Smart Home technology is so new that it still feels like something from the future, but it’s here and it’s big. Here at Techscheme, we’ve put together a list of the biggest and best smart home hubs to set you up for a new age. Techscheme helps you to save money and spread the cost on all your tech purchases.
It feels like a bit of a cheat to mention HomePod right now as Apple’s home hub doesn’t arrive until December. We’d feel bad, but it’s clearly going to be a big player. Quite literally, in terms of audio specs, it looks set to blow the rest out of the water – utilising front-line sound producing hardware and software to fill rooms from wherever you’ve placed it.
Beyond that, it pairs with your HomeKit accessories to act as the hub of your home, soon you’ll be able to just ask Siri to turn off the lights or crank up the air conditioning without even having to get up. If that wasn’t enough for you, the HomePod looks gorgeous.
Samsung SmartThings Hub
The SmartThings Hub is about pure connection. Using this home hub and its companion app you can control all your smart home devices from wherever you want. You can make sure your smart locks are locked when you get that moment of panic at work, or flip the lights on in the evening when you’re on holiday.
There’s no voice control like you get with others on this list, but you can connect it to something that does have it and use that. That’s kind of the point of this Samsung offering, it’ll work with a wide range of smart home products from Bose, Phillips Honeywell and more so that you’re less at risk of having to go back to the shop for a refund.
OK Google, build a device that can stream videos to the TV, tell me the latest news from around the world, play tracks from a custom playlist and turn up the heating when it gets a bit chilly. Oh, you already have?
Google home does all that and more, while also allowing multiple users so you’re not stuck with the teenager’s preferences simply because they’ve been home all summer while you’ve been at work. It can also act like a personal organiser, tell it your schedule and it’ll give you helpful reminders.
Amazon Echo Plus
Just say her name and Alexa comes running - or turns on at least. The Echo Plus is a built-in home hub that will scan for all your smart home products and connect them at your request. That means you can eliminate a lot of that painful set-up time with a new device.
Much like with the HomePod and Google Home, Alexa will work from voice commands, acting as your search engine, personal assistant and confidant. You also don’t need to throw the old one away, they can connect meaning you’ll even be able to ask Alexa to play different songs in different rooms.
There are some brilliant Home Hubs out at the moment, but it’ll be your preferences that decide what’s right for you. Whichever one you go for, Techscheme can save you up to 12% and lets you spread the cost over up to 3 years. All you need to do is make sure your employer is signed up to the employee benefits scheme.