Although it started with a smart thermostat, Nest's smart home product offerings have grown to include a smoke detector, indoor and outdoor security cameras, a doorbell, a lock and an alarm system. And while they're all great products on their own, they can be linked to other smart home devices to further enhance their functionality. For example, you can link the Nest Protect smoke detector to turn on your Philips Hue lights in the event of an emergency, or have your Nest Learning Thermostat switch to Home mode when you unlock your August Smart Lock.
Here are some of the best products that work with the Nest thermostat.
Considering Google owns Nest, it's perhaps no surprise that the company's smart speaker, Google Home (as well as the Google Home Mini,Google Home Max, Google Home Hub and third-party Google-Assistant devices such as the Lenovo Smart Display) also works with the smart thermostat. With Google Home, users can activate the device's virtual personal assistant, Google Assistant, and with a voice command, request an adjustment to the Nest's temperature setting. Google Home also can be used to handle other thermostat settings, but changing the temperature is really its chief feature. Google Home is available for $129.
If you have a Nest security camera, you can stream its footage to your TV using a Chromecast (and a Google Home) or a TV with Chromecast built in. Once you've paired your Chromecast to your camera, you can say "Hey, Google, what's on my camera?" or "Okay, Google, play my camera on my living room TV." Google's third-generation Chromecast is an attractive dongle that's very easy to use. Best of all, you don't even need a remote -- everything is controlled from your phone.
Philips Hue smart lights work with a range of Nest products, including the Nest Protect smoke detector and the Nest Cam. However, for thermostat users, Philips Hue can determine when the home is set to "Away" mode on the thermostat. Once it does, Philips Hue will automatically change the lights. Walking back into the house and returning from Away mode will trigger the Philips Hue to turn the lights back to their previous settings. The expandable Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit currently goes for $112.99.
TP-Link's Kasa surge protector is six smart plugs in one. It includes six outlets, as well as three USB ports. You can turn each outlet on and off (or schedule it) individually, using Alexa, Google Assistant, or your smartphone.
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TP Link's Kasa lineup includes a number of smart bulbs that work with Nest, such as the Dimmable, Tunable, and Multicolor smart bulbs. From the Kasa app, you can schedule your lights to turn on and off, dim, or change color whenever your Nest products switch between Home and Away mode. The bulbs themselves are great, affordable products that are easy to control and come packed with useful features. However, Kasa's app isn't quite as robust as some others, such as Philips Hue's.