7 Ultra-Cool Ways to Transform Your House into the Ultimate Smart Home

7 Ultra-Cool Ways to Transform Your House into the Ultimate Smart Home

Amazon Echos and Google Homes aren't the only devices your smart home needs. From security to entertaining, this is the smart home tech we're loving to bring your house into the 21st century.

Google smart home hub in charcoal photo

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Hubs

A smart hub allows you to access all your devices in one convenient location. The Google Home Hub displays reminders, calendars, and task lists while connecting to over 400 smart home brands including Nest and Philips Hue. It can also play music, stream video, and display images in a slideshow format. Just say, "Hey Google," and it'll turn off lights or adjust the thermostat, all without making you leave your comfy spot on the couch.

Buy It! $99; nordstrom.com

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Entertainment

A smart TV is a worthy investment to up your entertainment game, and this sound bar takes your home theater to the next level. Its wireless subwoofer delivers strong bass while its built-in Dolby and DTS surround sound fills your space for a totally immersive experience. Compatible with Alexa, this speaker is voice-controlled, so you can adjust the volume even if you can't find the remote.

Buy It! $249, usually $299; amazon.com

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Nest smart home thermostat, third generation photo

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Temperature Control

Say goodbye to running the furnace or air conditioner in an empty house. The Nest thermostat adapts to your preferences, programming itself to save energy while keeping your home comfortable. It's Wi-Fi-enabled so you can also monitor and adjust the temperature from your phone, tablet, or laptop. Tip: Use this handy feature to save energy (and money) by keeping it turned down during the day when no one is home. Before the kids come back from school or before you leave the office, adjust it remotely so your home is nice and comfortable by the time everyone returns.

Buy It! $249; bedbathandbeyond.com

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Peace of Mind

The Arlo Pro security system monitors your home both indoors and out. This package deal comes with three HD-cameras (that also record audio) and a base station. You'll be able to connect the devices to your smartphone so you can keep an eye on your house from anywhere, even when you travel. Set up mobile alerts to receive notifications if the cameras detect any suspicious activity, and the super-loud Smart Siren can be activated remotely to deter any would-be intruders. Bonus: The Arlo Pro also features night vision, so you'll get a clear image even in the dark.

Buy It! $580; macys.com

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Philips smart wireless light switch and dimmer photo

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Light It Up

If you find yourself forgetting to turn off the lights, then the Philips Hue smart light switch is the perfect solution. Replace your existing lights with Hue lightbulbs, and then all you have to say is "Google, dim the lights" or "Alexa, change the color to blue," and voilà. Never again will you need to leave the comfort of your bed to flip the switch — just say the command!

Buy It! $25; homedepot.com

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For the Kids

Smart devices aren't just for adults. This Amazon Echo Dot edition lets kiddos get in on the fun, too. A kid-friendly comedian, DJ, and teacher, the Amazon Echo Dot for kids can tell jokes and stories, play music, or teach your child about space with a simple voice command. User-friendly parental controls allow you to monitor content and communicate with your child. Simply say, "Time for dinner," and Alexa will pass along the message.

Buy It! $40 (usually $70); amazon.com

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