Whether we’re ready for it or not, the smart home revolution is here. As we become more dependent on technology for work, entertainment, and mundane daily tasks like shopping, our tech devices are themselves becoming more interconnected. A smart home setup has many advantages, including letting you automate certain functions (such as lighting or climate control) and providing remote monitoring and control from the convenience of your smartphone.
Smart home ecosystems are also completely modular – your setup can be as small or large, or as simple or complex, as you like. They’re also future-proof, offering a lot of flexibility for you to add new components at your leisure. The first step is selecting a good hub to serve as the central point to which all of your appliances are connected and from which they are controlled. The Alexa-enabled Echo is a great option, and it’s the perfect time to grab one now that Amazon has released its new generation of Echo devices. To help you get started, we’ve picked out some limited-time smart home bundles that can kick-start your new smart home setup and potentially save you as much as $120.
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The new second-generation Echo is a wireless speaker that doubles as a smart home hub thanks to its Alexa capability, meaning it can connect with a myriad of compatible devices and home appliances so you can control your smart home ecosystem with easy voice commands. You can also use the Echo itself to stream music, make online purchases, perform internet searches, and more.
This bundle includes the new Echo speaker along with the Logitech Harmony Elite remote control and Hub. The Harmony Elite is a full -featured universal smart remote that controls all of your compatible media devices, giving you complete command with a single device via both voice and touchscreen commands. The Harmony Hub also lets you control appliances that are located within closed cabinets outside of the remote’s sensor range. This package costs $350 from Amazon, saving you $29.
For a simple and affordable Alexa-enabled streaming setup, you can’t do much better than this bundle, which features the smaller second-generation Echo Dot. The Dot features all the smart functionality of its larger cousins, but in a smaller package.
This bundle also contains Amazon’s Fire TV streaming stick (just plug it into your TV, connect to Wi-Fi, sync your account, and you’re ready to roll), which comes with a handy Alexa-enabled remote. The Harmony Companion remote is included as well, and can be used to control your TV setup along with virtually all of your other smart home devices. This bundle comes in at $232 on Amazon.
Controllable lighting is one of the most common and useful applications of smart home tech, and the Philips Hue lineup is one of the best you can buy. This Echo Dot bundle contains the Philips Hue starter kit, which comes with two white LED smart bulbs and the Philips Hue bridge, along with the Echo Dot Alexa hub.
The Philips Hue bridge is Alexa-enabled, so you can control your lights, set timers, and more using simple voice commands. It can also support up to 50 connected bulbs, so you can fill your entire home with energy-efficient smart lighting. This bundle is available for $100 from Amazon, or $20 off, and you can grab more Hue LED bulbs for as low as $12.50 a piece.
Smart plugs are a great way to control your power usage, and like a smart thermostat, these devices can pay for themselves over time with energy savings. Wemo is one of our favorite brands and this bundle scores you an Echo Dot and Wemo Mini smart plug along with a 33-foot strand of 100 dimmable lights.
The starry light strand comes with a small remote and would be the perfect addition to your holiday decorations, or you can use it to create some cozy ambient lighting in your home year-round. The Wemo Mini smart plug bundle comes in at $101 on Amazon.
Thermostats are another great piece of smart home tech, and they highlight how wirelessly connected and automated appliances can make life easier and save you money. A smart thermostat can actually pay for itself in the long run by greatly reducing your energy bills.
The Sensi smart thermostat is a budget-friendly option, but you can save even more money with this bundle that includes the Sensi along with a second-gen Echo Dot Alexa hub. The Echo Dot with Sensi smart thermostat bundle can be yours for a $40 discount, bringing it down to $140 on Amazon for a limited time.
Did you remember to lock the door on your way out this morning? Not sure? No problem — just check your phone and enjoy peace of mind with the August Smart Lock. This device allows you to remotely control and monitor your front door from anywhere and easily installs in minutes over your existing deadbolt.
The August Smart Lock Pro+ can even let you know when your door is opened and closed, and you can also set it up to automatically lock the door behind you or unlock it at your approach when synced with your smartphone. This bundle includes the August Smart Lock Pro+ along with the new Amazon Echo and can be yours for $324, or $56 off list price.
The Echo Show is one of Amazon’s newest devices, operating much the same as the Echo speaker lineup but with the addition of a color LCD display that lets you stream shows and movies, make video calls, and more. It also makes a great smart home hub, especially when paired with an IP camera.
This Echo Show bundle comes with the Amazon Cloud Cam, making it easy to create your own video feed. You can use the Cloud Cam as a baby monitor, security camera, or anything else you need an IP cam for, and can control it all using Alexa voice commands or your smartphone. This package is available for $300 on Amazon for a savings of $50.
Amazon’s Fire devices remain hugely popular as low-cost tablets, but they’ve typically been rather small with fairly basic specs – that is, before the Fire HD 10 was released. This one boasts a large 1080p, 10-inch display, finally putting the Fire in league with other tablets, and features the same hands-free Alexa capability as the Echo smart speakers.
Also included in this bundle are two Netgear Arlo security cameras. Unlike many other IP cameras, the weatherproof Arlo can be used outdoors. The Fire HD 10 + Netgear Arlo package is available for $396 from Amazon for a combined savings of $120 off retail.
Update: Added the Wemo smart plug, August smart lock, Amazon Cloud Cam, and Fire HD 10 bundle deals. Removed expired offers and updated prices.
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