Is there anything more exciting than finding helpful new gadgets to make your house smarter?


Thanks to today’s advanced technologies, there are hundreds of exciting new gadgets that can help you run your home more smoothly.


From pure entertainment purposes to automating some of your least favorite chores, technology for the home really has revolutionized the way we all live, and most of us are ready to welcome even more tech “toys” into our lives, especially this Christmas season!


Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Tech-Loving Homeowners


1. Doorbell cameras


Doorbells with built-in camera systems are among homeowners’ favorite new security gadgets.  These devices stream live footage straight to your phone, and some even have two-way talk functionality, letting you answer the door from anywhere in your house.


Top-rated doorbell cameras

(based on ratings from


1. Ring Video Doorbell Pro


2. Ring Wifi Enabled Video Doorbell


3. Skybell HD Silver Wifi Video Doorbell


4. Honeywell RCWL330A1000/N P4-Premium Portable Wireless Doorbell


5. Remobell Wifi Wireless Video Doorbell




2. Voice-assisted smart speakers


The new smart speakers coming out are more impressive every year, and make it easy to create a fun, interactive sound system for your home!  And voice-activated assistants are great for controlling your music hands-free!


Top-rated voice-assisted speakers

(based on ratings from PCMag)


1. Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)


2. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)


3. Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation)


4. Google Home Max


5. JBL Link View


6. Sonos Beam


7. Sonos One


8. Lenovo Smart Display


9. Apple HomePod


10. Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)

Certain devices are recommended over others based on how the speakers will be used (i.e., integrating with other smart home technology vs strictly being used for music).


3. Smart home climate control


Smart thermostats have been growing in popularity since they first came out a few years ago.  Many homeowners love these systems for their energy efficiency and compatibility with smartphones.  Smart temperature control systems even offer the functionality to set custom temperatures for individual rooms.  Plus a smart thermostat can lower your electricity consumption dramatically. Studies show that a smart wifi thermostat can save you 23% or more on your heating and cooling. And 50% of your electricity usage is in heating and cooling. So you could cut your total electricity usage by 10%!


Top 5 smart thermostats**

(based on ratings from


1. Nest Learning (3rd Generation)


2. Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Wifi 7 Day Programmable Color Touch Thermostat


3. Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor, Wifi (2nd Generation)


4. Emerson Thermostats Sensi Smart Thermostat


5. Honeywell RTH6580WF Wifi 7 Day Programmable Thermostat



Aside from making your home more comfortable, these systems also make a house more attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell!



4. Smart lawn irrigation timers

Smart sprinklers and irrigation controllers help you keep your lawn healthy with minimal effort.  These advanced systems can access the Internet to adjust watering schedules based on the weather.


Top-rated smart irrigation timers

(based on ratings from


1. Rachio 8 Zone 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller


2. RainMachine Touch HD-12 Smart Wifi Irrigation Controller


3. Orbit B-Hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor Wifi Sprinkler System Controller


4. RainMachine Mini-8 Cloud Independent Wifi Irrigation Controller


5. Rain Bird ST8I-Wifi Smart Indoor Wifi Sprinkler/ Irrigation System Timer/ Controller


Finally, you won’t have to worry about flooding your yard if a rainstorm is coming while you’re at work or away on vacation!



5. Robotic lawn mowers


Finally, we can all stop pushing our heavy lawn mowers in the hot sun!  Several brands now sell robotic mowers, so you can enjoy the warm weather and spend less time doing grueling yardwork.


Top-rated robotic mowers

(based on ratings from PCMag)


1. Husqvarna Automower 315X


2. Robomow RS622


3. Honda Miimo HRM 310


4. Worx Landroid M Cordless Robotic Mower


What Gadgets Do You Want to See Under the Tree This Year?


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