Smart Home Gift Guide: Perfect Gifts For The Contemporary Home

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Looking for the perfect gift to enhance any home’s value, be the envy of every guest and neighbor, and add days and years of pleasure, be handy for apartment dwellers and home owners, be smart and environmental friendly?

Here are five outstanding smart home products that will enhance the real estate value, be the envy of all, be environmentally friendly and even reduce year round electric usage.


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1.    Outdoor Kitchen: Outdoor living spaces have been the most popular special function room for six consecutive years. The popularity of outdoor kitchens has spiked 72% since 2012, according to the AIA 2017 Home Design Trends Survey. Adding an outdoor kitchen sees an average ROI of 100 to 200 percent!

What to buy FIRST EVER-SMART GRILL (starting at $6,539): The SmartGrill by Lynx is the world’s first technologically advanced grill, developed to meet consumer demand for easy-to-use, connected appliances in the home. The grill is voice-activated, WiFi-enabled, and automatically cooks foods based on user commands. Operation of the SmartGrill is driven by a fly-by-wire system that drives primary functions of the grill such as ignition and burners via an automated system that cooks recipes pre-programmed by Lynx’s master grillers for a perfect meal every time. It incorporates voice recognition, Wi-Fi connectivity, online notification and seamless user interface to bring grilling into the 21st century.

2.    Smart Thermostat: Make your home more comfortable with a smart thermostat! These newer, smart thermostats take all of the guesswork – in fact, most of the thinking – out of the process, since they can sense whether you are at home or away and adjust your home’s temperature controls accordingly.

·      What to buy: Ecobee4 ($218.99) Named Cnet’s best overall thermostat for 2017 and CNET Editors' Choice Award. It has a responsive touchscreen display, a remote temperature and proximity sensor, intuitive mobile and web apps and integrations with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT. But instead of simply working with Alexa, the Ecobee4 itself is an Amazon speaker.

3.     Smart Lighting: According to Energy Star, the cost of lighting your home amounts to about 12% of a home’s annual energy bill, or around $264 per year. Smart lighting dimmer and sensor systems can allow you to easily turn lights on and off via your smart phone, and they can also be customized to perform certain actions like slowly growing brighter as you wake up or switching off automatically whenever you leave home. Smart outdoor lighting can also help increase security around your place, serving as a motion detector and also making it safer for you to venture out into your well-lit yard at night.

·      What to buy: Philips Hue ($149)  This is not just a smart bulb; it’s a whole smart system. The color-adjustable A19 bulbs can remake the look of a room in seconds. Multiple app options and device compatibility make it the best overall choice for experts.

4.   Smart Blinds: Never lift a finger with this Bluetooth technology, made to keep your home just the way you like it at all times.

·      What to buy: MySmart Blinds ($229) offers custom-made blinds delivered right to your doorstep. Set to fit in any window frame snugly and securely, their patented SmartLock technology allows homeowners to snap MySmartBlinds in place in seconds with the push of a lever.


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5.     Smart Bathtub Technology: Come home to your perfect, custom-made bath experience.

·      What to buy: Jacuzzi Fuzion 7260 Bath. (Pricing Options Vary) This Salon Spa model bathtub combines Jacuzzi’s Whirlpool (tons of jets) and Pure Air (tons of bubbles) hydrotherapy technologies to provide a rejuvenating bathing experience—and one you can share with a partner or friend, as the Fuzion accommodates two. In addition to customizable comfort options and a neck-massaging waterfall, the Fuzion can be upgraded with Jacuzzi’s Chromatherapy or Illumatherapy technologies, adding light and color to the relaxation routine and providing a unique experience each time you soak.

Happy Holidays!

 

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