India is now fast catching up with the western trends when it comes to smart home products. More especially after the launch and success of Amazon’s Alexa based Echo Speakers and Google Assistant enabled Google Home and Google Mini Speakers, a gamut of smart home devices are launched every month and some of them really make for a sensible purchase. Here is a list of 10 such smart products that are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and should be on your buying list for a technology-equipped house.
Smart lights are one of the basic things that a smart home should boast of and what better than Philips range of Hue Line devices. Philips is the first company that made the smart bulbs popular in India. Philips Hue Bulbs along with one Hue Bridge that can then connect as many bulbs as required is needed to do the setup. These bulbs are not only smart but can be controlled with Alexa or Google Assistant, just with a voice command. These bulbs can also change colors and hence make for an ideal choice for your smart home. This starter pack is available on Amazon for Rs. 6,295
This basic smart home kit from Oakter, the company that is well-known world over for their smart plugs, is just the thing you need. It contains one smart-home hub, one high-powered smart plug, and one low powered smart plug. These come in very handy, especially the high-powered plug which can control high power appliances like AC, geyser or even a water motor. The best part is that one can set on and off schedules. For example, you can control your water motor to be on only for 2 hours, which would mean you would never have an overflow of water. Priced at Rs. 5,277 its available on Amazon.
This is by far one of the most productive smart home solutions. This fire stick allows you to upgrade your old TV into a smart TV simply with an HDMI port. The moment you plug in the device to your HDMI port, you can watch content from Amazon and also other online channels like Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar, SonyLiv etc. And you can control the fire stick with your ECHO speaker with simple voice commands. Buy From Amazon, Rs. 3,999
A smart home is incomplete without smart home security devices and today with a gamut of products available in the segment, it’s not just a thing reserved for the elite class. Every common house can make use of these smart products and make your home secure.
One such product is Ring Doorbell, which records the video of everyone on the front door and lets you see who is it. One of the best features of the doorbell is that it allows you to add familiar faces so that you are notified only when an unidentified face comes across the door. For setting up home security, Ring Doorbell is one of the basic products that you must have. Its available on Amazon for Rs. 14,999
Arlo Pro 2 is one of the finest security camera systems available in the market. This security system includes cameras that can be operated on battery and are wireless, which makes them easy and practically possible to install anywhere in the house. Since they are waterproof, they can be installed in the outdoors as well. One added advantage of this system is that it comes with 7 days of free cloud recording as compared to 24 hours of the recording provided by most other companies. It is priced at Rs. 45,999 on Amazon.
This is a perfect lock for those who end up being unsure and confused on whether they have locked the door or not. This lock automatically locks itself after a set period of time. This lock also allows the user to control the locking and unlocking remotely. And the best part is that it allows you to even send temporary keys to your guests via the app, in case of you being not at home. Its compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant and you can control locking unlocking with voice commands. You can buy it from Amazon for Rs. 25,310
If your house supports central temperature controlling then Nest Thermostats are the best for you. Not only they make temperature controlling easy but also save energy while they are at it. Nest Thermostats are technologically so advanced that they learn the patterns and can evaluate how long it takes for the house to heat up or cool down and find the most energy-efficient ways to do so. They can be controlled with Alexa, Google Assistant or the Nest app. Its available on Amazon for Rs. 32,156
This little smart device comes in handy for those who dislike cleaning the house. This self-charging robotic vacuum cleaner does the cleaning job even when you aren’t home. You can remotely control the device using Google Assistant or Alexa. It’s a boon coming back to a clean house without you having to do anything about it. Get it on Amazon for Rs. 19,990