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Best devices to start a smart home  according to our users

Best devices to start a smart home according to our users

So you've recently moved into a new house and are looking to add some convenience and security to your home through the use of smart devices, but aren’t sure where to start. 

We've learned that, generally speaking, most of our customers prefer to start small and grow as they see fit. Here's what they prefer to begin with according to our users:

Best switches, dimmers, and plug-in modules

Lighting is the cornerstone of any smart home and devices like switches, dimmers, and plug-in modules add comfort, safety, convenience, and versatility to your home. 

Being able to set the perfect mood lighting for a binge movie watching, adding on/off control to any appliance, energy monitoring, or remote control for those hard-to-reach sockets behind cabinets, makes these devices the first option for starting a smart home.

Here are some of the smart lighting options that our customers usually start with.

  1. Aeotec Nano Switch With Power Metering
  2. JASCO Z-Wave Plus Smart Dimmer Plug
  3. GoControl In-Wall Dimmer 500W
  4. GoControl Smart Wall Outlet

Most popular sensors

Sensors are used for specific purposes, such as detecting motion or leaks or monitoring the environment. The thing most of our users like best about them is that they are simple to install, usually without the need for any wiring. Here’s what they usually choose.

  1. Ecolink Zwave Plus Flood & Freeze Sensor, White (FLF-ZWAVE5-ECO)
  2. Centralite 3-series Micro Motion Sensor
  3. Centralite 3-Series Water Sensor
  4. Centralite 3-series Micro Door Sensor
  5. Fortrezz Flood & Temperature Sensor Z-Wave Plus
  6. Philio PIR Motion Sensor

Best for smart entry

There are several reasons why you would want to consider upgrading your front door lock to a smart one or adding a video doorbell. This go-to pairing lets you talk to someone at your door from anywhere, let them in remotely if needed, or simply to used for make sure your Amazon package doesn't "leave" your front porch until you pick it up. Here are our customers’ top picks:

  1. VistaCam 1200 Doorbell Camera
  2. Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave
  3. Poly-Control Danalock V3 Door Lock

Want to learn more about what these devices can do? Check out our blog posts about things you can do with a smart plug and the best scenes to try first.

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