Want to make your home smart this season? Start today.
If you’ve already starting making your home smarter with a Google Home ($79 at Dell Home) speaker and LiFX bulbs, you can still save on the next-level smart home devices, including a smart lock, doorbell and thermostat. (See our full Holiday Gift Guide here.)
Whether you’re ready to upgrade your own home, or want to gift someone a smart home, here’s how to get started for $110. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
The smart home essentials: $110 total
Smart speaker: $25
The newis on sale for , down from $50. This new Echo Dot came out in October, so this is a great deal on something so new.
The(down from $50) at a lot of different retailers, but the best place to buy it is Lowes. There you’ll get a free with your purchase. The light bulb works with the speaker right out of box, no hub needed.
Smart light bulbs: $80
This Cyber Monday, you can get a, which includes two color-changing bulbs and the Hue bridge, for $80 on Amazon. These work with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
I recommend you start your smart home with at least two bulbs — one for your entryway and one for your bedroom. The entryway light canso you’ll never fumble with your keys, and the bedroom bulb can act as a .
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Smart plug: $5
If you buy any Amazon Echo ($69 at Amazon) speaker from Amazon, you should also absolutely pick up an . It only works with Alexa, which is fine if you are buying an Echo speaker (which has Alexa onboard), and it’s the best deal you will find on a smart plug.
Another good deal is on a TP-Link Kasa Wi-Fi smart plug, which works with both Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s on sale for $17, down 58% from $40.
Extra credit: $360 total
Smart lock/deadbolt: $120
One of our favorite smart locks, the on sale on August’s website this Cyber Monday for $120, a savings of $30., is
It fits over your existing deadbolt and allows you to lock and unlock your door remotely from anywhere in the world. Even better, it will unlock as you and your phone come home and lock when you leave.
Smart doorbell: $140
While you’re at it, add even more security to your front door with a video doorbell. Best Buy is selling the. The two together at full price would cost you $250.
Even if you already bought an Echo Dot, an extra one comes in handy in the, the and even the .
Smart thermostat: $140
Nest thermostats are widely popular because they take all of the guesswork out of keeping your house comfortable while also saving money. The budget-friendly on Best Buy’s website.