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The Best of 2017’s Smart Home Technology (So Far)

We’ve talked a lot about smart home technology, but there’s always something new on the market (for example, voice controlled gadgets).

Here are some of the newest tech items you can purchase to streamline your life at home, with an emphasis on voice controlled hub devices that streamline the other devices you own.

Voice-Controlled Smart Home Technology

If you want to control your technology without having to press buttons, here are some of the best options currently available.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot: Alexa is Amazon’s voice assistant, and you have two ways to tap into her help. The Echo is a bluetooth speaker that works with other smart home technology. The Echo Dot is the cheaper option, and it’s a great choice if you already have a speaker or sound system you love. With some time and patience you can set either device up to control many of the gadgets in your home, all via voice.

Google Home: Google has come out with its own voice-controlled hub, aptly named Google Home. Like the Echo, it has a built-in speaker and can control many of your other smart home technology. If you already own a Chromecast you’ll be able to control that device with your voice. It’s also less expensive than the Echo, at $99.

Apple Home: Apple can also give you a voice-controlled smart home technology experience. Home is the name of the app you’ll use alongside your HomeKit enabled products, which include lights to locks to thermostats, and more. Simply give Siri a command like, “Turn off the kitchen lights,” and it’ll be done.

Other Smart Home Technology to Consider

If you don’t like controlling things with your voice, you have some other options that are just as powerful, and one stands out in particular.

The Logitech Harmony Elite is a universal remote that can control your TV, but it also integrates with a number of smart home devices. At $350, it’s also far more affordable than creating a custom hub system for controlling your devices.

What Other Smart Home Technology Should I Know About In 2017?

There’s more to smart home technology than choosing a hub device to control it all — you might also want to purchase smart lighting, a new security system or new smart appliances like a smart refrigerator.

Luckily, you can read through reviews from technology experts to determine which tech you’ll buy next. The following guides are incredibly thorough:

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