Best Smart Bulb
- Phillips Hue White And Colour Ambiance
Best Smart Doorbell
- Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual Camera
Best Smart Speaker
- Amazon Echo Studio
Pretty much everyone is used to having tech around their homes. While it can be avoided, realistically, modern tech devices offer lots of features that are convenient and entertaining, while still being affordable. Smart home devices look to offer more convenience by allowing remote control, voice control, and often interactions with other services. These interactions are often relatively small on their own, but add extra convenience, especially when you have a broad range of compatible devices.
To help you find some of the best smart devices out there, that aren’t too expensive, we’ve drawn up a list of the best mid-market smart home devices in 2022.
- 25000 hour life time
- 50000 switching cycles
- Full colour control
- Dimmable: Yes
- Temperature range: 2000-6500K
- Number of colours: 16 million
Philips Hue is the leading name in smart lighting. It offers an incredibly strong feature set as well as leading the market with third-party integrations. If you want a smart light bulb that works with your current smart home devices, the Hue line-up almost certainly supports it. The bulbs are available in three main styles, simple dimmer bulbs, dimming and white temperature changing, and dimming, white temperature changing, and colour changing. Other Hue equipment is available too that offers different lighting formats such as light strips and sticks, you can even get a device that reads the colours being shown on your TV and dynamically configures your lights to match the colour ambiance.
The Hue bulbs are reliable with some of the best lifespans on offer for smart bulbs. They also come with a variety of peak brightness’ so you can choose a 60W or a 100W equivalent bulb if you prefer. The bulbs can be controlled locally over Bluetooth in small groups, or remotely or for larger setups over Wi-Fi, with the use of a Hue hub. Realistically, the prices are quite high for bulbs, though as the market leader they can command the high prices, however, compared to other smart home devices, they’re still not that expensive.
- Integrated ZigBee hub
- Dolby Atmos support
- 3D audio
- Five speakers
- 5.3-inch woofer
- 5mm jack and mini-optical connectors
Smart speakers are the core of many a smart home, they allow you to directly interact with your other smart devices with your voice rather than having to use at least one of a potential myriad of apps. The Amazon Echo Studio breaks for the pattern of most smart speakers having lots of smarts but compromising on the actual audio quality, by actually providing good sound. It even supports 3D audio with Dolby Atmos.
It features a total of 5 speakers including a downward-firing 5.3-inch woofer, and a front-facing 1-inch tweeter. This front-facing distinction means that the speaker is most suited to being placed near the edge of the room rather than in the centre as the sound is somewhat directional. This also works to the benefit of the 3D audio feature as it relies on bouncing sound off of the walls. Unlike many smart home devices, it actually supports 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, which is great for ease of set-up. Given the feature set, it is also well priced.
- Dual cameras
- Wide Dynamic Resolution
- No subscription required
- Resolution: 2560×1920 (front) 1600×1200 (bottom)
- Aspect ratio: 4:3
- Battery life: 180 days
The smart doorbell is a great piece of smart home tech that helps to improve your home security and peace of mind. The Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual Camera is one of the best examples of this. it offers two cameras, one pointing forwards to see who’s at your door and one pointing downwards. This second camera lets you see clearly any packages that are left on your doorstep. The doorbell comes with lots of smarts, including reminders to collect your packages If there is one detected, and an alert if someone approaches a package on your doorstep.
The high resolution and wide dynamic resolution of the cameras let you get a clear look at anyone who approaches your door. Best of all, all content is stored locally on a base station, so there are no hidden subscription fees required for cloud storage and other useful features. It being battery powered means it lacks a pre-roll feature and can be a little slow to wake up, however, a wired version is due to be released soon.
- Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Amazon Alexa support
- Integrated Wi-Fi
- App indicates if the door is ajar
- Lock Type: Interior Deadbolt Replacement
- Connectivity Options: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Batteries: 2x CR123
A smart lock is another great option to help boost your home security and the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is one of the best out there. It offers a broad range of integrations with smart home ecosystems including Apple’s HomeKit and IFTTT. Instead of requiring a hub like many smart locks, it has Wi-Fi directly integrated into the lock, helping to reduce clutter.
The app allows you to delegate access to other people whenever you want for however long you want. With Bluetooth, it can detect when you arrive home and automatically unlock the door for you, a feature that can be particularly helpful when carrying heavy bags. Like most smart tech it doesn’t support 5Ghz Wi-Fi networks, which can be a pain, it also has a relatively short battery life of just three months. The lock can, however, notify you when the door is left ajar.
That was our roundup of the best mid-market smart home devices in 2022. Have you recently bought a mid-market smart home device? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.