9 smart home devices that (you probably can’t afford, but) are nice to have

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Smart home devices are becoming increasingly commonplace. They are here to make our lives easier, but let’s not kid ourselves, electronics have become ridiculously expensive.

This hasn’t stopped manufacturers from coming up with more of these incredible devices.

We know there’s a recession, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in some wishful thinking.

Here are some really cool smart home devices to make you go above budget 🙂 

1. Amazon Echo/ Google Home

Two of the best smart speakers available on market at the moment. It is quite difficult to separate this two because the have eerily similar features.

They both respond to your voice commands, play music (streaming from Tunein,  Youtube, Spotify, Pandora and more)  and control your smart home.

Google Home is priced at $130, while the Amazon Echo is $180

2. Robomow

If you are lucky enough to have some green area in your home or office, good for you.

Make your neighbours green with envy (see what we did there?) by getting a robot lawn mower. Mind you, they  don’t come cheap,

The Robomow RS622 sells for approximately $1,600.00. However, it is great for handling large swathes of grass once you have it setup. Its unique cutting system mulches grass back into the soil so there’s no cleanup required after.

3. Skybell doorbell

This video wifi doorbell lets you monitor who is at your door whether home or not. Boasting 1080p resolution, on-demand live streaming and free clip storage, as well as seamless integration with smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa and Google/Alphabet’s Nest.

All you need to do is remove your old doorbell, attached the wires to the Skybell and you are ready to monitor your door. That is after paying the $240 it sells for of course.

4. Nest Cam Security Camera

The Nest Cam features a wide-angle, 1080p stream that lets you monitor what is going on in your home from your phone. It is also semi-autonomous, sending you alerts if it senses something suspicious

Old footage can be easily stored and retrieved from the cloud.

Nest Cam Security Camera retails for $190

5.Logitech harmony home control

Universal remotes have faced stiff competition from remote control apps, this hasn’t stopped Logitech from coming up with a great value device for connecting up to 8 eight devices, including Hue lighting systems, game consoles and more.

If you want this, get ready to shell out around $140

6. Anova culinary precision cooker

Smart devices have subtly wormed their way into all spheres of our lives, and the kitchen isn’t left out. Consider the Anova precision cooker that lets you monitor your masterpiece remotely via wifi.

You can set the desired temperature to within a tenth of a degree, a nifty LED display lets you know the set and current water temperature, while the app notifies you of the entire cooking process.

7. iRobot Roomba 980

With a name that reminds one of Isaac Asimov’s seminal novel or the Will Smith movie it inspired, this semi-autonomous robot vacuums is smart vacuuming at its smartest. Letting you automatically schedule when it starts cleaning, just put your legs up and let it get to cleaning. Like most things on this list, the Roomba isn’t cheap, retail price is approximately $900.

8. Philips hue

When you think ”smart lighting” Philips Hue is the go-to device. With a smartphone app that adjusts your lighting to the mood of a room.

However, all this cool stuff doesn’t come cheap, the Philips Hue Starter Kit retails for around $170.

9. Belkin WeMo Switch

The cheapest item on this list is by no means the least useful. Belkin’s WeMo Switch helps you remotely turn off AC outlets. Just plug into an existing AC outlet, connect to your WiFi network, and turn on or off switches via its app.

Belkin WeMo Switch sells for about  $37, we said it was cheap, didn’t we?


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Usman is a content developer and screenwriter. Bizarrely, he has never been seen in the same room with Batman, leading many to believe he is indeed the Dark Knight. He refuses to comment on these claims.

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