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Home automation and smart devices have taken off, and it won’t be long before every appliance, door lock, light switch and speaker in your space has its own Internet connection (if it doesn’t already). This trendy tech is becoming a necessity for its ability to relieve us of everyday tasks and enhance our environments. Whether you’re just starting out or already living like the Jetsons, here’s our roundup of the hottest smart-home gadgets on the market.
Consider upgrading your home audio system, but be aware this can come with a tradeoff. The products that offer good power and sound quality typically come with bulky equipment, while options that are sleek and aesthetically pleasing tend to produce poorer acoustic performance. Bang & Olufsen has captured the best of both worlds with the Beolab 28. Fill your space with sweeping cinematic sound and elegant design with these unmatched stereo speakers.
Looking for a way to clean the air in your home? Not only is Dyson’s latest purifier able to detect and permanently destroy formaldehyde in the air, its sleek design was made to blend in with stylish interiors. Along with removing odors, this clever machine captures nitrogen dioxide particles and 99.97% of fine particles in the air. It can also sense and report unsafe carbon dioxide levels in real time.
Enhance the ambiance of your space with the Philips Hue Light Bar. These small yet impactful lamps deliver dynamic surround lighting in any room, adding an instant pop of color that can be synced with movies, music and video games to create an immersive experience. Capable of outputting millions of colors, the Wi-Fi-connected light bar sets the perfect mood in any room with the touch of a button.
Consider an Apple HomePod for more than just a speaker. This compact supercomputer enables voice control through Siri to transform any abode into a hands-free living space. Using simple commands, you can turn lights on or off, adjust blinds and operate virtually any connected smart-home device. It can also play music over AirPlay and link up with your phone to set reminders or send messages.
Ever wondered what your four-legged friend is up to when you’re away? The Furbo 360-Degree Dog Camera allows you to check in on your pet from anywhere in the world with a smartphone. The built-in 360-degree camera provides a full-room view while microphones monitor sound levels in order to send you advance barking, home emergency and dog activity alerts.
Take vacuuming and mopping off your chore list with the Roomba Combo j9+ from iRobot. This compact yet powerful machine keeps floors sparkling with zero effort. Simply set schedules in the app, and it goes to work, picking up dirt, dander and debris with its powerful multi-surface brushes while simultaneously mopping the floor. This brilliant robot also detects your high-traffic areas and cleans them more thoroughly.
Looking for a way to get out the door a little faster in the morning? Consider the sleek Café Specialty Drip Coffeemaker. With its built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, this state-of-the-art appliance creates an automated java brewing experience. You can set up schedules or use the voice-to-brew controls to ensure a fresh cup of coffee is ready and waiting for you when it’s time to dash out the door.
Say goodbye to the days of fumbling at the door or misplacing your set of keys. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock gives you the ability to lock and unlock any door using your smartphone. The best part is that this genius device doesn’t require a whole new lock. After installation, your preexisting deadbolt will have the ability to lock itself, send activity notifications and even generate digital access keys for guests.