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5 Smart Home Gadgets That Work with Your Android Phone

In case you don’t know, we now live in the future. That means that we have robots and machines to do our work for us. Why would you even want to you the vacuum when you can just whip up your Android smartphone and tell your robotic vacuum cleaner to do it for you? And that’s just the start. With the right smart home gadgets, you can turn your phone into a sophisticated control hub for cutting-edge automatization of everyday tasks.

Best Smart Home Gadgets

iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Roomba 960 from iRobot is the most popular model from the leading manufacturer of robotic vacuum cleaners. It features an improved navigation system, longer runtimes on a single battery charge, up to 5x the cleaning power over the previous generation, and a lot more.

The smart vacuum cleaner relies on the Adapt 2.0 Navigation to keep track of which areas have been cleaned and which still need cleaning. It intelligently avoids all obstacles, saving your expensive furniture from those unsightly dents that other robotic vacuum cleaners tend to cause. Should your Roomba 960 run out of battery power before it completes its job, the robot simply automatically recharges and then resumes its job.

All Roomba 900 series cleaners, including Roomba 960, can be controlled either using a few simple hardware buttons or through the iRobot HOME app for Android. The buttons are great for when you just need to tell your robot to start cleaning, but more advanced scheduling and monitoring is done in the app.

Why You Should Buy It

  • Intelligent navigation
  • Long battery life
  • Reliable cleaning
  • Advanced scheduling

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

All kids and dogs understand how fun sprinkles are. With Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, they can be even more intriguing. This US-made sprinkler controller uses accurate weather information and detailed understanding of your yard to eliminate unnecessary watering, leading to up to 30% water savings. According to the manufacturer, most customers install the controller in less than 30 minutes, thanks to its simple design and a convenient step-by-step installation guide.

Traditional irrigation systems waste a lot of water by turning on just a few hours before a severe downpour begins and by treating all yards as if they were identical. Rachio lets you calibrate soil, vegetation, slope, sun exposure, and even nozzle types—all to give you a truly personalized experience that fits your needs, instead of the usual one-size-fits-all approach.

Rachio’s Android app is beautifully designed, and users love it. The app currently has 4.5 stars on the Play Store, which is something not many apps manage to accomplish. Customers praise how easy it is to set up advanced scheduling, and they can’t get enough of the ability to automatically skip watering based on local weather predictions.

Why You Should Buy It

  • Up to 30% water savings
  • Simple installation
  • Advanced scheduling
  • Well-designed Android app

Netgear Security Surveillance Outdoor and Indoor Camera System

This full-featured surveillance camera system will help you secure your house and loved ones in a matter of minutes. Gone are the days of gnarly video cables running from every single camera to a base station. With Netgear Security Surveillance Camera System, you use your local Wi-Fi network for video feed transmission, and, in the case of Arlo Wire-Free HD security cameras, you don’t even need AC wires. That’s right, Arlo manufacturers truly wireless security cameras that run on batteries.

These cameras record sharp HD footage, are weather-proof, can see in the dark, offer instant motion alerts, and come with free cloud storage. The two AC-powered cameras included in this bundle record video footage in the Full HD resolution and support 2-way audio, allowing you to communicate with everyone near the cameras with a press of a button.

Netgear’s Android app gives you an instant overview of what all your cameras see. The app can alert you in case one of your cameras detects motion, and it shows you the current battery status of Arlo Wire-Free cameras.

Why You Should Buy It

  • Completely wire-free
  • Weather-proof
  • Easy installation
  • Two-way audio communication

August Smart Door Lock

A few things in life can give one a bigger headache than lost keys. August Smart Lock not only makes this problem go away, but it also makes sure that everyone who should be able to get in your house or apartment can get in and everyone else can’t.

The lock uses virtual keys to temporarily grant access to other people at set times of the day. Instead of giving your cleaning lady, who arrives only twice in a week for an hour or two, her own key, you can just use August to create a smart virtual key. Alternatively, you can use the August Home app to open the door for her remotely.

The app monitors the lock’s activity and can send you push notifications whenever someone unlocks the door. To make your August experience even better, you can purchase August Doorbell Cam to see and speak to visitors directly via your smartphone.

Why You Should Buy It

  • Wireless system
  • Easy to install
  • Activity tracking
  • Virtual keys
  • Extendable

Chamberlain MyQ Smartphone Controlled Garage Opener

Compatible with most major brands of garage door openers manufactured after 1993 that use safety reversing sensors, the Chamberlain MyQ is a smartphone-controlled garage opener that takes only about 30 minutes to install. All you have to do is mount the Wi-Fi hub, attach the included door sensor to the upper panel of your garage door, and connect the hub to your local Wi-Fi network.

From there, you can head over to the Play Store and download the Chamberlain MyQ Home Control app. With the app, you can monitor, open, and close your garage door from anywhere with just your smartphone. Configure the app to receive instant notifications when your garage door opens or closes, so you never worry again about whether you’ve left your garage door open.

Why You Should Buy It

  • Universal compatibility
  • Easy installation
  • Handy smartphone app
  • Instant alerts

Best Smart Home Gadgets