When the first Echo devices launched there were few smart bulbs and plugs to choose from, and each one could easily run you $50 or more. In the past couple years many more devices have come on the market, and they’re priced far lower than the early smart device listings.
Easy Smart Home On The Cheap
Smart bulbs and plugs are the easiest, least expensive way to get a smart home setup going. They’re ideal for renters, since when it’s time to move you can simply take them with you. They’re also great for those who are just beginning to experiment with smart home, since they’re very easy to move around within your home until you get the exact smart home configuration you want.
Better still, most smart bulbs and plugs are now compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
Smart Bulbs: Multicolor Multipacks Are Affordable Now
Even if color is something that’s important to you, you’ll find plenty of budget-friendly options now. Multi-packs priced at what a single bulb used to cost are plentiful, and you don’t really need to choose between multicolor or white light only anymore because the savings is negligible.
Here are the top-rated smart bulbs currently available on Amazon (prices shown are accurate as of this writing, on 7/6/18). Note the included links for matching or comparable listings from Amazon’s UK site.
Click here for a two-pack from the same manufacturer listed on Amazon’s UK site.
Currently rated 5/5 stars across 7 reviews, priced at $42.99 for the Novostella multi-color bulb three pack.
Click here for a comparable bulb in a two-pack from Lombex on Amazon’s UK site.
Click here for a comparable bulb from LOHAS on Amazon’s UK site.
Click here for a comparable bulb in a three-pack from Novostella on Amazon’s UK site.
Smart Plugs: Work With Any Standard-Plug, On/Off Appliance!
Smart plugs are more versatile than smart bulbs, because they can turn any appliance that uses a standard plug off and on. Use them with lamps, space heaters, fans…even old TV sets!
Here are the top-rated smart plugs currently available on Amazon. Note the included links for matching or comparable listings from Amazon’s UK site.
Comparable smart plug in a four-pack from TECKIN, available on Amazon’s UK site.
Comparable smart plug in a three-pack from Generic, currently available on Amazon’s UK site.
Comparable smart plug from Floureon, currently available on Amazon’s UK site.
Of course you should always check reviews, and when it comes to smart bulbs be sure you’re buying the right style for your fixture. Recessed lighting options are available, but their bases and bulb shapes are typically different than bulbs intended for use in standard light fixtures.