Take it from someone who used to have a jam-packed schedule: life doesn’t have to be so busy. Now, I’m not saying to quit your job to help free up some time (that’s a bad idea) — but there definitely are ways to help save yourself some stress throughout the day. The easiest fix? Updating your home with a bunch of smart gadgets.
From brewing coffee so that it’s ready for you when you wake up, to soothing your anxious pup so that they don’t cry all night, there’s a little something for everybody in here. But if you were to ask what my favorite is? Make sure to check out the smart garage door opener — it’s a must-have if your neighborhood is rampant with porch pirates.
These Smart Plugs You Can Use All Over Your Home
When I say that you can put these smart plugs all over your home, I’m not kidding. Personally? I’m currently using them with a bunch of different lamps in my living room so that I can say “Alexa, turn living room lights on!” when I come home. And not only do they work with voice commands, but you can also put your lights on schedules using the downloadable app.
A Ceiling Light That’s Compatible With Alexa
Blue, purple, red, lavender, mauve, apricot — with millions of colors to choose from, this smart ceiling light makes it easy to set any kind of mood. You can also adjust its brightness using the free downloadable app, or pair it with Alexa to start using voice commands. Plus, it’s even energy-efficient, which can help put a dent in those costly electricity bills.
This Smart Upgrade To Your Front Door Deadbolt
Tired of always losing your keys? This smart lock almost completely eliminates the need for them (but you should always keep them anyway — just in case.) It works with your current deadbolt, making it open and close automatically whenever you leave or come home. Plus, you can even use the app to keep track of when someone has entered your home.
A Scale That Helps You Keep Track Of Your Weight Loss
Nothing keeps me motivated like keeping track of how far I’ve come — that’s why I bought this smart scale. Not only does it keep track of your weight, but you can also use it to monitor your body fat, BMI, muscle mass, and more. The best part? It’s able to support up to 400 pounds.
The Fun Smart Lamp Made For Kids
Not sure what to do with this kid-friendly smart lamp? For starters, it works great as a colorful timer when doing homework or chores. Or, you can simply leave your kids to fiddle around with the colors and brightness when they need something to occupy themselves with. “Perfect for a night light, or around your entertainment center,” wrote one reviewer. “It puts off a nice variety of colors.”
A Robot Vacuum For Less Than $200
Set this robot vacuum to run automatically, and you’ll be able to enjoy clean floors every day when you get home from work. You can use the app to set schedules, change cleaning modes, or even change its direction. And since it’s compatible with Alexa and Google Home, you can even control it using voice commands.
The Smart Water Bottle That Reminds You To Stay Hydrated
Made from tough steel, this reusable water bottle isn’t just eco-friendly — it’s also smart. The base starts to glow whenever it’s time to take a sip, serving as a friendly reminder to stay hydrated. Plus, the app even lets you track your water intake throughout the day.
The Smart Plug That’s Safe To Use Outside
Don’t mess around with complicated timers — just plug your outdoor lights into this smart plug. The weather-resistant design keeps it working regardless of whether it’s raining or snowing. Plus, one reviewer even wrote that “both outlets can be named differently and integrated with Google Home. They’re good if you just want to use your assistant, or phone to control them.”
A Garage Opener That You Need In Your House
“Need” might be a strong word, but I’m serious — you really do need this smart garage door opener. You can set schedules so that deliveries can be placed inside your garage, preventing thieves from stealing them off your porch. Plus, it even has the ability to give up three people guest access.
This Keypad That Lets You Unlock Your Door Without Keys
Can’t remember where you put those keys? Not a problem when you’ve got this smart keypad on your door. It still lets you open the door with a regular key, while also giving you the ability to punch in a number — consider it a lifesaver for those occasions where your keys are buried at the bottom of your purse.
The Smart Bulbs With Millions Of Colors To Choose From
Set these smart bulbs to a deep shade of blue for some nap-friendly lighting — or even sync them with music and experience a colorful light show. They’re compatible with voice commands via Google Home or Alexa, and installation is so simple that most reviewers had them up and running within minutes.
A Power Strip That Has Alexa Built Into It
With three plugs and USB ports, this power strip is an easy way to get your gadgets charged — without having to go find a clunky power brick. And since it has Alexa built into it, you can even give it voice commands to cut the power to whatever gadgets are plugged into it.
The Thermostat That You Can Control Remotely
Having a stressful, sweaty day at work? If you install this smart thermostat, you can remotely set it to a relaxing temperature so that your house is ready for you when you get home. “Well worth the money to upgrade to this,” raved one reviewer. “Being able to turn the heat up from your cold bed in the morning is invaluable!”
The Smart Light Switches That Don’t Require A Hub
Some smart devices require an additional hub to start working — but not these light switches. Not only can you control them from virtually anywhere using the downloadable app, but installation is also a total breeze. There’s no complicated wiring required; simply allow the downloadable app to guide you through the process step by step.
The Lights That Turns TVs Into Entertainment Centers
If you’re looking to upgrade your television into an entertainment center, search no further than the Philips smart hue lights. Add them to the back of your television, and they’ll cast the perfect ambiance to compliment whatever program you’re watching — and they’ll even work with everything from horror movies to video games.
A Fire Stick That Adds Netflix, Hulu, And More To Your TV
Don’t have a smart television? Not a problem when you’ve got this fire stick. Just plug it into any HDMI port, and you’ll instantly be able to stream Netflix, Hulu, HBOMax, and more. Personally, I like to bring mine with me when I’m on vacation — that way I’m always able to stay up to date on all my shows.
A Smart Coffee Maker That You Can Program Ahead Of Time
Not only can you program this coffee maker so that your morning brew is ready when you get up, but it’s also compatible with Alexa. Imagine being able to shout “Alexa, start making coffee!” all the way from your bedroom — then getting up a few minutes later to the rich smell of coffee. Truly, this is an upgrade every kitchen needs.
This Shelf That Tell You When It’s Time To Restock
Ever open up your laundry detergent, only to find it’s basically empty? That wouldn’t be a problem if you had this smart shelf. Once whatever you have on top of it grows too light, it’ll automatically reorder it from Amazon — just so that there’s one less thing for you to remember. Use it for dry ingredients, soaps, or even a case of water bottles.
The Smart Lamp That’ll Fit On Your Nightstand
Not all lamps are created equal — this one is small enough to fit on your nightstand, and it even comes with a range of features that blow the lamp you’re currently using out of the water. Use the downloadable app to adjust its brightness, as well as change its color. Plus, you can even set schedules so that it turns off after you’ve fallen asleep.
An Air Purifier That Powers Through Smoke And Odors
Allergies got you feeling out of whack? Try running this air purifier. Allergies, smoke, odors, and more are easily eliminated using its activated carbon filter, which helps purify your air up to 30% faster than cheaper models. Plus, it can even get rid of up to 99.9% of pollen and pet dander.
A Smart Soap Dispenser That Squirts Out The Ideal Amount
This soap dispenser doesn’t just give you a perfectly sized squirt of soap — it also has a glowing timer that lasts 20 seconds, helping ensure that you’ve washed your hands for long enough. Plus, the rechargeable battery lasts for up to three months before you need to plug it in.
The GPS Tracker That Lets You Know Where Your Pup Is
If your pup has a tendency to stray pretty far when they’re outside, you might want to consider this GPS tracker. You can see exactly where your pup is (and has been) using the downloadable app, as well as track their calories burned, active time, and more. Plus, it’s completely waterproof — so don’t even worry about it getting wet.
The Power Strip That Works With Google Home And Alexa
Need a power strip with a few extra plugs? This one features 12 plugs in addition to four USB ports. If you pair it with Alexa, you’ll be able to control it using voice commands — and each plug even features surge protection to help keep your gadgets safe during electrical spikes.
This Smart Speaker That Delivers Crisp Sound
Call friends, stream music, or even listen to the news using this smart speaker. It comes with Alexa built into it, which means you can pair it with other smart devices to use voice commands — and if you’re feeling bored? You can also ask it questions; nothing passes the time like saying “Alexa, play a fart noise” when you’ve got time to kill.
A Bell To Let You Know When Your Dog Wants To Come Inside
No wires or batteries are needed for this smart bell — just attach it to your wall using the included 3M adhesive. It requires hardly any pressure to ring, making it great for pups of all shapes and sizes. Plus, you can even adjust the volume depending on how large your home is.
The Camera That Lets You See What Your Pets Are Up To
Ever wonder what your pets are up to while you’re gone? Now you can see for yourself with this smart camera. Night vision and four-times zoom allow you to see everything at all times, while the built-in treat dispenser lets you reward good behaviors while you’re away.
An Air Fryer You Can Turn Off From The Next Room Over
You can easily watch a movie and cook dinner in this air fryer — and if the fryer DINGS for you to turn it off? You can also use the downloadable app (or Alexa) to turn it off so that you don’t have to pause your television. Plus, the app even lets you monitor your cooking progress remotely.
A Stuffed Toy That Can Help Ease Anxious Pups
Pup getting a little anxious when you aren’t around? Try putting this stuffed animal in their crate. It has a pulsing heartbeat that feels real, which can help calm their nerves until you get home — and thousands of reviewers raved about how well it works. “My neighbors got a puppy and she just cried the whole first night in the crate,” wrote one. “I got her one of these and the difference is amazing. She hears the heartbeat and goes directly into her crate!”
The Smart Home Camera With Two-Way Audio
Unlike some smart cameras, this one lets you talk to whoever is in the room with it — and the two-way audio even lets them reply back to you! It also works great as an additional layer of security in your home, as you can set it to record 12-second clips whenever sound or motion is detected.
A Toy That Keeps Your Pup Entertained For Hours
Some days you just don’t have time to play with your dog — works gotta get done, you know? And on days like those, I like to give my pup this interactive toy. It rolls across the floor so that your pup has something to chase, and the rechargeable battery means you don’t have to buy replacements.
A Backlit Mirror That Won’t Fog Up
With dimmable touch control and anti-fog technology, this backlit mirror is a luxurious addition to any bathroom. All the wiring is concealed inside of a waterproof case, so there’s no need to worry about short-circuiting — and the LED bulbs are made to last for more than 50,000 hours.
An Automatic Pet Feeder For When You’re Away
Planning to be gone a little longer than usual? You can use this automatic feeder to make sure your pets don’t go hungry. You can use the downloadable app to set feeding routines, as well as monitor how much your pet has eaten. Plus, the built-in camera lets you check in while you’re away.
These Smart Strip Lights That Won’t Break The Bank
Look, I know you’ve seen strip lights before — but this set is better than the rest. The built-in microphone lets you sync them to your music so that they change colors along with the notes. Plus, installation is as easy as peeling off the adhesive backing, then sticking them wherever you like.
The Smart Light Bulbs With A Rustic Touch
Do you know how most LED bulbs have an almost sterile look to them? That isn’t the case with these smart bulbs. They look more like incandescents than LEDs, giving them a warm, rustic touch. Control them from anywhere using the downloadable app — or turn them on and off, adjust the brightness, and more with the help of Alexa.
I’m Sort Of In Love With This Echo Show
No exaggeration — I’m truly in love with my Echo show. Being able to say “Alexa, what’s the news?” every morning when I wake up is so convenient, and it even has video capabilities so that I can watch the latest weather forecast if I want. You can also make video calls using Skype, cook along to video recipes, and more.
A Microwave That Reviewers Adore
With thousands of four- and five-star reviews, it’s clear that Amazon shoppers are in love with this Alexa-compatible microwave. With that in mind, I’ll let one of them take it from here — “Decided on this microwave due to the overwhelming number of 5-star reviews and was NOT disappointed! We love the stainless steel silver design, pull handle, and easy single push-button start feature…this Toshiba model runs MUCH QUIETER than our previous microwave. I barely hear it while standing within 10 feet of the unit!”
This Echo Wall Clock That’s Shockingly Intelligent
This smart clock isn’t just easy to read — the LED face also displays a timer when set, making it easy to keep track of how long your food has been cooking on the stove. It’s also smart enough to automatically adjust to daylight savings time, and it only requires four AA batteries.