The smart home industry is growing by leaps and bounds, bringing convenience, modern living, and plenty of customization and variety to the forefront of everyone’s lives. Better yet, it doesn’t cost a fortune to dive right in or find a great gift for a friend or relative.
Smart home gifts make an excellent choice because there is so much to choose from, and you don’t have to break the bank to find that perfect solution. All you have to do is think about what your friends or family need most, and odds are, there’s a smart home device for that. Now that we’re halfway through the year, here is a list of the best smart home gifts of 2021 (so far).
What’s a smart home without a smart hub? You can have all of the smart devices you can handle but, without a smart hub, every device is its individual, without anything to tie them all together.
Google Nest and Apple HomeKit are great, but the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) makes the list because of its price and the Echo’s existence and integration within the smart home industry for so long. The Amazon Echo is nearly compatible with everything. With the Alexa voice assistant, you can turn your smart home into your voice-controlled command center.
Give the gift of color—16 million color variations to be precise—with Sengled Smart Color Changing Bulbs. They work with both Alexa and Google Assistant, don’t require a hub, and are quick and easy to link with Alexa or Google through the Sengled app. Sengled’s smart bulbs are 60W and 800LM, providing plenty of light and color for whatever mood or style suits you.
Even better than smart lights, dimmers and switches can control every light connected to a single circuit. If your family or friends are looking for a one-stop control for all of the lights in their house, Lutron Caseta can control over 50 devices without draining their Wi-Fi.
It’s kind of cliche to give the gift of a coffee maker, but thanks to the smart home revolution, a smart coffee maker is back in style. The Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker is Alexa compatible and doesn’t require another smartphone, memory-leeching app to go with it. With a capacity of 12 cups, Hamilton Beach delivers coffee at your convenience, thanks to Alexa routines.
Eufy doesn’t just make smart cameras. Their smart, robot vacuum lineup is pretty impressive as well. The G30 has path-tracking, Smart Dynamic Navigation, Boost IQ—which sense whether or not more suction is needed—and app control for schedules, history, or manual control.
Wemo smart plugs make dumb devices smart as well. Better yet, pair them with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant to add voice control. Wemo smart plugs are designed to avoid clogging up real estate when plugged in, so there’s always space to add more.
Who wouldn’t appreciate energy savings during the hottest summers and coldest winter months? Ecobee smart thermostats can save up to 25% in energy costs. Also, they’re expandable; added sensors can help regulate the temperature throughout the home, set home and away routines for each room, and get rid of overheating or overcooling to compensate for less insulated spaces.
Eufy makes the list again with their EufyCam 2C Pro. The biggest reason to choose Eufy is your gift doesn’t come with a necessary subscription to access security features. EufyCams have incredible battery life, are simple to set up, have local storage options, and no subscription is necessary.
If you’re looking for a gift for a dog owner, you can’t go wrong with the Furbo Dog Camera. Time away from home no longer means time away from your dog(s). Furbo lets you interact, play games, and feed your furry friend treats throughout the day. So those lonely days waiting for their owner to return are officially over.
With the Wyze WLCKG1, forgetting to lock up is no longer a problem. Voice-controlled locking and unlocking—compatible with Alexa—automatic unlocking when you approach, and full access via the Wyze app make this a great gift for families with home security in mind.
A smart home is nothing without a router, and for your serious-minded, smart home enthusiasts, the Netgear Nighthawk will cover up to 30 devices within a 2,500 sq. ft. radius. The Nighthawk has eight antennas for multi-WiFi streams with speeds up to 6GBps.
Out of all the smart devices on this list, these have to be the coolest. LIFX smart strips don’t just add neat lighting effects to countertops, ceilings, and Smart TVs; they also interact with sound. With the LIFX Effects Library, this smart strip will tune in to the sound and lighting effects on your TV, creating more than just ambiance, but an interactive light show that stays completely in sync.
With the above list, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for that friend or family member who wants to advance their home with smart home technology!