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5 Best Home Automation Devices in 2017

Are you thinking about upgrading your home with some of the best home automation gadgets? If so, here’s a list of 5 of our personal favorites.

 

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Soon all of the control will be completely out of our hands. Even our cars will soon be driving us instead of the other way around.

We’re not fully in the self-driving car era yet. But plenty of other things in our world are becoming automated and convenient.

And with the Internet of Things connecting everything from your HVAC unit to your sprinkler system, hundreds of home automation companies want your business.

But today we’re going to bring you the best home automation gadgets on the market today. Scroll on down to read our list.

 

  1. The Best Home Automation Vacuum: The Neato Botvac Connected

botvac-connected_medium.jpgEver since the Jetsons and possibly before, humanity has dreamed of a robot maid. While we don’t have robot maids, we do have the next best thing: robot vacuums.

While the most commonly known robot vacuum is probably the Roomba from iRobot, the competition quietly snuck in and stole the spotlight.

The Neato Botvac Connected wins our best home automation vacuum. It not only cleans floors better than any other robot vacuum, but it navigates all areas of your home with utmost ease.

Plus it connects directly to a smart phone app and can be remotely operated from there.

 

  1. 2. The Ecobee4 Thermostat

ecobee4-with-shadow.pngThe most notable connected thermostat is the Nest. But this is only because it was the first. And the first isn’t always the best.

This year proves this concept. The Ecobee4 pulls ahead of the Nest smart thermostat by a few nose hairs.

So, what’s so great about the Ecobee4?

First, it talks to you. Yep, Amazon teamed up with Ecobee to integrate the technology with Amazon’s Echo. You can now talk to your thermostat. The American Dream, right?

But the integrations don’t stop there. You can pair it with Apple Homekit, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.

The smart thermostat features a responsive touch screen, a proximity sensor, and a remote temperature control.

It’s certainly the best home automation smart thermostat on the market this year.

 

  1. The BeOn Starter Pack

3bulbfob-min.pngHome security lighting just got a whole lot smarter. How much smarter? How about a set of lights that learns your habits and mimics them.

But don’t worry, Skynet isn’t taking over just yet. So you’ll be safe buying BeOn’s smart bulbs.

They turn on automatically when they hear your door bell or fire alarm. And they’ll learn exactly how you turn your lights on and off during the day and night.

Why would you want them to do this? Well, it’s a great alternative to the timed lights that turn your lights on at the exact same time every night. The BeOns learn several pattern variations and make it seem like you’re home all the time.

 

 

4. The August Smart Lock HomeKit

It’s dark, you forgot to change your front porch light bulb, and now you’re fumbling for the lock trying to insert your keys. Does this situation sound familiar?

Well, August has the solution to your problems. A smart lock just like your car locking system. You can remotely unlock your house deadbolt. And you don’t have to change your locks to install it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbel

skybell-hd-silver-blue-600x600.pngWhile you might have a smart lock on your door, do you have a smart doorbell?

Our choice for the best home automation doorbell is the SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell. It integrates with Elexa, Nest, and IFTT.

It features 1080p video and will allow you to store video online for free. Now you can always know who rings your doorbell even if you aren’t home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And This Is Only the Beginning

This is only a small subsection of the gadgets available today. Your choices are increasing by the year.

But this list should get you started on your way to a fully connected home.

 

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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