5 Easy Ways to Transform Your House Into a Smart Home

Turning a house into a smart home can be overwhelming when you consider all the possibilities on the market. That's why we're helping narrow your search by putting together a list of small, easy-to-use electronics that make everyday tasks—like switching on the lights, watching a TV show, or making a grocery list—a lot more convenient. Whether you add the popular Echo Dot to your virtual cart or a mini projector for a drive-in movie feel at home, here is everything your house needs to work smarter, not harder.

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Bulbrite Solana Color Changing LED Smart Light Bulb

Here to brighten your home from an app on your phone is the Bulbrite color-changing LED smart lightbulb. Compatible with Alexa, it can be synced using the Echo Dot featured below to dim the lights to help you relax before going to bed or change the colors from warm white to red and green when hosting a holiday party. These smart lightbulbs don't even require a specific hub, so once you've screwed them into the appropriate socket and set up the Solana app on your phone, you're good to go!

Buy It: Bulbrite Smart Light Bulb, $18, Amazon

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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

You can check the weather, call a family member, and make a grocery list with a simple command thanks to the third-generation Echo Dot. Setup is so easy that all you have to do is plug it into a centralized outlet and download the Alexa app on your phone. Once you've done that, this electronic personal assistant can provide voice-activated help around the house and access to unlimited entertainment like the radio or your favorite Kindle audio book. Bonus: Using the code FGVPBF9N, you can enjoy thousands of apps, Alexa skills, books, and more free for three months.

Buy It: Echo Dot, $22 (originally $50), Amazon

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Topvision Mini Projector

Watching your favorite binge-worthy shows and movies has never been easier thanks to this portable mini projector. It features multiple connections so whether you're playing a documentary from your laptop or showing a family video from your smartphone, you'll be able to enjoy a home theater that can last up to 30 years without changing the lamp. One reviewer points out a unique way to use it that artists will love: It can actually help create a faster way to scale large sketches for paintings.

Buy It: Mini Projector, $100, Amazon

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Ring Wireless Smart Video Doorbell

After a simple five-minute installation, the Ring smart doorbell camera allows you to see visitors at your door even if you're away from home, all from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Whether someone presses the doorbell or the built-in motion sensors detect movement, you'll be notified immediately. Through the two-way audio, you can speak to and hear the person at your door from anywhere. And thanks to the lifetime purchase protection, if someone steals your Ring video doorbell, it can be replaced for free!

Buy It: Wireless Smart Doorbell Camera, $80, The Home Depot

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Roku Premiere+ 4K HDR Streaming Player

Instead of replacing a perfectly good television with a smart TV, check out the Roku Premiere+ streaming player. Once this small device is connected via the included HDMI cord, you can watch all your favorite shows on popular streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu with amazing 4K Ultra HD picture quality. Plus, the included remote responds to voice commands, making movie searches a breeze. You can even download the Roku mobile app to turn your smartphone into a second remote. And did we mention it now has Disney+ and Apple TV?

Buy It: Roku Premiere+ 4K HDR Streaming Player, $29 (originally $49), Walmart

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