2021 Smart home guide—what gadgets to buy for Alexa, HomeKit, etc. » Gadget Flow


Interested in making your smart home even smarter in 2021? Then you should read today’s roundup. We’re featuring our favorite products that make caring for and securing your home so much simpler. Check it out for your most streamlined home setup yet.

Having a smarter home can really make your life easier. From robots that vacuum your floors to security cameras that notify you when something is amiss, connected appliances make home management and security simpler than ever. So today we’re presenting you with our 2021 smart home guide. It’s a list of our favorite smart home gadgets of all time. And, if you’re loyal to a particular smart assistant platform, we’ve also got you covered with products for Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Home.

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If you want to keep an eye on your home while you’re away and protect your privacy when you’re around, this indoor camera is worth considering. It has easy privacy controls to turn off the camera and all recordings when you’re at home. And, if you want to keep your home healthy for your family and visitors, this touchless doorbell is really worth checking out. So let’s have a look at these 2021 smart home gadgets.

Smart-Home-Assistant Compatible

Denon Home Sound Bar 550

The first item on our smart home guide of 2021 is the Denon Home Sound Bar 550. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound through six drivers. The onboard speakers let you operate this soundbar via Alexa.


HeimVision Assure B1 2K Ultra HD Camera & Smart Hub

Secure every corner of your home when you have the HeimVision Assure B1 2K Ultra HD Camera & Smart Hub. It connects up to four wireless cameras and has a 130-degree field of view. Finally, with human face detection, this smart home gadget knows the difference between the neighborhood cat and an intruder.

WooBloo SMASH Portable Smart Projector

The WooBloo SMASH Portable Smart Projector is easy to control with Alexa built right in. You also get 300 ANSI lumens of brightness and 360° of sound. Finally, with 3 hours of video playback per charge, it’s simple to watch your favorite content on the go.


IKEA FYRTUR Smart Window Blinds

Control the IKEA FYRTUR Smart Window Blinds by remote control, smartphone, or your favorite voice assistant, including HomeKit. They’re battery operated and come in eight different sizes. Best of all, you can even set a timer to raise and lower these blinds with the connected app. Battery operated, you won’t have to wire them permanently to your home.


Logitech Circle View Wired Doorbell

Conveniently integrate your doorbell into your HomeKit setup with the Logitech Circle View Wired Doorbell. It also features Apple HomeKit Secure Videos, so you’ll always know who’s at your door.


Kohler Konnect Sensate Smart Kitchen Sink

Make your time in the kitchen more efficient with the Kohler Konnect Sensate Smart Kitchen Sink. This kitchen faucet is voice-activated and compatible with HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Alexa. What’s more, it even dispenses accurate amounts of water and offers two sprays to make your kitchen tasks easier.


Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet

Keep your smart home simple with the Satechi Dual Smart HomeKit Outlet. This device integrates with your HomeKit setup and lets you operate your devices via your voice. You can even create scenes and settings for each appliance.

tado° Smart Thermostat V3+ Home Heating System

Another great product on our smart home guide of 2021 is the tado° Smart Thermostat V3+ Home Heating System. It detects when windows are open and reminds you to turn down your heat when the last person leaves for the day. Then, it’ll automatically heat up again when the next person arrives.

Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker

Hear great music from the Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker. It has a 19-millimeter tweeter for volume and a 75-millimeter mid-woofer for increased bass. This device works seamlessly with the Nest Mini. Best of all, the Google Nest Audio has a beautiful design with its fabric exterior and muted natural hues.

Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker

Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker on a table indoors

Flame Boss Wi-Fi Thermometer

Monitor up to four temperatures simultaneously with the Flame Boss Wi-Fi Thermometer. This cooking gadget is easy to set up and works with Google Assitant and Amazon Alexa. The kit includes a thermometer, two multipurpose probes, two probe organizers, a probe gate clip, a USB cable, and a start guide.


Home Security

LOCKLY Vision Doorbell Camera Smart Lock

Access your front door in one of five ways with the LOCKLY Vision Doorbell Camera Smart Lock: voice command, app control, 3D fingerprint reader, online or offline access code, or physical key. It also has a high-resolution camera for real-time streaming.

BenjiLock By Hampton Keyless Fingerprint Entry

The BenjiLock By Hampton Keyless Fingerprint Entry is another excellent product on our 2021 smart home guide. It stores up to 10 fingerprints and 25 user codes so you can enter your home without the need for a key.


Level Touch Keyless Door Lock

Enter your home with just a touch when you have the Level Touch Keyless Door Lock. This lock also looks beautiful on your door, and the Level app lets you share access to your home from anywhere with people you trust.


Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell

Eliminate one high-touch surface in your home with the Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell. This touchless doorbell rings and sends you a mobile alert when someone steps on your doormat.

Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell

Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell on a front door

Wyze Video Doorbell

See visitors at your door even when you’re not at home when you have the Wyze Video Doorbell. It features a 3:4 aspect ratio, letting you view guests from head to toe. You also get two-way audio, a 1,080 Full HD Display, and motion detection.


Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell

Another great item on our 2021 smart home guide is the Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell. It allows you to set your own detection zones to receive alerts only in the areas that matter.


Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Security Camera

Feel safer indoors and when you go out with the Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Security Camera. It monitors action around your home with auto zoom and tracking that adapt to movements. It also has night vision and a 180-degree field of view.

D-Link Full HD Wi-Fi Camera

Keep an eye on your home with the D-Link Full HD Wi-Fi Camera. This indoor security camera has AI-based person detection. It also offers Full HD 1,080p resolution with a 120-degree field of view. And with IR night vision up to 16 feet, it’ll show you what’s going on even in complete darkness.


Arlo Essential Indoor Camera

The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is a gadget on our 2021 smart home guide that protects your family’s well-being and privacy. It lets you choose when the camera monitors and records video. Recording, motion, and audio detection won’t work until you tell the device to activate them.


Cync Indoor Smart Camera

It’s easy to disable the camera and microphone on the Cync Indoor Smart Camera when you want extra privacy. This indoor cam also stores its content locally on the built-in SD drive. With Full HD 1,080p resolution, it gives you a night-vision setting, letting you see even in total darkness.


EZVIZ C4W Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Camera

Get a security camera with a built-in light and siren with the EZVIZ C4W Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Camera. This Active Defense system is designed to drive intruders away. It also sends a notification to your phone and has 1,080p Full HD resolution for high-quality footage.


Smart Lights and Plugs

LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb

Another great gadget on our 2021 smart home guide is the LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb. It shines high-energy violet light on surfaces in your home to kill bacteria and some germs.

LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb

The LIFX Clean antibacterial smart bulb is floating against a purple background

Wemo WiFi Smart Plug Compact Outlet

Control your devices from anywhere with the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug Compact Outlet. Simply plug your appliances into this outlet, and you’ll be able to manage them wherever you are with the Wemo app.


Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet

Make your home life easier with the Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet. Just use your HomePod or Apple TV to connect to this smart meter and control your devices remotely.


Philips Hue Amarant Linear Spotlight

The Philips Hue Amarant Linear Spotlight is on our 2021 smart home guide because it illuminates the exterior of your home in gorgeous light. It produces millions of colors that you can change according to the look you’re going for.


Smart Robots and Vacuums

DreameTech D9 Robot Vacuum

Keep your floors debris and dust free with the DreameTech D9 Robot Vacuum. This smart home gadget delivers 3,000 Pa of strong suction power. It even has a pressure boost for carpets, letting it pick up everything. With advanced navigation, this robot also maps its own route.


Samsung JetBot 90 AI+ Robotic Vacuum

The Samsung JetBot 90 AI+ Robotic Vacuum maneuvers around your home with the same care that you do. That’s thanks to its AI-based sensors and navigation. It also detects small objects on the floor and avoids fragile items.

LG CordZero ThinQ A9 Kompressor+ Stick Vacuum

Clean your whole home with the LG CordZero ThinQ A9 Kompressor+ Stick Vacuum. It works on all floor types and automatically cleans its own dustbin while recharging.


Morebot Scout AI-Powered Smart Home Robot

Excellent for monitoring your home, the Morebot Scout AI-Powered Smart Home Robot has no blind spots. That’s due to its advanced AI sensors and AI algorithms. With its autonomous patrol mode, it can serve as a pet companion and home security camera.

Morebot Scout autonomous home robot

Morebot Scout autonomous home robot on a black background

General Smart Home Gadgets

Tivoli Audio Model One Digital Gen. 2 smart radio

Use the Tivoli Audio Model One Digital Gen. 2 smart radio to play music from a variety of apps—along with Chromecast and AirPlay. Plus, it’s a modern take on a traditional radio, so you can still listen to the latest music releases in real time on the radio. Best of all, with Apple AirPlay 2, it’s never been easier to play music from your Apple devices. 

Samsung Family Hub 2021 Smart Refrigerator Series

Another gadget you’ll love on our smart home guide of 2021 is the Samsung Family Hub 2021 Smart Refrigerator Series. It has the popular Samsung Family Hub feature, letting you peek inside your fridge from your phone, order groceries, and find recipes. What’s more, the 2021 series features an upgraded smart widget that gives you control over your smart home appliances.


Flo by Moen Smart Water Detectors

With the Flo by Moen Smart Water Detectors, you’ll have peace of mind for your home, rental, and multifamily properties. This subscription-based service includes devices that attach to your water lines. They monitor water pressure to detect leaks before they happen, preventing costly damage.


Origin Hex Home Wave-Based Home Security System

Protect your home, the intelligent way, when you have the Origin Hex Home Wave-Based Home Security System. It features an ambient sensing technology that notices motion depending on how much its waves are disrupted when something moves through them. Interestingly, this technology sees through walls and wraps around corners for complete coverage.


KALEA Automatic Kitchen Composter

Transform your food scraps into rich fertilizer with the KALEA Automatic Kitchen Composter. This sustainable kitchen gadget turns your organic waste into nutrient-dense compost in just 48 hours. It even comes with a sensor system that controls the temperature, humidity, and ventilation.


Ampere Shower Power Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Another useful gadget on our 2021 smart home guide is the Ampere Shower Power Bluetooth Shower Speaker. Your running water actually powers it, so it’s unlikely to ever run out of batteries while you shower. Plus, it has a sound wave diffuser that shoots sound in all 360 degrees.


From devices that connect to smart assistant platforms to water detectors that actually predict leaks, these are the best smart home gadgets out there in 2021. As always, let us know in the comments which of these products you like the most.

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