Build the Ultimate Smart Home by Adding These 10 Unique Gifts to Your Wedding Registry
Upgrade your digs with one of these high-tech gifts.
If there's one trend that just about every homeowner (or apartment-renter) seems to be adopting right now, it's smart technology. After all, who doesn't want their lives to be made just a little bit easier? If you're getting married, your registry affords you the perfect opportunity to give smart tech a try. But with so many options on the market, figuring out which items are right for your home and lifestyle can get a little overwhelming. With everything out there from an egg tray that can sense when your eggs are going bad (yes, really) to a seven-thousand-dollar smart toilet, the range of smart home products available is extensive—and that's putting it lightly.
So, which smart home devices are the best for your needs, and how do you decide which ones deserve a spot on your wedding registry? If you're just starting out, you'll want to go with something basic, like an Amazon Echo Plus or Google Home. Different models are better suited to certain needs, but just the ease of asking a device to set a timer when your hands are full or what the weather is like when you're about to dash out the door is surprisingly helpful.
Have a larger home? We can't recommend a smart security system more highly—there are a lot of options to choose from depending on how many rooms you have and what your security concerns are. And if your tech needs are much simpler, you'll find that there are still smart home options for you. Do you love plants but travel a lot? Register for self-watering planters and you'll never come home to sad, withered plants again.
To help you sort out what's right for you, here are some of our favorite smart home products for you to add to your registry right now.
We would be remiss if we didn't mention an Alexa device. This is one of our favorites because it gives us all the Alexa basics that we know and love in a cute and compact model with a convenient touchscreen. It doesn't take up much real estate space wise, making it the perfect bedside alarm clock and speaker.
Amazon Echo Spot, $129.99, amazon.com.
This smart thermostat can do everything from alert you about severe weather temperatures to keep you informed on the humidity levels in your home. Plus, you can adjust it remotely with Sensi's online portal or app.
Sensi Touch Wi-fi Thermostat, $169, sensi.com.
Not all diffusers were created equal, but this one is a favorite of ours. With its sleek and subtle design, this diffuser allows you to easily adjust mist intensity (via an app or Amazon Echo) depending on how big your space is. As a fun bonus, you can change the color it glows depending on your mood.
ASAKUKI Smart Diffuser, $29.99, amazon.com.
Long gone are the days of clap light; luckily, this archaic system has been replaced by the far more advanced smart bulb. We especially like this smart lighting system because it allows you to control the hue (this model boosts a range of fifty thousand shades of white!) and brightness of up to 50 different bulbs around your house. Plus, it's Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit compatible so you won't have to lift a finger (or get out of bed) to turn the lights on or off.
Phillips Hue White Ambiance Smart Lighting Starter Kit, $122.57, homedepot.com.
If you have a garden, we strongly suggest that you register for this smart sprinkler controller. This impressive system lets you input plant types, sun exposure and more so that it can automatically adjust to how often it waters certain areas, plus it senses moisture levels in the soil so that it doesn't ever over-saturate (saving water and saving on your water bill!).
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Generation, $149, amazon.com.
Whether you're at home alone at night and want to feel safe before answering the door or you're travelling and want to keep an eye on the activity outside of your house, this smart doorbell has twenty four hour streaming and crisp, clear video quality. Plus, it has capabilities to play a pre-recorded message in case you aren't able to answer the bell.
Google Nest Hello Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, $229.99, bestbuy.com.
Never worry about rushing home to feed your pet again—this smart pet feeder lets you control portion sizes and feeding times from anywhere. Not sure how much your pet should be fed? Input your pets weight, breed, and activity level and the Petnet app will suggest a portion size.
Petnet Smart Feeder 2nd Generation, $137.99, amazon.com.
Anyone without central air knows the struggle of cooling down your home with a window unit—on an extra balmy day walking into a stuffy apartment can be plain miserable. That's why we love this air conditioner—you can control it remotely so your home is nice and cool for you when you walk through the door.
Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner, $210, ebay.com.
One of the best innovations that smart technology has brought about are advanced smart home security systems. This starter kit gives you the basics to get you set up and you can always add on extra features later. An optional service to the system that we love is Ring's professional 24/7 monitoring that only costs $10 a month.
Ring Alarm 5-Piece Security System, $199, amazon.com.
Schedule your floor cleanings with this vacuum that you can control from your phone. With its three stage cleaning system (and optional wet mop function which is pretty impressive) you'll never manually clean your floors again!
Ecovacs DeeBot M88 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, $249.99, amazon.com.