The smart home trends that are here to stay

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Tech trends come and go, but these smart home items have proven themselves worthy additions to any house or apartment.

‘Smart’ technology is more ubiquitous than ever in almost every aspect of home life. And for good reason; these ‘smart’ tech tools can be paired with other devices to send information back to a homeowner, or they can be set to run entirely in the background by themselves, saving you time (and sometimes even money).

You’ve probably seen the Apple Watch or Fitbit. These pieces of ‘smart’ tech help people track their steps, heart rate and other aspects of their everyday routines. The same technology that helps people live healthier lives on the go, can also help with the ins and outs of home life. Here are our picks for the best tried-and-true smart home buys.

Amazon Echo Spot

The Echo Spot from Amazon can be useful for an ever-growing number of tasks. Since it’s voice responsive, all you have to do is ask it to play a song, get the news, answer a question or even work with other smart devices inside of a home. Even better, the Echo Spot is small and portable, so you can easily tote it along on weekend getaways or in between houses.

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iRobot Roomba

Robotic vacuums, like the iRobot Roomba, give people the ability to schedule cleaning times and then sit back and watch the robot move around a room and clean, before automatically returning to its dock for a re-charge. You can even choose to have the cleaning while you’re out taking care of more important chores, since a robot like the Roomba can handle the cleaning duties all by itself.

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Blink Home Security Camera

The Blink XT Home Security Camera can be placed anywhere in or outside the home to provide constant monitoring with built-in motion detectors. Information can be automatically sent to a person’s smartphone so you can check on your home from anywhere.

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Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is a great investment since it can actually help you save money in the long run off of your electricity bills. The thermostat keeps track of how your like your home temperatures to build schedules so it can automate by itself. You can even control it from a smartphone if you are outside of the house.

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