8 Best Smart Blinds
Choosing the right smart blinds can be confusing. We break down the options and offer the best choices for every situation.
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Buying Smart Blinds
Smart blinds are window coverings that can be opened or closed through an app or a voice command on your smartphone. They come in various styles, such as accordion, slat, honeycomb, roller and light filtering. While these style choices are important, there is one major feature to consider above all: the power source. Blinds can be hardwired or powered by solar, battery or electrical cord.
Each source has its pros and cons. If your home gets little sun, solar wouldn’t be a great choice. Batteries need to be changed or charged but they don’t rely on the sun or electrical cords. Those cords for blinds can be an eyesore. And hardwired blinds need to be installed professionally. So making the right choice is key.
Best Budget Smart Blinds
Yoolax Motorized Shades earned the highest rating of any smart blind on Amazon because they operate well, install easily and work with several voice assistants. Powered by rechargeable batteries, they work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and also come with a remote control. Best of all, they’re affordable.
“This product is AMAZING for the money!” writes a reviewer on Amazon. “Installation took less than 10 minutes per window. And it is a GREAT blackout for us.”
Most Color Options on a Budget
If each of your rooms has a different color scheme, you may want a smart blind with multiple color options. Xingxun High Precision Shades come in 30 colors — the biggest selection we’ve seen — at a reasonable price. These smart home products also have different power options and work with Google Assistant, Alexa, a remote or their app.
Most Customizable Smart Blinds
Leviosa Blinds are the most customizable blinds on the market. They have four light filtering options, more than 60 color and pattern choices depending on the light filtering choice, and three power choices (battery pack, hardwired or corded). You can choose a separate valance color for each shade! It’s an awesome window treatment idea.
Best Solar-Powered Smart Blinds
MySmart shades by Tilt have a solar charging panel to keep the batteries charged. They come in multiple colors and light filtering choices, unlike other solar shades that offer one or two options. They also connect to Alexa using the Tilt Bridge, permitting voice control.
“We love that they are solar powered and can be operated from our phones,” said a reviewer on the Tilt website. “We’ve automated the shades so that they open and close each day without us having to do anything. I highly recommend!”
Best Corded Smart Blinds
Graywind Motorized offer more features than their competitors at a reasonable price, making them tops among electrical-cord powered smart blinds. They work with Google Assistant and Alexa, along with remote control and their app. They also have thermal insulation to help save on heating and cooling costs.
One remote controls up to nine blinds. Blinds can be grouped and scheduled without adding a smart hub, typically an additional expense.
Best Automation Kit for Regular Blinds With a Wand
E-Wand Starter Kit is a battery-powered gadget that can turn manual blinds with wands into smart blinds. Retrofitting with a smart device like this is a great option for people who want to keep their blinds, and this is the highest-rated automation kit for blinds with wands on Amazon.
These smart wands replace the regular wand. Once they’re installed, you can group multiple blinds to open and close together and on a schedule. The smart wand also has a heat sensor feature that can detect room temperature and open or close the shades accordingly.
Best Automation Kit for Regular Cord-Operated Blinds
My Smart Blinds is the highest rated automation kit on Amazon that works for cord-operated blinds. The device attaches to the top portion of your existing blinds, giving it smart features such as scheduling, voice controls with Alexa and Google Assistant and app controls. The kit is also solar powered so there’s no changing of batteries or dealing with electrical cords.
Cords are a choking hazard and cord-operated blinds are no longer produced. Make sure to keep children away from blinds with cords.
Ikea Smart Shades
Ikea smart shades are popular right now. We didn’t include them in our list because they lack a four-star rating from users, and 4.0 is our minimum threshold for inclusion. However, the Ikea Fyrtur shades are Ikea’s first foray into the smart blind market. Given Ikea’s track record for quality and innovation, we’re excited to see what’s next.