Bringing in just one smart home device can change how you interact with your home. But to get the full smart home effect, you’ll need at least a few devices that all work together.
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
Even if you pick up the, you should still pick up a few more bulbs.
I know that $80 for light bulbs seems steep, but these will last you years. Starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, you can get a. These bulbs don’t require a hub, and connect with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
I recommend you start with 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 ($100 at Amazon) speaker from Amazon, you should absolutely also pick up an . It only works with Alexa, which is fine if you are buying an Echo speaker (which has Alexa onboard), but it’s the best deal you will find on a smart plug.
Another good deal is thetotal. That’s a savings of $17, and these plugs work with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
Extra credit: $360 total
Smart lock/deadbolt: $120
One of our favorite smart locks, the on sale on August’s website this Black Friday 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: $100
Looking for more smart home deals? Check out our favorite Black Friday smart home sales in the slideshow below.