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Smart home technology is designed to make your life easier – for example, by turning off the lights when you go to work or turning on the heating before you get home. The trick, of course, is not just choosing the right equipment, but getting it at a reasonable price. We’re here with some of the better smart home products we can recommend before Black Friday.
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These offerings cover a number of categories such as lights, plugs, and displays. And while smart home technology can get expensive at times, there should be at least one thing on this list that makes an affordable gift.
4th generation Amazon Echo Dot with 30% discount
Many smart homes start with a loudspeaker, because even without connected accessories you can call up messages, play music and ask questions without having to pull out your cell phone. The latest Echo Dot is both visually appealing and the cheapest entry point into Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem. It’s currently only priced at $ 34.99 – $ 15 less than its introductory price.
2nd generation Google Nest Hub 50% off
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One of the best aspects of the Google platform is the display user interface. It takes a minute to get used to, but it quickly becomes easy to get information at a glance, control accessories without disturbing others, or even watch services like Netflix and YouTube. If you have cameras connected to Google, a display makes checking in a lot easier. The second generation Nest Hub even adds sleep tracking. Best Buy sells it for $ 49.99, a full $ 50 off the normal price.
Kasa Smart Plug 2-pack for a 27% discount
Smart plugs are sometimes overlooked as an accessory option for the simple reason that they are less sexy. But they’re also incredibly flexible in that you can control almost anything with one power supply and connect them to automations based on time, sensors, and conditions. Kasa’s plugs connect via Wi-Fi and work with both Alexa and Google setups. You can get your hands on a pair for $ 14.69 – $ 5.30 less than normal.
Lifx Color A19 for a 30% discount
Lifx lightbulbs are generally considered to be the best on the market. Its high-end models – like this one – achieve 1100 lumens, making them far brighter than most of the competition. They also use Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, which means they can be set up independently, no hub required. The Lifx Color A19 supports Alexa, Google, and HomeKit and costs just $ 15 temporarily for just $ 34.99.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock for $ 50 off
Locks are another underrated smart home accessory to watch out for around Black Friday. They can lock and unlock automatically when people come and go, and let friends and family in when you’re not home. Heck, they can be a nice fallback at times if you forget your keys completely. August’s flagship Smart Lock has built-in Wi-Fi, which means it doesn’t need a separate bridge to connect to platforms like Alexa, Google, HomeKit, and SmartThings. Right now, you can pick it up for $ 179.99 – $ 50 down from the MSRP of $ 229.99.
2nd generation Amazon Echo Show 5 and Blink Mini camera package for 50% discount
Larger Echo Shows can be worthwhile, but for most people, the Echo Show 5 is probably the best choice. It’s perfect as a bed or office companion, with all the important functions of its other Alexa-enabled displays, just in a smaller and quieter package. Amazon seems really keen to kickstart Black Friday sales, as you can get a second generation model for $ 59.99 with a free Blink indoor mini security camera – that’s less than Amazon would for a show 5 of the first generation calculated alone.
Wyze Cam Pan V2 and Wyze Cam V3 Bundle
Simply put, it’s hard to beat Wyze’s value when it comes to home security. Each Wyze Cam comes with 14 days of free cloud storage, so the company’s subscriptions can easily unlock features such as person and parcel identification. Even the cameras themselves are surprisingly cheap for quality, making more expensive Ring or Nest products difficult to justify.
The Wyze Cam V3 can be used both indoors and outdoors and supports both Alexa and Google. The Pan V2 is only suitable for indoor use, but scans 360 degrees horizontally and 93 degrees up and down, with options like motion tracking. Together they currently cost $ 85.98. It’s only $ 4 less than usual, but it’s still a steal considering some individual cameras are over $ 100.
Neato Botvac D6 for 11% discount
Neato’s big selling point is that, unlike Roombas and other competitors, their own robotic vacuums use a D-shaped design that allows them to dig into corners. The D6 occupies an ideal space and can handle pet hair and multiple floor maps without the expense of high quality vacuum cleaners. It also has a 120-minute battery and supports Alexa and Google in addition to phone control. It costs $ 399.99 – $ 51 off the base price.
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