Customer Favorites: 5 Smart Home Products Our Customers Swear By

February 01, 2018

Customer Favorites: 5 Smart Home Products Our Customers Swear By

From automated lighting to a vacuum that does the work for you, these techie gadgets are guaranteed game changers.

Amazon Echo

What it does: Allows you to play music, get answers to questions, make hands-free calls, control smart home devices and more.

Why it’s great: “Bought this on a whim, and it is now an integral part of our day. From telling us what the weather will be like to giving us a news briefing, this device is well worth the money.” —RICHP4 from Wantagh, NY

Google Home

What it does: Acts as your hands-free assistant. Answers questions, gives news and weather updates, shares sports scores, plays music, streams video to your TV and more.

Why it’s great: “How many cups in a quart? OK, Google, play soft jazz. Who won the football game today? This is the best little research tool to use. It’s easy. It’s always right.”—DEEDAH from Walnut Creek, CA

Ring Video Doorbell

What it does: Enables you to see and speak with visitors using your smartphone or tablet. (Built-in motion sensors detect movement up to 30 feet, too.)

Why it’s great: “I love my RING doorbell. It was the best investment in my peace of mind. With this doorbell I can see who is near my property, including my cars. It also records audio. I get a great view of passersby (both nighttime and daytime, with and without a light on).  I can talk to anyone who rings the doorbell and I can check in on my home with the Live View feature. It was super-easy to install too.”—BE4REAL83 from Atlanta, GA

iRobot® Roomba® 690 Wi-Fi® Connected Vacuuming Robot

What it does: Cleans your floor for you—just power it on or schedule your Roomba on the go using the iRobot Home app. Gets under furniture to pick up dust and debris.

Why it’s great: “I have two Jack Russell terriers so it is no exaggeration to say that sometimes my floors are covered in a blizzard of dog hair. The Roomba goes where no vacuum ever went before: under the couch and chairs and in unchartered nooks and crannies. My floors have never felt so clean. I like being barefoot, and now that is a real treat. I love my Roomba!”—FRANNIM from Just Beyond the Beltway

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

What it does: Allows you to remotely dim and brighten your home’s lights, set timers and turn power on or off using your smartphone or tablet (via the Hue app).

Why it’s great: “Once it’s set up, it’s easy to use the HUE app to control the lights and to create “routines” for the lights based on the times of day or your location (e.g. turns on lights within a certain distance from your house based on your phone’s GPS position).”—GHD101776 from Sudbury, MA


–Betsy Goldberg

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