The Internet of Things (IoT) is a connected system of digital, mechanical, and computing devices that has the potential to be transformative. The first step towards this happening is the development of smart home systems made up of appliances operated through the IoT and able to be controlled automatically and respond to their owner. This could make all of our home lives better very soon, with many exciting devices already on the market.

Amazon Echo Dot

There are several very fine smart speakers in the shops, but the third generation of the Amazon Echo just beats out Google’s Home Mini as the pick of the bunch. The absolute most it is likely to cost to buy one is around £40, and for that, the user can instruct the Alexa voice assistant to play music for them, give them a weather forecast or perform other tasks around the home.

Brilliant Control

This is a switch on the wall that can link to and control other home devices through Wi-Fi. It will enable the person using it to find out who is knocking on their front door, change the temperature level in their home, alter the lighting levels or play music – and the controls on its touch screen are very easy to grasp. It is not cheap but is well worth the cost.

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Logitech Harmony Elite

For those who find talking to a voice assistant awkward, the Logitech Harmony Elite is definitely among the top smart home devices. Instead of letting users alter things within their home using vocal commands, this universal remote allows them to do so via buttons. It was created to connect to the Harmony Home Hub, which is sold alongside, to control all home devices that use infrared, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.

Arlo Ultra

Smart home systems are changing the game when it comes to home security, and the Arlo Ultra is the best outdoor security camera currently available. It is able to record and playback footage in Ultra High Definition and contains a 180-degree field of vision, night vision, motion tracking, zoom, and one-click connectivity, as well as being easy to set up.

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Phillips Hue White Light LED

When it comes to light bulbs, the best smart home model on the market is the Hue White Light LED from Phillips. One reason the company is leading the field in this area of smart home devices is the range of different bulbs it offers – from multiple outside lights to strip lighting, floodlighting and normal A19 bulbs. That means it is possible to set up all of the lightings within a home and garden on the same system, making it easier to control it.

There are lots of smart home devices in the shops now, as more people come to see the benefits that they offer in terms of home comforts and security, but these five currently stand out as being the best that money can buy.