Customize your smart thermostat with the sleek Lux Kono Smart

The temperature of your home is a personal preference and now the design of your smart thermostat can be as well. Meet the new Lux Kono Smart thermostat from Lux, which promises to be as affordable as it is aesthetically pleasing. Coming in at $149, the Kono Smart is about $100 cheaper than the original Nest thermostat (and $20 less than the new version), which may be enough to convince some customers to go with a different smart home system.

lux kono smart thermostat on wall

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, the Kono Smart can be easily controlled regardless of what platform you may use in your home. Like other smart thermostats, the Lux thermostat comes with a companion app that allows users to set different temperatures depending on whether or not a home is occupied, switch between cooling and heating modes, and check current indoor and outdoor temperatures. Of course, if you’re at home, you can also talk to your thermostat to set the temperature. But if you’re on vacation and need to turn the AC on or the heat off, you can do that remotely, too. The app also sends seasonal tips to help folks save money on their energy bills.

But what Kono Smart hopes will serve as its differentiating factor is its Décor-snap cover design. These interchangeable decorative faceplates can be easily swapped out to match your unique interior. While the square-shaped Kono Smart comes with a standard lack stainless cover, there are five additional colors available for purchase, including hibiscus red, sea green, and deep blue. And if none of those strike your fancy, there is also a paintable cover option.

“Most smart device purchases are driven by price, value, and ease of use. Kono Smart is the trifecta of smart thermostats, and we’ve also focused on design,” Lux Products CEO Rob Munin said in a statement. “The Kono Smart’s simple knob interface, coupled with its sleek design, high-end finishes and on-the-mark features, offers homeowners a smart solution to their home comfort that is easy to use and great to look at. We’ve gone beyond affordability; we’ve added the element of personalization with our Décor-snap covers in a range of designer color options.”

You can buy the Kono Smart from Home Depot or the Lux website for $149.

Smart Home

Whatever happened to those dumb smart products we wrote about in 2017?

A smart salt dispenser? As manufacturers rush to get the next new smart item out there, we wonder if all these new inventions are really necessary. Here’s a list of 10 of the quirkiest home smart gadgets available, and where they are now.
Smart Home

Get sweaty with the best smart home fitness gadgets on the market

Are you looking for smart fitness devices that will really help your workouts, no matter where you like to exercise? These smart home gadgets are designed to help you analyze your workouts and keep track of how you are doing.

Bags with brains: Smart luggage and gadgets are making travel smoother

The bag you use to tote your stuff can affect the experience of any trip. In response, suitcases are wising up, and there are now options for smart luggage with scales, tracking, and more. Here are our favorite pieces.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

Ikea isn’t throwing shade with the delayed release of its smart blinds

Ikea planned to release is Tradfri-compatible smart blinds in April 2019, but the products have been delayed until later in the year for a firmware update that promises better functionality.
Smart Home

Lutron’s Fan Control makes ceiling fans smart, but has some turnoffs

Lutron recently came out with a smart switch that controls ceiling fans, the Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch. How does it stack up? Here's a first-hand review of the Lutron Fan Control switch.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Smart Home

Traeger’s latest wood-pellet grills are smoky, smart, and spacious

Traeger is famous in the world of barbecue and heavy-duty grills for its signature pellet grills and now the company is expanding this year by adding three new brands of redesigned
Smart Home

The five best teeth-whitening kits you can buy on Amazon

Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. You don't necessarily have to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened though. Here are the best teeth-whitening kits you can buy.
Smart Home

Is your Keurig making gross coffee? Might be time for a cleaning

No one likes a dirty, scaled, or smelly Keurig, but how are you supposed to clean them? Before you throw yours out the window, here is a quick guide on cleaning your machine out thoroughly.
Smart Home

Which is better, the original Echo or the Echo Dot? We compare them

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
Smart Home

Viral porch pirate videos freak people out, cause unrealistic concern

Viral porch pirate videos convince others crime is more prevalent than facts indicate. According to polls, even though FBI reports show property crime rates are at historic lows, more people worry about crime today than ever before.
Smart Home

Sony’s Aibo robot dog can now patrol your home for persons of interest

Sony released the all-new Aibo in the U.S. around nine months ago, and since then the robot dog has (hopefully) been melting owners' hearts with its cute looks and clever tricks. Now it has a new one up its sleeve.