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Smart home tech is meant to make your life simpler — say, by turning off the lights when you leave for work or turning up the heat before you get home. The trick of course is not only picking the right gear, but picking it up at a reasonable price. We’re here with some of the better smart home products we can recommend hunting ahead of Black Friday.
See also: The best smart home devices you can buy
These deals cover a range of categories, such as lights, plugs, and displays. And while smart home tech can sometimes get expensive, there should be at least one thing on this list that makes for an affordable gift.
4th-Gen Amazon Echo Dot for 30% off
The beginning of many smart homes is a speaker, since even without any linked accessories you can still check the news, play music, and ask questions without having to bring out your phone. The latest Echo Dot is both visually appealing and the cheapest entry point into Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem. It’s currently just $34.99 — $15 less than the launch price.
2nd-Gen Google Nest Hub for 50% off
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One of the best aspects of Google’s platform is its display UI. While it takes a minute to get used to, it quickly becomes easy to get info at a glance, control accessories without disrupting other people, or even watch services like Netflix and YouTube. If you have Google-connected cameras, a display makes things much easier to check in on. The second-generation Nest Hub even adds sleep tracking into the mix. Best Buy is selling it for $49.99, a full $50 off its normal price.
Kasa Smart Plug 2-pack for 27% off
Smart plugs are sometimes overlooked as an accessory option for the simple reason that they’re less sexy. But they’re also incredibly flexible since you can control power on just about anything with an AC adapter, linking them to automations based on time, sensors, and conditions. Kasa’s plugs connect via Wi-Fi and work with both Alexa and Google setups. You can snag a pair for $14.69 — $5.30 less than normal.
Lifx Color A19 for 30% off
Lifx bulbs are typically considered some of the best out there. Its highest-end models — like this one — hit 1100 lumens, making them far brighter than most rivals. They also use Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, which means they can be set up independently, no hub required. The Lifx Color A19 supports Alexa, Google, and HomeKit, and it’s temporarily $15 off at only $34.99.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock for $50 off
Locks are another underrated smart home accessory to look out for around Black Friday. They can automatically lock and unlock as people come and go, and make it possible to let friends and family in when you’re not home. Heck, they can sometimes be a nice fallback if you forget your keys entirely. August’s flagship Smart Lock has built-in Wi-Fi, which means it doesn’t need a separate bridge to link with platforms like Alexa, Google, HomeKit, and SmartThings. Right now you can pick it up for $179.99 — $50 off its $229.99 MSRP.
2nd-Gen Amazon Echo Show 5 and Blink Mini camera bundle for 50% off
Bigger Echo Shows can be worth getting, but for most people, the Echo Show 5 is probably the best choice. It’s perfect as a bedside or office companion, with all the key features of its fellow Alexa-enabled displays, just in a smaller and quieter package. Amazon seems really eager to spur Black Friday sales, since you can get a second-gen model for $59.99 with a free Blink Mini indoor security camera included — that’s less than Amazon is charging for a first-gen Show 5 on its own.
Wyze Cam Pan V2 and Wyze Cam V3 bundle
Simply put, it’s hard to beat the value of Wyze when it comes to home security. Each Wyze Cam comes with 14 days of free cloud storage, so the company’s subscriptions simply unlock features like person and package detection. The cameras themselves are also surprisingly cheap for the quality, making it hard to justify more expensive products from Ring or Nest.
The Wyze Cam V3 can be used both indoors and outdoors, and supports both Alexa and Google. The Pan V2 is indoors-only, but scans 360 degrees horizontally and 93 degrees up and down, with options like motion tracking. Together they’re currently priced at $85.98. It’s only $4 less than usual, but it’s still a steal considering that some individual cameras top $100.
Neato Botvac D6 for 11% off
Neato’s big selling point is that unlike Roombas and other rivals, its own robot vacuums use a D-shaped design that lets it dig into corners. The D6 occupies a sweet spot, capable of handling pet hair and multiple floor maps without the cost of top-end vacuums. It also has a 120-minute battery, and supports Alexa and Google in addition to phone control. It’s going for $399.99 — $51 off its base price.
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