Smarthome on the cheap

WE ROUND UP 10 DE­VICES UN­DER $50 THAT’LL LET YOU POP­U­LATE YOUR HUM­BLE ABODE WITH THE BEST SMART TECH FOR LESS!

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TECH­NOL­OGY IS FI­NALLY get­ting to the point where smarthome prod­ucts ac­tu­ally work well enough for ev­ery­day use. They aren’t al­ways cheap, though, es­pe­cially for the cut­ting edge, like Google Home.

To help make the process a lit­tle more af­ford­able, we’ve gath­ered up and tested 10 smarthome prod­ucts that (mostly) costs $50 or less. While you won’t see ro­bot vac­uum clean­ers or dig­i­tal per­sonal as­sis­tants, tech such as smart plugs can make your ex­ist­ing ap­pli­ances a whole lot more use­ful. We also cover a range of smart LED light­ing — though the pop­u­lar, though pricy, Philips Hue bulbs don’t quite make the cut as the start kits cost well North of $100.

We also in­cluded some re­views of prod­ucts that can be paired up with your ex­ist­ing TV, air con­di­tioner or home se­cu­rity sys­tem to give them smart­phone con­trol. Loads of the prod­ucts can be linked into ser­vices, such as IFTTT ( which al­lows al­most lim­it­less cus­tomi­sa­tion. Many also work with Google As­sis­tant, so be sure to check out our guide to build­ing a DIY Google Home with a spare smart­phone and a speaker on page 8.

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