The coolest smart home gear at CES 2022
The year is off to an exciting start.
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We didn’t get a lot of new smart home tech in 2021, but with many new devices debuting at CES this week—and the promise of a new unifying protocol across smart ecosystems, Matter, on the horizon—2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year for creating a more connected and more integrated voice-controlled home.
A dual camera doorbell, a voice-controlled bathtub drain, and smart light strips that mimic the color of your TV screen are just some of the coolest smart home gadgets we saw at CES this year. Whether you’re looking to build on your ever-expanding smart home or simply want a forecast on the year ahead, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the coolest smart home gadgets from CES that will be coming your way in 2022.
The Kohler PerfectFill drain system is a futuristic way to upgrade your bathing experience, filling up the tub to your desired depth and temperature and then draining it without ever having to lay a finger on the faucet.
In addition to the standalone digital wall controller and Kohler app, the luxury smart bathing tech works with voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant. It also supports up to 10 presets, allowing you to create your own custom bathing experiences at home.
The system is compatible with other Kohler digital valves, spouts, and tubs. PerfectFill will be available to order later this year and will be sold as an entire system (valve, system controller, and drain) starting at $2,700 (a pricey but premium way to take a bath).
Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual (Battery-Powered)
Eufy Security makes the best value-packed video doorbell we’ve ever tested, offering a solid spread of features and reliable video connection from anywhere. The company is back at it again with a completely revamped video doorbell that comes with not one, but two (!) cameras.
The battery-powered doorbell can record video in 2K with the top camera, which offers a 160-degree head-to-toe view of your front door. This view is becoming increasingly popular for video doorbells, as it helps to show a person in full view instead of the traditional 16:9 format. The bottom camera has a downward facing view and records in 1080p to keep a watchful eye over packages and other deliveries placed on your porch.
Also new is Eufy’s facial recognition feature that can differentiate between frequent visitors and strangers. It can also detect deliveries and send package alerts. The doorbell works with Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice control to pull up the camera’s live feed on a compatible smart display.
The Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual (Battery-Powered) will be on sale in February for $259.99.
Arlo Security System
Arlo, the company behind some of the best home security cameras we’ve tested, is tossing its hat in the DIY home security kit ring with the introduction of the Arlo Security System.
The self-installed kit includes unique, all-in-one multi-sensors that can detect motion, window/door openings and tilts, water leaks, light and temperature changes, and T3 and T4 smoke/carbon monoxide alarm patterns.
Arlo’s DIY security system also comes with a security hub and integrated keypad with a backlight to help manage the system. The hub, which has a built-in siren and sensors, also supports near-field communication technology, allowing you to arm or disarm the system in seconds using your mobile device. It can also be managed via the Arlo app for iOS and Android.
The system should be available for purchase by summer and can be paired with existing Arlo cameras and home security devices. No pricing information was available at the time of publication.
Schlage Encode Plus Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt
Nothing makes you feel more like a secret spy than tapping your Apple Watch or iPhone to unlock the front door. That’s one of the coolest features of the new Encode Plus Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt from Schlage, a long-time favorite brand here at Reviewed that makes one of the best smart locks you can buy right now.
But you don’t have to be all-in on iOS to love this smart deadbolt—it can be managed entirely in the Schlage app for iOS and Android. It also supports voice control with Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, and, of course, Siri.
The Schlage app is where you can view real-time activity logs (so you know when a code has been used), create custom alerts, scheduling features, and remote management. The device can also create and store up to 100 recurring, permanent, or temporary passcodes. Schlage The deadbolt has an estimated retail price of $299.99
Ring Glass Break Sensor
Ring’s DIY home security kit is one of the best money can buy, and now it’s getting a security upgrade with the addition of the new Glass Break Sensor. It may not be the most glamorous smart home gadget to be unveiled at CES, but when it comes to home security systems, a glass break sensor is important.
Ring’s new sensor pairs with the Ring Alarm or Ring Alarm Pro (it does not work as a standalone device). The circular sensor offers some impressive features like sound detection within 25 feet, a larger range than similar sensors from competitors like Cove and SimpliSafe.
The new sensor also utilizes AI technology to help differentiate between actual glass-breaking sounds (like smashed or cracked windows) and those that may sound similar (like breaking dishes or jingling keys) for more accurate alerts. It will be available for purchase on February 16 for $39.99 and is available to preorder.
Sengled Wi-Fi Video-Sync TV Light Strips
A feature of some of the best smart light strips is the ability to set a rainbow of colors, tunable whites, and even sync to the beat of a song. But very few can do what Sengled's new Wi-Fi Video-Sync TV Light Strips can: change colors to match what you’re watching in real-time.
The smart lights display colors based on what you’re viewing on the screen to create an immersive experience whether you’re playing video games or streaming your favorite show. So, how does it work? The lights sync with a small camera positioned toward your TV. The camera captures ambient light coming from the screen, which tells the light strip which colors to display as you're watching. (Don’t worry, it’s not a security camera.)
The strips are installed using the adhesive backing, which is designed to stick to TVs ranging in size from 55- to 65-inches. Sengled’s strips are also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use voice control to activate lighting presets, change the color, and control the device’s power.
The Sengled Wi-Fi Video-Sync TV Light Strip will be available to purchase later this year with an expected retail price of $119.99.
Eve Outdoor Cam
Smart floodlight cameras are among the most up-and-coming trends in home security right now and Eve’s new Outdoor Cam is one to watch. It’s one of the only smart floodlight cameras that work with Apple HomeKit Secure Video, which includes features like facial recognition, activity zones, and 10 days of iCloud storage.
There’s another reason to keep an eye on Eve’s Outdoor Cam: the minimalist design. Most smart floodlight cameras have a wingspan-like shape with two big lights on either side and the camera in the middle. Eve’s modern steel frame and vertical design help the camera-enabled floodlight look more like a thoughtfully-chosen light fixture than a high-powered home security camera hanging on your home.
The camera features infrared night vision and motion detection, two-way talk via a built-in mic and speaker, and a 157-degree field of view. When the camera detects motion, the floodlight will automatically turn on and the camera will begin recording. The camera requires a nearby power source and connects over Wi-Fi.
For now, the Eve Outdoor Cam only works with Apple HomeKit, but Eve has announced support for Matter once the unifying smart home protocol officially rolls out (slated for later this year). The Eve Outdoor Cam will be on sale in April for $249.95.
Cync Smart Thermostat
Cync revamped its entire smart home portfolio in 2021 but the one thing missing was a smart thermostat. For CES 2022, Cync finally announced a new smart thermostat of its own.
One of the most notable differences between Cync’s thermostat and many competitors is that it doesn't need a C-wire (common wire) to power your HVAC system. The C-wire is typically a requirement of smart thermostats and is usually not found in the electrical wiring of older homes, making Cync’s model an appealing option if you don’t want to pay an electrician to install the wire for you.
In addition to the Cync app and support for Alexa and Google Assistant, the thermostat can also be managed using the high-contrast, glass touchscreen display panel. The thermostat also works with Cync’s new Room Temperature Sensors (an additional purchase), which can help your HVAC system more accurately heat and cool your home.
The Cync Smart Thermostat will be available to order in January starting at $119.99
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.