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The best smart home devices of 2018

Smart devices designed for home use are becoming increasingly common, so here is a rundown of the convenient gadgets that will be a big hit this year.

Amazon Echo

The current king of the smart speakers, the Echo is not only endowed with a great voice-activated assistant in the form of Alexa, but it also offers impressive compatibility with various other services and platforms that you might already be using. The smaller Echo Dot is Amazon’s more compact, affordable alternative and this range is only set to grow in 2018 and beyond, with new models announced.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest has been improving its central heating tech significantly in recent years and its latest-gen thermostat benefits from wireless connectivity, additional sensors and a learning algorithm which lets it get accustomed to your schedule and preferences. If you want to heat your home efficiently and without even thinking about it, this is the way to go.

If you need a smart home automation company to help with installation, there are lots of options. Digital Interiors specialise in smart home automation and are just one of a number of firms that can streamline this process.

Philips Hue Bulbs

If the price is no object, switching all of the existing bulbs in your home for the smart Philips Hue range will let you take control of every aspect of your lighting manually, from the brightness to the colour. Compatible with Amazon’s aforementioned Echo speaker via Alexa, it will make you feel like a true master of your domain.

iRobot Braava Jet 240

Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for years, but what about people with wooden or tiled floors that also need to be subjected to a little mopping on a regular basis? This is the smart device for you, as it can operate autonomously while you are at work, allowing you to return to a spotless home.

Robomow RS622

Head into the garden and the grass can be kept at bay all summer with the Robomow RS622, which forms part of a wider range of self-controlled mowers. A little bit of prior set-up is required to make sure it knows the size and shape of your lawn, but once this is out of the way, it can be put to work and does not even involve grass collection.

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