Thanks to the latest and greatest technology, you can connect your home to lots of your favorite devices, making life much easier. Whether it’s the lighting system in your entire home or just scheduling the sprinklers from your smartphone, our list of the best home automated devices will make the perfect gift for those who like organization and control of their home.
With the Revolv app and hub, you get a single home automated experience that supports today’s best-selling smart home devices. The Revolv Hub, unlike other home automation solutions, doesn’t require an Ethernet cable. Just put it where you want to get the best wireless range. Then magically connect it to your Wi-Fi network in less than a minute using our proprietary FlashLink technology. For $299, the Revolv is a great gift for those who want home automation all in one place.
9. Lono Sprinkler Controller
Control your sprinklers via your smartphone with the Lono Sprinkler Controller that makes taking care of your yard super easy. You can control your sprinkler system anytime, anywhere at the touch of a button. You can delay watering for days if you have back yard parties and make quick adjustments so that dry spot on your lawn gets more water than other spots. Pre order it now for a loved one who loves their yard for $199.99.
8. Belkin WeMo
From Belkin comes WeMo’s Home automation line that makes life easier, simpler and better. WeMo uses your Wi-Fi network and mobile internet to control to your home electronics right from your phone. It also works with ifTTT so your home electronics are connected to a world of online apps. The devices come in various models, including light switches and more. Prices vary depending on model.
7. Nest Thermostat
Get the perfect temperature in your home every time with the Nest Thermostat that learns your scheduled, programs itself and can be controlled via your phone! If you teach it well, you can save on your heating and cooling bills in the long run, saving you loads of cash! And it’s as easy to install as a light fixture.
6. Nexus 7
Using the Nexus 7 tablet from Google, you can use it for a home automation interface. You can easel get a frame for it and mount it to a wall if you’d like in one place os leave it where all your remote controls are. At only $199 each it’s cheap enough to get several for different rooms in your home. Just download apps to pair with your electronic devices for home automation.
5. Xbox One
Not only can you get your gaming fix with the Xbox One, but you can also use it to control your home environment! Since Microsoft acquired id8 Group R2 studios – home automation specialists – you’ll be able to easily control nearly any part of your home, from adjusting the thermostat, closing the blinds, locking the back door, to even feeding your dog. Microsoft is unofficially referring to their new home automation ventures as Home 2.0. Although more of an idea, it’ll probably be a reality sometime next year so it might be a good idea to buy an Xbox One now!
4. Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast allows you to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, music and more form Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. So you don’t have to huddle around small screens and tiny speakers and enjoy it on your big HDTV. And you can take it with you from room to room. It automatically updates to work with a number of apps. Since it works with your tablets and smartphones, there’s no need for an another remote control. For only $35, you can easily gift it this holiday season to all your friends and family.
3. Philips HUE
Philips provides personal wireless lighting with their new HUE light bulbs line. The connected bulbs and wireless bridge allows you to control your personal lighting with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are. You can easily connect up to 50 Hue lights to a single system, while using as much as 80% less energy than regular light bulbs. Each bulb provides 600 lumens and produces all shades of whir, from ward to cold and a wide variety of color. The starter pack costs $199.95, and the bulbs range in prices.
2. Schlage Touchpad Deadbolt with Nexia Home Intelligence and Alarm
The multi-fiction lock from Schlage unites Nexia Home Intelligence with keyless entry and built-in alarm technology to create a lock like no other. The worry-free convenience of keyless entry and the protection of a built-in alarm is what you get with this device. You get keyless control using simple access codes, so you never have to worry about losing, hiding, carrying or forgetting their house keys again. And for only $199 on Amazon, security is a great gift to give this holiday season.
The Sonos Wireless HiFi System is great for music lovers in your life. With a variety of models in their product lineup, you’ll find something for everyone. The system delivers all the music you want, in every room with deep, textured sound. It’s the only system that combines HiFi sound with high-performance wireless. And it’s super easy to set up. Prices vary depending on the model you get.
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Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.