Best smart home gadgets ( December 2018 )

Looking for the coolest and best gadgets for your smart home? I’m rather impressed with some of these new useful smart gadgets. You won’t find your typical smart home gadgets here. These are some of the more off the wall gadgets that we ran into and thought you might be curious to read more about.

We decided to feature these as the best smart home gadgets in 2018:

  • Bond
  • PetSafe Smart Feed
  • Anova Precision Cooker
  • QiLi Ceiling Lamp
  • Dojo
  • Weber iGrill Mini
  • Flower Care 2
  • Muse: Brain Sensor
  • Circle – with Disney
  • Feiyen Echo Dot Hanger 
  • Hapifork
  • Tonbux Wi-Fi Power Strip
  • Smart Sockets
  • Sensibo Sky
  • Logitech Harmony Hub

I know that we all know about smart home thermostats and smart home security and all the normal stuff that I discuss here on a daily basis.

I think you will find some of these smart home gadgets are a little more intuitive and solve everyday problems that we all run into. Heck, some of them are just for fun.

You can click on any of the pictures on the right to take a deeper look at each item over on Amazon. So here is my list of 15 of the best gadgets for your smart home that you should take a look at in 2018.

1. Bond

 

 

 This little smart hub is great as a smart home gadget. I don’t usually think of ceiling fans right off the bat when I think of smart homes. But now, when I do I think of the Bond. Basically, it allows you to turn your old remote controlled ceiling fan into a smart ceiling fan.

It allows you to control up to 6 ceiling fans with one single controller and from one central location. It has support for both iOS and Android APP. It was really easy to set up too. You just download the app, then point your remote at the BOND and you are done. It also integrates slickly with Alexa and Google Home. Just bear in mind that if you don’t have a remote for your current fan, Bond won’t be able to help you.

Features

  • CONTROL CEILING FANS AND FIREPLACES FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE – BOND turns any remote controlled fan or fireplace smart in seconds. Activate the fan, control fan speeds, and switch on lights—all from your iPhone, Android phone, tablet, Amazon Echo, or Google Home Assistant. With BOND, you’ll be able to use these smart devices to do whatever your remote control could do.
  • ALEXA AND GOOGLE-ENABLED – This device is certified by Amazon and Google to work with Alexa and the Google Home Assistant. Control your ceiling fan with voice commands. You’ll never need to reach for the light switch or the remote again. Controlling a ceiling fan and fireplace has never been easier!
  • CONTROL UP TO SIX CEILING FANS – A single BOND can control up to six ceiling fans from one central location. The BOND can record and transmit RF (radio frequency) as well as IR (infrared) signals, so it will work regardless of what kind of remote you have. The area range is about 2,500 sq. ft. so you’ll be able to control fans in other rooms or on another floor.
  • NO INSTALLATION NEEDED – Set up is extremely quick and easy. Simply plug in the BOND device, download the app to your phone, point your fan remote at the BOND, and you’re done! All of the functions on your remote—including fan speed, light dimmer settings, and timer using IFTTT—can now be controlled via the BOND.
  • SMART HOME FUNCTIONALITY WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK – Everybody wants devices and appliances with smart home functionality, but many of these products are extremely expensive. With BOND, you can make your old appliances smart without replacing them. Our software currently supports ceiling fans and electric and gas fireplaces, but updates are on their way for A/C units, garage doors, and motorized shades!

 

2. PetSafe Smart Feed

 

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It is definitely flexible, as your pet’s meals can be dispensed from 1/8 cups to 4 cups.

You can use the “slow feed” option which allows food to dispense slowly over a 15 minute period. This will help prevent bloating and vomiting. Because that’s the last thing you need happening when you aren’t there to clean it up.

This also allows you to get alerts so that you know that your pets are eating on the schedule you set for them. It’s easy to clean and has a reliable design for a smart home gadget. Overall I highly recommend it.

Features

  • SMARTPHONE PROGRAMMING: Control your dog or cat’s feeding from anywhere using your smartphone; Requires an Apple iPhone or iPod device iOS 9.0 or later or a compatible Android smartphone 5.0 or later
  • CUSTOMIZABLE MEAL TIMES: Program up to 12 meals to feed on your pet’s schedule; Feed Now option allows you to feed your pet outside normal feeding times
  • FLEXIBLE PORTIONS: Meals can be dispensed from 1/8 cups to 4 cups to fit your pet’s unique feeding needs; Unique Slow Feed option allows the food to dispense slowly over a 15 minute period to help prevent bloating and vomiting
  • RECEIVE ALERTS: Monitor your pet’s feeding from anywhere for peace of mind; Feeds on schedule as programmed if Wi-Fi connection is lost or feeder is offline
  • RELIABLE DESIGN: Unique conveyor design dispenses most shapes and sizes of dry and semi-moist food and helps prevent jams; Pet-proof dispenser keeps prying paws from sneaking food
  • EASY-TO-CLEAN: Lid, hopper, bowl and bowl holder are top-shelf dishwasher-safe for convenient cleaning. For indoor use only. Made of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel
  • POWER ADAPTER INCLUDED: Power adapter operated with an optional battery backup (requires 4 D-cell alkaline batteries, not included)

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Sous vide cooking has been around forever and produces restaurant quality results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. You can cook everything from meats, fish, vegetables and even desserts.

It’s easy to use too for a smart home gadget! Just attach the cooker to any pot, add your water, put your ingredients in a sealed bag or glass jar, drop it in, then press start. Seriously, if I can do this, then any Homosapien can!

Features

  • ANOVA PRECISION COOKER WI-FI – Perfect to cook from anywhere with WI-FI. Serves up to 12. Fits on any pot. Adjustable clamp
  • COOK LIKE A PRO – The Anova Precision Cooker allows anyone to cook a restaurant-quality meal at home. Our sous vide Circulator is the perfect kitchen appliance for hands-off cooking of vegetables, meat and much more with consistent control and precision. We’re so confident in our product Anova backs it with a 2-year warranty
  • PERFECT RESULTS, EVERY TIME – Precision Cooking enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. No dry edges and no rare centers. Juices and flavors don’t escape. Food comes out perfectly moist and tender. Continuous temperature control provides reliable and consistent results, every time. Perfect for vegetables, meat, fruit, cheese and much more
  • SMART DEVICE CONTROL & COOKING NOTIFICATIONS – The Precision Cooker can be controlled remotely with smart devices, allowing you to escape from the kitchen while you cook. Simply download the Anova app to easily monitor, adjust or control the device from your iPhone and Android or other smart devices. The Precision Cooker also provides you cooking notifications while you’re out of the kitchen so you’ll know when your food is ready. The Precision Cooker’s WI-FI connection allows you to control the device from anywhere
  • EASY TO USE – Simply attach the Precision Cooker to any pot, add water, drop in desired food in a sealed bag or glass jar. Start cooking with the touch of a button. The sous vide cooker’s timer and precise temperature control allow you to step away and relax while your food cooks perfectly. No additional equipment needed
  • GET CREATIVE WITH 1,000+ RECIPES – Choose from sous vide guides and recipes created for home cooks of every skill level by award-winning chefs, with simple directions to walk through each recipe with ease. All available free of charge. Great for beginner and veteran chefs!
  • SIMPLE TO CLEAN – The Precision Cooker’s detachable stainless steel skirt and disks are dishwasher safe making this kitchen appliance easy to clean and maintain

4. QiLi Ceiling Lamp

It has multiple light colors built right into the LED Ceiling light, and warm white as well as cool white for options as well as dimmable functionality. You can use the iLink app to control the colors. You can control it via Bluetooth from 16 to 20 feet away. The only downside is that you can only pair it with one phone.

It does also have a timer setting so that you can time the start of the smart ceiling lamp to turn it on or off automatically and have it set to any color you want. You can even set the bulb to wake you up in the morning with a naturally soft light. It definitely has some great features and is an interesting smart home gadget for just about any home.

Features

  • BUILT-IN SOUND SPEAKER – There is sound speaker inside of lamp, you can play your phone music by this speaker, this is great if you want to relax and unwind after a long day, make your kids bedtime an enjoyable experience, or help kick start the party
  • LIGHT COLORS – This smart LED Ceiling light is RGBW multi color changing, and warm white cool white for choice, brightness dimmable. Use APP “iLink” to control colors. Wireless control distance is 16-26ft. (Please note this smart lamp can only be paired with a single phone)
  • REMOTE CONTROL – Simply use remote controller to control colors.3000K-6500K color termperature adjustable and RGB multi color changing. Press “Rhythm” key on remote, colors will change by music.
  • PACK INCLUDES- Each pack includes 1pcs LED ceiling light, 1pcs user guide, 1pcs mounted holder with strong magetic, 4pcs screws and wall expansion micelles, 1pcs cable with plug ,1pcs strong package(Φ13.2inch(diameter) x 3.15inch(thickness))
  • WARRANTY – 2 years 100% warranty and friendly, easy-to-reach Support.90 days money back guarantee for any reason.Please reach out to our support email assistance.

 

5. Dojo

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This was really easy to set up. Basically, you connect your Dojo to your router, download the Dojo app and Dojo does everything else. As someone who used to work in Network Security Sales, it’s nice to see smart detection and prevention for the home user.

This little gadget also automatically detects, blocks and mitigates cyber threats. The app will give you real-time risk information on privacy breach detections and anything that it blocks. It is constantly learning by studying your home network which allows it to enhance and protect at all times.

Features

  • SMART CYBERSECURITY – Dojo protects all your connected home devices from malware, viruses and any cyber attack while keeping your privacy intact. Dojo is the only smart thing making sure all your smart devices and network are behaving and secure
  • Simple Setup – Connect Dojo to your Wi-Fi router, download Dojo app and Dojo does the rest
  • Smart Detection and Prevention – Automatically detects, blocks and mitigates cyber threats. Dojo also gives you real-time risk information (via app) on privacy breach detections and blocks giving you total peace of mind
  • Intelligent Learning – Dojo constantly studies your home network to enhance and protect at all times. It never sleeps and is always adapting, planning and protecting
  • Enterprise Grade Security – Advance cyber security service for all your smart devices
  • Refer to the User Manual attached below in Technical Specification

 

6. Weber iGrill Mini

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The iGrill mini has a smart probe that measures temperatures between -22° F (-30°C) to 572° F (300°C). It comes with an app that allows you to monitor it. It also has a temperature LED indicator with proximity wake-up shows the progression from start to done without lifting the lid on your grill or smoker.

Features

  • Single probe capacity (one meat probe included)
  • Meat probes are heat resistant up to 716˚F
  • Smart LED
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 150-hour battery life (battery included)
  • Magnetic base
  • Preset temperatures, temperature monitoring, and many other features offered in Weber iGrill app
  • Weber iGrill app available on App Store and Google Play

7. Fower Care 2

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The app stores a daily growth record. They even have a database of over 5,000 plants and flowers that you can find your plants in. This little smart home gadget also works in both the United States as well as in Europe.

  • REAL TIME SOIL & SUNLIGHT SENSOR FOR INDOOR & OUTDOOR USE – Smart tester for your house and garden plants that provides accurate data on Sunlight, Moisture, Temperature, and Soil Fertility. IPX5 Waterproof design.
  • FULL SPECIES COVERAGE & EXPERT CARE TIPS – Analyzes and tracks daily plant growth in real-time, and provides expert tips on how to better take care of your flowers, plants, vegetables and herbs. Database supports over 5,000 different flowers and plants with individual care recommendations.
  • TEMPORARY CARE – Let your friends or family members take care of your plants while you’re away with the all-new Temporary Care feature. Now you don’t have to worry that someone will flood your plant with this moisture meter!
  • FRIENDLY MOBILE APP & EASY SETUP – Quick set-up process that guarantees you will have a green thumb in no time! Connects to a free FlowerCare Android App (iOS is in Beta testing and currently not officially supported).
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT – Powered by 1 x DC 3V CR2032 button battery (included), lasts up to 365 days thanks to manual sync via energy efficient Bluetooth 4.1 connection.

8. Muse: Brain Sensor

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While you are meditating it measures how calm your mind is and it translates that data into weather sounds. So for example, you’ll hear nice peaceful weather sounds when you are calm. When your mind wanders off the weather will intensify which guides you back to being calm again.

After your done meditating you can see all the data, and set new goals. I’m not the meditation type (although I probably should be), but I’m pretty impressed with this little smart home gadget.

Features

  • MEDITATION MADE EASY: Muse is your personal meditation assistant by providing EEG based real-time neurofeedback, allowing you to take the guesswork out of your meditation practice
  • MUSE WILL GUIDE YOU TO A CALM MIND: Sometimes your mind is calm and sometimes it’s active – Muse will teach you to recognize a calm mind and help you get there
  • IMMERSE YOURSELF: Put on the Muse headband, plug in your earbuds or headphones, start the app, and close your eyes. Immerse yourself within the sounds of a beach or rainforest via the Muse App on iOS or Android
  • MUSE TEACHES FOCUSED ATTENTION MEDITATION: When you’re calm, you’ll hear peaceful weather sounds. When your mind wanders, the weather will intensify, guiding you back to a calm state
  • REAL-TIME TRACKING & FEEDBACK: While you meditate, Muse measures whether your mind is calm or active, and translates that data into weathers sounds
  • REVIEW DATA AFTER EACH SESSION: After each session, review your data, set goals, and build a deeply rewarding meditation practice that gets better every time
  • ENSURE YOU ARE GETTING AUTHENTIC MUSE HEADBANDS – Manufacturer warranty is valid only when the Muse headband is purchased via ‘Ships and Sold by Amazon.com’ – No other seller on this site is authorized; product from others may not be authentic

9. Circle – with Disney

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Circle with Disney gives you the ability to filter what your kids see and allows you full parental controls without having to be ultra tech savvy. You control it right from your smartphone, and yes it is compatible with both Android and IOS. You will want to check before buying to make sure that your router is compatible. You can find a full list of compatible routers here.

I love the fact that you can control online time limits with Circle and that you can even pause the internet all together with a single tap on your phone.

If you think this might be something for you, then you should check it out over here on Amazon.

Features

  • MANAGE EVERY CONNECTED DEVICE: Circle recognizes and manages wired and wireless devices on your home network.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Setup and manage Circle using a device with iOS 9+ or Android 4.2+. Home Internet connection and a compatible router also required, check your router’s compatibility on our Support Site.
  • SET ONLINE TIME LIMITS: Create daily time limits on apps and popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube.
  • FILTER ONLINE CONTENT: Set individual filter levels by age (Pre-K, Kid, Teen, and Adult) for each member of your family. Create custom filters for websites too!
  • PAUSE THE INTERNET: Pause the internet for a single Family member or the whole Family with a single tap.
  • ONLINE USAGE AT A GLANCE: See where your kids spend time online by app and category.

10. Feiyen Echo Dot Hanger 

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You can set it up in seconds because there is a secure lock to keep the echo dot in place. This also holds your cord, so you can literally say goodbye to it. The best part of this little doodad is that it improves the responsiveness of the Echo Dot because the microphones are completely exposed.

Overall I just love the convenience and functionality of having this for my Echo Dot. Be aware though, it only works with the Echo Dot 2nd generation. Still, this is a very useful smart home gadget for anyone who has purchased or will be purchasing an echo dot.

Features

  • Easy Setup – Great alternative to others that require drilling holes. Installs it in seconds without user guide. There is a secure lock to greatly keep the dot from dropping down and a seamless footprint perfectly packing the orginal power adapter from Your Echo Dot.
  • Perfect Cord Arrangement – Say goodbye to mess long cord bunched up behind the Echo Dot and be off of the counter top of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with our specific power cable.
  • Voice Recognition Improvement – The microphones and speakers are all exposed. Your Echo Dot is actually more responsive in this position with the microphones facing out from the wall. There is a rear openings for maximum sound output.
  • Elegant Decoration – It’s nice to have it suspended off of the flat surface with these outlet plug accessories of echo dot. Move your Dots to more convenient locations and give your outlet space a lot cleaner and tidier look. Never block the plug of any outlets. It also can be echo dot stand on the counter. Why not buy it as a great Christmas gift with the beautifully designed packaging.
  • Notes – ONLY FITS Dot 2nd generation! Package includes: Short USB cord x 1, Outlet wall mount x 1

11. Tonbux Wi-Fi Power Strip

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You just connect this USB power strip to your wall outlet, and download the smart app, then add it to your account via your home network. When you turn it on/off on app, you can turn your devices on and off and set schedules from anywhere in the world, which offers you a surprisingly intelligent life.

Features

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  • Work with Alexa Echo: Work with Amazon Alexa Echo to control each of the outlets individually Via voice control after connecting the Jinvoo Smart app successfully. Turn on/off your devices based on specific time you set for energy saving with the wifi intelligent power strip
  • 4 AC Outlets + 4 USB Charging Ports: Equipped with 4 outlets and 4 USB charging port for travel, home or office, provide a convenient power supply for notebooks and other Tabs Socket. And you can remote control your indoor lights, space heaters, fans, and other appliances at the same time.( NOTE: the 4 Outlet can be controlled individual ;4 USB ports are controlled as a one unit)
  • Free App Control: Connect to your Wi-Fi network and Download the Free Jinvoo Smart APP ( IOS8 or above/Android 4.1 or above) on your smart device and pair with Amazon Alexa using on Apple store/Android Market/ GooglePlay. Support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network, not support 5.0GHz
  • Energy Saving & Safety: Remote control your daily electrical equip with Security via Voice Control when you are indoor. Built in leakage, overload protection switch, product support Surge Protection, effective absorption of the sudden huge energy, protect the connection equipment from damage
  • Easy to Operate: Just connect your lights and appliances to this usb power strip, download the Jinvo Smart app, add it into your account via 2.4G wifi network. When you turn it on/off on app, you would find that the app and this smart device sync on/off, not time delay. This power strip has been approved for safety and quality assurance (ETL and FCC certificate.

12. GMYLE Smart Sockets

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The real beauty of it? You can control them from anywhere with no hub or subscription fee. They are also compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Home, so you can control them via your voice as well. You install them by setting up your smart plug with the wifi network and then register the appliances.

They even have a timer and a countdown function which lets you control when appliances turn off and on. That stops you from having any issues with overcharging or power waste. You can sync your lights or other devices to turn on when you come home by setting up a geofence as well. Very cool stuff here for a very reasonable price.

 

13. Sensibo Sky

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This works on a geofence and automatically turns the A/C off when you leave and turns it back on when you come home. That is a huge saving.

Sensibo works with both Amazon Echo and Google Home. You can even control the temperature with your voice! How cool is that? Sensibo also works with SmartThings and IFTTT. I’ll take three, please.

Features

  • COMPATIBLE WITH ALL STAND ALONE ACs : Smart A/C controller that works with mini-splits, mobile a/c units, window a/c units through any wi-fi connected phone or voice aware device.
  • MANAGED BY ANY DEVICE : Use iOS and Android phones to set a/c and heating schedules, automate a/c and heating to save on energy costs, all with an easy to use app.
  • POWERED BY YOU : Use voice commands with your Alexa Echo or Google Home voice aware devices to control your a/c and heating quickly and efficiently.
  • FULL CLIMATE MANAGEMENT : Smart climate control feature Climate React helps you set comfort zones based on temperature (inside and outside), humidity and time of day.
  • SAVES MONEY : Saves energy costs by controlling a/c and heating usage when you are away. Senses when nobody is home to turn climate control off and turns on as you get home.

 

14. Logitech Harmony Hub

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You can use Amazon Alexa with your Logitech Harmony Hub to turn on your television to your favorite channel by just using your voice. You can set it up to turn any of your home entertainment equipment off or on with the sound of your voice actually. It allows you to combine up to 8 remotes and countless apps into one easy-to-use smartphone app.

Don’t want to see your devices anymore? Want to hide them in a cabinet? Then this is perfect for you. You won’t see that stuff anymore. You can also check out my short review on the Logitech Harmony Hub to find out more.

Features

  • Works with Alexa to easily control your home entertainment devices with your voice
  • Combine up to 8 remotes and countless apps into one easy-to-use smartphone app.
  • Create customized activities to control your home entertainment. For example, simply tap “Date Night” and Harmony can turn on your Sony Android TV, launch Netflix, dim your Philips Hue smart lights and turn on your Sonos connected speaker
  • Harmony App for iOS or Android smartphone or tablet: Simply swipe and tap to control channels, movies, 50 customizable channel Favorites
  • Closed cabinet control: Included Harmony Hub lets you control devices in closed cabinets

Conclusion

These are just some of the fun smart home gadgets that I talk about regularly on the blog. If you find this information useful please share this with friends and family.

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