Nick AbouzeidMarketing @ MainStreet

What's your favorite smart home gadget?

Looking for some fun stuff to give as gifts 🏠
11 recommended
  1. This is one of my favourite gadgets! Makes for really great and original atmosphere, handy to shut all lights off at once and can even synchronize with the beat of my music!
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale · Written
    +1 on Hue. Really great if you hook up to Homekit and can control from your iPhone.
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    Google Home

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

    Kory WesterholdMaking NeuBible (@neubibleco) · Written
    The absolute hub in our home! I have our Home hooked up to control our Sonos, lights around those house and thermostat through Nest...all without the goofy “humor” of Alexa or Siri, Google Home feels like the future realized on a daily basis.
    Kevin Louproduct @ Italic · Written
    I have nothing but good things to say about the Home - I bought it on release day and I've loved it ever since! For anyone with Hue lights or a Nest thermostat, this ties it all together 👍
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    The Brilliant Control

    Easy access to lighting and other smart home products

    Bri VivianiBrilliant Tech · Written
    Unifies all of your smart home devices and Alexa is built in! There is a video intercom so you can talk from room to room (encrypted and privacy screen included). Ring integration displays a notification on the Brilliant screen if someone presses the button, or it will display the video feed. If you have a smart lock connected you can open the door directly from the notification. Set Scenes, like homework or date night. control your lights from an app, the control it self, voice or motion sensors. This is just scratching the surface!
    Scott Dunlap made this product
    I have the pilot version of this at my house, and its particularly cool if you have other smart home gadgets like Sonos, Ring, Philips Hue (imagine actually being able to use your light switch again), Nest, etc.
  4. Constantine SharandakThe Hustler @ Proficonf · Written
    Way better than Google Home, better voice, bit smarter. Perfect present:)
    Sandhya RamachandranMultimedia Storyteller · Written
    I find it super convenient to ask for the time, set alarms, play music, discuss the world at large easily with my Amazon Echo.
  5. 8

    The lightbulb reinvented

    LJ MelvilleDigital Marketing, Go Go Thrive · Written
    Love my LIFX bulbs at home.
  6. Mark B.Product Manager, CJ Affiliate · Written
    Almost all of my home audio problems have been solved by Sonos. The physical products are all exceptional, and the software has consistently improved the experience.
    Pavan Sethibuilding things. · Written
    By far the most seamless audio experience.
  7. 4
    Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)

    A slimmer, sharper, sexier thermostat

    Carter BaileyWeb Developer, Dallas · Written
    I remember first hearing about WiFi connected thermostats and thinking to myself, "why would I need that?" I wondered if it would really be worth the price tag to justify my love of tech and gadgetry. Since then, I've fallen in love with any automation that simplifies the mundane. I love having a Nest thermostat that allows me to automatically adjust the schedule (which it learns based on regular use) or monitor the temperature away from home. One more simplified aspect of living plus peace of mind knowing your house isn't an icebox while away on vacation.
  8. First, it's kind of you to send me a gift. I don't think I've done anything to deserve it. Second, my pick is the WeMo switch. Admittedly, the reviews for WeMo switches are mixed on Amazon, but I've had mine for about 3 years now and have never had a problem with them. I prefer switches over an ecosystem like Philips Hue, because I'm not stuck having to buy proprietary bulbs. I can attach any electronic device or appliance to a WeMo switch and I'm good to go. My only regret is that they aren't HomeKit compatible, but I use IFTTT and I also received an Amazon Echo as an xmas gift and can use Alexa to turn my lights on.
  9. Great connectivity with many products. You can even create own drivers and apps!
  10. Nanoleaf Aurora is an awesome addition to any room. The HomeKit integration is awesome, and the customization options and rhythm feature are great on top of a well crafted, aesthetic product.
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    Smart thermostat with Alexa built inside

    Jarod StewartSr. Software Engineer, Yonomi · Written
    An independent company making a fantastic product.