Making your home smart doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. Here are our favorite gadgets for turning on your lights, watching TV, cleaning your house, and more—and many of them cost less than $100.
This handy little device will turn any TV into a connected device, letting you—or the lucky recipient—stream a wide variety of content from any smartphone, tablet or PC. Simply plug the Chromecast into a TV's HDMI port, and you can get Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and a bunchof other streaming services on the big screen.
For that person who loves to sing, this showerhead has a built-in speaker that connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone. The speaker is detachable, so you can use it outside the shower, and dual microphones also let you use it as a speakerphone.
The cord cutter in your life will appreciate the reception he or she can get with this antenna, which is about the size of a sheet of paper, and just slightly thicker. It's rated to pull in stations in a 30-mile radius and has a 10-foot coaxial cable, so it can reach from the window to the TV.
This great little gadget connects to your Wi-Fi network, making any device plugged into it smart, from lights to coffee makers. It also works with a variety of other smart home devices, including Nest and SmartThings. Plus, you can control it using Alexa and Google Assistant.
For people just starting to build their smart home, a set of connected bulbs is a good place to begin. The Philips Hue White Starter kit includes a hub and two white bulbs. Plus, the lights can be linked to other smart home devices, from locks to thermostats, and Philips' system even lets you add and control smart LEDs from other manufacturers.
This dual-band 802.11ac router has dual USB ports, which can be used to network drives or to connect a printer. You can manage the bandwidth of individual devices connected to the router and set up guest access. If you have any issues, TP-Link offers 24/7 customer support.