Best Smart Home Gadgets Under $50
If you're wondering, "What smart home gadgets can I afford?" These are some of the best-reviewed smart home gadgets under $50.
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The Fire TV stick gives people access to their Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and STARZ accounts, among others, essentially replacing the need for a smart TV. The stick plugs into your TV and an outlet for easy usage.
Fire TV Stick, $49.99
Sound systems in the home can prove very bulky, which is why brands are coming out with sleeker options, like sound bars. TEWELL has come out with a very affordable option and reviewers of the product find it to be high-quality despite the price.
Smart lights let you control a bulb remotely via an app on your phone, through a smart speaker or even by talking to them. You can program when the lights go on and off, and you can add a smart light to any light fixture or lamp. It really is as easy as changing a lightbulb: Unscrew the old one; screw in the new. More on specifics of this light bulb
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Lightbulb, $16.99
This affordable smart plug/outlet works with Google Assistant to control any device that’s plugged into it. With this device, you can set schedules and timers to turn your appliances on and off, or automatically turn on and off based on the sunrise, weather, temperature, humidity and more.
Eco4life Smart Wi-Fi Plug, $14.98
Google Home is packed with fun features, including the ability to ask it to play video on a connected device. Google Chromecast is a small device that you plug into the HDMI port on your TV and connect to your home network via WiFi to power and stream your favorite entertainment. You can instruct Google Home to play a specific movie on Netflix, for instance, without having to use your remote to search.
Google Chromecast, $29.99
This tiny device is your simple switch to a smarter home. Turn on the AC, control light switches, brew a cup of coffee, control the garage door and more. To use, tape Switchbot right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. It’s a DIYers dream! The device can be voice-controlled by Google Home. Simply say, “Hey Google, brew a cup of coffee.”
The Echo Dot performs a range of functions — access your favorite music-streaming service, control lights and thermostats, hear the news, make hands-free calls, plus new features like tracking your fitness —and they come in a cool, textured finish in three colors: Black, Heather Gray and Sandstone.
Buy it on Amazon now, $39.99
The Wyze Cam Pan promises fast, clear, live-stream footage to your smartphone day or night. Get alerted as soon as motion and sound are detected, with up to 14 days of saved alert videos for free.
If you’re looking for a system with easy setup, one reviewer claims this is the one. “You just install the app on your phone, plug the camera in, push a button on the bottom, and then point the camera at a QR code that displays on your phone. Then you are prompted to enter the password for your WiFi, and that’s it. It literally takes one minute to set up.”
Wyze Cam Pan, $37.98
Most smart plugs are designed for indoor use only, but if you want to control your outdoor lights using your smartphone check out the TP-Link’s Kasa KP400. It’s designed to withstand the elements, and works with a ton of smart home systems (such as Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit). It’s easy to set up and use, and it has two outlets, which can be controlled independently, a major plus.
TP-Link’s Kasa KP400, $24.99
If you always seem to misplace an important item like your keys, purse, or wallet, when you really need them, check out the Tile Sport. It makes lost items a thing of the past. The small and waterproof device can attach to pretty much anything thanks to a built-in keyring hole. When it’s time to find the item, you can use the app (available in both android and ios), and even an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device.
Tile Sport, $29.04
The Eve Door & Window understands whether your door or window is open or closed. This smart device is a completely wireless contact sensor designed for a door, window, or drawer. Compatible with Apple HomeKit, you can simply ask Siri whether the sensor is resting in an open or closed state. Using the app, you can view statistics about open and closed duration and receive phone notifications. The one downside of this product is that is not yet equipped to work with Alexa products and Androids.
Eve Door & Window, $39