loves to throw parties and set different moods.
However, unlike your smart light bulbs, these smart light switches are a little harder to install. For these switches and many other smart home devices, you might need someone to come in and install them for you. This is because certain smart home devices like light switches and smart thermostats need to be wired to your system’s neutral wire. Make sure you have a neutral wire before purchasing this device.
Ecobee4 by Ecobee – Best Smart Thermostat ($187)
With the Ecobee4, you can control the air temperature using simple voice commands or with an app. That means you can make your house nice and warm before you even get home. Plus, this device can save you 23% on your home energy bills, which means it will pay for itself after just two years.
Unlike other smart thermostats, the Ecobee4 has a built-in smart speaker with Alexa already installed. So, this smart thermostat can do almost anything that a smart speaker can do.
The Ecobee4 comes with a room sensor that allows you to control the temperature of any room, not just the room you installed it in.
If you want to see more of the best smart thermostats on the market today, check out our previous blog here.
Arlo Q by NetGear – Best Smart Security Camera ($133)
The Arlo Q by NetGear can record high-resolution, night vision video, and 2-way audio. This indoor security camera has motion detectors, and it will alert you via the app whenever motion or audio is detected.
You can also customize your camera’s settings to automatically record when you’re away, or you can set a schedule. Your recordings will be uploaded to the cloud for 7 days for free, or you can buy a subscription plan to store continuous recordings. If you’re concerned about the security of your family, this is one of the best smart home devices you can get.
Toshiba 65-inch Fire TV Edition Television – Best Smart TV ($379)
This smart TV comes pre-installed with Alexa, so it’s a little smarter than all the other TVs. There have been a lot of upgrades with television from small black and white TV to a huge flat screen one. The latest TV trend will genuinely blow you away. The LG brand was the first television brand to have offered Google Assistant and Alexa connectivity to its smart TV. This integration made it possible to connect with other streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix, Youtube, and even your old cable box. LG also offers a voice control option that will allow you to search online. This kind of feature will make entertainment night more fun.
Ecovacs Deebot N79S – Best Robot Vacuum ($199)
The Deebot N79S by Ecovacs is another impressive smart gadget that’s worth every penny. It’s easy to connect this smart vacuum to your smart home system. It has a long-lasting battery that will last up to 110 minutes. Plus, it does an excellent job of cleaning your floors.
This vacuum will save you a lot of time and energy. You’ll never have to worry if you have a surprise visitor at home, your house will always be clean.
To see our list of the best robot vacuums, check out our previous blog here.