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The best smart home deals on Google, Alexa, Homekit and more

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Check out deals on the Echo Dot and other smart-home devices. (Photo: Amazon)

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It’s Amazon Prime Day, which means now is a great time to do a little early Christmas shopping by taking advantage of deals exclusive to those who have Prime membership.

We’re covering all the best Prime Day deals, but we’ve also rounded up all the must-see smart home deals you can find during this limited-time sale.

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The best smart home deals on Google, Alexa, Homekit and more 

  • Echo Dot (3rd Generation) for $18.99 (Save $31): This smart speaker has improved sound over its predecessors, and right now, Prime members can get it for less
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Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home products features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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The best robot vacuum and smart home deals for Prime Day 2020

iRobot Roomba i6+ – $599.99

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If you want to invest in one of the most autonomous robot vacuums available, you can get the iRobot Roomba i6+ for $200 less for Prime Day, bringing the total to $599.99. Not only is that the lowest price ever, but it’s a great deal on a robot vacuum that also comes with a Clean Base, which is a garbage can of sorts that the vacuum automatically disposes dirt and debris into when it’s done cleaning. The i6+ also has Imprint Smart Mapping technology that remembers the rooms in your home for quicker, more efficient cleaning.

Buy Roomba i6+ at Amazon – $599.99

iRobot Roomba 981 – $399.99

iRobot Roomba 981 robot vacuum

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If you can do without a Clean Base, the Roomba 981 robot vacuum is on sale for $399.99, which is $200 off its normal price. This bot has improved power-lifting suction and its dual multi-surface

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Apple’s HomePod Mini smart speaker might be its best smart home idea so far

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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple on Tuesday announced a new, smaller smart speaker called the HomePod Mini at its iPhone-centered event. 

Apple’s HomePod debuted in 2018 with a $349 price tag, great sound and the risk of putting white rings on your tabletop. Since then, despite some handy iterations on the HomePod’s features via periodic software updates, Apple hasn’t made much progress in the smart home, even as Amazon and Google continue to expand their audiences for Alexa and Google Assistant products across the board. That changed today with the reveal of a smaller, smarter speaker. 


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How big is the HomePod Mini?

The HomePod Mini is significantly smaller than its predecessor. Wrapped in a mesh fabric, it measures 3.3 inches tall and 3.9 inches wide (84 by 98 mm) and weighs 0.76

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This Smart Home Gym Is The Future Of Fitness

JaxJox, which makes a smart personalized home gym that uses AI to track and improve your performance and give you a wellness score, just scored itself. The Seattle-based fit tech company announced today that it has raised $10 million to bring its JaxJox “interactive fitness studio” to market.

The company also announced an exclusive retail partnership with Best Buy, and customers can get the fitness studio installed by Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The system consists of a 43” touchscreen TV that can display fitness classes as well as data about your performance. The screen rotates both horizontally and vertically, and tilts if you’re doing floor exercises. Crucially, however, JaxJox isn’t just about cardio: the system has integrated smart dumbbells and a smart kettlebell — both configurable for different weights — that also report performance data. There’s also a “smart push-up device” and a vibrating,

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All of These Smart Home Gadgets Are on Sale During Amazon Prime Day

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When it comes to online shopping, especially during a major sales event like Amazon Prime Day, having a strategy is key. If you know what you’re looking for going into the sale, the better primed (pardon the pun) you’ll be to save big. And one category that Amazon is always sure to deliver major discounts in is smart home devices.

During this year’s two-day event, Amazon is offering all kinds of markdowns on high tech products that will transport your home into the future. The savings include Alexa-enabled devices, like Amazon’s Third Generation Echo Dot, and home security essentials, like Blink’s mini smart home security camera. You can also save on smart home upgrades like this modern outlet shelf designed to seamlessly display a smart speaker.

Of course, in true Amazon fashion, these deals won’t last long so you’ll have to act fast in order to take advantage of

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What to expect for your smart home: Amazon Prime Day 2020

It’s safe to say that we’re expecting Prime Day to be filled with deals on smart home gadgets that work both inside and outside. In fact, it will likely be the biggest category of tech seeing discounts; that goes for Amazon-made devices, like a Ring or Blink camera, but also for third-party devices from Arlo, Kasa, Belkin, Wemo and iRobot.



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In order to take advantage of the deals, you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription. If you’re new to Prime, you can take advantage of a 30-day free trial, and if not, Amazon Prime is $12.99 a month or $119 for the year. Not only do you get access to these deals, but you get free two-day shipping on select items, and Prime Video and Prime Music access are just some of the standout features.

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Once you’ve confirmed that you’re a Prime member, savings galore on smart

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Smart Home Renovation Books to Transform Your Space



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You’re staying at home more than you ever have, so there’s a good chance you’re getting annoyed by those little and big home renovation projects you’ve put off for years. Now that you have the spare time, it’s the perfect opportunity to transform your home into the oasis you’ve always wanted. The easiest way to do that is look to the experts with a genius home renovation book to guide you along the way.

From TV famous interior designers and home renovators to established pros in the home renovation industry, there are plenty of guidebooks to lead the way. Whether you want to do a mini bathroom renovation or overhaul your entire home, you can achieve any of these projects without the hassle. Ahead, check out the best home renovation books to make your dream home a reality.

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Renovation can be a sound strategy for smart investors

Renovation can increase the value of your property investments

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Getting ahead in real estate investments is not just about buying properties – the most strategic move for you may be to improve the value of a property you already own, even your home. If you are happy where you are, renovation can be a sound financial strategy. When you renovate your own home, you win twice – once when you enjoy the benefits of a better home, and once again when you sell the home.

When it comes to resale value, however, not all renovations are created equal.

Let’s look at an example. Suppose you live in a landed property and fancy a hot tub on your back deck, and decide to invest $10,000 or so. Will that add $10,000 to the value of your home? Likely not. The truth is, not everybody

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Smart Home Appliances Market Is Reaching A Value Worth $92.72 Billion By 2027 | Grand View Research, Inc – Press Release

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According to report published by Grand View Research, the global smart home appliances market size was valued at USD 32.30 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1% from 2020 to 2027.

The global smart home appliances market worth USD 92.72 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 14.1%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing urbanization and demand for electrical appliances is likely to propel a huge demand in the upcoming years. In addition, increase in competition for manufacture of production of innovative home appliances is expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the market growth in the forthcoming years.

The demand for smart home appliances such as smart air purifiers, smart lights, smart washing machines, and others is likely to enhance the market growth. Rise

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