Smarten Up Your Home – Top Tech Picks!

Smarten Up Your Home – Top Tech Picks!

With so many options to smarten up your home, check out TechRadar’s top recommendations for the best devices to get your house up to speed!


Best smart speaker: Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)


While the tech stays the same, the new Amazon Echo has been given a much-needed makeover with a price just too compelling to resist.


Buy on Amazon – $129.99


Best smart home hub: Wink Hub 2


Wink allows your diverse collection of smart products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily control them from the free Wink app.


Buy on Amazon – $224


Best smart light bulbs: Philips Hue


The Philips Hue allows you to make your entire lighting system internet connected.


Buy on Amazon – $19.68


Best smart thermostat: Nest Thermostat E


Although the Nest Thermostat E may not be as compatible as its more expensive sibling, it’s still an excellent choice for a smart thermostat on a budget.


Buy on Staples – $229


Best smart security camera: NetGear Arlo Q


If you’re looking for a discrete way to monitor your property in Full HD quality, this user-friendly device could be it! Comes with free 7-day cloud storage.


Buy on Amazon – $179


Best smart switch: TP-Link HS200 Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch


The TP-Link HS200 works great for turning electronics on or off from anywhere! Use the Kasa app, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa via your smartphone.


Buy on Amazon – $39.99


Best smart plug: Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug


The Belkin WeMo Insight smart switch allows you to: monitor your energy usage, schedule your switches on or off, and work from your Nest thermostat modes.


Buy on Amazon – $59.99


Best smart lock: August Smart Lock Pro


The August Smart Lock Pro fits onto your existing deadbolt and allows you to use your old key, while still having the benefits of a smart lock like connecting with Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant.


Buy on Amazon – $277


Best smart smoke detector: Nest Protect


Connect the Nest Protect to Wi-Fi and it will send an alert to your phone if the alarm goes off or the batteries run low.


Buy on Amazon – $139