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10 products for controlling your smart home

The major selling point of turning your house into a smart home is that you have complete control. Never again will you leave a lamp on, costing you a small fortune, never again will you forget to buy milk and never again will you have to go through the laborious process of actually vacuuming your own house. With smart technology, this will all become completely automated, you can instead occupy your time thinking of more important things, or simply relax in your house of the future.

But where to start? There are now thousands of products out there for you to integrate into your daily life. We have selected our 10 favourite products that we think will start you on the path to smart home excellence.

1.Amazon Echo

What is it: The Amazon Echo is a voice control system, you plug it into your internet and can easily order new items, arrange your diary or even play music.

Why we love it: This simple device will completely revolutionize your house, creating a completely interconnected way of life.

2. Roomba Robot Vacuum

What is it: This is a programmable vacuum cleaner. It learns the layout of your home and at certain times during the day it will wander around cleaning your floors, then promptly return to its charging station.

Why we love it: This device will eventually feel like part of your family, cutely working its way around your home. And, you will never have to spend time wrestling with the hoover plug ever again!

3. Arlo pro monitoring

What is it: This is a wireless security camera. You can place it anywhere inside or outside your home and receive HD quality videos directly to your smart device.

Why we love it: This is a really smart device, connecting directly to the cloud for increased storage, it gives you complete peace of mind wherever you are.

4. Sonos Play

What is it: The Sonos Play is a mini wireless speaker, that allows you to stream music. Beautifully designed with a powerful speaker, you can connect with Wi-Fi and control with your chosen smart device.

Why we love it: This is just a simple and effective smart device, you can quickly connect and stream whatever song your heart desires.

5. Philips Hue

What is it: With Philips Hue, you can program your lighting to your exact specifications. Decide what hue goes with what mood, and plan a lighting schedule to fit in with your timetable.

Why we love it: Simply put, smart lighting has never looked so sleek

6. Eecobee4

What is it: Eecobee4 is a seriously cute wireless thermostat. It can be controlled through the Amazon Echo and has sensors designed to let your control the temperature of your whole house.

Why we love it: It is well designed and easy to use. It even hunts out those sneaky cold spots, for a consistent temperature.

7. Samsung smart fridge

What is it: This is a fridge that makes the kitchen the centre of the home. It checks what you need to order, creates shopping lists and even acts as a central hub for your family’s communication.

Why we love it: Who hasn’t dreamed of their fridge becoming a part of the family!

8. Curb energy monitoring device

What is it: Use this monitoring device and keep track of exactly how much energy your house is using. Plug it into your breaker panel and control through your smart device.

Why we love it: This is a great way to save you a lot of money from wasted energy and also create a more environmentally friendly home.

9. Skybell HD door camera

What is it: This is a smart doorbell that is connected to your phone or computer. When a visitor presses the bell, their image will pop up, allowing you to check exactly who is at your front door.

Why we love it: This is perfect for people who live alone, instead of that feeling of dread when the bell sounds you can now check before hand and decide whether or not to open the door.

10. Nest protect smoke alarm

What is it: This is a smart smoke and CO2 alarm. It connects to your phone and will alert you to exactly where the problem is, as well as talking to you through the monitor itself.

Why we love it: This little monitor really does give you peace of mind, it will alert you whether you are in the home, out at the shops or even on holiday!

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