10 Smart Google Home Devices to Automate Your Home
From switches and plugs to kitchen gadgets and lawn care products, say "Hey, Google!" to control these smart devices.
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Monitor access to your home with a Google home device like this Nest x Yale keyless deadbolt lock. You can simply tap to lock, or use the Google Assistant to lock with your voice. A perfect companion to Nest Security, you can quickly unlock your door when you a see a friend coming, set visiting hours for friends, house cleaners, dog walkers, etc., create unique passcodes for family and friends and get notifications when those people come and go.
“I purchased this lock to add to the many features of my smart home,” says a reviewer. “I wanted a lock that would work with my Google Assistant and have that feature to be able to say a command and the door I have this lock installed locked. Took me about 20 minutes to install this lock and get it functioning as it is designed to do.” Here are more smart door locks we love.
Take the dirty work out of cleaning up with the Roomba i7. This smart vacuum does all the labor for you, including emptying itself with the automatic dirt disposal! You can even use your voice to start it and dock it, using Google Home. Considering a robot vacuum? Here’s what you need to know.
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One of the best things about making your home “smarter” is the ability to save money while being environmentally friendly. The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself to keep the ideal temperature and help save energy. And, you can control it from anywhere with the Nest app. A great addition to your Google Home devices, you can use your voice to set the thermostat cooler, warmer, or to set a specific temperature and more.
Turn up the music with Google Home devices like the JBL Link 20. The powerful portable speaker has Google Assistant built in. The speaker is waterproof, floats, it can connect via Bluetooth and it has a solid battery life that can last up to 10 hours!
“Great sound all around connect to WiFi without any problem,” says a reviwer. “Google assistant works good even while playing music at low volumes, sound is very clear. I didn’t even hear cracking once on this speaker, you can count on jbl when it comes to audio systems.”
Google Home is packed with fun features, including the ability to ask it to play video on a connected device. Google Chromecast is a small device that you plug into the HDMI port on your TV and connect to your home network via WiFi to power and stream your favorite entertainment. You can instruct Google Home to play a specific movie on Netflix, for instance, without having to use your remote to search. In need of a new TV? This is the best time to buy one.
This tiny device is your simple switch to a smarter home. Turn on the AC, control light switches, brew a cup of coffee, control the garage door and more. To use, tape Switchbot right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. It’s a DIYers dream! The device can be voice-controlled by Google Home. Simply say, “Hey Google, brew a cup of coffee.” You might also like these super handy smart home products for the kitchen.
Connecting your Philips Hue lights to Google Assistant allows you to switch the lights on and off with your voice, adjust dimming, change colors and ask Google if you left the lights on. The starter kit includes four Philips Hue White A19 60W Energy Star Certified LED Smart bulbs, and the Philips Hue Hub that can control up to 50 Hue lights.
“Coming from non-dimmable, ‘dumb’ lights, these are life changing,” says a reviewer. “I watched and read about these for over 2 years before taking the plunge. And even after that hype and expectations, me and my wife are blown away. So simple and easy to use with voice commands or phone app. Yet can also create complex commands, such as timers, alarms, sync with TV/music, IFTTT, etc. You will not be disappointed!”
This affordable smart plug/outlet works with Google Assistant to control any device that’s plugged into it. With this device, you can set schedules and timers to turn your appliances on and off, or automatically turn on and off based on the sunrise, weather, temperature, humidity and more. Plus, check out these bold predictions of how future houses will look.
A smart addition to your Google Home devices and lawn care tools is this sprinkler system controller. It’s EPA WaterSense approved and certified, so you’re sure to save water and energy. And, with the help of Google Assistant, you can customize the faucet’s spray and watering schedule.
“This thing is great, especially for the price. Does everything I need and the one-button set-and-forget nature of it was a relief,” says an Amazon reviewer. “Installed very easily and connected to my home network without any problems. So far been a couple months and I still show off to people how I can turn my sprinklers on and off remotely from anywhere (I’m easily entertained). I’ve easily convinced at least two other people to buy one of these. Very much recommended.” You’ll also love these high-tech gardening tools you need to get your hands on!
This Google Home-enabled sous vide circulator is the perfect kitchen appliance for hands-off cooking of vegetables, meat and more. It brings your food to just the right temperature every time. Keep track of the cooking process via its Bluetooth system. Use Google Home voice commands to say things like, “Start my cooker” or “What is the current temperature?”