If controlling your home with your voice is the future, we’re all living in it. “Alexa, close the garage doors.” “Okay Google, clear my calendar.” “Hey Siri, raise the volume.” With just a few nifty devices, you can turn your house into a smart home. But giving your home an IQ boost can be a pricey endeavor—which is why, during Wirecutter’s Smart Home Week, the Deals team has scoured the corners of the internet to find only the best discounts on Wirecutter’s favorite smart-home devices.
The best smart garage-door opener
Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener
Deal price: $50 with code WIRECUTTER; street price: $70
Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener with Sensor
Deal price: $60 with code WIRECUTTER; street price: $80
Forgetful folks who live in fear that they’ve left the garage door open after heading out for the day are likely to love a smart garage-door opener that lets them check their garage door via an app for some peace of mind. The Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener, now on sale for $50 with the code WIRECUTTER until September 17, is the most responsive and reliable garage controller our guide writer tested. You can control it through a smartphone (and voice commands with Alexa or Google Assistant), and it features geolocation technology that automatically opens and closes the garage door when you’re nearby. This sensor-less model works best for Android users or those with a Bluetooth-connected car, as it doesn’t come with an additional sensor. For $10 more (also when you use the code WIRECUTTER at checkout through September 17), iOS users and folks with older, Bluetooth-less vehicles can pick up the iQ3 packaged with an additional sensor that allows the automatic open and close function to work.
Read our review of the best smart garage-door openers.
A subscription-free video doorbell
Eufy Security Video Doorbell
Deal price: $110 with code WCEUFY88 and on-page coupon; street price: $150
Though you may not have many people ringing your doorbell these days, you still shouldn’t overlook home security—especially since you’re probably relying on online deliveries that you would rather be left on your porch instead of handed to you directly. Keep an eye on everything going on outside your front door with the Eufy Security Video Doorbell. The Eufy model is an affordable doorbell that creates clear recordings while motion is detected for up to five minutes and stores those clips in its built-in memory. It also captures very high-quality video that allows you to see everything from the face of the person at the door to movement on the sidewalk and license plates on cars parked in the driveway. Easy to install and available to use without a monthly subscription, the Eufy doorbell is on sale now through September 17 for $110 when you use the code WCEUFY88 at checkout. It’s been a few months since we last spotted deals on the Eufy doorbell, which makes now a good time to upgrade to a smart doorbell. Just be sure to apply the on-page coupon before entering the code.
Read our review of the best video doorbells.
A robot vacuum you can control with your voice
Eufy RoboVac 15C Max
Deal price: $180 with code EUFY15CMAX and on-page coupon; street price: $260
Admit it: Being able to control your robot vacuum with just your voice would be pretty sweet. “Alexa, turn on the Eufy. I’ve made quite the mess.” It happens to the best of us, and thankfully, the Eufy RoboVac 15C Max can handle the job. The 15C Max is a variant of our budget pick, the 11S. While it has most of the same features, the 15C is Wi-Fi enabled and supports Amazon Alexa, as well. If the ability to use voice control with your robot vacuum is something you find appealing, now is a great time to save on a Eufy model that rarely sees discounts. Be sure to use the code EUFY15CMAX at checkout after clipping the on-page coupon—but move quick, as this deal is available only until September 17.
Read our review of the best robot vacuums.
A contact sensor that doesn’t require a full security system
Monoprice Stitch Wireless Smart Door/Window Sensor (2-Pack)
Deal price: $22 with code WC33049; street price: $28
If you don’t want to invest in a full security system but hate the idea of leaving the main entry points of your home unguarded, a wireless smart sensor that you affix to your windows or doors can be a good option. Affordable and easy to install, the Monoprice Stitch Wireless Smart Door/Window Sensor lets you customize it to send alerts to your phone whenever the door (or window) has opened or closed. The sensor also alerts you if it detects tampering or has a low battery. We recommend the standalone sensors in our guide to the best smart-home devices to help seniors age in place because people suffering from dementia tend to wander; if you’re caring for someone with dementia, the sensors can help you keep them safe. The price is now down to $22 for a two-pack when you use the code WC33049 through September 17.
Read our review of the best smart-home devices to help seniors age in place.
A good beginner smart speaker
Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker (3rd Gen)
Deal price: $25; street price: $35
If you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of smart speakers but not ready to commit to an expensive thing that you’ve never used before, the Amazon Echo Dot is the perfect choice for beginners. Affordable and compact, the Dot gives you surprisingly good sound for something so small, along with all the control and features of Alexa (and if you find that you want better sound, you can easily connect the Dot to any Bluetooth speaker you may already have at home). And if you’re already entrenched in the Alexa ecosystem, adding another Dot to another part of your home can extend your smart assistant’s range. Although we see deals for this starter smart speaker fairly often, we still think this a nice opportunity to pick up an Echo Dot on the cheap. If you have little ones at home who have trouble falling asleep at night, the Echo Dot Kids Edition + Echo Glow Bundle is also on sale right now, for $50.
Read our review of the best Alexa speakers.
Control lights easily with a smart light switch
TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200
Deal price: $15; street price: $20
TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200 (3-Pack)
Deal price: $40; street price: $58
You’ve finally settled in for the night, tucked away in bed, when you see a sliver of light under your bedroom door. You’ve forgotten the bathroom light, yet again. Wouldn’t it be nice to switch off that light (or any others in the house) with a few taps on your phone? With a smart light switch, you can easily turn this daydream into reality. The inexpensive TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch HS200 is a great introduction to smart light switches since it gives you the basic features you need without all the bells and whistles. Easy to control through the Kasa app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, the TP-Link switch also offers voice control through Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, IFTTT, or Nest. Though it doesn’t double as a dimmer, it still offers timers and an away mode, making it perfect for future vacations or when you just need to step out of the house. With the price now discounted to $15 for a single switch, this is a great time to explore the world of smart light switches—and if you already know you want to install a few around the house, the three-pack is also on sale, for $40.
Read our review of the best smart light switches.