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Ultimate smart home guide of 2020 » Gadget Flow

You’ve dreamed about upgrading your home to smarter one for a while now. Who doesn’t want lightbulbs, security cameras, and a doorbell they can control from anywhere in the world? And if you’re parked at home this summer, or your work has a hot-weather lull, you might want to use the extra time to finally make the change. It’s an admirable summer project, one we’re here to help you with. Read our ultimate smart home guide of 2020 and finally get the smart home of your dreams.

Tired of having to trudge through the house before bed every night, shutting off all those lights your kids and spouse left on? And what about those floors? They’re not going sweep or mop themselves. Sometimes, you feel like your house owns you and not the other way around. But you know there’s hope in the form of the smart home. And today we’re giving you our ultimate smart home guide of 2020, to help you set up yours, comprehensively.

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From smart doorbells to speakers and lightbulbs to mold detectors, there’re a lot of things you can automate in your home. You’ll love the robot lawnmower that will quietly cut the grass on Saturday morning and a mesh whole-home system that ensures your devices are always connected. There is a dizzying array of smart home products out there, but below are some of our favorites.

So if you’re looking to upgrade to a smart home once and for all this year, these are the devices you’ll want to include, because we all feel better knowing we’ve got a good handle on things at home.

Keep your home safe with smart cameras, doorbells, and more

Reflection Bullet Camera Wi-Fi Outdoor Cam

The Reflection bullet Camera Wi-Fi Outdoor Cam will always let you know what’s going on around your house. Its Super HD video quality is live and even works well at night. During the day, this Wi-Fi camera can sense motion up to 100 feet away. Finally, with a water-resistance rating of up IP67, this gadget will be fine in rainy weather. Installing this Camera is just like hiring security guards with AR-15 upper receivers to guard your property.

Wyze Outdoor Starter Bundle Weather Resistant Camera

Another great option on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020 is the Wyze Outdoor Starter Bundle Weather-Resistant Camera. This camera sends you an alert anytime it detects moving objects like animals and people, and it minimizes false alerts from minor disturbances such as blowing leaves. The Wyze app lets you view and record videos. What’s more, the videos are saved to the Cloud for free for up to two weeks. Finally, the two-way audio system allows you to speak with the visitors at your door.

SimpliSafe SimpliCam Security Camera HD Alarm

The SimpliSafe SimpliCam Security Camera HD Alarm is a different sort of smart camera with its smart motion feature that detects heat from humans. This comes in addition to visuals and audio, which gives you a more accurate picture of what’s going on outside. Watch live HD video and sound any time from your phone or another connected device and receive notifications anytime motion is detected. Also, with the 30-day storage plan, you’ll have plenty of time to review footage.

Scout Video Doorbell Home Alarm

You’ll practically have a window to your front door with the Scout Video Doorbell Home Alarm. This smart doorbell can be used with your analog or digital doorbell to always see who’s ringing before you open. Also, this door alarms boasts a two-way talk feature so you can speak to visitors. Otherwise, you can prerecord a message for the Scout Video Doorbell to play. Finally, because this alarm records in 1080p HD video, you’ll see everything.

Scout Video Doorbell Home Alarm

Scout Video Doorbell Home Alarm on a Brick Wall

Ring Next-Generation Video Doorbell 3

The Ring Next-Generation Video Doorbell 3 has even better motion-detection and Wi-Fi connectivity than its predecessor. With a 1080p HD video camera and a quick-release battery pack, this device provides a clear picture and is convenient to use. Plus, the two-way talk feature will let you talk to anyone on your doorstep. This gadget is compatible with your Amazon Alexa.

Anker eufyCam 2 Pro 2K Security Camera

You’ll always be able to look back at recordings with the Anker eufyCam 2 Pro 2K Security Camera. It’s a security camera on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020 that has free local storage. Best of all, it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. Furthermore, this gadget has a battery that lasts a full year, so you won’t have to worry about changing the battery very often. You’ll also find the built-in human-detection software pretty convenient since it can distinguish a human from an animal.

Minut Smart Home Alarm

When you have the Minut Smart Home Alarm, you won’t need so many smart devices because this gadget has a ton of capabilities. It’s a motion detector, humidity monitor, mold analyzer, and alarm recognizer. What’s more, the infrared sensor tracks movement to let you know how many motion events are occurring at once. And it will notify you if the sound in a room is louder than what you’d like. Best of all, it’ll inform you if it detects nasty mold, which nobody wants growing in their home.

Make your house more convenient with smart plugs and bridges

Wemo WiFi Smart Plug Compact Outlet

Turn any appliance in your house into a smart one with the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug Compact Outlet. With this useful gadget, you can use your phone to turn your light on or off and set schedules for any device you’ve plugged in. Additionally, with its compact design, Wemo fits any electrical outlet without covering other sockets. And when you’re away, Wemo can make it seem like you’re at home by turning the light on at the time you’ve scheduled.

Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet

Just use your HomePod or Apple TV to connect to the Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet. This item on our smart home guide of 2020 can track how much energy your appliances use to improve your home’s power management. Furthermore, you can use this gadget to set schedules so that that this meter can operate your devices just when you want it to.

Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet

Control all your devices via Siri with the Satechi Dual HomeKit Outlet. This gadget on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020 integrates with your Apple Home Kit setup and can work with your coffee maker, lights, TV, and any other device that uses a standard plug. What’s more, the two-outlet design lets you create different scenes and settings for each device. And the Satchi app helps you manage the devices and see real-time power-consumption.

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility

Connect your Philips Hue with the Apple HomeKit via the Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 With HomeKit Compatibility. With this bridge, you’ll be able to operate your Phillips Hue via Siri or with other Apple HomeKit accessories. So now, you’ll be able to create custom lighting scenes, open doors, or turn on lights just by asking Siri. That means no more pressing complicated buttons on appliance displays, as you can simply control everything with your voice.

Tenda Nova MW6 Mesh Whole-Home System

You won’t have to put up with lagging internet when you’ve got this item on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020, the Tenda Nova MW6 Mesh Whole-Home System. Covering up to 6,000 square feet, this gadget will deliver fast internet through your whole home and maybe your backyard too. It will also easily mesh with your smart home since it’s compatible with both Amazon Alex and Google Assistant.

Keep your home tidy the smart way

eufy RoboVac 11s MAX Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Your floors will always be spic and span with the eufy RoboVac 11s MAX Robot Vacuum Cleaner. It has strong suction power and a brushless system that reduces noise. That way, you can run this machine at night without disturbing your family. Also, anti-collision sensors stop it from bumping into walls and furniture. It’s never been easier to keep your floors clean.

GARDENA Smart SILENO City Robotic Lawnmower Set

Another great gadget on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020 is the GARDENA Smart SILENO City Robotic Lawnmower Set. This robotic lawnmower will make sure that you’ve always got the most beautiful lawn in the neighborhood, with no work from you. And it’s quiet so it won’t bother your neighbors on Saturday morning. Additionally, it can handle 25% inclines and maneuvers narrow and small gardens. Enjoy a lawn that’s always neat and trim, the easy way.

Create a warm atmosphere with smart mood lighting, speakers, and decor

Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker

The Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker works with Amazon Alexa to give you incredible sound via voice command. You’ll never have to get up to switch tracks or streaming sources. At fewer than seven inches tall, this compact speaker won’t take up much space in your home, but it will play music from just about any streaming service. Pair it with AirPlay 2 or Amazon Alexa speakers for a sound that covers your whole house. This speaker will be a great addition to your smart home setup.

Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker

Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker with a Hand and a Smartphone

Google Nest Home Smart Speaker

The Google Nest Home Smart Speaker is an item on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020 you’ll want to check out if you’ve been looking for a stylish speaker. With soft, curving edges and colors like Blue, Gray, and Anthracite, this speaker will look great in your modern home. Furthermore, this Nest speaker is larger than the Nest Mini and stands upright, taking up only a small amount of space on your shelves.

Tittle Light Innovative LED Light Cube 

Add some mood lighting to your space with the Tittle Light Innovative LED Light Cube. This smart lamp includes ambient lighting, lamp features, and a music visualizer. Also, with the Emoji feature, you can send 3D emojis to the light. What’s more, the lamp can turn on easily via the app, and the 512 LEDs let you personalize your favorite color, paint animations, and more. This light cube is sure to be a striking addition to your smart home.

Tittle Light Innovative LED Light Cube

Tittle Light Innovative LED Light Cube on a Window Sill at Night

POLYGON Light Magnetic Lighting Tiles

This item on our ultimate smart home guide of 2020, the POLYGON Light Magnetic Lighting Tiles, makes your home decor more than just something pretty to look at. They can actually light up your space. Just swipe these lighting tiles for light. Their magnetic edges ensure that each tile is compatible with the others, and they install without nails or sticky pads. Best of all, you can construct them in any shape you want, and they’ll still light up.

Philips Hue Centris Smart Ceiling Spotlight

Create any ambiance you’d like from the ceiling with the Philips Hue Centris Smart Ceiling Spotlight. This spotlight is comprised of a diffused main light next to multiple spotlights that you can aim in any direction. Also, there are four styles you can choose from and black and white color options. What’s more, since this is a Philips Hue light, you can select any color you want for any of the bulbs.

I hope you found some smart gadgets on our ultimate smart home guide that you’d love to have in your home. I don’t know about you, but I think that the last product, the Philips Hue Centris Smart Ceiling Spotlight, would create a great atmosphere at my house. Let us know which of these smart home gadgets were your favorites, or if you already have one, how it’s working out for you in the comments.

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