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Grunts Top Rated Smart Home Devices of 2017

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Smart Homes are no longer something of the future. Smart Home devices are here and are becoming more popular than ever. By utilizing the latest technology, smart home devices are able to communicate with one another through hubs and can be controlled remotely to do specific tasks. They provide homeowners with security, energy efficiency, comfort and convenience. At home security cameras, light bulbs, speakers, thermostats, locks and more, can all be turned into smart home devices.

Here is a list of some of the best smart home devices of 2017 that are affordable, efficient, and can all be ordered from Amazon.com:

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Amazon Echo: A Bluetooth speaker that can control smart home devices, play music from your phone, order products off of Amazon through Alexa voice recognition, and many more. The Echo can control compatible connected devices from; Nest, SmartThings, Samsung, Philips Hue and more. ($179.99)

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Amazon Echo Dot: A smaller and less expensive version of the original Echo, the Echo Dot is a voice controlled device that uses Alexa voice recognition to control smart home devices, provide information, play music, read the news and many more. It can control thermostats, lights, garage doors, locks, sprinklers and many more with compatible connected devices. ($49.99)

 

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Samsung SmartThings Hub, 2nd Gen: Connects wirelessly with your smart devices and makes them work together. Use the SmartThings app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home by telling it what to do when you’re away, home, asleep or awake. ($87.99)
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Wink Relay Smart Home Touchscreen Control Panel: The multi-touch screen allows you access to all of your smart products through the Wink app. Comes with two smart light switches that can turn lights or other smart products on/off. The control panel also comes with a microphone and speaker for intercom functionality, as well as humidity and temperature sensors. ($69.99)
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August Smart Lock, 2nd Gen: Keyless home access control through your smartphone, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant. You can unlock and lock your front door from anywhere using the August Home app. You can also share virtual keys with guests and monitor access. ($229.00)
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Nest Cam Indoor Security System: Security camera that offers 24/7 live video as well as a built in speaker and microphone that lets you talk and listen through the Nest app. When the Nest Cam detects any activity, it can send an alert and a photo of the event to your phone or email. ($174.59 per cam) or ($465.00 for 3 cams)
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Kuna Toucan Outdoor Security Camera: USB powered wireless outdoor security system with HD live video and audio. You can receive instant alerts on your smartphone when someone pulls into your driveway or when someone walks up to your door. You can also see and talk to anyone outside your home! This device works with Amazon Alexa. ($149.99)
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SkyBell HD Wifi Video Doorbell: A high definition video doorbell that offers on demand viewing, motion sensors and two way talk so you can speak with your visitors through your smartphone. ($173.11)
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Nest Learning Thermostat: This thermostat learns the temperatures you like, and can program itself. It will automatically turn itself down when nobody is home and it doesn’t detect any motion, saving you money on your energy bills. Connect your thermostat to wifi to control the temperature from your phone, laptop or tablet. You can also check your energy history in the Nest app to see how much energy you are using. ($248.87)
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Ecobee3 Lite Thermostat: The Ecobee learns your, schedule, local weather and desired comfort settings, to make sure your home is always at the right temperature. You can get personal energy reports each month on how much energy you have saved, and tips on how to save even more. This device works with Amazon Alexa. ($167.10)
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Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Connect to wifi and it will send an alert to your smartphone if the alarm goes off or the batteries are running low. It will tell you if smoke or carbon monoxide has been detected, and where it is coming from. The Nest Protect also comes with a 10-year carbon monoxide sensor. ($99.00)
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TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb: Control your lights from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet by using the free Kasa app. You can dim the brightness to have customizable lighting. You can control this product with your voice through any Amazon Alexa device. (50W white bulb-$19.99) (60W multicolor bulb-$39.99)
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Philips Hue Lighting Starter Kit: Control your lights from your smartphone or tablet with the Philips Hue app. The kit comes with the bridge hub and two smart bulbs that work with Amazon Alexa for voice control. ($69.99)
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MySmartBlinds Automation Kit: Turn regular, ordinary blinds into smartphone controlled motorized blinds. Simply connect your smartphone to the device through Bluetooth and set-up a schedule to control your blinds. ($99.99)

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