The best smart home tech coming in 2020
These nine new smart home products could change the way we live very soon.
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At the 2020 CES tech show in Las Vegas, we saw hundreds of smart home gadgets that were designed to make our lives easier, more affordable, more fun, or some combination of those. Many of them won't ever hit the market, and many others will be launched but fail to live up to their hype. However, some of this tech really is going to improve people's lives. Our Editors' Choice Award winners come from a variety of categories, but these are the products that really impressed our smart home team.
1. Eufy Video Doorbell
Eufy’s Security WiFi Video Doorbell is our favorite smart video doorbell for the money because it offers free, encrypted local data storage, custom activity zones, clear audio, and a reliable connection. So, naturally Eufy’s latest announcement, the Eufy Video Doorbell (battery powered), caught our attention because it offers all the same bells and whistles—and then some.
The new Eufy Video Doorbell, is wire-free, touting a battery life of up to 180 hours per charge. It offers Smart Human Detection and it plays nice with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s expected to be released early this year for $199.
2. Legrand Drivia Smart Electrical Panel
There are multiple ways to turn a home into a smart home. You can buy smart appliances, you can switch to smart bulbs, you can install smart switches, you can use smart plugs… If you think that sounds like a lot of effort, yeah you’re right. That’s why we find the Legrand Drivia Smart Electrical Panel so exciting. It’s installed by a professional where the home’s existing electrical panel is, and it can control everything that uses electricity in a house. It doesn’t just turn on and off power to whole rooms—you can tell the app what each appliance and fixture in a room is, and you can power each one on and off through the app. One piece of equipment can make your whole house smart.
The Legrand Drivia Electrical Panel will be available in France early 2020.
3. BodyGuardz Portable Over-Door Camera
The Portable Over-Door Camera from BodyGuardz is like a smart doorbell you can travel with. It connects via WiFi and slides on the top of most standard doors using an adjustable metal bracket. With two 1080p HD cameras offering a 135-degree view and a clear video display screen, the wire-free camera is a secure way for apartment dwellers and travelers to see what’s happening outside.
The device boasts a battery life of up to two months, detects motion, sends alerts, and lets you use two-way audio to chat with front door visitors via the BodyGuardz app (coming soon). The camera is expected to be released later this year and cost $279.
4. Hatch Restore
Hatch Restore is an all-in-one nightlight and sleep aid that claims to help people sleep better and was designed by sleep experts. Restore, which can be controlled via the Hatch app, is small enough to fit on your nightstand so you can wake up with a light that mimics the sun rising and create customized sleep routines. It also functions as a white noise machine, reading light, and it displays certain colors for periods of time to help you with controlled breathing exercises.
Restore should be available in early 2020 at Amazon and other popular retailers where Hatch is currently sold. It's expected to cost under $150.
5. Wayzn Smart Sliding Glass Door Opener
Wayzn is a universal smart sliding door opener—and it was designed to replace traditional doggie doors. The app-controlled device, which integrates with smart cameras like Nest, sends a notification to your phone when motion is detected at the door, prompting you to open or close the door for your pooch remotely. But it’s not just for pets—you can control the door from the app on your phone if you ever get locked out, too.
It takes just minutes to install and no tools or drilling are required. The smart slider fits most standard sliding glass door tracks. It’s expected to be available for purchase later this year for $399. However, you can reserve one now from Wayzn.
6. Swann WiFi Security Tracker Camera
Swann is known for DIY home security solutions, and this year they’re introducing several new smart products that integrate not only with Swann’s security systems, but also with Google Assistant. The WiFi Security Tracker Camera has a 180-degree view and facial tracking to help you keep tabs on who comes and goes from the house. The Security Tracker Camera can notify you on your phone when it spots a person at the door, and you can teach it to recognize those who live with you or visit often. The camera will be available for $79, and there are no subscription fees associated, which is becoming more and more rare in the world of smart security cameras.
7. Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS
Coway is known for their innovative home health products, and their latest air purifier is the first to integrate with Amazon Dash Replenishment via Alexa. The purifier offers WiFi connectivity to the Coway IoCare app, so you can control the purifier remotely, check the air quality inside of your home, and get updates about the air quality in your area. Our smart home staff writer, Rachel Murphy, has the Coway Mighty, which is basically the same product as the Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS without the smart functionality, and it’s really helped improve her daughter’s allergies thanks to its three-stage filtration process. It costs $299.
8. Sengled Edison Filament Bulb
Smart bulbs have from their inception been all about how they can change the look of the room. They can make it brighter, they can make it purple or green, they can make it look like someone is home when you’re on vacation. But the bulbs themselves have been pretty boring in appearance at best. Sengled’s new Edison Filament Bulb is a shining deviation from that norm. It looks just like a gorgeous vintage bulb, and it would fit in seamlessly with many decor styles. In our testing, Sengled has performed well and we loved the energy-monitoring feature in the Sengled app.
The Edison Filament Bulb from Sengled will be available for $29.99 per two-pack.
9. SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence
There was plenty of pet tech at CES and the SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence.