We all love a bit of home improvement and the right tech upgrades to make our home's smarter and more efficient... don't we? Whether you love controlling your air conditioning remotely, like I do, or setting your calendar updates through Alexa, everything is possible with the right gadget. The right upgrades to your home make life easier, so I've compiled a list of my 37 favorite products to smarten up my life - all of which I've found on Amazon.
From this smart home control to this Facebook Portal TV for smart video calling, you won't ever want to leave your house once you have all of these gadgets installed. Or, if you do leave the house, you'll be controlling your home remotely. So, take that as a warning... you might become extremely lazy! Check out my list of must-have smart upgrades!
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This Echo Show 5 To Make Your Daily Route a Breeze
This Echo Show 5 is my must-have bedside table companion because it sets my alarms, timers, and calendar updates, as well as streams my news, music, and other shows.
The best part is that it's voice-activated, so I just added Alexa, and voila, my home routine was smart and easy. And it can even control other devices like cameras and lights.
This Echo Show 5 for Kids That Comes with Parental Controls
This Echo Show 5 for kids is an awesome addition to any child's playtime and learning because it even helps them with their homework.
The parental controls mean parents can approve the contacts that kids can video call and videos they watch are also limited. There are more than 15,000 videos, audiobooks, games, and music to choose from though.
This Home Control for All Your Smart Devices
I'm a huge fan of this smart home control because it has Alexa built into it, so everyone at home can control the lights, thermostat, and intercom easily. It's even got a built-in camera with a privacy shutter too.
My favorite thing to use it for is controlling the lights using my voice when I'm snuggled up on the couch watching movies.
This Light Stand with Phone Holder for Remote Recording
Let's face it, we all record ourselves on our phones, whether we're video calling a friend, leaving a video message, or recording for social media.
This is why I love this light stand with a phone holder because it's the ideal remote recording device. All you have to do is assemble the tripod and ring light to your height and your home recording studio awaits.
This Facebook Portal TV for Smart Video Calling
I found this Facebook Portal TV because it was ranked as an Amazon's Choice product and was instantly impressed. Not only can you watch movies and Netflix through it, but you can also video call friends using Messenger, WhatsApp, or Zoom.
It also minimizes the background noise while focusing on your voice when video calling, so I can have clear conversations with friends and family.
This Bluetooth Portable Speaker for Crystal Clear Sound at Home
I needed a portable speaker to move around the house and take out into the backyard, so I chose this one because it's weatherproof. It's a Bluetooth portable speaker so the sound quality is crystal clear and I don't have to worry about spilling something on it while moving it around.
It's perfect to take out by the pool or use inside to pump out your favorite music.
This TV Mount Saves Space in Your Living Room
This TV mount is a great way to save space in your living room, rather than resting your TV on a cabinet set. If you live in an apartment or just don't have much space, then this is a life-changer.
You can also reduce the glare of your TV because it enables it to tilt forward up to 8 degrees. It's super-easy to install as well!
This Portable Battery Case for Amazon Echo
When you've upgraded to an Amazon Echo second generation, this portable battery case is a must-have accessory. It's made of anti-stain fabric and has a comfortable carry handle to make it even handier.
The rechargeable battery lasts up to eight hours, so it's great if you're doing a day trip and need to recharge on the go.
This Echo Show 8 With HD Smart Display Touchscreen
The Echo Show 8 brings entertainment to life and has an eight-inch HD touchscreen to make life even more enjoyable. Life at home just keeps getting easier, because you can just ask Alexa to make calls to your contacts and manage your smart home from this device too.
Plus, it links up to all your entertainment sources, from Netflix to Prime Video or Spotify.
This Weatherproof Outdoor Smart Plug for Voice Controlled Extension Cords
Heavy-duty extension cords are a must-have for any smart home and these ones not only have a high energy output, but they're also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, and Google Assistant.
They're also weatherproof to handle the outdoors and that's why they're the only ones I trust.
This Ring Video Doorbell Will Upgrade Your Existing Bell
Whether you're at home or not, this smart video doorbell gives you audio notifications straight to your home. So, you know when someone's at your door – even at night because it has night vision.
I love this feature because when I'm at work and receive online shopping deliveries, I can still interact with the delivery person!
This Fire TV Stick Is Amazon's Most Powerful Streaming Media Stick
I decided to try this Fire TV Stick because it's Amazon's most powerful streaming media stick and I wasn't disappointed. I've enjoyed my favorite shows across pretty much every platform – from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, and even HBO Max.
The picture quality is superb as well because it has 4K Ultra HD. The only downside is, now my boyfriend never wants to leave the house!
These Smart LED Light Bulbs Can Be Voice Activated with Alexa
The best thing about smart LED light bulbs is they are more energy-efficient than regular lights. This means they save you money on your electricity bill.
Not only do they end up being cheaper, but they also work with Alexa so that you can set your lighting up to be voice-activated for the ambiance you desire.
These High-Speed HDMI Cables Connect to All Enabled Devices
I'm always using HDMI cables to connect my laptop to my desktop screen or my smart TV, and these are my go-to product.
They come with different variations of cord length, but I personally use the six feed cords. They're a great asset to have at home because they connect to Blu-ray players, Fire TV, Apple TV, Playstations, and Xbox's too!
This Wireless Charging Stand Has Three Modes for Different Phones
Most of us are living with multiple devices, which means the right charging stands are imperative. This wireless charger is compatible with a wide variety of smartphones all while providing temperature control to protect your device from short-circuiting.
I've recommended this charger to all my friends and none of them have been disappointed. No wonder it's been ranked as an Amazon's Choice product.
This Heavy-Duty Tablet for Kids Won't Break
Anyone with kids knows that toys and devices can get broken pretty quickly, which is why this tablet with a kid-proof case is such a big seller on Amazon.
They even offer a two-year guarantee, so if it breaks, they'll replace it for free in that time period.
This Wi-Fi System Will Upgrade Your Traditional Router
If you're looking to revamp your wi-fi system for better coverage, these wireless routers are a must-have.
This system uses three units, so you get amazing coverage without having to deal with dead zones where you can't find the connection. Plus, it's super easy to set up.
This Webcam Will Create Professional Video Conferencing
I work from home a lot and working flexibly in my home office is great, so long as I have the best technical equipment. So, I invested in this HD webcam for professional video conferencing.
It means that I can maintain the high-quality video meetings that I'd have in an office but in the comfort of my home.
This USB Mic for Professional-Sounding Recordings
This mic offers professional quality for recording and streaming onto your PC. If you record for professional or personal use, this gadget will give you supreme quality.
It's had great ratings on Amazon and has been ranked as an Amazon's Choice product because of the great feedback.
This Super-Fast Wireless Mouse for Precision
Once you go wireless, you never go back, trust me. When I'm working at home, this wireless mouse has been my go-to companion.
It's precise, speedy, and really quiet, which is why I splashed out to be such a high-quality gadget. And it's so popular it's been ranked as an Amazon's Choice product.
This TV Cube for Hands-Free Streaming with Alexa
Most of us stream all our TV content these days, and this hands-free streaming device is my choice because it works with Alexa.
So, that means you can ask Alexa to dim the lights and play your favorite TV show without having to lift a finger. OK, so I've become really lazy, but gadgets like this make life a lot more comfortable.
This HD Security Camera with Two-Way Talking
Depending on what kind of home you live in, these security cameras can end up being a necessity, and this one works by also connecting you to people from your phone.
So, you can view your home live through the Ring app and also speak through it. It's a great way to keep an eye on your place if you're out of town or in the office all day.
This Wireless Lighting Dimmer for The Perfect Ambiance
When setting the mood for a romantic dinner or finding the perfect ambiance for relaxation, this lighting dimmer is a must-have.
This wireless lighting dimmer works with Alexa so that you can control your lights through voice activation. Plus, it can control up to 17 light bulbs and it's super easy to set up.
This Smart Speaker With 3D Audio Has Superior Sound
Speakers can vary greatly in price, but if you want top-end superior sound, I recommend this bundle.
The Echo Studio and Echo Sub lift the whole room with deep bass and powerful sound. It's like being in a movie theatre without having to leave the comfort of your own living room!
This Mesh Wi-fi Range Extender for Maximum Reach
The most frustrating thing about working from home can be losing wi-fi connection in parts of my house. So, I tried this wi-fi range extender which added to my existing network and the coverage was awesome.
It's super easy to just plug in and means you can be anywhere in the house without having to worry about losing reception.
This Lawn Sprinkler Controller Saves on Your Water Bill
Not only is this smart lawn sprinkler easy to use, but it can also save you up to 50% on your monthly water bill. The intelligence of this gadget is unbelievable – it automatically skips days when it's already raining.
I'm a huge fan of this one because I could set it up in only 30 minutes.
This Wireless Bluetooth Conference Speaker for Meetings
When you're working from home and are constantly on Zoom meetings like me, it's essential to have high-quality sound in important conference calls.
So, I was inspired to invest in this wireless Bluetooth speaker. I bought it on Amazon and it's made my Zoom meetings much easier because of the high-quality sound system.
This Tablet Wall Mount to Upgrade Your Kitchen Prowess
I love trying new recipes when I'm in the kitchen, and this tablet wall mount has made my life so much easier. It means I can follow the instructions from my tablet without having to touch the device mid-prep.
It's also great for video chatting or watching the news hands-free while preparing dinner.
These Smart Plugs to Manage Home Devices Through Voice Control
I highly recommend these smart plugs if you need to manage your home devices through voice control. It means you can control your appliances smartly, for example scheduling your air conditioner to turn on before you get home.
It's super-easy to install and works through your wi-fi connection.
This Gadget Adds Wi-Fi Remote Control to Your Ceiling Fan
If you're looking for a remote way to control your ceiling fan or lights, look no further. This gadget works through your iPhone, Android, Amazon Echo, or Google Home Assistant to make your home extra-smart.
And get this – This BOND gadget can control up to 30 ceiling fans from one location… that's how powerful it is!
These Smart Light Switches Are a Best Seller
If you want to upgrade your lighting at home, these smart light switches are the way to do it. All you need is one neutral wire to install it, and then you'll be able to turn your electronics on or off from anywhere – with your smartphone.
They're also compatible with voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for the ultimate smart set-up.
This Alexa Voice Remote to Watch TV Hands Free
The future of TV is here with this Alexa Voice Remote. You only need to press one button and then ask Alexa what content you're looking for. Your volume control and mute buttons can also be controlled and it has pre-set app buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Hulu.
A warning though – you'll be glued to your sofa for hours at a time.
This Outlet Shelf for Amazon Echo Devices
This outlet shelf is one of my favorite Amazon accessories because it holds your Echo device perfectly. It also takes other devices up to 10 lbs and is super-easy to install.
The best part is the very affordable price tag and it comes in either black or white, depending on your color preference.
These Echo Smart Glasses Work with Alexa
Who knew that glasses could be smart? I only found this out recently, but they've completely changed my lifestyle. These Echo Smart Frames use open-air audio technology to work with Alexa.
So, you can ask Alexa to make phone calls, set reminders, or listen to your favorite podcast from anywhere while you're wearing them. And the battery gives you up to two hours of talking or four hours of listening.
This Smart Night Light Is Dimmable Via Voice Control
When I tried out this Amazon Smart Night Light, I installed it in just a few seconds because it plugs into the Echo Flex's USB port and is ready to go. Once set up, it works with voice control so you can turn the light on, off, or dimmed to your preferential mode.
It works with six energy efficient LED lights, so it's easy on your electric bill too.
This Disney Echo Wall Clock That Sets Timers for Cooking
I bought this Disney Echo Wall Clock for my nephew and he absolutely loves it. It's not just a clock, it also sets timers for his mom's cooking and it's compatible with other Echo devices.
It is voice-controlled, so all you have to do is say: "Alexa, set a 10-minute timer."
This LED Reading Light For eReaders
If you're a big eReader like me, you'll love this Kandle LED reading light. It was made specifically for books and eReaders because it attaches to books and magazines and gives out just the right amount of light.
So, if your other half is in bed asleep and you want to stay up reading, this is the perfect gadget to help you read in the dark.