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 Bulb Works with Apple Homekit, Alexa, Google Home, Dimmable WiFi Smart Bulbs, 850 Lumens, E26 LED Smart Bulb 60 Watt Equivalent, A21, 2200K-7000K RGBW, 9.5W, 1 Pack
HomeTechHacker Recommended
meross Smart LED Light Bulb, Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa,Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBWW, 900 Lumens 60W Equivalent, 1 Pack
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 Bulb Works with Apple Homekit, Alexa, Google Home, Dimmable WiFi Smart Bulbs, 850 Lumens, E26 LED Smart Bulb 60 Watt Equivalent, A21, 2200K-7000K RGBW, 9.5W, 1 Pack
meross Smart LED Light Bulb, Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa,Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBWW, 900 Lumens 60W Equivalent, 1 Pack
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
$15.99
$17.99
$33.35
Budget Pick
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VOCOlinc Smart Light Bulb Works with Apple Homekit, Alexa, Google Home, Dimmable WiFi Smart Bulbs, 850 Lumens, E26 LED Smart Bulb 60 Watt Equivalent, A21, 2200K-7000K RGBW, 9.5W, 1 Pack
Product Name
VOCOlinc Smart Light Bulb Works with Apple Homekit, Alexa, Google Home, Dimmable WiFi Smart Bulbs, 850 Lumens, E26 LED Smart Bulb 60 Watt Equivalent, A21, 2200K-7000K RGBW, 9.5W, 1 Pack
Current Price
$15.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommended
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meross Smart LED Light Bulb, Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa,Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBWW, 900 Lumens 60W Equivalent, 1 Pack
Product Name
meross Smart LED Light Bulb, Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa,Google Home & SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBWW, 900 Lumens 60W Equivalent, 1 Pack
Current Price
$17.99
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
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
$33.35
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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 Decora Smart Plug, Wi-Fi 2nd Gen, Works with Matter, My Leviton, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Home/Siri & Wire-Free Anywhere Companions for Switched Outlet, D215P-2RW, 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 Decora Smart Plug, Wi-Fi 2nd Gen, Works with Matter, My Leviton, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Home/Siri & Wire-Free Anywhere Companions for Switched Outlet, D215P-2RW, 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
$34.99
$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 Decora Smart Plug, Wi-Fi 2nd Gen, Works with Matter, My Leviton, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Home/Siri & Wire-Free Anywhere Companions for Switched Outlet, D215P-2RW, White
Product Name
Leviton Decora Smart Plug, Wi-Fi 2nd Gen, Works with Matter, My Leviton, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Home/Siri & Wire-Free Anywhere Companions for Switched Outlet, D215P-2RW, White
Current Price
$34.99
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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
meross 3 Way Smart Switch, Smart Light Switch Supports Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4GHz WiFi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1 Pack
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
meross 3 Way Smart Switch, Smart Light Switch Supports Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4GHz WiFi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1 Pack
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
$20.99
$94.44
$299.00
Budget Pick
Preview
meross 3 Way Smart Switch, Smart Light Switch Supports Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4GHz WiFi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1 Pack
Product Name
meross 3 Way Smart Switch, Smart Light Switch Supports Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant & SmartThings, 2.4GHz WiFi Light Switch Neutral Wire Required, Remote Control Timer 1 Pack
Current Price
$20.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommended
Preview
WeMo Smart Light Switch 2ND Gen
Product Name
WeMo Smart Light Switch 2ND Gen
Current Price
$94.44
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
$299.00
Details

Smart Speaker Recommendations

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

Preview
Budget Pick
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) with clock | Compact smart speaker with Alexa and enhanced LED display for at-a-glance clock, timers, weather, and more | Cloud Blue
Step-up Pick
Echo Studio with Echo Sub
Product Name
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) with clock | Compact smart speaker with Alexa and enhanced LED display for at-a-glance clock, timers, weather, and more | Cloud Blue
Echo Studio with Echo Sub
Current Price
$49.99
$59.99
$299.00
Budget Pick
Preview
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
Product Name
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
Current Price
$49.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) with clock | Compact smart speaker with Alexa and enhanced LED display for at-a-glance clock, timers, weather, and more | Cloud Blue
Product Name
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen) with clock | Compact smart speaker with Alexa and enhanced LED display for at-a-glance clock, timers, weather, and more | Cloud Blue
Current Price
$59.99
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
Echo Studio with Echo Sub
Product Name
Echo Studio with Echo Sub
Current Price
$299.00
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 (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Apple 2022 Apple TV 4K Wi‑Fi with 64GB Storage (3rd Generation)
Step-up Pick
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub (Model C-8) Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron Black
Product Name
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
Apple 2022 Apple TV 4K Wi‑Fi with 64GB Storage (3rd Generation)
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub (Model C-8) Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron Black
Current Price
$49.99
$146.19
$149.95
Budget Pick
Preview
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
Product Name
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Glacier White
Current Price
$49.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
Apple 2022 Apple TV 4K Wi‑Fi with 64GB Storage (3rd Generation)
Product Name
Apple 2022 Apple TV 4K Wi‑Fi with 64GB Storage (3rd Generation)
Current Price
$146.19
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub (Model C-8) Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron Black
Product Name
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub (Model C-8) Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron Black
Current Price
$149.95
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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