This year, embrace a smarter home.
You might have been resistant for some time to fitting your house with the latest tech gizmos—after all, why replace belongings in your house that still seem perfectly good? But there are plenty of smart gadgets that will improve your life (some even help you save money). It’s time to welcome these devices into your home, and The Home Depot has them all—smart locks, cameras, digital assistants, and more. With the 10 ideas here, culled from the coolest, most useful tech, you’re sure to become a smart home convert.
1. High-Tech Temperature Controls
The days of constant fiddling with the thermostat—and overspending on utility bills—are over, courtesy of the Nest Learning Thermostat. Once it's installed, you will be able to control this smart thermostat with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, from home or away. The sleek-looking, Energy Star-certified device with its easy-to-read display is engineered to recognize your go-to temperature settings and adjust as needed, helping you save up to 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling costs. How cool is that? Available at The Home Depot ; $249.
2. State-of-the-Art Security
Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their own home. With the Nest Cam Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Security Camera, safety has never been simpler. Offering 24/7 live video with 130-degree wide-angle view, 1080p HD, and eight infrared LEDs to evenly illuminate the scene, this outdoor camera keeps watch day and night. You’ll get an alert when the camera detects activity and be able to converse with whoever’s out there. Weatherproof and simple to install, thanks to a unique magnet mount, this cam’s time has come! Available at The Home Depot; $199.
3. Digital Video Doorbells
Why should you, or anyone else, for that matter, have to run to the door every time someone comes calling? With the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, you’ll be pinged the moment visitors arrive and be able to see, hear, and speak to them via your preferred device. This slim, smart doorbell features 1080p HD video with built-in night vision, clear two-way talk, and on-demand live-view audio and video. The included tool kit contains everything needed to get it set up in minutes. Available at The Home Depot ; $249.
4. Smart Lock Systems
Spare yourself from having to search the house for a loss set of keys ever again. You can go keyless with the Nest x Yale Lock with Nest Connect, which uses simple passcodes for family members and guests. The system features a tamper-proof deadbolt, one-touch locking that works with just a tap, and history alerts to keep tabs on everyone's comings and goings. It's available in a choice of oil-rubbed bronze, satin nickel, or polished brass finish to suit any exterior. Available at The Home Depot; $279.
5. Innovative Illumination
Incandescent light bulbs are practically a thing of the past, so swapping your bulbs for a brighter, smarter future with Hue White A19 smart light bulbs is a responsible move. They offer similar illumination to standard 60-watt incandescents but (bonus!) can be dimmed, last nearly 23 years, and cost a mere $1.14 annually to power (based on three hours of use each day). The even smarter part? You can control the lights remotely and even set them to turn off automatically when you leave the house or hit the sack. The bulbs fit all medium-base lamps, pendants, and other open fixtures, and there's no rewiring or special setup required. Available at The Home Depot; $49 for a set of four.
6. Garage Door Upgrades
Garage door openers were invented way back in the 1920s, but they didn’t become widespread until the ‘70s and haven't changed much since—until now. Finally, with Chamberlain’s MyQ Smart Garage Hub synced to your smartphone, you can open the door from anywhere, check to confirm that it’s closed, and grant access to visitors—all with peerless security that will give you peace of mind. And how’s this for smart? The MyQ is compatible with most existing garage door openers manufactured as long ago as 1993. Available at The Home Depot; $70.
7. Automated Assistants
You may be a die-hard, hands-on do-it-yourselfer, but surely you can use a little hands-free help from Google Home when you're up to your elbows in your latest project. All you have to do is ask—the far-field mic can hear you from across the room—and the digital assistant will answer questions (about virtually anything!), play music through a built-in speaker, deliver reminders, and let you control all your compatible devices. Available at The Home Depot; $99.
8. High-Tech Shower Heads
Kohler’s Moxie makes singing in the shower cooler than ever! A shower head with a built-in speaker that pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled device, Moxie will stream your listening pleasure, be it music, news, podcasts—you name it—but the sound is only part of the fun. This innovative shower head, which comes in a variety of finishes, boasts 60 angled nozzles to deliver an enveloping, full-coverage spray for a total sensory experience. The waterproof speaker can be popped out when it's time to recharge the battery and can be used anywhere in the house as well as on the go. Available at The Home Depot; $132 (polished chrome; price varies with finish).
9. Smart Plugs
Ease into the smart home world with the Leviton DZPA1 Smart Plug-in Outlet, which can make your stuff way better—and smarter. The Z-Wave enabled device plugs into any wall outlet, then once the outlet's been synced to the corresponding app, you can control power to any light or small appliance that you plug into it. The smart plug is designed for use with most residential lighting and small appliances, so you can start the coffee maker, check the slow cooker, and turn on the floor lamp, all from the comfort of the couch—or anywhere else, at home or across town. Available at The Home Depot; $39.
10. Greater Grilling
With the Weber iGrill Mini, and you'll never again have to guess if the steaks are done. This intuitive, app-connected thermometer ensures BBQ perfection with preset and customizable food temperature monitoring. You can set timers, check progress without lifting the lid, get an alert at the precise moment any type of meat is done, and more—all thanks to the easy-to-read LED indicators and mobile app alerts. OK, gang, who’s hungry?! Available at The Home Depot; $50.
For tech gifts to enthrall everyone who lives under your roof, check out Bob Vila's roundup of the best gizmos and gadgets for the holiday season!