Smart Home Product Reviews & Smart Home Product Comparisons
Smart Home Thoughts
Here’s where we write about what’s currently going on in the smart home sphere. This is our place for predictions, helpful guides, and just our overall ideas about smart home culture and where it’s headed.
If you’re looking to save time cleaning with a convenient and intelligent solution, there’s no doubt about it: Roombas are absolutely worth the cost.
Since the Roomba first came on the market, there have been a huge number of models at varying price points — ensuring that pretty much any homeowner should be able to add a smart vacuum into their home.
Say goodbye to spending hours sucking up the dust and debris in your home, and allow your little robot friend to take care of the tidying with scheduled cleanings while you’re away at work. Whether you’re in the market for an entry level model that still manages a thorough cleaning, or a top-of-the-line device with all the bells and whistles, there’s a Roomba product for you.
There’s no denying that carpet is more challenging for vacuums to work on than hard surfaces like wood or laminate. It’s important that your vacuum be able to tackle all different types of flooring, and you can rest assured that all Roomba models will perform quite well on both carpet and hardwoods.
With that said, there are some Roombas that do a better job of cleaning carpets than others. The iRobot Roomba 960 and 980 models both feature Carpet Boost mode, which will automatically ratchet up the suction when the vacuum detects carpet. With the extra power kicking in where it counts, these models will do just as well on soft surfaces like carpet as they will on more solid ground.
Have you ever thought about turning your home into a James Bond-esque gadget automation setup? Imagine walking into your home on a dark winter’s evening, and by merely saying the word “lights,” suddenly, your home is lit up in an instant.
And, what if adding such features increases your home’s value and its appeal to future buyers?
Let’s explore some ways in which home automation can increase your home’s value and whether it’s a viable option for you.
For those of us who are still taking notes with pen and paper, it can be difficult to keep track of various notebooks and they take up a lot of space. New smart notebooks from companies like Rocketbook offer a potential solution to that problem. When comparing the Rocketbook Wave vs. Everlast, it’s difficult to choose a clear winner since both notebooks have something to bring to the table.
The Rocketbook Wave is more akin to a traditional notebook with a similar feel, and the microwaveable feature is very cool. The Rocketbook Everlast, on the other hand, is a little bit more high-tech and is built to last rather than being a more temporary option. Neither is necessarily better, and both offer a lot of utility like the ability to upload your notes to the cloud and reuse your notebook to save space.
Below we compare the Wave and Everlast to help you get a sense of what sets these two smart notebooks apart. Read on for a full review, or use our navigation bar to jump directly to the sections that interest you the most.
As smart technology continues to get more and more advanced, more and more products are releasing onto the market that make our lives just a little bit more convenient. Netgear has now announced the all-new Arlo Audio Doorbell and Arlo Chime. This particular doorbell is designed with flexibility and simplicity in mind, and it’s easy to get installed without any professional assistance. Designed to function well on its own or when paired with Arlo cameras or smart lights, it’s an excellent addition to your entryway and a great way to keep an eye on your front door.
Let’s break down the features of the Arlo Audio Doorbell and Chime to figure out whether this new arrival can hang with industry behemoths like the Nest Hello and Ring Pro.
Looking to build your first smart home setup and you’re not sure where to start? This is the article for you. We’ve created two smart home kits that cover all the different areas of smart home automation. With smart products you get more than just total control of your home at your fingertips — You also get convenience, security, and safety, which brings peace of mind when you’re not at home. And smart homes help with energy savings and can even offer rebate programs that you can claim once your smart home is all set up. So, with all that said, let’s look at smart home starter kits.
Why We Wrote This Article
The hardest thing about setting up a smart home is compatibility. How do you know that Product X works with Product Y and Hub Z? It takes hours of online research to put together a kit that covers all the bases when it comes to smart home automation, and sometimes you end up buying products that won’t connect to your setup! And that’s why we’ve put two kits together. Our two kits cover a variety of areas in smart home automation: hubs, lighting, security, temperature, and outdoors — and each of our kits is constructed so that everything works together. Now, if you’ve done any research on creating your own smart home kit, you’ve probably run into what’s called a manufacturer’s kit.
The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show had a lot of great announcements for smart home geeks. One of which is that Lutron Caséta Wireless and SmartThings will work together along with Nest devices to make your smart home automation easier and more comfortable.
Lutron Caséta Wireless and Nest are fully compatible now. Caséta Wireless has been connecting with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector for a while now. And finally, to complete the whole family, early this year Lutron added in Nest Cam support. All this smart home devices are working seamlessly together to bring the convenience of a connected home to your fingertips. Whether you’re home or away, you’ll be able to control all your Nest devices via the Lutron App. Your smart home will always meet you with a comfortable temperature and lighting level.
Today we’ll talk about how to make your home energy efficient. We live in a century where it’s hard to imagine a day without electricity. And with each passing day, due to different reasons, people start thinking about saving energy more and more. Not only does it save you money, but it also decreases pollution by wasting less primary fuel like coal, oil, and gas.
So, how to make your home energy efficient? First of, you need to find out what’s consuming the most energy at your home. It can be heating/cooling, lighting, or appliances. That will help you figure out the most efficient ways of how to save energy.