Cool Smart Home Gift Ideas (2020) – My 5 Favorites

5 cool smart home gift ideas

The following are 5 Cool Smart Home Gift ideas that all homeowners will love! Having a Smart Home not only saves money, it saves time and convenience.

Listed in no particular order are 5 of my favorite Smart Home accessories.


#1 – iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550)

iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal-Empties Itself, Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Black

There are many meaningful gifts that you can give, but the most meaningful gift of all that you can give is time. When you give someone an iRobot Roomba i7+ as a gift, you are giving someone you care about the freedom from having to do a mundane task such as vacuuming.

I love this machine. With a 6 year old granddaughter who visits everyday and is slightly messy, we vacuum way more than we have to.

Powerful Cleaning System

This vacuum goes well beyond all of the other robotic vacuums that are available. It uses ten times the strength due to its tough suction action, which means it can pick up everything on the floor, no matter what the floor surface is made out of.

The vacuum features a three-stage cleaning system. Due to its high efficiency, it not only picks dirt up but also all of the dust and thick pet hair around your house.

Scheduled Cleaning

You can set a Roomba to clean the way you want it to clean. All or any of your floor cleaning can be scheduled or you can use Google Voice or Alexa to tell the device to start cleaning. You can send it directly to a room and this can be done via your phone.

Pet Friendly

A big advantage of this machine is it is ideal for people who have many pets. When you have a home full of pets, a lot of shedding comes right along with it. This device can handle heavy pet shedding very well.

If you own multiple pets, their hair will be vacuumed up by the machine. Once it is full, the vacuum goes back to the dock and empties itself, and then goes back on its run.

Empties Itself – Say What?

iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550)

One of the things that really sets this vacuum apart is that it can empty itself.

In addition to being convenient, it will help to keep your house cleaner as well.

Regular vacuums don’t offer this self-emptying feature.

This means you have to take the bag out, clean the device out, and then have to deal with all of the debris and dirt that comes with changing the bag out that gets all over your floor and you.

Knows Your Home Layout

The Roomba is also capable of recalling the layout of your home. The way it does that is by memorizing all of the room as it is vacuuming. If you prefer that the vacuum stays out of a certain room or area, the customization can be set to do exactly that.

The reason why this vacuum is able to map your house out so well is because of the camera mounted on the machine. It is able to visualize the room and a run grid is identified. It takes note of the layout of your furniture, where the walls are, and much more.

Your machine can be set up to begin cleaning and it is smart enough to recognize where you have put it. It will pause if anything gets in its way and the vacuum cannot get around it. However, once you have set it to start up again, it won’t start over from the very beginning. Instead, it will pick up from where it was last.


#2 – Ring Alarm Home Security System

Ring Alarm 8-piece kit (2nd Gen) – home security system with optional 24/7 professional monitoring – Works with Alexa

One of the very best gifts you can give to someone else or yourself is home security. You can give the gift of peace of mind by having a great security system such as the Ring Alarm Home Security System.

8 Piece Kit

The system is comprised of 8 pieces. There is a base station and a keypad. You can use the keypad to directly contact emergency services like fire or the police. There are four contact sensors included in its kit. These are small sensors so they don’t detract from your home’s decor. The system also includes a motion detector and range extender.

Easy Installation

This system is easy to install on your own which is one of the main reasons why it is one of the most popular systems on the market. You simply plug the device in, pull the Ring app up, and connect it with your home’s WiFi.

Works With Alexa

The Ring system has been designed to work with whatever home device you own that works with Alexa. That allows you to program the Ring for those times when you are home. You can control the interior sensors while you are at home so they will not go off.

However, the outside sensors can still be left on. When you need to go in and out of the house, you can disarm the system temporarily so you don’t trigger the system with your movements.

It is easy to control. Alexa voice control can be used to disengage your alarm system or to find out what is happening simply by using your voice. If Alexa Guard is set up, you can receive notifications when anything is going on inside your house while you are away.

This means if a dangerous situation arises, such as a fire breaking out and your smoke alarm goes off, you will receive a notification. You will also be notified of any sounds that might indicate an intruder like the sound of glass breaking or your front door being kicked in.

Optional Professional Monitoring

You also have the option of selecting professional monitoring without having the expensive costs that are associated with other types of alarm systems. When you select this system, professional monitoring is available for a monthly fee with the Ring Protect Plus program. Your home is covered by this service 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.

It provides you access to emergency assistance when you need it along with having the ability to use image stills and video recording. Before signing up, there is an option for trying out this service, by activating the free option that gives you 30 days of monitoring.

Sensitivity Parameters

The system’s sensitivity parameters can be arranged so that if there is a pet inside your house, it will not go off each time your animal moves. You can modify the system to add more accessories later on if you want.

Add Ons

The indoor camera or video doorbell are additional items that you can add to your base system.


#3 – Google Nest Smart Thermostat

Google Nest Learning Thermostat - Programmable Smart Thermostat for Home - 3rd Generation Nest Thermostat - Works with Alexa - [Black]

Turning your thermostat up and down wastes energy and can result in your electric bill going up. Constantly switching from low to high can keep the temperature in your home in a continuous state of change or cause your home to be too cold or too hot.

This is why you should get a Smart Thermostat to give as a gift to someone you care about or yourself. It is an energy star certified thermostat that can learn what your specific preferences are, your schedule, and is able to set itself that saves you money and helps you improve your comfort level.

Design

The design of the thermostat fits in easily with any decor and features a widescreen touch surface. The thermostat is easy to use. You just need to touch its outer edge. The main menu then appears and you can navigate over to the option you are interested in.

After you get to the option you want, simply tap the screen. You will also be able to review what the energy history of your home has been over the previous 10 days.

Programmable

Temperature sensors on the device are used to determine the best way to maintain your home the way you like it. The thermostat is able to determine what the humidity level is inside your house. Motion sensors are used to tell when somebody is at home and when they are not. The device uses the sensors to save on your electricity bills by not cooling or heating an empty house.

Whenever you enter a room, the thermostat lights up to make is easy to view what the temperature or time is when you are in the range of the device. The thermostat is able to work with various systems and can handle different cooling and heating features.

Furnace and Sunblock Features

It comes with a furnace feature to monitor the operations of your furnace. It is a safety feature as well since if the device detects a problem – like a carbon monoxide leak, you will receive an alert about the issue.

The Sunblock feature also comes with this device. When a room is warmed by direct sunlight, it can sometimes throw off the proper temperature for your house. Sensors are used by the device to detect when the sun might be interfering with your home’s proper temperature settings.

That will prevent the thermostat from reacting to sunlight. Users will be alerted by the device when an error occurs, and whenever it has important information to convey.

Receive Notifications

You could receive notification regarding the air filter to remind you that it needs to be changed or you could be alerted on seasonal changes regarding the temperature. More serious notifications could be received as well – like if you have a wiring problem.

If there is a problem, you will be given a corresponding code by your device so you can get more information.

This system works with both Google Assistant and Alexa and may be used even when you are away from home via many devices including your phone.

Sale
Google Nest Learning Thermostat - Programmable Smart Thermostat for Home - 3rd Generation Nest Thermostat - Works with Alexa - [Black]
The Nest Leaf appears when you choose a temperature that saves energy; Beautifully designed, with polished metal finishes and bright, high resolution display
$278.99

#4 – TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System

TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System (Deco S4) – Up to 5,500 Sq.ft. Coverage, WiFi Router and Extender Replacement, Gigabit Ports,Seamless Roaming, Parental Controls, Works with Alexa, 3-pack

Having slow internet to deal with is the absolute worst. If you happen to work from home it is even a bigger headache – or when you are trying to relax and want to watch a movie or TV show but your internet problems cause the program to freeze or buffer.

This occurs because your WiFi’s signal or speed is too weak and is unable to manage the technology load. A majority of modems are not designed to provide coverage to even small houses, let alone big ones.

However, the TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System is able to fix this and makes it the ideal gift for anybody on your friends or family list. Since many homes use lots of devices and have multiple individuals using them to be online, this can slow down your internet capability as well.

Handles Multiple Devices

This system is able to handle numerous devices. Up to 100 devices can easily be used in your home and still enjoy fast WiFi, due to the speed ability of the AC1200. It offers extensive coverage throughout your home due to the fact that the system is able to handle a range covering up to 5,500 square feet.

Expandable

The system can be expanded if you need even more coverage. This means you will not have to deal with dead zones any longer. You will also not have to battle roaming in order to get the signal you need

When the device is taken from one room to the next, the system moves automatically moves to another Deco to provide the best usage speed. The device is compatible with Alexa, so you get excellent coverage with your regular router and also can easily and conveniently use a voice-activated system.

Parental Controls

In addition, parental controls come with the device to help you keep your children safe. You can set limits on what your children can do online. You can also control how long they have internet access.

This feature allows you to set profiles up for various family members. Under those profiles, the system can be set up so access is denied to certain websites and keeps inappropriate content away as well.

You can see what is going on with these accounts and whenever you need or want to, you can block your child’s device the ability to have internet completely. It is easy to set the system up and only one username and password is needed to login and control all access.

Guest Access

You can set up the device to provide guest WiFi and also use voice control to disconnect it.

If you have any issues or questions regarding usage or set up, you will have access to 24/7 technical support.


#5 – Smart WiFi Deadbolt

Schlage BE469ZP CAM 619 Connect Smart Deadbolt with alarm with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel, Z-Wave Plus enabled

Trying to unlock your door at night is not only a safety issue, but is inconvenient when you have your hands full of packages. Having a way to unlock the door remotely is made easy with a .

No more giving your child a key to get in the house with a Smart Wifi Deadbolt. You have choices. You can give other families the code to enter the house or open the door remotely via your smartphone. How convenient is that?

Did you leave the stove on? Call a neighbor and unlock the door for her remotely and then lock it back. This is neat!

Pictured below is our front door with the Smart WiFi Deadbolt. Please read our detailed review at “Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt BE469 Review.”

My favorite features of our smart deadbolt lock are:

  • Can lock and unlock from anywhere
  • Alexa voice activated
  • Easy to install
  • Made to fit standard sized doors

There is a newer model that is compatible with Z-Wave home automation systems. It is essentially the same model but pairs with a Z Wave smart home system instead of WiFi. Buy this model if you have a Z Wave system, otherwise the WiFi model is sufficient.

If there is a family member or friend without a Smart Wifi Deadbolt lock, this is a perfect gift.

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris
Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately); Stores up to 30 personalized user codes at a time
$272.00

Which of these Cool Smart Home Gift Ideas Is Your Favorite?

Hopefully, these 5 cool smart home gift ideas have you inspired! Any homeowner or even some apartment dwellers will appreciate these gifts because ultimately they save you money, convenience and time.

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