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Give your house a brain by digitizing the various components within it. Everything from your lights to your electronics can be programmed to adjust to your living habits and controlled right from your mobile device! Having a smart home not only makes you the coolest kid on the block, it can also save you money and help with security purposes. Learn how easy it is to create a more connected home to make your life smarter and more convenient.

Best Robot Vacuum Reviews: Neato vs Roomba vs Dyson vs iLife vs Ecovacs Deebot

Best Robot Vaccum Reviews: Vacuum on hardwood floor

Do you think vacuuming sucks (literally and figuratively)? Then don’t do it anymore! A robot vacuum can do all your floor cleaning with the press of a button. All you’ll have to do is empty the dust bin. A robot vacuum cleaner can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000. We suggest reading each vacuum robot review, so you have an idea of what features you’ll get at each price point...

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Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Alexa, Which Is Better?

Google Home and Amazon Echo on table

How do you want to use your smart speaker? Do you plan on using it with other apps, having your own personal DJ, learning a wealth of knowledge or something else? Your answer to this question will determine the best smart speaker for you. We've taken a stance on which one we think is best, but that doesn't mean the other speaker might not be a better fit for your household. Read our Google Home vs Amazon Echo comparison and decide which speaker is best for you...

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WEMO Reviews: Ready to Live Like the Jetsons?

WEMO plug and bulbs: WEMO Reviews

Imagine a world where you could have your coffee made for you when you wake up in the morning, the lights turned on just before you get home from work and turn the Crock Pot on just in time to have dinner ready when you get home (or turn it off if you are running late). Thanks to a company called WEMO, this Jetsons lifestyle is now reality, and you don't have to buy a new coffeemaker or crockpot. Make your existing appliances smarter with smart bulbs, smart light switches, WiFi outlets and more...

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Amazon Echo Reviews: Alexa, What Can You Do for Me?

Alexa on table

Are you looking for a friend who can tell you the answer to anything? Maybe Alexa can help you out! Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, can answer questions you have by using a wake word. Most people use Alexa as their wake word, however, if someone in your household is named Alexa you may want to choose a different word! ;) Alexa can also help your order things online, call your friends, play music and more. Check out all the cool features Alexa has to offer and how she can help make your home smarter...

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Best Smart Light Bulbs: Wink vs WeMo vs Hue vs Insteon vs Flux

Smart Light Bulbs

If you're anything like my husband and me, we bicker about who has to get up and turn the lights off when watching a movie or going to bed. "You were the last one to sit down, so you have to go turn off the lights," is a common argument for why I shouldn't have to get up. We were both thrilled when we moved into our new home and saw that the master bedroom had a remote control for the ceiling fan. Now we can both get into bed without stubbing our toes. However, we still need to solve the "movie night" dilemma, which is where these WiFi light bulbs come into play. These smart light bulbs can be controlled via smartphones, so you can turn the lights on/off or dim them. Read our WiFi light bulb reviews to see which company we think offers the best lighting options...

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Best Smoke Detector: Nest vs Kidde vs First Alert vs BRK

Nest protect with smoke

Are your home's smoke detectors up to snuff? Are you aware that you should replace your smoke detectors at least every ten years? Nearly 62% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If your home doesn't have smoke alarms -- or you haven't properly maintained your home's smoke detector system -- you're putting your family in grave danger. Our smoke alarm reviews give you all the information you need to choose the best smoke detector for your home and our recommendations...

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Best WiFi Sprinkler Controller Reviews: Blossom vs SkyDrop vs Rachio vs RainMachine vs Hunter vs RainBird vs Orbit

Person drinking wine with sprinkler in yard

Have you soaked a ton of money and effort into your home's lawn, flower beds and gardens only to have them dry up due to irregular watering? If you work all day and are on-the-go, how do you keep up with your yard's irrigation needs? It's especially daunting if you live in an area where you're under strict watering restrictions. Thanks to modern technology, you can stay on top of your yard from anywhere and anytime. A WiFi sprinkler control and system could be the answer to your watering woes. Read our best WiFi sprinkler controller reviews to see how they work and which products we recommend...

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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 with the press of a button your lights are on, the coffee pot starts brewing and the thermostat is adjusted. Is this heaven?! No, it's just what it's like to have a smart home—wonderful! Wouldn't this be nice to have? With most of these systems you can select "scenes" for specific events like waking up, going to sleep, hosting a dinner party, etc. So with the press of a button your preferences adjust accordingly...

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Best Wifi Thermostat Reviews: Honeywell Lyric vs Nest vs Ecobee

Nest on wall: Best Wifi Thermostat

Is your energy bill outrageously high? Are you taking things to the extreme and not turning your air conditioning on when it's 102°F outside so you can save money? Stop! We've got a solution for you! Wifi thermostats allow you to be comfortable in your home and let you conserve energy while you're away at work. Read more to learn about the best smart thermostats on the market...

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