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.

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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 Smart Light Starter Kit Old Version - Includes (1) Bridge, (1) Smart Button and (3) Smart 60W A19 LED Bulb, White and Color Ambiance, 800LM, E26 - Control with Hue App or Voice Assistant
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 Smart Light Starter Kit Old Version - Includes (1) Bridge, (1) Smart Button and (3) Smart 60W A19 LED Bulb, White and Color Ambiance, 800LM, E26 - Control with Hue App or Voice Assistant
Current Price
$19.38
$24.98
$149.99
Budget Pick
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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
$19.38
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
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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
$24.98
Details
Step-up Pick
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Philips Hue Smart Light Starter Kit Old Version - Includes (1) Bridge, (1) Smart Button and (3) Smart 60W A19 LED Bulb, White and Color Ambiance, 800LM, E26 - Control with Hue App or Voice Assistant
Product Name
Philips Hue Smart Light Starter Kit Old Version - Includes (1) Bridge, (1) Smart Button and (3) Smart 60W A19 LED Bulb, White and Color Ambiance, 800LM, E26 - Control with Hue App or Voice Assistant
Current Price
$149.99
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.

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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 WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring, 15A Smart Outlet Socket ETL Certified, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz WiFi 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
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 WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring, 15A Smart Outlet Socket ETL Certified, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz WiFi 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
Current Price
$27.99
$11.99
$22.15
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
$27.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
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SONOFF S31 WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring, 15A Smart Outlet Socket ETL Certified, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz WiFi Only (1-Pack)
Product Name
SONOFF S31 WiFi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring, 15A Smart Outlet Socket ETL Certified, Work with Alexa & Google Home Assistant, IFTTT Supporting, 2.4 Ghz WiFi Only (1-Pack)
Current Price
$11.99
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Step-up Pick
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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
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
Current Price
$22.15
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.

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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, 1 Pack
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, 1 Pack
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
$13.52
$17.15
$399.00
Budget Pick
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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
$13.52
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
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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, 1 Pack
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, 1 Pack
Current Price
$17.15
Details
Step-up Pick
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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

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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
$41.99
$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
$41.99
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
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Echo Studio with Echo Sub
Product Name
Echo Studio with Echo Sub
Current Price
$299.00
Details

Smart Hub Recommendations

For most people, an Amazon Echo works great as a smart home hub. 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.

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Budget Pick
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Deep Sea Blue
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 release) | Smart display with 2x the bass and clearer sound | Cloud Blue
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 | Deep Sea Blue
Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 release) | Smart display with 2x the bass and clearer sound | Cloud Blue
Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub (Model C-8) Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron Black
Current Price
$41.99
$89.99
$149.95
Budget Pick
Preview
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Deep Sea Blue
Product Name
Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release) | With bigger vibrant sound, helpful routines and Alexa | Deep Sea Blue
Current Price
$41.99
Details
HomeTechHacker Recommendation
Preview
Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 release) | Smart display with 2x the bass and clearer sound | Cloud Blue
Product Name
Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 release) | Smart display with 2x the bass and clearer sound | Cloud Blue
Current Price
$89.99
Details
Step-up Pick
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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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