Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverFounder, Product Hunt

What are the best smart home gadgets?

I'm looking for a condo in San Francisco and smart tech that can improve my everyday life. What products do you use and recommend I purchase?
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    Google Home

    Google's Alexa competitor, an in-home voice assistant

    Jack Dweck
    Jack Dweck20Product Manager at Unroll.Me · Written
    I know you already have a Google Home, but I'm adding it here for others. :) Most smart home gadgets can now be controlled by voice using an Amazon Echo or Google Home. For example, to control your Philips Hue lightbulbs, you can say "Hey Google, turn on the lights". Although the Echo has more integrations than Google Home does, I find that Google Assistant is a lot more contextual.
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    Kevin Lou
    Kevin Lou6Founder, Anytable 🍜 · Written
    It also doesn't hurt that it looks great! The Google Home is as visible or invisible as you want it to be.
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    • Şerban Cârjan
      Şerban CârjanUI developer

      I've actually had it for several months. I didn't get to play around with it too much, but for now its main use is with Google Music. I ask it to play songs, bands, albums or just generic stuff like "saturday morning music" and it's pretty good at it. I also ask it the weather, I occasionally set reminders on it and once or twice I set a countdown. I guess I'm not yet accustomed to it being there.

    • Alex Sopinka
      Alex SopinkaCoder. Taco Lover. Obie.ai

      Best part for me: coming home at night, I can just shout at my Google Home to turn on the lights instead of stumbling around in the dark looking for the light switch!

  2. Chad Whitaker
    Chad Whitaker6Product Designer at AngelList ✌️ · Written
    I've been experimenting with Philips Hue lights throughout my entire home for the last month. They're especially great if you have an Alexa or Google Home! I have three of the color ambiance lights in the living room - excellent for parties and showing off to guests. I use the white ambiance lights in my office and bedroom. My favorite feature is a "Concentration Mode" that uses cool, bright white "daylight" to help to energize your body and mind. Finally, I recently setup my home to automatically turn off the lights as I leave, and automatically turn them on before I arrive. I never return home to a dark house, which is a very pleasant feeling. The setup is pretty simple, but the Phillips app could use some UX improvements. I'm hoping they take some inspiration from the Nest app in the future. 😉
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    Get the base station + a few bulbs. You'll be able control all your lights from your phone. Is really nice getting home and being able to turn everything on with 1 click. Bonus: there are apps that you can connect to it that react to whatever music you're playing and create an insane light show. 💡
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    Kai Gradert
    Kai GradertDesigner at AngelList/Product Hunt · Written
    Big fan of Philips Hue. We use the automated scheduling when we are away for a few days. It also allows you to control lights remotely when you are away. Added bonus, toddlers LOVE changing the colors 👶
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    August Smart Lock

    Control who can('t) enter from your smartphone/computer.

    Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    Keys are sooo last century. Upgrade to a smart lock that uses your phone to get in. This also makes having visitors a lot more seamless— I personally have accidentally locked out family and friends on multiple occasions because we did not coordinate keys / time that I'd be home to let them in. This way, they can get in and out with their phone and everyone stays happy.
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    Jason Meeks
    Jason MeeksMaking vision a reality @ISMConnect · Written
    My friend has one of these and I used it to stay at his place while I was visiting, and I was able to get into his place while he was at work. Super clever, especially for people who are hosts on Airbnb and other similar services!
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    I've had one for a couple of years now, and while the auto-unlock function doesn't always work (maybe successful 60-70% of the time), the auto-lock function makes it easy to leave the house in a jiffy!
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    • Adam S Hurwitz
      Adam S HurwitzAndroid Developer

      Setting up key code entry for deliveries and pickups is extremely convenient and I look forward to testing out how this goes with various services moving forward.

      The biggest asks:

      • Customize my notifications - I love receiving confirmation when I leave that the door was locked behind me, but would like to turn off all of the notifications regarding my room mates coming and going.

      • Auto generate and fill August temporary key code into shipping details in other Android apps upon checkout.

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    Echo by Amazon

    A hands-free speaker you control with your voice

    Rob Bye
    Rob ByeI build products and companies · Written
    This plus Phillips hue is awesome.
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    Nest Thermostat (3rd gen)

    A slimmer, sharper, sexier thermostat

    Kyle Hess
    Kyle Hess5Fintech Product Manager · Written
    I still think Nest is really cool, even though it's like the OG smart home gadget.
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    Nest Protect 2.0

    All-new smoke sensors and security features.

    Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    I'm obsessed with my Nest Protect. It's one of those little things that makes me feel so much safer (smoke and CO2 detection all connected to my phone, super loud alarms, monthly "home reports") and it's worth every penny. The glowing circle is also the most genius little design— the colors all have different meanings and at night when you turn off your lights it'll flash green if everything's all good, then glow white to guide your path and act as a gentle nightlight.
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    Nussi Einhorn
    Nussi EinhornUX Designer @fabuwood · Written
    Your house will feel more secure!
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  7. Stefan Theofilos
    Stefan Theofilos8Product Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    If you love music, I don't know why you wouldn't get Sonos!
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    Ikea Trådfri

    Ikea's own smart lighting system

    Daniel Marcinkowski
    Daniel MarcinkowskiContent & Community Manager @ Phase · Written
    It just got HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support :)
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    • Magnus Jern
      Magnus JernSerial Entrepreneur and Geek

      Value for money makes it a great alternative to Hue if you don't are about colour lights. But maybe that's coming next?

  9. 3
    Canary

    Smart home security for everyone

    Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    Canary does a kickass job at home security (high quality camera with night mode, motion detection, user profiles, etc) but really goes above and beyond with the tiny features. They have privacy settings that can vary from what is essentially "lockdown mode" when you're away to "hey I'm home but on guard" to "leave me the f alone, I've got it covered" that shuts down the camera/microphone completely. It also takes air quality and temperature readings and compiles them into little color-coded graphs that are totally delightful and insightful to your understanding of "home health". I swear by this little device!
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    If you are extra-concerned with security :)
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    • Sean Schick
      Sean SchickDirector, InfoSec, State Farm

      I preordered the Canary after their kickstarter ended. Loved the device. The app on Android was flaky for a year, but steadily improved. Until they added membership. Then they slowly took away all the features I loved and moved them to membership. Now I have a live streaming camera, not a security device.

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    Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

    Amazon's assistant w/ improved voice recognition and design

    Control your home with your voice, feel like Tony Stark. Cheap enough to place one in each of your most frequented rooms.
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    Petcube 3.0

    Play laser tag with real pets from your smartphone.

    Julie Delanoy
    Julie Delanoy6Design at Product Hunt · Written
    I have a petcube. I use it to check on my cat when I'm away... and also to check on my apartment. I get a notification and a video recording of the past 30 seconds if something unusual happens while I'm not there. Funny thing is I could talk to an intruder... or attack them with the laser 😅
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    Zuli Smartplug

    Your invisible interface to the smart home

    I'm currently tied into the Homekit ecosystem, but I still have these and I've found it to be the most reliable for setting up automation and the app makes it really simple to do all this. I believe you can setup a third party node js server called home bridge to make it compatible with Homekit still.
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  13. Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatia50Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    I have a few smart home gadgets (Nest, LIFX lights, Blossom, Keen Home Vents), but I just heard about this integrated smart home solution from Loxone because of a colleague. He did a ton of research (and spent a hefty amount) to get a custom solution from them. It comes with a server, so you own all your smart home data and the security layer around your data. They have products that will do everything–lighting, blinds, security, multimedia, energy, heating & cooling, etc. If you're starting from scratch and want the best, this is the way I'd love to go in the future.
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    Arlo

    The only 100% wire-free smart home security camera.

    Sebastian Hefel
    Sebastian HefelCo Founder at Seb Azzo & Innform · Written
    Great security system - can can be linked with Philips Hue as well!
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    Roomba

    A WiFi-connected robot vacuum by iRobot

    Austin
    AustinFounder, Layman Lab · Written
    I'll never not have one of these. I love my Roomba. I even knocked down some walls to install pocket doors and extended my couch feet to make my apartment "roomba-ready". Side note, as much as I love my Roomba, I think the company has rested on their laurels too long and risks getting knocked from their comfy market leader position because they haven't truly innovated in years. The nav tech is still "dumb", the WiFi/App enabled/touch screen "innovations" are fluff, and they haven't addressed any real issues (e.g. airflow, suction, ease of cleaning the unit). And don't even get me started on their floor mopping missteps. Dyson is going to crush it as soon as they normalize their price, and create a lower profile unit.
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    Nest Cam IQ

    Smart home camera, using Google's AI for facial recognition

    4k Video, facial recognition and tracking?!
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  17. Syncs with Alexa/Siri for voice control of your TV and media center. Pretty sweet!
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  18. Austin
    AustinFounder, Layman Lab · Written
    You don't necessarily think of a ceiling fan as "smart" but this product is impressive. It's beautiful, it has an occupancy sensor, an ambient light sensor, a temperature sensor that automatically turns the fan on/off, it's app enabled and it links with Nest.
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  19. In my opinion these are better than the Phillips Hue lightbulb because they don't require a hub and they are widely supported.
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    Yonomi

    One app to control all your connected devices

    Jarod Stewart
    Jarod StewartSr. Software Engineer, Yonomi · Written
    A great way to get started with smart homes! Works along with Alexa to make her worth while. ;)
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