While we’ve cov­ered the main smart home prod­ucts, there’s plenty of other kit out there that can make your home bet­ter

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W e’ve cov­ered the main prod­ucts you’ll want in this fea­ture, but a more well-rounded smart home ben­e­fits from a range of prod­ucts. Here, we’re look­ing at some of the other kit you can buy, and how it ties into your home. We’ve also listed a few of the cra­zier prod­ucts that are also vy­ing for your at­ten­tion but we think are best avoided.


The Yale Key­less Con­nected Smart Door Lock (£125) at­taches to your ex­ist­ing Night­latch, but re­moves the need for keys. In­stead, you can open your door with a se­cu­rity code or ded­i­cated RFID tag. Up­grade to the Z-Wave mod­ule (£70) and the door lock can be con­trolled via a Z-Wave con­troller or SmartThings, so you can lock and un­lock your door from any­where in the world.


Re­mote sock­ets let you tog­gle the power to a plug-in de­vice re­motely. Most com­monly, this is to tog­gle a lamp on and off, but you can run prac­ti­cally any other de­vice, such as a hu­mid­i­fier, too.

There’s plenty of choice of sock­ets out there. The SmartThings Power Out­let (£45) is great if you have SmartThings, plus it also sup­ports Google Home, Alexa and IFTTT. Al­ter­na­tively, the Belkin Wemo Switch (£40) uses Wi-Fi, so doesn’t re­quire a hub. It sup­ports Alexa and IFTTT.


If you have any de­vices that use the Dyson Link, such as the Dyson 360 Eye ro­botic vac­uum cleaner or the Pure Cool fil­ter­ing fan, you can now hook them up to Alexa. Thanks to the new Skill (listed un­der Skills, not Smart Home), you can now con­trol your de­vices us­ing your voice. For the vac­uum cleaner, that means start­ing a clean or stop­ping one; for fans, you can turn on auto and night modes, set a fan speed, tog­gle os­cil­la­tion and turn them off.


If you want a de­vice to give you quick con­trol over your smart home de­vices, the Log­itech POP could be for you. The starter kit (£80) nets you one but­ton and a hub, with ad­di­tional bat­tery-pow­ered but­tons cost­ing £35 each. The but­tons work na­tively with Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, Sonos, SmartThings and oth­ers, although it also has an IFTTT chan­nel for other de­vices.

But­tons can be pro­grammed for up to three op­er­a­tions (click, dou­ble-click and long press), and can con­trol mul­ti­ple de­vices at once. So you could have a but­ton at your front door that you tap to turn off ev­ery­thing when you leave the house, for ex­am­ple.


With the Foobot In­door Air Qual­ity Mon­i­tor (£180), you can mon­i­tor your home’s air and get warned about any is­sues, in­clud­ing tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity, volatile or­ganic

com­pounds (VOCs) and small par­ti­cles (par­tic­u­late mat­ter). The warn­ings can help peo­ple with al­ler­gies and asthma clean up their home en­vi­ron­ment, and an IFTTT chan­nel means you can au­to­mat­i­cally con­trol other de­vices as well, such as turn­ing on a hu­mid­i­fier au­to­mat­i­cally via a re­mote socket.


The Log­itech Har­mony Hub (£99) lets you con­trol your home en­ter­tain­ment de­vices through your smart­phone. You can set up sim­ple rou­tines, such as one to turn on your TV, sound­bar and Blu-ray player, all with the touch of a but­ton. The Har­mony Hub can also in­te­grate with Philips Hue and SmartThings so you can con­trol other smart home de­vices, too. Alexa and IFTTT sup­port are both built in, giv­ing you con­trol over other smart home de­vices as well.


Be­ing able to an­swer your door­bell from any­where in the world is really use­ful for two rea­sons: you can deal with any­thing im­por­tant, and you can fool peo­ple into think­ing that you’re at home. The Ring Video Door­bell (£130) no­ti­fies you when­ever some­one rings your door­bell. From your smart­phone, you can see who’s at the door and have a con­ver­sa­tion with them. An IFTTT chan­nel lets you con­trol your other smart de­vices when mo­tion is de­tected or some­one rings the bell. An up­dated ver­sion has just been re­leased (£180).


Smoke de­tec­tors are great life­savers but have a nasty habit of go­ing off when you least want them to. With the Nest Pro­tect (£109), you get a smart de­tec­tion sys­tem. When smoke is de­tected, all your in­stalled alarms can tell you where the prob­lem is, so you can deal with it be­fore a pierc­ing alarm goes off. And the sys­tem can tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween smoke and car­bon monox­ide, so you know what you need to do. Alarms can be si­lenced from the app, which is far eas­ier than try­ing to use a fid­dly but­ton lo­cated on the de­vice.

Nest Pro­tect in­te­grates with the Nest Ther­mo­stat, au­to­mat­i­cally shut­ting down your heat­ing when car­bon monox­ide is de­tected. Thanks to the IFTTT chan­nel, you can do the same thing with other smart heat­ing sys­tems.



Leaks can cost a for­tune to fix, so know­ing about them be­fore they be­come a ma­jor is­sue can be a real boon. The Lyric W1 Wa­ter Leak De­tec­tor (£65) is an ex­cel­lent choice. It’s bat­tery pow­ered, so is easy to po­si­tion. De­tec­tion is via the at­tached sen­sor wire (ex­ten­sion ca­bles are avail­able to cover a greater dis­tance), which you lie flat where you’re most likely to get a leak, such as un­der­neath a dish­washer.

Alerts are sent to your phone via the app, and a full IFTTT chan­nel means you can set other ac­tions, such as cut­ting the power to a wash­ing ma­chine via a re­mote socket.

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