We're living in an interesting age. There is now a gadget for almost every activity, and the best devices can help you enjoy life even more. That's definitely true in the smart home. These gadgets help you monitor air quality and security, wash your clothes, water your lawn, and much more. I've selected the best connected home gadgets to simplify your life.

Airthings Wave Plus

This air quality sensor provides a wealth of information. It can check for radon, carbon dioxide, and other dangers in the air. You can also check the temp, humidity level, and other factors on a smartphone or tablet. One nice bonus: It is battery operated so you can place it anywhere without using an outlet.

Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer

A connected washing machine with extra perks, the Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer works with an app you can use to start, pause, and monitor a load. When you fill the detergent, the washer automatically dispenses it for up to 40 loads.

Vivint Outdoor Camera

My favorite feature on this smart home security camera (part of the Vivint home security system) is that you can catch criminals off-guard. It senses movement and can emit a whistle or beep so the intruder looks at the camera for a picture.

Rachio 3

Rachio keeps improving this sprinkler controller. The latest version uses hyperlocal weather forecast to set a watering schedule. The app lets you configure everything remotely and perform a quick watering cycle. I like how easy it is to install.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive

This high-powered cordless vacuum is the best one I've tested. It automatically adjusts the power level based on the surface (using the auto setting), or you can extend the battery using eco mode for 60 minutes if power. A new digital display shows the current battery level.


Monitoring air quality is one thing, but the Molekule does something about it as well. After setting the room size, you will notice a distinct difference in air quality since the device actually kills pollutants in the air (such as mold and mildew).

Meater Smart Meat Thermometer

I've tested a few smart thermometers before but never one that operates over a wireless connection. The Meater helps outdoor cooks monitor whatever you have cooking to help make sure you reach optimal temperature.

Honeywell Home T9

The big differentiator with this smart home thermostat is that it can monitor every room using the included motion detectors, and adjust the house temp automatically. As with most thermos these days, you can also adjust the temperature manually by talking to Amazon Alexa.