smart home buying guide

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Rather than a generic Black Friday deals post, I thought it would be easier to put together buyers guide for the smart home on the run-up to Christmas and try to keep the deals up to date from there.

Amazon Alexa Devices & Google Home

Black Friday in the UK wouldn’t have been this big without Amazon ramming it down our throats, so it is always the best time to buy any of their own equipment. So much so I would recommend not buying Amazon hardware any other time that Prime Day and Black Friday.

For the Echo Dot, I’d probably get the 3rd generation over the newer one, it is quite a bit cheaper and I can’t see any difference in the speaker specification

Further Reading: Amazon Echo goes spherical – Echo 2019 vs 2020

The Echo Show 8 is a much better device than the Show 5, the Show 5 is basically an Echo Dot with a display, but the Show 8 has dual 2-inch speakers so it can be quite loud.

I just got the Echo Flex which and bought the motion sensory with it (which is not discounted). This works amazingly well in my hallway for notifications and automatically controlling the Philips Hue Lights

Alternatively, if you prefer Google, the Next Mini, Audio, Hub, and Hub Max are all discounted on the Google Store and Curry’s. Currys have the Nest Mini for just £19.99

Philips Hue & Smart Lighting

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Philips Hue is an annoyingly expensive obsession, once you get one light it is a slippery slope.

One particularly good deal, to get you hooked, is the new Echo Dot, three Hue Colour bulbs and the bridge all for £98.99 which you can find here

Currently, there are only Black Friday deals for the bulb starter kits, I have my eyes on the light strip and light bars

Automation – Plugs and Sensors

For smart plugs, TP-Link Kasa is my go-to brand, I especially like the HS110 which can keep an eye on how much electricity I am using with all my tech running.

Currently, there are no Black Friday deals for Kasa yet, but the HS110 has been consistently £15 for a while now.

The Amazon Smart Plug costs more a bit more, but this has a microphone built-in allowing voice control of the plug directly.

Smart Home Heating

I personally use Heat Genius, and there are not many Black Friday deals on for Smart Heating in general yet.

The best is Hive Active Heating + a hub and an echo dot all for £134, and Hive also have the radiator valves reduced to £43.20 or a 5-pack for £159.20

I’d keep an eye on Tado which dropped the price to £99 back on Prime Day

Smart Home Surveillance

I constantly recommend the Eufy range with the EufyCam 2C my favourite, and also the one that is discounted for Black Friday

With Ring and Blink being under Amazon ownership, there are some excellent deals to be had there too.

Last update on 2024-07-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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