iHome Wi-Fi outdoor smart plug
Setting up outdoor Christmas lights or just something for your backyard deck? This outdoor plug gives you access to smart features like scheduling and even voice control.
Switchmate Motion Activated Snap-On Instant Smart Light Switch
Don’t want to go through the complicated process of setting up a full-on smart home system with hubs and connections throughout your home? The Switchmate attaches right to the switch and gives you direct voice control through the mobile app.
TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb
This is the easiest way to gain voice control over your home’s lamps. All you do is screw in the bulb, connect it to your Wi-Fi, connect the free app to your hub’s app, and boom you’ve got “Alexa, dim the living room lights” right on the tip of your tongue.
Etekcity Wi-Fi 2-pack smart plugs
These mini plugs add smart functionality to your favorite appliances by connecting easily to your Wi-Fi and giving you control through a device like the Echo Dot.
Amazon Echo Dot
For $30 you get all the features of Amazon Alexa, a built-in speaker, and a smart home hub capable of controlling hundreds of objects around the home. Honestly, if you don’t have one already I have no idea what you’re waiting for.
SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
The SmartThings ecosystem is one of the most robust you can have, and this kit comes with a whole bunch of options like multipurpose sensors, a motion sensor, a smart plug, and the SmartThings Hub.
Philips Hue starter kit with 4 bulbs and a bridge
There are plenty of smart bulb options out there if you just want to replace a singular lamp or lighting fixture, but if you want to go whole hog you want the Philips Hue so your lights can communicate with you and each other at the same time.
Canary all-in-one home security