Best Smart Home Tech 2022
Keeping your home safe is always a priority and thanks to the latest technology, there are plenty of devices out there that increase home security and give you the peace of mind you desire.
Let’s take a look at the best smart home tech you need in 2022, from security cameras to smart locks.
Best Security Systems
We’ve deep-dived into the best home security systems available that do not require a contract. Here are the four best ones.
Blue by ADT
If you’ve been searching for a security system for a while you’ve likely seen plenty of reviews for Blue by ADT. This is a great DIY system: easy to install, reasonably priced, works with a lot of third-party devices. It has smart home compatibility with Amazon, Google and Z-Wave.
Easy to install, it offers a full range property security system with home automation and environmental components. Compatible with Amazon, Google and Z-Wave, Fontpoint has a free mobile app and great customer service, so you can reach out for help at any time.
Overall one of the top, if not the best, smart home security systems out there. It gives you easy remote control access to doors, locks, cameras, heating and more with round-the-clock security monitoring. It has smart home compatibility with Amazon, Google and Z-Wave, plus Vivint offers a free in-home security consultation.
Versatile and intuitive to use, this DIY security system is ideal for anyone who wants a no-fuss home safety system, especially renters given the customisable plans and equipment. Although it suffers from limited outdoor camera options, it’s still compatible with Amazon and Google.
Best Home Security Cameras
Looking for the best security cameras with motion sensors and extra tech that helps you secure your home? Here are our top choices:
Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera
An affordable wireless security camera with an associated app. You don’t need a subscription to use Arlo Essential and the app, but we recommend you opt for the cheapest subscription to make use of the essential features. It offers strong battery life, person, package and animal detection, a two-way communication system, alarm, night vision, and built-in spotlight.
Ring Stick Up Cam
As far as smart security cameras with built-in wifi go, the Ring is highly reliable, versatile, since it can be used both indoors and outdoors, plus it’s wire-free. Other perks include real-time notifications, live view, high definition video, two-way audio and can easily be paired with other devices. Subscription starts at £2.50 a month.
The EufyCam wins as the best subscription-free security camera by a landslide, yes that’s right, no paying to access your high definition footage. Night vision, large viewing angle and long battery life all work together to give you a view of your home at all times.
Not ready to splurge on the latest security cameras? We’ve put together a step by step guide on how to turn your old phone into a security camera: Check it out.
Best Smart Locks
Locks have come a long way from simple deadbolts. Nowadays you can get reasonably priced smart locks with the latest security tech. Here are our top 3 choices.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
Consistently ranked within the top smart locks out there, August has built-in wi-fi and is compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit.
Downside: it doesn’t have an alarm and the keypad is an optional extra, but if you were looking for an easy to use and small smart lock, this is the way to go.
If you need a lock with an alarm, Schale Encode should be on your shortlist. Besides connecting with wi-fi and Bluetooth, it has smart home compatibility with both Alexa and Google Home. It’s simple to install and set up, the number pad is included along with the app and, of course, the alarm.
Lockly Secure Plus
Want to kick security up a notch? Then a lock with a fingerprint reader is the way to go. For anyone who sees vulnerabilities in wi-fi connectivity or smart home devices, Lockly designed a lock that can be opened via fingerprint or number code, including a manual lock. It cannot be unlocked remotely unless you purchase a wi-fi adapter and the numbers in the keypad shift around so would-be burglars don’t have fingerprint marks to guide them.
Best Smart Display
Amazon Echo Show 10
The incredible high-quality camera alone wouldn’t be enough to earn the Echo Show 10 a spot in the best smart displays out there, but it certainly is a nice perk. It has great voice recognition, the screen always faces you given that the rotating display tracks you and follows your movement. It is a bit on the pricey side, but a great investment if you have other Amazon devices or want to watch Prime whilst cooking dinner.
Google Nest Hub Max
One of the best smart displays for a multitude of reasons: the big 10-inch screen, versatile, great audio and, of course, the sleek design. The camera is where the Hub Max stands out: it recognises different people and supports gestures for playback, plus it doubles as a home security camera.
Lenovo Smart Clock
If you’re looking for something more basic and are willing to forego cameras and streaming services, then the Lenovo Smart Clock is a great inexpensive smart display. Ideal for your bedside, it has a USB port for phone charging, a compact design and it’s quite straightforward to use. Additionally, it responds to Google Assistant.
Best Motion Detector Lights
Whether you want additional illumination or want an addition to your current security systems, motion detector lights are a great extra safety step for areas that don’t need to be constantly lit or don’t have regular foot traffic. Here are our top picks.
LeonLite LED Motion Sensor Flood Light
Not only is the LeonLite a very durable motion sensor with weatherproof housing, but it can also detect motion up to 70 feet away. Installation can prove slightly challenging, however, it has a powerful light, is energy efficient and it comes in multiple finishes to blend in with your property aesthetic.
Mr Beams Wireless Outdoor Spotlight
A budget-conscious alternative that still delivers in terms of brightness. It is incredibly easy to install and you will likely be able to set it up in a matter of minutes. It has a daylight sensor that can be slightly inconsistent, however, it has an auto shut-off and is a great option for anyone who wants something plain and simple without fussing around with wires.
Maxsa Security Spotlight
For those without a strict price limit, this motion activated outdoor spotlight has two floodlights that can be positioned to give you the ultimate view of your walkway and monitor multiple areas at once. With four bright LEDs charge via solar panel, it can detect motion up to 40 feet away and it is fairly quick to install.
Did you know burglars enter through the garage in 1 in 5 UK thefts? Read our blog post to learn more about how you can secure your garage and your home. And there you have it, the best smart home tech to upgrade your security in 2022. Don’t forget to bookmark this page and share it with anyone looking for great safety devices!