7 Smart Home Products You Need in 2017
With the popularity of smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home on the rise comes an influx of other products designed to make your home a little smarter. Whether you want some extra help in the kitchen or a way to monitor your pets when you aren’t home, there is a smart home product for all of your needs. From a refrigerator equipped with a touchscreen for looking up recipes to a sleep machine that analyzes your bedroom to create a “sound blanket,” these seven devices will take your home to the next level in 2017.
With features like two-way talk and one-way video, smart visitor detection, and notifications right to your phone, Vivint’s doorbell camera makes knowing who’s at your front door easy, whether you’re upstairs or out of town. Monthly plans start at $40.
Master the sous vide method with the Anova Precision Cooker. Easily attachable to any pot, the device allows for flavorful, expertly cooked meals every time by using temperature control. Download Anova’s app for tips and hundreds of recipes for every skill level; $149.
Designed for light sleepers, Nightingale works with the acoustics of your room and your existing sleeping conditions (like snoring) to diffuse sound and create white noise for better slumber. Available in February; preorder for $249.
Attach GeniCan to your trash bin and as you throw food items away, it automatically scans their barcodes to keep track of what you need to buy on your next trip to the grocery store. Or you can have your food delivered from Amazon right to your doorstep. Available in early 2017; preorder for $125.
Ecobee3 is a smart thermostat that uses room sensors to adjust the heat throughout your home, helping you save an average of 23 percent on your heating and cooling costs; $249.
Never worry about whether your kitty needs food or water again with Catspad. The small pet pod is synced to an app that allows you to feed your furry friend from your phone, monitor how much she’s eating and drinking, and receive alerts when supplies are running low. Available in February; preorder for $234.
Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator has a large touchscreen, allowing household members to read each other’s schedules, leave notes, order groceries, and even watch television; from $5,600.