New smart home devices are hitting the market so frequently these days, it can be tough to keep up with. Fortunately, the rapid growth of different companies offering smart home technology means prices are becoming more affordable for consumers. But how can the average homeowner know which devices they should buy now to make life easier for tenants and themselves? We’ve put together our top seven recommendations for which smart home devices to consider installing in 2020.
1. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker
Amazon’s most popular Echo is now even better. With a new speaker and design, Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Alexa, perfect for any room. Just ask for music, news, information, and more. You can also call almost anyone and control compatible smart home devices with your voice.
2. Arlo Wireless Smart Home Indoor/Outdoor HD Security Camera
The Arlo camera is a 100 percent wire-free HD smart home security camera – so you can get exactly the shot you need – inside or out. The Arlo camera is weather-resistant and includes motion detection, night vision, and apps. It can capture clips and send you alerts whether you’re at home or away for round-the-clock peace of mind.
3. ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
The new ecobee4 voice-enabled smart thermostat includes a room sensor to help manage hot or cold spots, and comes with built-in Amazon Alexa, so you can ask it to adjust the temperature, read the news, and more.
4. August Smart Lock Pro
The August Smart Lock Pro provides secure, keyless entry to your smart home. Lock and unlock your door with your phone. Give keyless entry to family, friends, and home services without worrying about lost or copied keys. August Smart Lock Pro attaches to your existing deadbolt so you can still use your regular keys. With their proprietary DoorSense technology, you’ll know your door is completely closed and locked. It’ll even lock itself when you leave. Works with Apple HomeKit & Z-wave wireless home control technology.
5. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
With 1080HD video, two-way audio, and customizable motion sensors, the new Ring Video Doorbell Pro is Ring’s most advanced doorbell yet. Get instant alerts when visitors press your doorbell or trigger the built-in motion sensors, and see, hear, and speak to anyone at your door from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Plus, with an ultra-slim design and customizable faceplates, Ring Pro has a finish to match your home and your style.
6. Nest Protect 2nd Generation Smart Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Wired Alarm
It’s time to expect more from your smoke alarm. Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has a Split-Spectrum Sensor, tests itself automatically, and lasts up to a decade. It’s also the first home alarm you can hush from your phone without any extra hardware required. And it tells you what’s wrong and can even alert your phone.
7. MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
Now you can open and close your garage from anywhere and get real-time notifications whenever someone comes and goes. The myQ connected technology gives you full control from wherever you are. It can let the neighbor in to check on your house. It can assure you that your kids got home from school okay. And it can close the garage for you when you suddenly remember you left it open.