Found: The Only Smart Home Devices Worth Splurging On

Updated 07/25/18
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Nicole Franzen

Contrary to popular belief, smart home devices aren't just for the tech-savvy. Even if you're not 100% sure how Wi-Fi works—we're with you—there are so many reasons to outfit your home with genius gadgets you can control with your smartphone.

If you're skeptical (i.e., even the idea of resetting your router is intimidating), hear us out: Wouldn't it be great to hang a TV in your living room that didn't look like a TV, but rather a piece of art? Or to cook a restaurant-quality meal at home? Believe it or not, there's a smart home device that can do these things. What a time to be alive, right?

Because we know from experience just how difficult navigating the aisles of an electronics store can be, we've perused the latest offerings on the market to determine which ones are really worth splurging on. Trust us—they'll make your life better (and easier). Ahead, these are the smart home devices your house is missing.

Samsung The Frame
Samsung The Frame $2800
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We wouldn't blame you if you mistook this TV for a piece of art at first glance (we did, too). While it can be challenging to find a TV that blends in with your décor aesthetic, this sleek smart home device looks beautiful whether it's on or off.

Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo $100
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Featuring Dolby speakers, the new Amazon Echo was practically made for music lovers. Sync up your Spotify, Amazon Music, or Pandora account, and ask Alexa to press play for you.

Nest Thermostat E
Nest Thermostat E $170
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The latest thermostat from Nest is the brand's eco-friendliest model yet. It'll even shut itself off when you're away, so you can feel good about heating and cooling your home to the perfect temperature (even if you forget to turn the thermostat off when you walk out the door).

Philips Hue White Starter Kit
Philips Hue White Starter Kit $100
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These smart lightbulbs, which you can sync with smart home devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to turn on and off with your voice, make it hard for millennials to deny that 1997 really was 20 years ago.

Hisense Portable Air Conditioner
Hisense Portable Air Conditioner $370
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In the midst of an L.A. heatwave, our West Coast editors are currently coveting this portable air conditioner. With the power of Wi-Fi, you can conveniently control the temperature of any room with your phone.

iRobot Roomba 960
iRobot Roomba 960 $700
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This genius gadget conveniently cleans without you needing to get off the couch, so you can go ahead and continue binge-watching the latest Netflix series comfortably.

Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker $150
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Anova Culinary's Bluetooth sous vide precision cooker brings restaurant-quality results home. Just attach the smart device to any pot filled with water and press start.

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