How to Choose the Best Smart Home Products
Choosing the right smart home products can be confusing and time-consuming. The options can be overwhelming, and there's a lot of information from review sites, big box stores, and manufacturer's websites.
Making a good decision now can save you time and money, but it can also prevent future frustrations so that you can expand your system over time without a problem.
Over the past ten years, we've installed thousands of devices into homes, and one of the biggest lessons we've learned is that stuff has to be easy to set up and use!
That's not to say that finding products with the features you're looking for isn't important!
Wireless speakers need to sound good and connect to your preferred music service. Video cameras should be high resolution and offer cloud storage, etc.
But none of that will do you any good if you can't even get the thing installed and setup, or if it doesn't work reliably.
How to find the best tech
Let's say you're looking to add a video doorbell to your home. You know you want the ability to look at past recordings, have 2-way voice conversations, and get notifications on your mobile phone. You've researched what's out there by looking at the specs on the manufacturer's website and narrowed things down to 2 options.
Now it's time to put your detective's hat on and do a little background research, and not just on the products, but also the brands behind the products.
You're going to be looking for clues about what your life might look like when setting up and living with the devices you're researching. Here's what to look for.......