Kimberly Alt

Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.

Best Smart Home Hub: Insteon vs SmartThings vs Wink vs WeMo & More!

Wink smart hub: Best Smart Home Hub

You wake up to start your day and the lights automatically dim on, the window blinds open, the coffee pot starts brewing and the thermostat is adjusted — all before getting out of bed. Is this heaven? No, it’s just a smart home. Wouldn’t it be nice to have certain aspects of your life automated? Thanks to smart home hubs you can do so affordably and easily. What is a hub exactly? Read on to learn more about how they can be the brains of your home and work with a growing list of products within each room…

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Best WiFi Routers and Extenders: TP-Link vs Netgear vs Linksys vs D-Link

WiFi Router and Extender and phone

There’s nothing worse than losing your WiFi connection. Whether you’re in the middle of a project or streaming your favorite TV show, when the WiFi stalls, the claws come out. (And by claws we mean a frustrated household.) Time to upgrade your home network? Whole-home WiFi is a must for many families, and these solutions deliver fantastic performance and peace-of-mind to your entire home… 

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Best Smart Toothbrush: Philips Sonicare vs Oral B 7000 vs 8000 vs Kolibree & More!

Man cleaning teeth with Smart Toothbrush

Nervous you’ll be leaving the dentist office with bad news and a sore mouth? Improve your oral hygiene with a smart, WiFi toothbrush and you’ll never dread going to the dentist again. Our top-ranked electric toothbrushes can reduce plaque, whiten your teeth, improve your gum health and give your mouth a deeper clean. Stop sacrificing your teeth and make your morning and nighttime routine more fun by using one of these Bluetooth toothbrushes…

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Nest Thermostat Review: Is It Too Smart for its Own Good?

Nest Thermostat E on wall

Nest is one of the best Wifi thermostat products on the market. It continuously learns about your heating and cooling preferences, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat multiple times throughout the day. After one to two weeks of use, the thermostat will remember your habits and begin to set the temperature automatically. You also have the ability to make changes from the Nest app, so if you want to make any adjustments when you’re away from home, you can. Read the rest of our Nest learning thermostat review to see if it’s a good fit for your household…

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16 Smart Home Statistics & Predictions

Smart Home Statistics illustration

From appliances to lighting to speakers, everything is connecting to the internet, and there’s no stopping it. Smart home equipment is becoming more affordable and less avoidable on the market. Everything from our dishwasher to our cars will be “on the grid”, ie. connected to the internet (and many devices and appliances already are!). Read some astonishing statistics about home automation as well as where the market is headed…

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iRobot Roomba Review: Has it Improved Since the First Generation?

iRobot Roomba on carpet with kid laying on floor

If your least favorite chore is vacuuming; there are automatic vacuum cleaners that could save you time and headaches. The Roomba 960 is our pick for best robot vacuum cleaner. This Roomba vacuum will suck up all the dirt and debris on your floors. For this review, we’ll be focusing on the Roomba 960, although we will compare it to previous models in the pricing and tech specs section. Find out why Roomba is the #1 pick for best vacuum robot…

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