Unless you’re living in the dark ages, it’s very difficult nowadays to walk into a home without spotting at least one smart device.
With smart technology on the rise, sometimes you don’t even have to step into a home before you encounter a device – doorbells, automatic fancy lighting or new camera technologies will often encounter you first, before you have a chance to come into direct contact with them.
Convenience is key, you can now ask your TV what the weather is like before leaving, you can even lock your doors from the other side of the world.
Although seemingly menial tasks, in 2019 there are a range of technologies here to help you with the more substantial tasks, to make your life that little bit easier.
We’ve listed 10 of the best smart devices you can welcome into your home.
Best smart home devices
1. PHILIPS Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit
This lighting starter kit from Philips comes with everything you’ll need to start controlling your lighting from the comfort of wherever you are, on your mobile phone or tablet.
Create the ideal mood in your home and control up to 50 lights at once from the app.
Change white lighting from bright white, to a warmer hue or ambient dim glow – if you’re in the party mood you can even change the colours the light emits.
Different automated modes within the app allow you to change the lighting for different occasions, for example, concentrate mode switches the brightness and tone of the lights to a more suitable glow for concentration – nifty.
Price: £48.99, Currys – buy here now
2. Nest Third Generation Learning Thermostat
English weather comes with it an unpredictable array of temperatures, that isn’t always cost effective on our energy bills.
The Nest thermostat allows you to control your heating in the most efficient way, allowing you to control temperatures from your smart phone (compatible with iOS and Android technology).
The system uses your location and built-in activity sensors within your home to avoid heating an empty house.
The great thing about this device is its compatible with almost all individual heating systems, so there’ll be no trouble getting one for your home.
Price: £189.49, Amazon – buy here now
3. Dreem 2 Headband
Unfulfilled night’s sleeps could soon be a thing of the past and it’s thanks to quirky headgear like this one from Dreem.
The idea was concocted by an international team of experts, with better sleep for the masses on their minds.
Dreem2 works by of course wearing it overnight – sleep monitoring sensors help to track your night with lab-level accuracy, this also generates a daily report so you can ultimately resolve your sleep issues.
Cool audio features are said to enhance your sleep throughout the night, this gadget may be pricey – but who can put a price on a restful night’s kip? If needed you can also split your payments into monthly instalments at no extra cost.
Price: £359, Dreem – buy here now
4. Perfect Bake Smart Scale
Everyone wants to be a star baker, but some of us (myself included) just can’t seem to get it right. Well, now you don’t have to.
This smart baking scale weighs each ingredient with precise accuracy and will even calculate adjustments for you if you have too little of an ingredient.
The timers on the LCD screen at the front of the device will tell you when to stop mixing, baking or cooling; as well as guiding you step by step through the whole process, to make sure you get perfect results every time.
Now if you’ll excuse us – we have a show stopper bake to create!
Price: £12.99, Amazon – buy here now
Have you ever wished that the cleaning will just take care of itself? Be careful what you wish for, because now it can!
The impressive iRobot roomba offer a one touch cleaning service, simply press clean on the device and watch it go.
The robot automatically switches between different floor surfaces, so there’s no need to adjust anything – you said you wished the house would clean itself, dammit let it do its thing!
Built-in sensors allow the robot to clean without bumping into furniture or falling down stairs and it will even cleverly return back to its ‘home’ hub when it needs recharging. See, the house really will clean itself.
Price: £249, Appliances direct – buy here now
6. Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) Smart Speaker
Many of us will either own or know someone who owns an Amazon Echo, it’s the nations favourite home assistant and for good reason with its many exciting features.
With seven microphones and noise cancellation technology, Echo hears you from any direction even when music is already playing.
You can control any compatible smart devices in your home with your Amazon assistant and conveniently make calls, order pizza and anything else your heart desires with this ever evolving technology.
Price: £89.99, Amazon – buy here now
7. SAMSUNG Family Hub American-Style Smart Fridge Freezer
So you’re on a shopping trip, you’ve got milk butter and cheese in your basket but you can’t for the life of you remember if there’s already milk, butter or cheese in the fridge. It happens to us all.
An internal camera within the fridge allows you to view the contents of your fridge from your smart phone so you’ll never have to wonder what’s in there again!
Whilst you’re doing the cooking you can watch TV or play music through your new appliance to provide you with entertainment – a bluetooth connection will even let you connect to smart speakers in your home.
You can make shopping lists directly from the fridge and access it from the app on your mobile whilst you’re out.
Price: £2,999, Currys – buy here now
8. Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder
We all feel guilty when we have to leave our pets alone, whether it’s work, an impromptu shopping trip or we’re away for an evening – we want to make sure that we’ve left them with adequate food and water.
This smart feeder will put your mind at ease, not only can you feed your pet throughout the day with six evenly sized compartments, but you can check on them with an integrated camera and speak to them to them through your smart phone.
The device is wet and dry food appropriate and you can also dispense medication and treats from the available compartments.
Your cheeky pet won’t be able to manually move the compartments for extra food as there is a locking mechanism between the slots, which will only open up when it’s time for their next feed.
Price: £186.05, Amazon – buy here now
9. Ring2 Door View Cam
Never miss a delivery again. See who’s at your door from wherever you are with the ring doorbell.
This smart technology uses HD video and sensors to detect movement at your door, from your smart phone you can view the video and speak to people whilst you are out.
Push notifications come straight through to your mobile, so you can enjoy your time away from home with your mind at ease.
Ring also works with Amazon Echo devices, when motion is detected at your front door your Echo system will illuminate and make an announcement.
Price: £179, Ring – buy here now
10. Arlo Baby Video Monitoring Camera
The Arlo baby monitoring camera provides parents peace of mind, when they are away from their baby.
1080p HD quality video means you can clearly see your baby and night vision ensures you can still seem them in the same quality at bedtime.
Air sensors monitor the air condition and temperature of your babies room so you know whether you need to adjust the heat settings or not.
A two-way talk technology wherever you are, if your baby wakes up you can comfort and soothe them back to sleep without having to move.
Price: £149.99, Very – buy here now