Though its looks are unassuming, the Switch from iDevices possesses remarkable abilities. Plug it into any outlet, and then use the corresponding app on your phone to control your lights, TV, coffeepot, and more. The convenience of control without having to lift a finger (or barely having to, at least) is one obvious benefit of this smart-home superpower. The real advantage, however, is that you can tailor the product to suit your schedule and your family's specific needs. Among other functions, it can be personalized to check in on your house remotely, or set zones that allow devices to work together for a truly collaborative home. Available on Amazon; $56.