Even though smart thermostats, displays, and security cameras have been on the market for years, there’s still something enjoyably space-age about talking to your house and having it respond to your requests. Even if you’re just asking your smart display for the weather and news each morning, these are handy little devices that add new features every day.
The Best Smart Home Deals for March 2022
While the list of smart devices for your home is always growing, we’re focusing on finding deals for those that can make the biggest impact on your daily life. Smart thermostats can help you reduce your energy usage, smart security can keep a trained eye on your home’s interior and exterior, and a smart display is good for everything from listening to music on demand to finding a recipe for dinner to getting your house ready to end the day.
Here’s our list of places you can save on any (or all) of these for your soon-to-be-smarter home:
Smart Speaker and Display Deals
Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)
If you’re more immersed in the Amazon and Alexa-phere than with Google or Apple, the Echo Show gives you an all-in-one touch-enabled smart screen that serves as a photo frame, a home-control hub, or a TV/music screener. You can even make calls and use the device as a video phone (though the 2MP camera won’t give you the greatest visual quality). With all that onboard, if you’re worried about security there’s a built-in screen shutter that will add some peace of mind.
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)
Like other smart displays, this Nest Hub can control other in-home devices and stream media, but this is a Google product. It makes connecting to Nest cameras and thermostats pretty seamless, and plays nice with your existing Google Photos and YouTube accounts. The additional user-friendliness is nice to have: Features like an ambient light sensor means the screen brightness matches the room, while the sunrise alarm function makes it easier to gradually wake up in the morning. The lack of a camera means you can’t make video calls (audio calls only) but it helps you to be extra sure no one is sneaking a peek at your space.
Google Nest Audio
If you’ve ever thought about equipping your home or office with a Sonos speaker network, take a look at the Google Nest Audio system before you do. While the audiophile stats may not quite match up, you do get a great price on a smart device with two onboard speakers (one woofer for good bass response and one tweeter for crisp highs) paired with the brains of a Nest Hub—just without the display. You can also use it as an intercom to broadcast messages throughout your house, set network-wide alarms, and make audio calls; you can also switch off the three microphones for extra security.
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential
For a smarter alarm clock on a tighter budget, this Lenovo device works with Google Assistant to give you a lot of the voice commands and info that a Nest would deliver, but you are limited to a display that just shows you time, timers, and temp. That said, it’ll charge your phone via a USB cable and the built-in nightlight saves you from having to flip on your flashlight at 2 am to see where you’re going.
Smart Home Security Deals
Ring Alarm Pro 8-Piece Kit
Looking for an all-in-one home security system and a Wi-Fi router replacement at the same time? Say hello to this Amazon product. It packs a Wi-Fi 6-enabled eero router (with 24/7 backup internet via cell signal if your network goes down) along with a system keypad, four contact sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor, and an alarm range extender . The Ring system also has in-app monitoring and controls, Alexa-driven voice control, and an optional 24/7 monitoring service to give you police response to alarms. If you need more Wi-Fi range or other monitors, those devices are easy to add to the existing kit.
Blink Outdoor Floodlight Battery Security Camera
If you’re looking for a little added outdoor security without a triple-digit price point, this Blink device may be a good fit. You can keep an eye on your deliveries and guests right from your phone or smart display with a 1080p camera and two-way audio, plus a 700-lumen floodlight for nighttime viewing (and alerting anyone outside) along with limited infrared vision at night. A mounting kit is included, as is a Sync module for video storage and camera control.
Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera (3-Pack)
This hub-free camera pack from Arlo does cost a lot more than other sale camera systems on this list, but for the system we named a PCMag Editors’ Choice that “delivers stunning 2K video and a wealth of features,” it’s a justifiable splurge . The Arlo system doesn’t require a central hub to operate, delivers a wide 160-degree range of vision, and integrates with Google, Alexa, IFTTT, and other services. These wireless cameras can be installed anywhere and hold an extensive charge, and the two-way audio makes it easy to talk to the mail person or your Postmates delivery (plus activate a siren if you ever need it). One drawback: Without a smart hub and USB storage, you’ll have to register for a monthly Arlo subscription to access the 30 days of recorded HDR video.
Arlo Essential Wired HD Video Doorbell
For high-quality video from your door minus the cost and extensive setup of a full multi-camera system, this Arlo wired doorbell gives you a 180-degree field of vision (including night vision and HD video) and two-way audio with pre -recorded messages for visiting guests. Like the wireless camera package, a paid subscription is needed to get all your video, notifications, and emergency response access. Since it’s a wired device, this does take a bit more up-front work to get installed, but after that, there’s no need to worry about keeping batteries charged.
Eufy Security 2K Wi-Fi Video Doorbell With Wireless Chime
Maybe you’re not married to other devices from Ring or Arlo and you just want a video doorbell on your front door for less than a hundred bucks. This Eufy gives you a lot of things that the Arlo does for a bit cheaper, including 2K video, two-way audio, a smart alert system that can tell you when a person is at the door (as opposed to the neighborhood cat), and interaction with your existing Echo or Google Hub. While this hard-wired device doesn’t support continuous recording, your event video is locally stored, which saves you the added fee of a monthly subscription with this device.
Smart Thermostat Deals
ecobee Lite Smart Thermostat
The smart thermostats from ecobee might not be the most stylish pieces of tech to permanently affix to your wall, but they do have a lot to offer. You’ll get a device that interacts with Alexa and Google, installs quickly, and can connect to a smart sensor. While you don’t have Alexa built-in like other ecobee devices, nor do you have a built-in speaker or presence detection, the ecobee team estimates you’ll save nearly a quarter on your heating and cooling bills with their smart scheduling, which could possibly help the device pay for itself in a short amount of time.
ecobee Smart Thermostat
Step up from the Lite with this device, which PCMag ranked as “Outstanding” and named an Editors’ Choice. This version adds a speaker with advanced Alexa interaction, which gives you better control of your home atmosphere plus extra access to streaming media, voice commands for other smart home devices, and the ability to make or receive voice calls. This device also includes a Smart Sensor for tracking temps in another room, which adds even more immediate functionality versus the Lite.
Honeywell Home Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat
Honeywell has been a trusted name in regular thermostats and security for years, so it makes sense that they’d start to move into the smart thermostat realm as well. If you’re okay using a touchscreen or an app to do your scheduling and can live without voice control of the settings, this may be a good option. The “smart color” function of the touchscreen also helps this device blend into your room better than other devices, if you’re equally as concerned about function and form.
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