The Stuff Gadget Awards 2022: Best smart home products of the year

We’re nicely and really in the period of the related home – even when most of us nonetheless don’t need or want a Wi-Fi-equipped fridge, smart dishwasher or robotic butler, we are able to clearly see the enchantment of voice-activated audio system, video doorbells and customisable lighting.

And these, by the way, are the three classes of smart home products we’re giving Stuff Gadget Awards to in 2022. These issues are small, efficient, inexpensive and slot into your life very simply, and as soon as they’re there you’ll surprise the way you managed with out them.

Smart lighting product of the year: Nanoleaf Lines

This modular wall-lighting equipment consists of a sequence of stripes and nodes, permitting you to rearrange it in a form of your selecting. Lightweight sufficient to be mounted on ceilings in addition to partitions, the RGB-powered strips illuminate the destructive house round them, with you all the time in management of the color, brightness and patterns through the Lines app. They may even be made to match the colors in your PC display screen for an Ambilight-esque gaming setup, or pulse together with the rhythm of any music enjoying.

Highly recommended: Govee Immersion Kit

Speaking of Ambilight, our runner-up apes the Philips TV tech by permitting you to deck out the again of your display screen with an LED strip and two mild bars. Meanwhile, a cleverly positioned digital camera captures what’s on display screen, permitting the lights to shine with the similar colors and depth. Clever stuff certainly.

Also shortlisted: Sengled Smart Health-Monitoring Light
A smart bulb with a neat aspect line in coronary heart fee, physique temperature and sleep monitoring, this shiny bit of tech is nicely value a point out.
Smart safety product of the year: Nest Doorbell (Battery)

While it’s not the most cost-effective video doorbell, or blessed with the sharpest picture high quality, the Nest can’t be crushed on the subject of performance. Assuming you will have a Google account and use the firm’s companies, it slots (or ought to that be ‘Nestles’) into the whole lot with consummate ease, sending you automated alerts and detecting individuals and packages in its subject of imaginative and prescient. A £5 month-to-month Nest Aware subscription is useful however not an absolute necessity, as the cam will retailer three hours of video with out it.
Highly recommended: Eufy Video Doorbell 2K

The huge plus factors right here? There are zero month-to-month charges to pay (simply £175 up entrance) and a high-quality 2560 x 1920 Sony picture sensor provides a sharper video feed than you’d discover on most video doorbells. The draw back? Because the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K doesn’t supply cloud uploads it does have to be paired with a base station (fortunately included) for native video storage. A viable different to the Nest for subscription-dodgers.
Also shortlisted: Blink Video Doorbell, Ring Intercom
We have been additionally impressed by the approach the Ring Intercom brings the video doorbell expertise to apartment-dwellers, whereas Amazon’s different video doorbell model Blink served up a cracking AA battery-powered entry-level mannequin.
Smart speaker of the year: Amazon Echo Show 15

The supersized Show may have been an unpleasant white elephant of a gadget, however its incredible 15.6in touchscreen works slickly along with Alexa voice management and a bunch of widgets to supply one thing totally different from we’ve seen in Amazon’s earlier smart audio system. It’s excellent for kitchen and household rooms, and makes for a cracking digital picture body when not in use.

Highly recommended: Meta Portal Plus

A extra video call-focussed smart show than the Echo Show 15, the Portal works natively with Messenger, WhatsApp and Zoom, and its 12MP digital camera, 1440p 14in display screen and four-mic setup make calls and conferences technically spectacular. The 30W speaker setup doesn’t sound half dangerous both whereas having Alexa built-in makes issues simple to make use of hands-free.

Also shortlisted: Amazon Echo Dot
We’re additionally followers of Amazon’s spherical smart speaker, now on its fifth technology: it’s low-cost, compact and surprisingly highly effective sound quality-wise.

About The Stuff Gadget Awards
The Stuff Gadget Awards are the place we reward the greatest tech we’ve seen throughout the year with gongs that commemorate their standing as the cream of the gadgety crop. Read extra about The Stuff Gadget awards.

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