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Upgrade Your Home with These Smart Home Gadgets (Pricey But Fun)

As we enter the New Normal one thing is for certain — we will be spending more time in our homes. Work from Home or Flexi Work set-ups are becoming more popular which means our homes are also now our offices and schools. With that in mind we’ve curated a list of gadgets we’ve reviewed in the past that have proven to be effective in making our homes much more enjoyable, safer, and more productive.

Make Sure Your Whole House has Internet with Mesh Routers

P11,200

The first and important step in building a Smart Home is to ensure you have access to Internet in your entire home. Usually the default router that you get from your broadband provider isn’t good enough, especially if you live in a big house. To fix this, you can buy Mesh Routers (not WiFi Extenders those things suck) so that you can blanket your entire home with Internet. There are several brands who offer this but the affordable and reliable one is DECO. A set which includes 3 pucks or mesh routers go for P11,200. Click here to shop it.

A Smart Lock for Your Home Door

P12,599

The Ultraloq UL3 Smart Lock is a 5-in-1 keyless entry smart lock. You can use program the fingerprints, codes, smartphones, knock-to-open, or keys to be able to unlock the door. It’s weatherproof, has incredibly long battery life, and is quite easy to install. Click here to shop it while they still have stocks.

Trash Bin with Motion Sensor

P3,129

The Xiaomi Mi Home Smart Trash Can is well… smart. It has a motion sensor built at the top which allows you to open the lid without touching it. Click here to shop it.

Turn your Air Conditioners Smart with Sensibo

P5,380

In a sentence, Sensibo is an Aircon Remote Control with Automation and Smart functions. It can work with any air con unit that has a remote control and it pairs with an app on your smartphone. With Sensibo you can schedule when the AC goes on and off, track consumption, use temperature of your home to adjust cooling (for efficiency), and it can also sync with your Google Home or Amazon Echo ecosystems. We’ve embedded a video above that explains it pretty well. Click here to shop it.

Smarter Lights with Philips Hue Lighting System

P8,800 for the Starter Set (Bridge and 3 Smart Light Bulbs)

The Philips Hue lighting system has a wide range of smart lights that you can control with your phone or voice. You can change intensity (Dim or Brighten) and change colors to set the mood of your home. The starter set has 3 Smart Light Bulbs and the Philips Hue Bridge which controls all of the Philips Hue products that you put in your home. It’s easy to set-up and once you have it up and running, you will absolutely love it.

I embedded my room tour video above where I demo the Philips Hue Lighting System for your reference. Click here to shop it.

Speakers with Google Assistant to Control Your Smart Home

Google Assistant lets you control the various smart home appliances and gadgets that you have in your home via tapping stuff on the app OR using voice commands. You can do this on your smartphone or you can also activate Google Assistant via Smart Speakers that have it installed. Here are a few options that you might want to consider.

Google Home Hub (P5,500)

The Google Home Hub has an LED display to go with the speakers. You can watch videos on it and see visuals of the data you want to pull up. Pretty nifty gadget for Smart Home enthusiasts. Click here to shop it.

Google Home
P4,300

The OG speaker with Google Assistant. To be honest the audio quality on this one isn’t the very best but if you want a louder version of the Google Home Mini, this works. Click here to shop.

Google Home Mini
P2,390

The Google Home Mini is a small speaker with built-in Google Assistant. It’s also quite affordable so what people usually do is they buy multiples and they place them in different parts of their homes. Click here to shop here.

Marshall Stanmore II with Voice Assistant
P22,300

The manliest and probably loudest speakers with Google Assistant built-in. Click here to shop it.

Robot Vacuum for Cleaning the House

P15,000

If you want to spend less time sweeping the floor for dust and dirt (or pet hair), you might want to invest in a Robot Vacuum. They were initially met with skepticism but over the years more and more people have come to appreciate how convenient they are. This one from Xiaomi has a lot of good reviews for the price tag that it has. Click here to shop it.

Best Budget Air Purifier: Xiaomi Air Purifier 2S

P7,199

The Xiaomi Air Purifier 2S is the best selling Air Purifier in the P7,000-P8,000 price range on Lazada in the last few months. It works exceptionally well with the multi-filter system, looks elegant and premium, and it has an LED display that constantly shows you the air quality in your room. You can also control it via the Mi Home app on your smartphone. It’s also painless and effortless to set-up. Click here to shop it on Lazada.

Smart Home Fragrance Machine

P9,995

Even aroma diffusers and home fragrance solutions have become smarter. This one from Moodo allows you to automate and control the scent in your home. You can even blend different scents depending on your mood. It’s actually kind useful if you think about it. You can use Lavander as you sleep (helps deep sleep), go Peppermint in the afternoon (if you have allergies), and maybe Bamboo in the evening for something relaxing. Click here to shop it.

That’s it for our current list! We’ll add a few more items in the next few days are we’re waiting for a couple of IP Smart Cameras to arrive. We’ll review them first and if they’re any good we’ll include them here.

If you have other suggestions, let us know in the comments section down below!

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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