Setting up a smart home doesn’t need to be expensive – so if you are looking for some cheap smart home devices to get you going, or looking to buy a gift for a smart home enthusiast, these devices provide a great entry point into budget friendly home automation.
We’ve rounded up 6 of our favourite smart home technology devices, all at under $100 each.
Smart Voice Control
Amazon Echo Dot – $49.99
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled smart home device. Using it is as simple as asking Alexa a question. Best of all – all products we have covered are smart home devices that work with Alexa. While it does have a built in speaker, it can also be connected via Bluetooth and has a 3.5mm audio output (see our speaker recommendation below) .
Smart Home Lighting
Phillips Hue Lux Starter Kit – $44.95
The Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit is a great entry level offering for Smart Home Lighting, while it is white-only you still have all of the remote control features. Philips also claims that each Lux bulb uses less than 80% power than a normal halogen light bulb – so not only are you saving money by going with white-only (over the normal Phillips Hue) you’re likely to save money on your utility bill too!
Smart Home Switches
Wemo Insight Switch – $47.41
By using the Belkin Wemo Insight Switch you can turn any device into a smart device by allowing you to remotely power them on and off, as well as setting schedules. Further to this the “Insight” feature allows you to monitor energy consumption of whatever you have plugged in, and even tell you how much it’s costing you to keep turned on based on your utility companies rate.
Home Automation Hub
Logitech Harmony Hub – $80.83
The Logitech Harmony Hub provides powerful control of most smart home devices, as well as entertainment devices via infrared – plus Amazon Alexa compatibility. Additionally it also has full ZigBee and Z-Wave protocol support (confused? See our article on Common Home Automation Terms and What They Mean).
The Harmony Hub also lets you build multi-device experiences called Activities – just say good night to Alexa, and the Harmony Hub will take care of the rest!
Speaker, built especially for the Echo Dot
Ninety7 VAUX – $49
Just recently released in April, the Ninety7 VAUX is a battery-powered speaker built specifically for the Echo Dot – with its easy plug-and-play set-up, just pop your Dot in the top. The biggest drawback of the Echo Dot is it’s tinny internal speaker and the VAUX is the perfect solution providing great quality audio, and not only that.. because it’s battery-powered, your Echo Dot is now portable too!
It’s clear that Ninety7 have really focused on aesthetics and utility with the VAUX as it not only looks beautiful, it works beautifully too.
Smart Garage Door Opener
Chamberlain MyQ-Garage – $94.95
The Chamberlain My-Q allows you to monitor, open and close your garage door from anywhere.. no reason to worry that you’ve left the door open, just check it on your phone or choose to receive an alert when it’s opened or closed. Forgot your key? Just open up the app on your phone and you’re back inside!
While there is a bit of work to set up this smart home garage opener to work with Amazon Alexa, it is possible using the Alexa Skills Kit.