Smart Home Starter Package Device Recommendations

Here are the products we recommend based on your answers:

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Smart Bulb Recommendations

Most people love the Philips Hue lights, but they do require an investment into the Hue ecosystem to get the most out of them.

Preview
Budget Pick
Kasa Smart Bulb, 850 Lumens, Full Color Changing Dimmable WiFi LED Light Bulb Compatible with Alexa and Google Home, A19, 9.5W,2.4Ghz only, No Hub Required 1-Pack(KL130)
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
LIFX Color A19 800 lumens, Billions of Colors and Whites, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri.
Step-up Pick
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Base Lumen (60W) Smart Button Starter Kit, 16 Millions Colors, Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit 60 Watt (OLD VERSION)
Product Name
Kasa Smart Bulb, 850 Lumens, Full Color Changing Dimmable WiFi LED Light Bulb Compatible with Alexa and Google Home, A19, 9.5W,2.4Ghz only, No Hub Required 1-Pack(KL130)
LIFX Color A19 800 lumens, Billions of Colors and Whites, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Base Lumen (60W) Smart Button Starter Kit, 16 Millions Colors, Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit 60 Watt (OLD VERSION)
Current Price
$12.98
$27.99
$176.00
Budget Pick
Preview
Kasa Smart Bulb, 850 Lumens, Full Color Changing Dimmable WiFi LED Light Bulb Compatible with Alexa and Google Home, A19, 9.5W,2.4Ghz only, No Hub Required 1-Pack(KL130)
Product Name
Kasa Smart Bulb, 850 Lumens, Full Color Changing Dimmable WiFi LED Light Bulb Compatible with Alexa and Google Home, A19, 9.5W,2.4Ghz only, No Hub Required 1-Pack(KL130)
Current Price
$12.98
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
LIFX Color A19 800 lumens, Billions of Colors and Whites, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri.
Product Name
LIFX Color A19 800 lumens, Billions of Colors and Whites, Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb, No bridge required, Works with Alexa, Hey Google, HomeKit and Siri.
Current Price
$27.99
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Base Lumen (60W) Smart Button Starter Kit, 16 Millions Colors, Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit 60 Watt (OLD VERSION)
Product Name
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Base Lumen (60W) Smart Button Starter Kit, 16 Millions Colors, Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit 60 Watt (OLD VERSION)
Current Price
$176.00
Details

Smart Plug Recommendations

Our recommendation and the step-up pick both have energy monitoring. The budget pick is great if you don’t need energy monitoring.

Preview
Budget Pick
Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL Certified, 1-Pack(HS103) , WHITE
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
SONOFF S31 15A WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring ETL Certified, Smart Outlet Timer Switch, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi Only 1-Pack
Step-up Pick
Kasa Smart Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Google Home & IFTTT, Wi-Fi Simple Setup, No Hub Required (KP115), White – A Certified for Humans Device
Product Name
Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL Certified, 1-Pack(HS103) , WHITE
SONOFF S31 15A WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring ETL Certified, Smart Outlet Timer Switch, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi Only 1-Pack
Kasa Smart Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Google Home & IFTTT, Wi-Fi Simple Setup, No Hub Required (KP115), White – A Certified for Humans Device
Current Price
$18.99
$10.99
$22.99
Budget Pick
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Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL Certified, 1-Pack(HS103) , WHITE
Product Name
Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL Certified, 1-Pack(HS103) , WHITE
Current Price
$18.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
SONOFF S31 15A WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring ETL Certified, Smart Outlet Timer Switch, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi Only 1-Pack
Product Name
SONOFF S31 15A WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring ETL Certified, Smart Outlet Timer Switch, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi Only 1-Pack
Current Price
$10.99
Details
Step-up Pick
Preview
Kasa Smart Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Google Home & IFTTT, Wi-Fi Simple Setup, No Hub Required (KP115), White – A Certified for Humans Device
Product Name
Kasa Smart Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Google Home & IFTTT, Wi-Fi Simple Setup, No Hub Required (KP115), White – A Certified for Humans Device
Current Price
$22.99
Details

Smart Switch Recommendations

Our recommendation and the step-up pick are dimmers. The budget pick is great if you don’t need dimming. My review of the Brilliant Smart Control Light switch 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.

Preview
Budget Pick
Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required , White
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch HS220, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required
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
Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required , White
Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch HS220, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required
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
$14.99
$19.99
$399.00
Budget Pick
Preview
Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required , White
Product Name
Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required , White
Current Price
$14.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch HS220, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required
Product Name
Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch HS220, Single Pole, Needs Neutral Wire, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Light Switch Works with Alexa and Google Home, UL Certified, No Hub Required
Current Price
$19.99
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
Details

Smart Speaker Recommendations

The Google Nest Mini and Nest Hub Max make great smark speakers and smart displays.

HomeTechHacker RecommendationStep-Up Pick
PreviewGoogle Nest MiniGoogle Nest Hub Max
Product NameNest MiniGoogle Nest Hub Max
PriceUsually around $49Usually around $229
DetailsBuy At Google Buy at Google

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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