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The Latest Trend In Home Tech Gadgets

Smart home gadgets can be very expensive, and you don't want to buy a bunch of different devices that won't work together.

The good news is for the not too tech-savvy among you that there are companies like SmartThings that have created a hub for all your smart home products so they can all work together. This is a great alternative to make sure everything works seamlessly with each other.

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This isn’t the time to settle. This is the time to make your home the best possible it could be, making it high-tech and smart. Here are some of the latest trends in smart home and home tech gadgets.

Smart Hubs for Home Automation

Samsung SmartThings WiFi Mesh Router

$119.75 | Read more

A powerful mesh Wi-Fi router that doubles as a smart home hub. Optimized Wi-Fi signal up to 1,500 sq. ft. and connection to 100s of compatible sensors, devices, and accessories, including cameras, lights, speakers, doorbells, and more.

Review: Some sensor vendors claim they work with SmartThings but maybe not so with this product. And they may unpair frequently: SmartThings list products that are compatible, such as NEO sensors. Do verify ahead.

Echo Dot (4th Gen) + Amazon Smart Plug | $59.99 Buy here

Available in 3 colors. Manage compatible smart home devices using your voice. Switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie, or turn up the thermostat as you head out.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub and App

$575.00 | Read more

Sengled Smart Hub (Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple Homekit

$24.99 Buy here

CONS: When you are creating scenes and pick a specific color for 1 bulb and want to match that exact color for another bulb, it takes a bit of trial by error.

The most powerful and intuitive Harmony remote works with Alexa for voice control. All-in-one control of up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices.

CONS: There are a few hard buttons to figure out. IR commands that need to be routed through the remote instead of the hub, won't work when the remote is in sleep mode.

The Logitech Harmony Companion is highly recommended as well for much less. Works with Alexa as well. Performs activities like Lower the blinds, dim the lights, fire-up the TV for movie night—all with a tap of the finger. $229.99 | Read more

All in one remote control for smart home
Logitech Harmony Companion | $229+

CONS: No backlit keys does help prolong the battery life, which is rated for a year from a small CR style coin battery and can be easily replaced. You only get 3 activity keys, but each one can have a short and long press for a total of six activities triggered from the remote (you can have many more in the app).

Google Nest Hub Max ($299) is available at Google Store. Another great home option to manage all of your home a devices such as thermostat, lights and more, from the dashboard or with your voice. You can read a more detailed review at CNET.

There are a variety of gadgets for smart homes that you can all hook up to each other to make your home as high-tech as possible.

There are a variety of gadgets for smart homes that you can all hook up to each other to make your home as high-tech as possible.

Smart Home Devices

Lockly Keyless Entry

This Lockly digital lock is keyless entry and convenience: Lock and unlock your door with one finger tap on your smartphones via Bluetooth or by entering a 6-8 digit access code on the touchscreen keypad. This door lock also comes with 2 backup physical keys in case you ever need.

$215 | Shop now

Take, for instance, something as simple as a smart plug. Put this in your outlet, hook it up to your phone, and instantly any lamp, coffee machine, or TV can become a “smart” device. Many apps have almost infinite amounts of customizability, so your home can be the home you want it to be. That’s not all, though. Kick it up a notch by having special smart devices. Smart TVs are all the rage now, but hook them up to smart speakers and smart lights for an interconnected home theater that will make sure every movie night is of top quality!