If you aren't already hip to "smart" home technology, then now's the time to listen up. Designed with state-of-the-art wireless technology, smart devices allow you to access and control certain aspects of your home — light bulbs, smoke alarms, and more — directly from your smartphone.
While there's no shortage of smart gadgets on the market, finding inexpensive ones can be tricky. To help, we rounded up a few of the coolest ones we could find for under $50 that will streamline your home in seconds. From smart light switches to power strips, here are seven smart home solutions that are every bit as affordable as they are life-changing.
The only thing better than a long-lasting LED light bulb is one that you can control from your phone. Not only is the Bulbrite Solana compatible with Alexa and Google Home voice assistants, but you can also switch up the color, intensity, and dimness levels directly from your phone to create custom lighting schemes for your home that only look super expensive.
Looking for an inexpensive way to upgrade your old appliances? The Wemo Mini WiFi Smart Plug instantly converts almost any electronic device into a smart appliance, so you can control everything from your light bulbs to your coffee maker via Alexa, Google Assistant, or your mobile device for about $25.
If you have a problem keeping track of your keys (or other small daily essentials), then we have the smart solution for you. The Tile Pro is a tiny, Bluetooth-enabled tracker that attaches keychain-style to small items, so you can locate them (and their whereabouts) directly from your phone.
Why settle for a standard-essential oil diffuser when you can have a smart one instead? The Pura Smart Device features two fragrances and plugs straight into any standard wall outlet, allowing you to adjust the scent and its intensity from an app on your smartphone.
No home would be secure without a functioning smoke alarm — but what happens if it goes off when you're away? The Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener alerts you on your smart phone when your existing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors sound their alarms, so you'll be the first to know if there's a problem no matter where you are.
Forget to turn off your bedroom lights before heading out of town? No worries. The Gosund Smart Light Switch is both voice-and-app-enabled, so you can turn your lights on and off from another room — or another country — from your mobile phone.
Searching for a quality smart speaker that won't cost you an arm and a leg? The Google Home Mini lets you use your voice to control everything from music playlists to your home's thermostat and lights — and will only set you back 50 bucks.