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Give the gift of a smarter home in 2017

Find the perfect gift to connect the halls with Wi-Fi enabled goodness.


Rich Brown

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Amazon Echo (2017)

Amazon's updated version of its popular, Alexa-powered smart speaker gets a lower price tag than the original, a smaller profile, and a set of sleeves made of wood and cloth to give it a homier look. 

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Amazon Cloud Cam

Amazon just launched its first home security camera, and this thing is a steal. $120 for 1080p real time video streaming, 24-hours of free cloud storage, and an app that makes keeping tabs on your home super easy.

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August Smart Lock Pro

August's Smart Lock Pro secures your smart home and works with Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant, Apple's Siri and Nest. It even has Z-Wave built in and comes bundled with a Connect Wi-Fi module. The August Lock Pro will fit into just about any smart-home setup. 

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Belkin WeMo Dimmer Switch

Replace your wall switch with the Belkin WeMo Dimmer Switch and you can control your lights with your phone or your voice. Belkin's switch works with all three major digital assistants -- Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant. 

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C by GE Sol Lamp

The C by GE Sol Lamp responds to your voice commands via Amazon's Alexa, and looks the part of a cool, futuristic gadget while boasting enough power to light up a room. Plus, this GE Lamp adds a few visual flourishes to Alexa's skills, such as counting down with a ring of light when you set a timer. 

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Cnct IntelliPlug 3

A reliable, affordable smart plug, the Cnct IntelliPlug 3 is a great way to get started in the smart home. Better yet, it works with Amazon's Alexa so you can control it with your voice if you have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo. 

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Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

The best smart thermostat to date, the Ecobee4 comes with Amazon's Alexa built-in, and it includes a temperature and proximity sensor so you can fine tune the temp at a specific location in your home. 

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Google Home Mini

Complete with all of the tricks of the Google Assistant, the Google Home Mini brings the powers of the original Google Home into a smaller, more affordable package. The voice-controlled puck works as a smart home controller, a music streamer with surprisingly good sound, and a digital assistant that'll search the internet for you, or add an item to your calendar. 

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Halo+ Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

I didn't think adding weather alerts to a smoke alarm was a good idea. Lo and behold, the Halo+ proved me wrong. The weather alerts are fully customizable and will reliably warn you of an incoming storm -- which could come in handy if you like to turn your phone off at night. 

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iDevices Wall Outlet

The iDevices Wall Outlet is built to blend right in. Swap out your existing outlet and this gadget will add smarts to anything you plug in. Plus it works with Alexa and Siri, so you'll be able to control your electronics with your voice. 

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Nest Thermostat E

A thermostat that excels at simplicity, the Nest E has the same brains as the great Nest Learning Thermostat. A simpler display and plastic components helped Nest get the price down without cutting the smarts. 

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Philips SceneSwitch BR30 Floodlight LED

One of the most efficient floodlights we've ever tested, the SceneSwitch BR30 also aced our brightness tests. Turn the bulb off and then back on, and you can switch between three different light settings. 

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Oomi Home Starter Kit

Oomi's versatile system offers automation, security, color-changing lightbulbs and entertainment controls. You can control Oomi devices with Alexa and tie your Philips bulbs and Nest Thermostat to your Oomi system. The starter includes a tablet that acts as a universal remote as well as smart bulbs, a smart plug and a security camera. 

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Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

The best smart sprinkler we've tested, the Rachio Smart Sprinkler is a no brainer if you have an in-ground sprinkler system. It's easy to use, but has plenty of customizable depth if you like to fine tune your watering settings. It'll monitor the weather, set a sprinkler schedule for you and save you money by helping you water more efficiently. Plus, Rachio works with Alexa, the Google Assistant and a bunch of other smart home platforms. 

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Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector

In addition to sensing water, Roost's feature-rich detector tracks humidity and temperature and graphs them over time in the app. And the sensor performs its main function reliably and will quickly inform you if it does sense a leak. 

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