Recommended Products & Resources

I wanted to create a list for you of the smart home products I use in my home. After many years of trial and error, these products are the ones I have used to build a smart home that works.

I will continually update this list as new smart home products come out and as I add new features to my smart home. I will also link to blog posts that review the products in detail and provide guides on how to use and integrate the products.

Some of the links below are affiliate links. That just means that I will receive a small commission if you buy a product through the link. You do not pay a higher price by buying through these links. I will only recommend products to you that I have used and believe will benefit you. 

Core Smart Home Products

The three products listed below are the core products that make up the foundation of your smart home. With these three products, you have the base to build out a smart home with full automation and voice control. You can read more about why I recommend these smart home products here: Create a Smart Home: Step 1

Amazon Echo


The 1st of 3 core products that form the foundation of your smart home. Add voice control to all your smart home devices plus so much more. Read more in our detailed Amazon Echo review.

Philips Hue Hub and Lights


The 2nd of 3 core products that form the foundation of your smart home. Add ambiance, lighting notifications and energy savings to your smart home with these LED bulbs. Smart bulbs are the fastest way to add lighting automation in your home. Read more in our Philips Hue Hub and Lights review.

SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit


The 3rd of 3 core products that form the foundation of your smart home. SmartThings is the brain of your smart home. Automate and monitor your smart home. This kit includes 1 motion sensor, 2 contact sensors, a smart plug and the hub. This is where the magic happens! Read more in our SmartThings review.

Connected Light Bulbs

Smart light bulbs are the fastest and most affordable way to add smart lighting to your home. These products are perfect for lamps, recessed lights and other accent lighting throughout your home. You can read more about why I recommend the Philips Hue smart light bulbs here: Review: Philips Hue Hub and Lights

Philips Hue Hub and Color Lights


The 2nd of 3 core products that form the foundation of your smart home. Add ambiance, lighting notifications and energy savings to your smart home with these LED bulbs. Smart bulbs are the fastest way to add lighting automation in your home. Read more in our Philips Hue Hub and Lights review.

Philips Hue White A19 4-Pack (Dimmable LED)


Philips Hue dimmable white LED bulbs. Use these lights in your lamps to quickly add smart bulb control and lighting automation in your home. A great value!


* The Hue Hub is required with this product

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance BR30


Single Philips Hue dimmable white and color LED BR30 recessed light bulb. The color bulbs are great for visual notifications and ambiance in your smart home. I love these above my fireplace!


* The Hue Hub is required with this product

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19


Single Philips Hue dimmable white and color LED standard bulb. The color bulbs are great for visual notifications in your smart home. Add a light to each major area in your home.


* The Hue Hub is required with this product

Smart Light and Fan Switches

Smart light switches allow you add wireless control and automation to your primary home lighting. The convenience is great, but I was completely surprised by how much I saved on energy by having lights automatically shut off. Pair with SmartThings and Amazon Echo to control your lights and fans by voice.  


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required to use these products.

GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Lighting Control


Z-wave smart lighting switch. Add smart home control and automation to your existing lights. This product also acts as a z-wave repeater to extend the range of your smart home products. A neutral wire is required for installation.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product

GE Z-Wave Plus 1000 Watt Smart Dimmer


Z-wave smart lighting dimmer switch. Add smart home control and automation to your existing lights. This product also acts as a z-wave repeater to extend the range of your smart home products. A neutral wire is required for installation.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product.

GE Z-Wave Plus Fan Speed Control Switch


Turn on/off and control the speed of your ceiling fan with this switch. This product also acts as a z-wave repeater to extend the range of your smart home products. A neutral wire is required for installation.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product.

Smart Outlets and Plugs

Smart outlets and plugs give you wireless on/off control of electronic devices that are plugged into them. These plugs work well for holiday lights or existing under cabinet lighting in your home. You can also use these plugs for fans, lamps or any other plug in device. There are indoor and outdoor options that can be automated or controlled with your voice using SmartThings and Amazon Echo.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required to use these products.

SmartThings Smart Outlet


ZigBee smart outlet. Turn on / off any device that plugs into an outlet. Use this to control existing under cabinet lights, floor fans, lamps, etc. 


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product

GE Z-Wave Plus Outdoor Smart Lighting Control


Outdoor Z-wave smart outlet switch. Great product for controlling holiday lights. This is an exterior product that includes a weather resistant cover. Perfect for holiday lights! This product also acts as a z-wave repeater to extend the range of your smart home products. 


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product.

Motion, Contact and Other Sensors

Motion and contact sensors provide the information your smart home needs to add automation and security to your home. Lights can automatically turn on/off as you walk into a room and your home can notify you if activity is detected when you are away. Home automation provides the greatest benefits of your smart home.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required to use these products.

SmartThings Motion Sensor


SmartThings ZigBee motion sensor. Automate your lights or add security features to your smart home. Easily put these motion sensors on the wall or ceiling of your home. Read more detail in our SmartThings Motion Sensor review.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product

Ecolink Z-Wave Plus Motion Sensor


Ecolink Z-wave motion sensor. Integrates perfectly with the SmartThings Hub to automate your lights or add security features to your home. Pet friendly! You can the sensitivity level of the motion sensor so your pets don't set off the sensor.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product

SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor


SmartThings multipurpose sensor. Detect vibration, orientation/tilt, or whether or door or window is open or closed. This device can also detect temperature. Great for security and notifications for open doors, but there are an unlimited number of ways to use these devices.


* A Smart Home Hub (such as the SmartThings Hub) is required with this product

How should I start my Smart Home?

There are a lot of products and ways to build a smart home. You should start with a foundation of smart home products that will allow you to start small but expand in the future if you want. Here is an article on where you should start and what products you should start with first: Create a Smart Home: Step 1

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