Interest has exploded around the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2017, and the Amazon Cloud outage earlier this spring brought increased awareness to connected, or “smart,” devices inside the home.
But with the success of the Amazon Echo, cars increasingly getting “smarter,” and businesses adopting cloud-based office phone systems left and right, what in-home IoT devices are consumers most infatuated with in 2017?
From refrigerators to thermostats, here are five in-home IoT devices you’ve got to see.
Wink 2 Hub
Let’s kick things off with the most utilitarian item on the list—the Wink 2 Hub. It’s the basis for connecting all of your IoT devices around the house (as shown in the name, “Hub”), and it isn’t meant to be fun or pretty. The Hub 2 is more streamlined than the first, so it will blend in perfectly on a bookshelf or hidden next to the couch. It will cost you $99, and you’ll enjoy the additional Ethernet port and ability to connect with more IoT items than before.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat, now owned by Google, is in its third generation. Notable specs include its ability to program to certain temperatures at certain times, monitor the weather to ensure those in-home temperatures, inform you when you program an energy-saving temperature, and analyze your usage history to show you when you were at your most efficient. The newest version boasts a more stylish design and vivid display. The thermostat costs $249, but it claims to save you up to 15% on air conditioning bills.
Philips Hue Light Bulbs
Philips continues to provide the most intuitive smart lighting on the market, and the latest version of the Hue series is pretty breathtaking. The new app interface is easier to use than before—you can now control the lights by grouping them into rooms—and the colors themselves are more vivid and rich than they were several years ago. It will still cost you around $50 per colored bulb, but once you dive into the scores of third-party apps that do everything from syncing with Amazon Alexa to changing your lighting to fit the scenes of your favorite Sci-Fi show, you may not be able to resist.
Neato Botvac Connected
“Neato,” indeed. This robot vacuum costs $699, but it’s still cheaper than the top-of-the-line Roomba. You can control the connected vacuum via an app on your smartphone, and it doesn’t struggle to reach corners because of its D-shaped design. It also has spot-cleaning capabilities and chargers on a small charging station.
LG Signature 30.8 cu. ft. Refrigerator
This appliance isn’t simply a refrigerator—it’s a magical, intelligent, stunning behemoth. At $7,699, it’s also extremely expensive. Two quick knocks on the large display panel afford you a glimpse of the contents within, all without you having to open the door. If you decide to go inside the fridge, a smart sensor opens the door for you automatically, and while the door is open, air ducts form a cold air barrier between the outside and the inside. Did I mention that those specs are only the beginning?
Whether you want to jump into the world of luxurious smart homes (and $7,699 price tags) or simply keep tabs on your energy consumption with a smart thermostat, we’ll continue to see more and more IoT devices throughout 2017.