Home Devices What makes something a smart home device? Generally, it’s defined by its ability to connect to a Wi-Fi network, allowing users to interact with it from their smartphones. Most of today’s smart home products are also compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Siri, or Samsung’s own SmartThings platform.
We’ve rounded up 25 cool and diverse smart home devices — from smart speakers to air conditioners, smoke alarms, and more — that you’ll love to have in your home.
Google Nest Hub Max Smart Display
The Nest Hub Max smart display by Google is essentially a connected multitool for your home. The gadget packs a vibrant 10-inch touch screen, a duo of high-quality stereo speakers, and a built-in Nest smart camera. This camera is handy for making Google Duo video calls, as well as for monitoring your home while you are away.
To top things off, the Nest Hub Max is also a powerful connected home hub. It will allow you to control a host of today’s most popular smart home products with Google Assistant voice commands, including connected lights and appliances, Chromecast compatible TVs, and streaming devices, among many others.
The device offers countless possibilities when it comes to interacting with the Google Assistant. They include the ability to watch YouTube videos and stream YouTube TV live, as well as enjoy content from a mobile device via a built-in Chromecast.
NVIDIA Shield TV Streaming Player
The latest NVIDIA Shield TV is not only one of the best streaming players available today, but also a capable smart home hub that’s powered by the incredibly capable Google Assistant. The feature allows users to effortlessly control smart home appliances with voice commands via the bundled remote control.
The Shield TV has a compact and understated design, compatibility with enhanced Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos content, and an impressive upscaling engine that uses artificial intelligence to make the onscreen content look sharper.
The device is also a surprisingly capable gaming rig, thanks to a powerful chip and compatibility with NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW service. A Shield TV Pro variant with more memory and a duo of full USB ports is also available.
Bose Portable Home Speaker
The Bose Portable Home Speaker has Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. You can choose the virtual assistant you prefer when you set up the device via a mobile app. Apple AirPlay 2 support is also on board.
With Bluetooth connectivity and a water-resistant build, the Portable Home Speaker is also ideal for use on the go. It has the same cool design and adorable carrying handle as the Bose SoundLink+ Revolve Bluetooth speaker. The product is available in silver or black.
The Home Speaker can last up to 12 hours between charges. It uses a USB-C connector for replenishing its battery. Bose also offers a really convenient, optional charging cradle for the speaker.
Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum
The Roborock S6 is a sleek robot vacuum that’s compatible with Amazon Alexa voice commands. It has impressive cleaning capabilities that include the ability to vacuum and mop floors, a quiet operation, and top-notch room-mapping tech.
In addition to Alexa commands, you can also control the S6 via a mobile app. The latter gives you the option to select a room for the vacuum to clean.
The robot can clean for up to a whopping 3 hours in quiet mode. You can order it in black or white.
Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Home Security System
The Arlo Pro 3 is an easy-to-install home security system that’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. It can alert you when its cameras automatically detect activity, and it can activate a built-in siren or allow you to contact emergency services if you need to.
The Pro 3 setup consists of a base station with a built-in siren and wireless camera modules with 2K HDR image sensor, wide-angle lens, a built-in light, and sturdy magnetic mounts. The weather-resistant camera modules can also last for months between battery charges. your home. You can expand your Arlo setup by adding more of them.
First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector with a built-in high-quality speaker and full Amazon Alexa functionality. The device can alert you via voice and with an 85-decibel alarm while you’re at home, as well as send you mobile notifications while you’re away if anything happens.
The Onelink Safe & Sound requires a hardwired installation, which is as straightforward as it gets. All you need to do is download the First Alert mobile app and follow the instructions to get started.
TP-Link Kasa Smart HS300 Power Strip
The TP-Link Kasa Smart connected power strip packs six individually controlled power outlets, as well as a trio of USB ports for charging smaller gadgets. Like all TP-Link products, the handy gadget is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana voice commands. It lacks Apple HomeKit support.
The nifty gadget will allow you to keep tabs on the energy consumption of the devices it powers. Of course, as expected from a smart power strip, the product has built-in surge protection.