I'll be the first to admit that when someone says "smart home" it's confusing. There are so many components, devices, and protocols it can be overwhelming, even for an experienced techie like me. I created this page (an ongoing labor of love) to serve as a "beginners smart home guide". Really, … Get Started! about How to Make an Ultimate Smart Home – Set Up a Smart Home Quickly!
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Are you looking for a new robot vacuum? More than likely you’ve heard of the popular Roomba brand. iRobot, who manufactures the Roomba devices, makes a variety of high-quality robot vacuums. Let’s take a look at two of these devices, the Roomba e5 … Continue Reading about Roomba e5 vs. Roomba 960: Roomba Battle! Which is Best?
When most people think of smart robot vacuums, more than likely that first name that comes to mind is Roomba. As a matter of fact, Roomba has almost become synonymous with the idea of robot vacuums, much in the same way that Kleenex is for facial … Continue Reading about Botvac D6 vs Roomba 690: Which Robotic Vacuum Should You Buy?
Lighting was one of the first categories to step onto the smart home market scene. It’s one of the broadest areas available, and one of the most common areas smart home users tend to focus. Since they first hit the market, smart light bulbs have come … Continue Reading about The Best Smart Home Lighting Starter Kit
Latest on Robot Vacuums
When most people think of smart robot vacuums, more than likely that first name that comes to mind is Roomba. As a matter of fact, Roomba has almost become synonymous with the idea of robot vacuums, much in the same way that Kleenex is for facial tissue and Band-Aid for adhesive bandages. Of course, Roomba […]
The smart vacuums you find on the market today do more than just clean your floors. Many can be controlled remotely through a mobile application, much in the same way you might control an RC car. Some have onboard cameras that let you see what your vacuum is doing, and some can integrate with smart […]
SharkNinja’s Shark ION Robot has been touted as the Roomba killer. It was launched in the latter part of 2017 and currently has five different models available in the market. The two most notable models are the Shark ION Robot 720 and the Shark ION Robot 750. Bottom Line Up Front: The main difference here is […]
Roombas remain to be the gold standard when it comes to robot vacuums. It does seem that when you say robot vacuums, Roombas would be the first thing you think about. The Roomba 980 is the best Roomba available right now. Meanwhile, Shark Ion Robot 750 is a relatively new model, but it comes from […]
Latest on Smart Air
As our homes continue trending toward complete connectivity and automation, we often forget about one of the first smart devices to receive an upgrade: the thermostat. Those new to the smart home market may ask whether or not it’s worth it to get a smart thermostat. How much of a difference does a connected thermostat […]
Having multiple cooling and heating zones around your house can help you ensure that you not only stay comfortable but that you also do not waste energy and money in heating rooms and other areas around the house when nobody is there. What are the best smart thermostats for multiple zones? Ecobee4 No other smart […]
Latest on Smart Security
Today’s home security systems and monitoring can cost you quite a bit of money. The technology is costly, and the installation even more so. If you’re looking for a system that includes a monitoring center, you’re going to factor in a monthly cost for that as well. But does paying more always mean that you’re […]
There are several security cameras that you could buy for your home. These allow you to take control of your home security and be safer. These security cameras also help you keep an eye on things when you are away. Two of the best indoor security cameras you can buy right now are Arlo Q […]
Latest on Robot Mowers
Robotic lawn mowers are still seen by some as more of a novelty. With more established home robotics markets for vacuums and pool cleaners, making the switch to robotic mowers has not been as easy. However, there are a few leading brands that are pioneering the way forward for robotic mowers. While still not a […]
The RM510 is the smallest Robotic Lawnmower of the Robomow fleet, but it’s an impressive device. Robomow is tailor-made for compact lawns and gardens and the automatic lawn mower is also significantly less expensive than Robomow’s bigger robot mowers. This model should be on your list of robot mowers to consider if you are in […]
Latest on Smart Irrigation
With all the climate change debate going on, whatever your view, no one can argue that there’s a need to save water, and for homes to use this precious resource in a smarter way. Enter a range of smart irrigation and sprinkler systems like the Skydrop we’ve covered previously and now the Blossom Smart Sprinkler. […]
Healthy green lawns take a lot of work. Taking care of your yard – from planting your greens, to mowing your grass, to watering – just takes a significant amount of time. Especially watering your lawn. Sure, traditional sprinkler systems can help you keep the grass alive and beautiful, but it also wastes too much […]
Latest on Smart Pets
Dealing with a dirty litter box is something no one wants to do: cat lover or otherwise. Unfortunately, it is one of those things that cannot be ignored and as a result, companies have been creating automated solutions for this messy chore for a few years now. Two of the most popular products in the […]
Home robotics help our furry friends as well. The is a relatively new self cleaning litter box aimed at automating the kitty litter cleaning process. If the measure of a good home robot is how well it automates househould drudgery, then the Cat Genie is an especially effective robotic device. While the floor cleaning industry […]