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SPY Guide: 9 Products You Need to Make Your Home a Smart Home

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* Sync your smart devices wirelessly for constant updates and convenience
* Save energy and protect your home from fire, theft, and bad vibes
* Control your devices and monitor your home wherever you are

There’s a smart product for every lifestyle and household problem. Do you loathe sweeping the floors? Can you never remember if you left something plugged in after you’ve left the house? Smart products can do the job for you while saving you money on your electric bill. New technology lets you control almost every aspect of your house, including dimming the lights and answering the doorbell—even from 3,000 miles away. Here are some essential smart products to update your home and make life simpler.

1. Google Home

Every smart home needs a personal assistant. Google Home connects to your smart devices and lets you control them through voice commands. It also answers any question you have by—you guessed it—googling it for you. It can make phone calls and recognize up to six voices for personalized inquiries—such as, “Google, tell me my schedule.”

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2. TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug

This TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug lets you control electronics through voice commands with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant or on the go via your tablet or smartphone. You can turn devices on or off, check status, create schedules, and set timers using a free App. It also helps you save money by tracking and analyzing your real-time and historical energy use.

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3. Nest Learning Thermostat

Stop waking up or coming home to a freezing house. You can schedule Nest Learning Thermostat and change the temperature from anywhere using the free app. Plus, the whole thing takes less than 30 minutes to install. It learns the temperatures you like and adjusts automatically for you. The Nest also saves you money by mapping energy and changing the temperature when no one’s home.

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4. Sonos PLAY:1

What’s a house party without music? The sleek Sonos speaker makes it easy to play DJ and tucks into any spot (indoors or out). It uses WiFi to stream music or radio via an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and you can pair it with another speaker and a subwoofer to create a surround sound system. Find out more about the Sonos here.

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5. Ring Video Doorbell

Knock, knock—who’s there? Well, check the Ring Video Doorbell and find out. It sends you alerts when someone rings the bell or triggers the motion sensor. Upon receiving a notification, you can use the app to see, hear, and talk to visitors. You’ll never miss a package again. The infrared night vision and noise cancellation also provides a high-fidelity connection.

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6. Wemo Smart Light Switch

Wemo light switches let you control and schedule your lights anywhere via an app. The switches connect via WiFi and attach to your existing light switches for easy install. They work well with Amazon Alexa and Nest Thermostat, and you can set an “away mode” to turn lights on and off randomly to make it appear like you’re home.

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7. Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

House keys are an old school nuisance. The Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is 100 percent pick-proof, fingerprint-resistant, and will send alerts to your phone during any outside activity, tampering, or forced entry. It stores up to 30 codes, so you can let your new partner (or your dog walker) in with ease. Just grab a screwdriver to install it.

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8. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit

Smart mood lighting makes your place feel like James Bond’s bachelor pad. You can control and schedule the Philips bulbs through an app or Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The lights dim to signal bedtime, and you can choose from millions of colors and shades at will. Soon, you’ll be able to sync them up with music or television to create your own rave.

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 9. iRobot Roomba 980

It’s pricey, yes, but the iRobot Roomba 980 is the best out there. It can handle multiple types of flooring and is easy to use and maintain due to tangle-free extractors and its self-recharging feature. All you have to do is press CLEAN or schedule your Roomba with the iRobot HOME App, and the robot will figure out the rest.

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