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Best smart tech for a tiny home

Instant Pot Pro Plus
Instant Pot Pro Plus
10-in-1 kitchen
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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Light Strip 2m/7ft
Philips Hue Light Strip
Low-profile lighting
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MRCOOL Mini Split Ductless Heat Pump
MRCOOL Mini Split Ductless Heat Pump
Smart climate control
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Renogy 100W Solar Starter Kit
Renogy 100W Solar Starter Kit
Sun-powered
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LG WM3600HWA
LG WM3600HWA Washing Machine
Efficient and compact
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When you've got a tiny home, there's only have so much space to work with. To make the most of the space, you'll need to be very deliberate in the appliances that find their way inside. Luckily, there are plenty in the smart home category that can provide maximum utility with minimum footprint. Let's explore some of the best smart tech for your tiny home.

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Instant Pot Pro Plus

10-in-1 kitchen

Pros
  • Incredible versatility
  • Major usability improvements
  • Remote control functions fun and useful
Cons
  • Community recipes can be hit and miss

When it comes to cooking, you won't have a lot of room for multiple big appliances in a tiny home. Products like the Instant Pot are able to tackle multiple functions at once and maybe even replace a stove if you're in a pinch. Besides pressure-cooking, the latest models are able to sautée, make yogurt, cook rice, steam, sous vide, and more. You can even use it for canning preserves. The Pro Plus model pairs up with a mobile app so you can beam recipes directly to the cooker, or you can remotely control it. Of course, Instant Pot has a healthy range of products, so you can find smaller ones or air fryers among their ranks if that's your jam.

Instant Pot Pro Plus
Instant Pot Pro Plus
10-in-1 kitchen
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Philips Hue Light Strip

Low-profile lighting

Pros
  • 16 million colors with adjustable output to 900 lumens
  • Weatherproof operation in all conditions
  • Freestanding or screw-clip mounting options
  • Simple installation with extension kit available for longer runs
  • Support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Strips can’t be cut to size
  • Drab silicone cladding

In a tiny home, you aren't going to have a whole lot of room for lamps. LED light strips are a great way to go since they have such a low profile and can be tucked into recessed areas. You'll likely want some kind of exterior illumination right on the house if you're counting on moving on to another site and don't want to affix much to the property. Running this Philips Hue light strip along the outside of your tiny home can handily take care of that. Philips Hue lights offer a wide range of fun color options, but they're also very energy efficient. Other models are available for indoor lighting, too. You can find some other great smart lights here.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Light Strip 2m/7ft
Philips Hue Light Strip
Low-profile lighting
MRCOOL Mini Split Heat Pump placed on table.
MRCOOL

MRCOOL Mini Split Ductless Heat Pump

Smart climate control

Pros
  • Heats and cools
  • Mobile app works with assistants
  • Energy efficient
Cons
  • Involved, lengthy installation
  • Inconsistent support

Smart heat pumps are among the most energy efficient heating and cooling you can find, especially if you're trying to avoid using fossil fuels in a low-carbon lifestyle. MRCOOL makes ductless mini split systems that accommodate rooms between 500 and 1,500 square feet, while heat ratings go from 12K to 36K BTUs. Wi-Fi connectivity provides remote control and access via Google Assistant and Siri. You can set up schedules, enable geofencing so the system turns on or off depending on how close you are, and maximize energy savings.

MRCOOL Mini Split Ductless Heat Pump
MRCOOL Mini Split Ductless Heat Pump
Smart climate control
Solar panels installed on top of a tiny house.
Renogy

Renogy 100W Solar Starter Kit

Sun-powered

Pros
  • Rugged construction
  • Easy to install
  • Reliable performance
Cons
  • Occasional issues with included controller

To go even further off-grid, you'll need some solar panels. Renogy's 100W starter Kit has everything you need to set a foundation for renewable energy. It includes mounting hardware, a charge controller, and cables. You'll likely need another couple of solar panels and a deep cell battery to feed all of that power into. By plugging a separate Bluetooth module into the charge controller, you can pair up your phone and get rich data on your tiny home's power consumption and generation.

Be sure to read up more on our picks for best solar panels.

Renogy 100W Solar Starter Kit
Renogy 100W Solar Starter Kit
Sun-powered
LG WM3770HWA washing machine being loaded.
LG

LG WM3600HWA Washing Machine

Efficient and compact

Pros
  • Special steam mode for allergies
  • Excellent smart features
  • Great choices for cold and speed cycles
Cons
  • Extra features may be difficult to navigate

Finally, you'll need a washing machine that doesn't take up a lot of room, doesn't use a whole lot of water, and conserves energy. If it has smartphone connectivity, that would just be the cherry on top. Luckily, the LG WM3600HWA ticks all of those boxes.

Even without the smartphone app, this thing is pretty smart. It's able to figure out the type of fabric being loaded or execute a steaming cycle to remove allergens. In a bigger home, you might be lacking capacity in a washer like this, but it's a solid fit for a tiny home that's looking to save space.

Be sure to read up on our top picks for washing machines if you're looking for more options.

LG WM3600HWA
LG WM3600HWA Washing Machine
Efficient and compact

Frequently Asked Questions

In which states are tiny houses legal?

You'll want to check with a lawyer before knowing for sure if a tiny house is legal where you want to build one. This will likely depend more on municipal laws than anything. Namely, unincorporated rural areas are more flexible with zoning than cities.

The folks at TinySociety have put together a great map, ranking each U.S. state by its friendliness towards tiny homes. Texas, New Mexico, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Oregon all rate highly. Meanwhile, Montana, Wisconsin, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama all rate poorly.

What is a good budget for tiny house?

It's possible to spend a lot of money on a tiny house if you want to. You can expect to pay between $20,000 and $60,000 on average, or more if you're going to splurge. Here's a look at some incredibly affordable tiny homes.

Is it cheaper to build your own tiny house?

If you're handy, it's possible to save a lot of money by building a tiny house yourself. In general, labor accounts for about half of home construction costs.

What is the largest size a tiny house can be?

In order to remain towable, tiny homes should be at most 8.5 feet wide, 13.5 feet tall, and 40 feet long.

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