Smart Home Starter Package Device Recommendations

Here are the products we recommend based on your answers:

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Smart Bulb Recommendations

All of these devices work with HomeKit. The LIFX light is the brightest of the three lights at 1100 lumens. All of these lights can be bought in packs at a discount.

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Budget Pick
VOCOlinc Smart Light Bulbs,Alexa Light Bulb,A21 2.4GHz Wifi LED Smart Bulb Work with Apple Homekit,Google Home.RGBCW Color Changing Bulbs Brightness Dimmable,E26 850LM 60W Equivalent,No Hub Required.
HomeTechHacker Recommended
Smart LED Light Bulb, meross Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit,Siri,Alexa, Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBCW, 810 Lumens 60W Equivalent,1Pack
Step-up Pick
LIFX Color, A19 1100 lumens, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Billions of Colors and Whites, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri, Multicolor
Product Name
VOCOlinc Smart Light Bulbs,Alexa Light Bulb,A21 2.4GHz Wifi LED Smart Bulb Work with Apple Homekit,Google Home.RGBCW Color Changing Bulbs Brightness Dimmable,E26 850LM 60W Equivalent,No Hub Required.
Smart LED Light Bulb, meross Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit,Siri,Alexa, Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBCW, 810 Lumens 60W Equivalent,1Pack
LIFX Color, A19 1100 lumens, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Billions of Colors and Whites, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri, Multicolor
Current Price
$11.99
$17.99
$38.50
Budget Pick
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VOCOlinc Smart Light Bulbs,Alexa Light Bulb,A21 2.4GHz Wifi LED Smart Bulb Work with Apple Homekit,Google Home.RGBCW Color Changing Bulbs Brightness Dimmable,E26 850LM 60W Equivalent,No Hub Required.
Product Name
VOCOlinc Smart Light Bulbs,Alexa Light Bulb,A21 2.4GHz Wifi LED Smart Bulb Work with Apple Homekit,Google Home.RGBCW Color Changing Bulbs Brightness Dimmable,E26 850LM 60W Equivalent,No Hub Required.
Current Price
$11.99
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HomeTechHacker Recommended
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Smart LED Light Bulb, meross Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit,Siri,Alexa, Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBCW, 810 Lumens 60W Equivalent,1Pack
Product Name
Smart LED Light Bulb, meross Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit,Siri,Alexa, Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBCW, 810 Lumens 60W Equivalent,1Pack
Current Price
$17.99
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Step-up Pick
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LIFX Color, A19 1100 lumens, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Billions of Colors and Whites, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri, Multicolor
Product Name
LIFX Color, A19 1100 lumens, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, Billions of Colors and Whites, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri, Multicolor
Current Price
$38.50
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Smart Plug Recommendations

These all work directly with HomeKit. The step-up pick has energy monitoring. Our recommendation and budget picks are great if you don’t need energy monitoring.

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Budget Pick
meross Smart Plug Mini, 15A & Reliable Wi-Fi, Support Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Echo, Google Assistant and Nest Hub, App Control, Timer, No Hub Needed, 2.4G WiFi Only, 1 Pack
HomeTechHacker Recommended
Leviton D215P-2RW Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-In Switch (2nd Gen), Works with Hey Google, Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Anywhere Companions, No Hub Required , White
Step-up Pick
Eve Energy - Apple HomeKit Smart Home, Smart Plug & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules & Switches, App Compatibility, Bluetooth and Thread
Product Name
meross Smart Plug Mini, 15A & Reliable Wi-Fi, Support Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Echo, Google Assistant and Nest Hub, App Control, Timer, No Hub Needed, 2.4G WiFi Only, 1 Pack
Leviton D215P-2RW Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-In Switch (2nd Gen), Works with Hey Google, Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Anywhere Companions, No Hub Required , White
Eve Energy - Apple HomeKit Smart Home, Smart Plug & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules & Switches, App Compatibility, Bluetooth and Thread
Current Price
$15.99
$27.24
$39.95
Budget Pick
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meross Smart Plug Mini, 15A & Reliable Wi-Fi, Support Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Echo, Google Assistant and Nest Hub, App Control, Timer, No Hub Needed, 2.4G WiFi Only, 1 Pack
Product Name
meross Smart Plug Mini, 15A & Reliable Wi-Fi, Support Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Echo, Google Assistant and Nest Hub, App Control, Timer, No Hub Needed, 2.4G WiFi Only, 1 Pack
Current Price
$15.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommended
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Leviton D215P-2RW Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-In Switch (2nd Gen), Works with Hey Google, Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Anywhere Companions, No Hub Required , White
Product Name
Leviton D215P-2RW Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-In Switch (2nd Gen), Works with Hey Google, Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Anywhere Companions, No Hub Required , White
Current Price
$27.24
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Step-up Pick
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Eve Energy - Apple HomeKit Smart Home, Smart Plug & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules & Switches, App Compatibility, Bluetooth and Thread
Product Name
Eve Energy - Apple HomeKit Smart Home, Smart Plug & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules & Switches, App Compatibility, Bluetooth and Thread
Current Price
$39.95
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Smart Switch Recommendations

All of these work directly with HomeKit. The budget and recommended picks have dimming versions if you need it. My review of the Brilliant Smart Control Light switch, which includes dimming capabilities and a lot more, will give you more details on this elegant switch. If you are interested in a great solution that allows you to use your existing light switch or dimmer check out my reviews of the Shelly 1 and the Shelly Dimmer, which also work with HomeKit.

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Budget Pick
3 Way Smart Switch, meross Smart Light Switch Supports Apple Homekit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1Pack
HomeTechHacker Recommended
WeMo Smart Light Switch 2ND Gen
Step-up Pick
Brilliant Smart Home Control (1-Switch Panel) — Alexa Built-In & Compatible with Ring, Sonos, Hue, Google Nest, Wemo, SmartThings, Apple HomeKit — In-Wall Touchscreen Control for Lights, Music, & More
Product Name
3 Way Smart Switch, meross Smart Light Switch Supports Apple Homekit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1Pack
WeMo Smart Light Switch 2ND Gen
Brilliant Smart Home Control (1-Switch Panel) — Alexa Built-In & Compatible with Ring, Sonos, Hue, Google Nest, Wemo, SmartThings, Apple HomeKit — In-Wall Touchscreen Control for Lights, Music, & More
Current Price
$24.99
$29.99
$399.00
Budget Pick
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3 Way Smart Switch, meross Smart Light Switch Supports Apple Homekit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1Pack
Product Name
3 Way Smart Switch, meross Smart Light Switch Supports Apple Homekit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1Pack
Current Price
$24.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommended
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WeMo Smart Light Switch 2ND Gen
Product Name
WeMo Smart Light Switch 2ND Gen
Current Price
$29.99
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
Brilliant Smart Home Control (1-Switch Panel) — Alexa Built-In & Compatible with Ring, Sonos, Hue, Google Nest, Wemo, SmartThings, Apple HomeKit — In-Wall Touchscreen Control for Lights, Music, & More
Product Name
Brilliant Smart Home Control (1-Switch Panel) — Alexa Built-In & Compatible with Ring, Sonos, Hue, Google Nest, Wemo, SmartThings, Apple HomeKit — In-Wall Touchscreen Control for Lights, Music, & More
Current Price
$399.00
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Smart Speaker Recommendations

Alexa can control many of the same devices that Apple HomeKit can control.

Preview
Budget Pick
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Glacier White
Step-up Pick
Echo Studio - High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa
Product Name
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Glacier White
Echo Studio - High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa
Current Price
$39.99
$49.99
$199.99
Budget Pick
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Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
Product Name
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
Current Price
$39.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Glacier White
Product Name
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Glacier White
Current Price
$49.99
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
Echo Studio - High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa
Product Name
Echo Studio - High-fidelity smart speaker with 3D audio and Alexa
Current Price
$199.99
Details

Smart Hub Recommendations

The Apple TV 4K is a streamer and a smart hub for HomeKit. You can also consider the HomePod if you want a hub that is a smart speaker. If you want more advanced features and compatibility, consider the Hubitat. If you are interested in a software-based hub that can do everything, check out Home Assistant, which has been running my smart home for years. Here are hardware recommendations for running Home Assistant.

Preview
Budget Pick
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
2021 Apple TV 4K (32GB)
Step-up Pick
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub - Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron
Product Name
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
2021 Apple TV 4K (32GB)
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub - Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron
Current Price
$39.99
$169.98
$109.95
Budget Pick
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Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
Product Name
Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Twilight Blue
Current Price
$39.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
2021 Apple TV 4K (32GB)
Product Name
2021 Apple TV 4K (32GB)
Current Price
$169.98
Details
Step-up Pick
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Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub - Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron
Product Name
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub - Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron
Current Price
$109.95
Details

Additional Smart Home Device Recommendations

Here are additional smart devices most people love. I also recommend you read my book, The Smart Home Manual, for help planning and configuring your smart home.

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