Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More

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Smart home gear can make life a lot easier, especially for people with low vision — but upgrading your space with all-new tech isn’t cheap.

Whether you’re setting up a safer space for an older adult living alone or introducing a little more convenience into your day-to-day life, we want to help you save. Here are five deals on smart gear for your home.

Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More Smart Homes

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1. Set it and forget it lawn maintenance: Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller (12-Zone)

Deal price: $150 for Costco members; street price: $200

Maintaining and watering a large lawn can be tricky, but there’s a high-tech fix for that. Our top pick for the best smart sprinkler controller, the Rachio is flexible and easy to use, offering simple controls that you can fine-tune through more advanced settings. You can control the system either via the app or by using the extensive onboard controls, and if you want to add it to a suite of other smart devices, it’s compatible with most major smart-home ecosystems. This deal matches the lowest price we’ve seen for the 12-Zone version, but it requires a Costco membership.

Read our review of the best smart sprinkler controller


2. A smart display for Alexa users: Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)

Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More Smart Homes

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Deal price: $90; street price: $120

A smart display—a conv

Smart-home gear can make life a lot easier—but upgrading your space with all-new tech isn’t cheap.

Whether you’re setting up a safer space for an older adult living alone or introducing a little more convenience into your day-to-day life, we want to help you save. Here are five deals on smart gear for your home.

enient mashup of a smart speaker and a tablet—is a great companion for any smart home. It can handle almost anything, from streaming music to checking the weather to helping you navigate new recipes in the kitchen. Thanks to the Echo Show 8’s excellent on-screen menus and powerful speakers, as well as Alexa’s impressive conversational chops, the Echo Show 8 is easy to interact with and produces clear audio that fills a room. If you’d rather have two smaller displays for different rooms, check out this deal on the Echo Show 5: Right now that model is $90 for two when you use the promo code SHOW52PK.

Read our review of the best smart display for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


3. A more versatile smart thermostat: Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More Smart Homes

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Deal price: $200; street price: $250

The Ecobee is a sleek smart thermostat that can learn your schedule, balance temperatures, and potentially cut your electric bill. In addition to being compatible with most smart-home platforms (including Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa), our runner-up pick’s voice-control microphone enables you to adjust smart lights, control the AC, and even play music—all without leaving the couch. This deal also includes a lengthy three-year warranty.

Read our review of the best smart thermostat.


4. The best battery-operated doorbell camera: Eufy Security Video Doorbell 2K (Battery-Powered)

Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More Smart Homes

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Deal price: $140 with code EUFY8210 and on-page coupon; street price: $185

A smart doorbell camera helps you keep tabs on your door, even when you’re away from home. If you don’t have existing doorbell wiring, but you’re still interested in a camera, we recommend the battery-powered Eufy doorbell. It performed well throughout our testing, delivering bright 2K images and clear two-way audio; it also has a strong battery that should last about four months. The included base station can store up to six months’ worth of footage, or you can opt in to Eufy’s cloud service (about $30 per year). Just keep in mind that its recording is limited to 60-second clips, so it left some gaps in our footage. This deal for the Eufy cam matches the best price we’ve seen this year. Just remember to use the promo code EUFY8210 and clip the coupon to get the discount.

Read our review of the best smart doorbell camera.


5. An upgraded version of our super-smart bot pick: Roborock S6 Pure Robot Vacuum and Mop

Upgrade Your Home With 5 Deals on Smart-Home Gear for Alexa, HomeKit, and More Smart Homes

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Deal price: $320 with on-page coupon; street price: $500

The S6 is a robot vacuum we like that’s comparable to our super-smart pick, the Roborock S4 Max. It has a clip-on mop, a smart map, and a few design differences that make it less likely to get stuck on plush rugs or thresholds. Although we don’t think those extras are always necessary, with the price back down to a low of $320 when you clip the on-page coupon, this robovac is very much a splurge-worthy item if you want a little extra help around the house.

Read our review of the best robot vacuums.

 


This article was published on May 13, 2022 by NY Times/Wirecutter and authored by Jordan Thomas.  To read the original article, you can visit this link -https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/money/deals-smart-home-gear/

About the Author: Jordan Thomas is a deals writer for Wirecutter. When she’s not scouring the web to find the best deals for the site and the daily deals newsletter, you can usually find her cooking elaborate meals or losing magnificently at trivia.


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