- 1 An affordable smart-home starter bundle
- 2 Our budget smart lock for less
- 3 A sprinkler system that adjusts itself
- 4 Illuminate the way with smart path lights
- 5 Control the lights easily with a smart light switch
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- 7 We Tested 14 Coronavirus-Related Alexa Skills. Don’t Bother With Any but These Two.
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If controlling your home with your voice is the future, we’re living in it. Okay, Google, dim the mood lights. Hey, Siri, start the sprinklers. Alexa, turn on the path lights. With a few smart devices, you can turn your house into a smart home. But giving your home an IQ boost can be a pricey endeavor—which is why the Deals team has scoured the corners of the internet to find only the best discounts on Wirecutter’s favorite smart-home devices.
An affordable smart-home starter bundle
Wyze Smart Home Starter Pack
Deal price: $80; street price: $100
Trying to turn your home into a Smart House (video) in one fell swoop is normally very expensive—which makes this discounted Wyze Smart Home bundle, filled with Wirecutter picks, especially appealing. This starter pack includes two of our top plug-in smart outlets, our budget indoor security camera, three of our budget smart LED light bulbs, two Contact Sensors, a Motion Sensor, and a Wyze Sensor Bridge. Wyze devices are able to be easily integrated with each other and other devices through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. So it’s not a problem if you already have smart-home gear you’d like to use in tandem with the starter pack. At only $80, this affordable bundle is packed with easy-to-use gadgets, perfect for anyone who’s ready to make their home smarter.
Read our review of the best indoor security cameras, the best smart outlets, and the best smart LED light bulbs.
Our budget smart lock for less
Deal price: $88 with code 20OFFLOCK; street price: $100
Smart locks are great for folks who frequently misplace their keys. But if the idea of giving up your deadbolt for a touchpad makes you feel uneasy, the Wyze Lock is a great compromise. The budget pick in our guide to the best smart locks isn’t a deadbolt replacement—think of it as an upgrade. The Wyze Lock attaches to your existing keyway, and all of the technology that makes it smart is tucked into the housing around the lock. It’s easy to install, fast to unlock, and quiet, but what makes this lock particularly handy is its built-in motion sensor, which detects when your door is left ajar and sends alerts to your phone to let you know. Since there’s no keypad, you’ll need to use your smartphone to gain access to your home. But since the original lock is still there, you can always just default to using your old-fashioned keys. The Wyze Lock is now down to $80, with an $8 shipping charge, when you use the code 20OFFLOCK through August 17. This is the first deal we’ve spotted for the Wyze Lock. If you’re looking to add more to your cart to meet the $100 free shipping minimum, the Wyze Cam v2, our top pick for the best pet camera, should do the trick.
Read our review of the best smart locks.
A sprinkler system that adjusts itself
Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller (8-Zone)
$161; street price: $220
Unfortunately, the price of this item has risen and it’s no longer a deal. For more deals information, check out our Deals page.
Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller (12-Zone)
Deal price: $180; street price: $230
No one likes the look of a dry, dead lawn. But when you use a traditional sprinkler system, you run the risk of drowning your lawn or just wasting a bunch of water. With the Rachio 3, the top pick in our guide to the best smart sprinkler controller, you’ll never run into that issue again. Thanks to its Weather Intelligence Plus feature, which allows for hyperlocal forecasting, the Rachio 3 can figure out when, where, and how long to water your garden, automatically adjusting to save water if rain, freezing temperatures, or heavy winds are closing in. Available in 8-Zone and 12-Zone versions, the Rachio 3 also integrates with more smart-home systems—including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT—than any other model. Just be aware that you need to be a Costco member to secure the discount on the 12-Zone model (which is technically a better deal).
Read our review of the best smart sprinkler controllers.
Illuminate the way with smart path lights
Ring Solar Pathlight Starter Kit (4-Pack)
Deal price: $128; street price: $160
Now that you’re spending more time at home, you’re most likely looking for small ways to make your space as safe and comforting as possible. Adding smart outdoor lighting (like the Ring Solar Pathlights) to your patio and walkways—to light up the dark areas surrounding your house—can give your home a cozy feeling while making it easier to navigate. The Ring Solar lights in particular are great because, in addition to having motion sensors that turn on and off automatically, they offer scheduling and snooze options that can be controlled from your phone. The Ring Solar lights are easy to install because they don’t require running wires underground. And since they are solar-powered, you don’t have to replace batteries because they charge during the day. These elegant, bright path lights work only with Amazon Alexa, but we still think they are worth picking up if you already use Amazon smart devices in your home. The Ring Solar lights are down to $128 for four; this is the first deal we’ve ever posted for these lights.
Read our review of the best outdoor lightning for backyards.
Control the lights easily with a smart light switch
TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200 (3-Pack)
Deal price: $40; street price: $58
You’ve finally settled in for the night, tucked away in bed, when you see a sliver of light from under your bedroom door. You’ve forgotten the bathroom light, again. And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to switch off that light (or any others in the house) with a few taps on your phone? If you have a smart light switch, you can easily turn this dream into a reality. The inexpensive TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200 is a great introduction to smart light switches because it gives you the basic features you need without all the extra bells and whistles. Easy to control through the Kasa app (which is available for iOS and Android devices), the TP-Link also offers voice control with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, IFTTT, and Nest. Though this light switch doesn’t double as a dimmer, it does offer timers and an away mode, making it perfect for future vacations or those times you just need to step out of the house. The TP-Link switch is discounted to $40 for a three-pack, so now is a great time to explore the world of smart light switches. We’re also hearing reports from readers that there’s an additional 15% on-page coupon for some folks. But because it isn’t universal, we’re not including it in the deal price above. If you’re eligible, hooray for you!
Read our review of the best smart light switches.
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