If you didn’t get a Google Home device or Amazon Echo as a gift last year, you’re one of only a handful of people left without one. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but smart home speakers sold in the millions and millions (and millions) last holiday season, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down.
But since we’re all living in the future, we know that the home speaker is only the beginning. There’s an entire network of products that will bring your house to life without you ever lifting a finger. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite ones, with prices starting at just $45. So share your wish list now and if you’re lucky you just might wake up to a brand new smart home this Christmas.
Make this holiday season all about your smart home
Google HomeIf you don't already have Google Assistant in your home, the original Google Home is a cool little device you'll want to welcome into the family. With an ever growing range of functions Google Home lets you control your home with just your voice. And oui, she speaks French too.
$180 at Google Store Google
Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)Is Alexa your voice assistant of choice? The Echo smart speaker is everything you need to get your smart home started. With hands free voice control, the Echo (2nd Generation) is a stylish addition to any smart abode.
$130 at Amazon.ca Amazon
Ecobee 4 Smart ThermostatGoogle-owned Nest is easily the most well-known smart thermostat brand, but we've got soft spot for the Ecobee 4, a Canadian product with a stellar reputation. Oh, and it works with every smart assistant so you don't have to choose.
$329 (including a room sensor) at Ecobee.comEcobee
Sengled Element Classic Lighting KitWhat's a smart home without smart lighting? This 2-pack of connected A19 light bulbs (plus a hub) can be expanded throughout your home and controlled by an app, or either Google or Alexa.
$65 at Sengled.comSengled
Wemo Mini Smart PlugTurn any device in your home on or off, using your voice, with this smart and small! plug. It's compatible with Alexa and Google, and there's no hub required.
$130 at Amazon.ca Wemo
August Smart LockA smart lock lets you say goodbye to keys, and gain more control over who accesses your home. The August Smart Lock is easy to install and works with Google, Alexa, and Nest.
$200 at BestBuy. caBestBuy.ca
Safe by Hub6Ditch your monthly security monitoring contract, and make your system respond to your voice with Safe - a made-in-Canada add-on for most popular home security systems. Voice support coming soon, with IFTTT already supported.
$300 at Hub6Hub6
Logitech Circle 2Logitech's Circle 2 security camera can be mounted anywhere, even without a wire. You can tell Alexa to turn it on when you leave, or ask Google to show you what it sees when you're not home.
From $180 (wired model) at Logitech.comLogitech
Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Vacuum“Hey Google, start vacuuming." Yes, that's really all it takes to get a clean floor, with a Roomba 690 Wi-Fi connected smart vacuum. Now if only your kids were that compliant.
$480 at Bed, Bath & BeyondBed, Bath & Beyond
Google ChromecastTurn any HDTV into a smart TV with a Google Chromecast. This little dongle not only gives you access to Crave, Netflix and YouTube, you can ask Google Assistant to fire up your favourite show.
$45 at Google. comGoogle
Pixel SlateManage your whole home from the comfort of your lap with this cool new tablet from Google. It's a tablet, a laptop (with its detachable keyboard case with built-in trackpad) and your Google Assistant all in one.
Starting at $1,050 at Best Buy
Sonos BeamA surround sound TV soundbar? A Wi-Fi music system? An Alexa-powered smart speaker? Yes, yes, and yes. And support for Google Assistant is coming next year. What more could you want?
$499 at Sonos. comSonos
Echo ShowWith a sparkling 10-inch HD display, a 5 MP camera, and a built-in smart home hub the Echo Show is a cool smart display designed to work with your Alexa family. Show and tell never looked so good.
$300 at Amazon.caAmazon
Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet TimerEven your garden can get in on the smart home action with this Wi-Fi hose faucet controller. Use the free app for scheduling, or use you voice: "Alexa, ask B-Hyve to water the lawn."
$176 at Amazon.caAmazon
Logitech Harmony Companion Universal RemoteOld school meets new school in a truly universal remote that can control all of your Bluetooth and infrared devices, with either Alexa or Google Assistant. It's god-like power, for couch potatoes.
$180 at Amazon.caAmazon
TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Light SwitchMake any existing light in your home smarter, with this Wi-Fi light switch. Use your hand, an app, or Google Assistant and Alexa to take control of your lighting.
$53 at Amazon.ca Best Buy
Samsung Wi-Fi Electric Double OvenSmart baking? You bet. You'll need an optional Smartthings Hub, but once you've got that, you'll be able to control this electric range with your choice of voice assistant.
$4000 at Canadian Appliance SourceCanadian Appliance Source