Amp Up the Smart Tech in Your Home

Improve the functionality, safety and style of your home with these must-have smart devices.

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March 23, 2022

Every year, there are more smart devices on the market, and they just keep getting better. The designs are sleeker, the range is wider, the sound is better and the safety is unmatched. Plus, most install by simply plugging them in and connecting to an app or smart assistant.

Maximize the potential of your home — making it safer, more efficient and more enjoyable — with these gadgets.

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One of our favorite assistants got a little smaller while maintaining everything we love about it. With a quick, "Hey Google," use the smart speaker to play songs, find out about the weather and news, control your smart devices and set timers and alarms. Its elevated and tiny design blends right into your home.

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Upgrade your lock with the Wyze smart lock. No more worrying about codes or keys, simply unlock or lock your door from anywhere with the app. If you need to let a friend, dog walker or repair person into your home, you can easily let them access your home while still seeing a history of when your door has been opened. Plus, it's an easy install because it uses your existing deadbolt.

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For music lovers, a huge stereo system is a thing of the past. But with the Sonos One, they won't miss a single note. The compact speaker fills the room with sound that has greater detail and richer bass. Once you've easily connected all your streaming apps, use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for hands-free control.

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Move over, dry erase boards. There's a new way to keep our busy calendars and help our families stay organized. Hang the 15.6-inch smart display portrait or landscape, and then use the Alexa-powered widgets to track shared calendars, keep up with to-do and shopping lists and assign reminders to family members. It also gives you quick access to any of your streaming services and acts as a digital picture frame.

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Smart thermostats not only help you maintain the right temperature in your home, but they also save a lot on your annual energy costs. The EcoBee helps balance your home's temperature, detects whether someone is in the room to manage temperature automatically and is controllable from the app or your smart home assistant.

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Feel safer in your home with this smoke and carbon monoxide detector. The sensor looks for both fast burning and smoldering fire, as well as carbon monoxide, and tells you where the danger is located. When you're away from home, your phone gets alerts so you'll know if something's wrong. Every night, Nest Protect tests its batteries and lets you know that everything is working properly.

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Turn your typical outlets into smart plugs with this clever addition that adds voice control to any outlet. All you need is an Alexa-enabled device or the Alexa app to create schedules and routines for your day-to-day life. Turn lights and appliances on and off automatically or control them remotely.

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Keep an eye on the happenings in your garage, as well as have easy access, with this garage door opener. The built-in wide-angle camera lets you see everything that's going on, and the integrated corner-to-corner LED lighting is motion activated and illuminates every corner of your garage. Through the app, you can monitor and secure your garage from anywhere.

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Have fun with your lighting with these color light bulbs that have 16 million color choices. Set the mood with any color you want and create time-based color events. You'll also be able to control the white light temperature — cooling it down when you need to focus or warming it up when it's time to relax.

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Not just keeping an eye from your doorbell anymore, Ring now has whole-home protection. Working off an eero Wi-Fi 6 router to deliver the strongest protection, the customizable security system keeps your devices secure as well as your home. You can also opt in to the 24/7 professional monitoring.

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