When it comes to pimping out your Smart Home, it can seem daunting when looking at the price tags, everything new costs a LOT of money. So why not make a Cheap Smart Home? Once the infrastructure is in place (Check out my blog post on this here), we can look into gadgets which are a lot cheaper that can help you out!
For most people starting their Smart Home venture, it can seem like an extremely scary journey as a lot of gadgets are triple figures, but I assure you there are some really good products out there which don’t break the bank!
Obviously the best time to be looking is during a sale and I generally recommend Amazon for Smart Home Goods, whilst they do hold some cheap off-brand products, they also tend to be pretty good quality and more often than not, just reskins of other well done products.
Smart Home Technology is controlled not only by the big companies like Google, Samsung and Amazon but also but smaller independent companies such as Ring & Insteon.
Be it compatible with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and in most cases, both. I’m going to list my Best Cheap Smart Home Devices Under $100 which can set your home into the future!
Google Home Mini
Advantages of the Google Home Mini:
- A compact hub, easily stored away
- The same Integrated voice-controlled Google Assistant at no cost
- Comes in 3 colours!
- Can be used as a speaker for music over Bluetooth
My Rating: 4/5
Google Home Mini is the tiny speaker powered by Google Assistant.
Along with its big brother Google Home, you can control your smart home using only your voice.
Using the voice command “OK Google” you can switch on your lights, play music, take notes, or ask about the current traffic situation on your daily commute.
Check out my review of the Google Home Mini
Advantages of the Wyze Security Camera:
- 1080p full HD live stream direct to your smartphone day or night with night vision
- Easily hidden
- This particular model (V2) uses sound and motion as a detection
- Has Night Vision!
Wyze have made a small budget sized security camera that everyone can utilise, it really does work wonders and in my opinion is too good for its value.
Wyze Cam automatically records a 10-15 second alert video when it detects motion or sound.
The best thing about this is that the videos are securely uploaded to the Amazon AWS Cloud and are accessible for 14 days, this means you don’t get forced into a subscription based service for uploading to the cloud!
Check out my blog post here on downloading Wyze Security videos locally.
Check out my review of the Wyze 1080p Cam here
Advantages of the Ring Video Doorbell:
- Two-way talk with noise cancellation
- 720P HD video
- On-Demand Check in
Ring have been somewhat the pinnacle of front door security for the last.
This product does require a cloud subscription, however you can keep this to the standard $3 a month per device which isn’t too bad; This allows for video recording and sharing.
Not using the subscription service simply means you can use the two-way video and microphone.
It’s also worth noting this doesn’t work on a 5.0GHz Network, only 2.4GHz
Check out my review of the Ring Video Doorbell here
Advantages of the HeyValue/Pinlo – Smart Power Strip:
- Alexa & Google Home compatible
- Quick Charge 2.0 USB ports
- Great quality for this price tag
- A true Cheap Smart Home accessory to add.
HeyValue/Pinlo aren’t known for much, but I really have to go with the reviews on this one. I use power adapters as I live in the UK and couldn’t find a distributor for this exact model.
It sits glued to the underside of my desk with absolutely no issues, I’ve plugged in my Wireless Charger, Speakers and extra lights to the USB ports with no issues relate to overheating.
It doesn’t require a hub but can use them, to be honest, I just have mine set on a timer to go off at 1am via Alexa.
Check out my latest Smart Home Power Strip Reviews
Advantages of the Insteon Home Hub:
- Easily Connect Devices
- App is easy to use
- It actually has a Windows Phone App (Shocking).
I’m rating this 5/5 simply because of how amazing Insteon is at working along side pretty much everything.
Insteon is quite possibly the easiest and simplest Hub to setup and get working, the App is an absolute dream
Their own ecosystem is fairly cheap if you did want to stick with everything they have.
It’s pretty perfect for a beginner Smart Home user!
It works with the following:
- Google Assistant
- Amazon Alexa
It’s worth noting this doesn’t work well with Zigbee or Z-Wave, so if you’re in that ecosystem. Don’t buy this.
Advantages of the Philips Hue:
- Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit & Insteon compatible
- Set Timers with ease
- Easy Dimming
- Has amazing line of accessories
Philips Hue are considered one of the top tier LED bulbs in the Smart Home industry, and rightly so.
The app is smooth and slick, it’s not even needed if you have a hub like Alexa / Google Home / Insteon.
You end up saving money using these bulbs. The life span of these bulbs is anywhere between 5-7x the life span of an incandescent bulb.
Long term, these are a cheap option and to help ease the slight increase in price in comparison to competitors, it is easier to use than some of the third party options.
Check out my latest Smart Home Light Bulb reviews
Advantages of the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm:
- Wired / Takes Batteries
- Easy to Install
- Great navigation on app
- App is very specific
- Has GREAT Synergy with the Nest Thermostat
Honestly, I only bought this so I didn’t have to keep jumping around and pressing all my smoke alarms constantly to get them to shut up.
But it’s totally worth it.
Whilst I wouldn’t call this a necessity of a product, if you can afford to spend $100 on a Smoke / Carbon Monoxide detector, this is the one to go with.
If you’re cooking and it detects a small issue, your phone simply gets a buzz, if ignored it’ll then proceed to go off which personally is a BLESSING for myself.
Advantages of the Belkin WeMo Light Switch:
- Control from Anywhere in the world
- Use ‘Away Mode’ to protect your home, turning lights on and off at random intervals.
- Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit and Nest
There’s plenty of Light Switches out there and most of them need installation, but this one makes it a little easier.
At the moment, if you plug in your smart lights and then turn them off via the wall, they can’t then be controlled via an App.
This is why this is perfect! It keeps it connected to the network without fully shutting off the circuit.
With these, you can easily get them setup into groups to control in bulk (Turn off a room at a time) or individually, personally I just bulk turn everything off.
One of the features I really like with this is the one to turn on the lights gradually when it’s sunset.
I don’t even realise it’s happening anymore but then it clicks. My room is bright!
They’re really easy to setup but it does get expensive unfortunately.
Advantages of the Chamberlain MyQ-Garage Controller :
- Improves Nest Cam functionality
- Top of the market for Garage security
- Works with Next & XFinity Home
Chamberlain are specifically in the Smart Garage business, so if you’re looking to secure your homes weak point, they have you covered.
With this great little tool, you can hook up MyQ-Garage to almost any Garage door controllers giving you the power to control your door via their App.
Not only this, but you can directly connect to the camera on this device from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & Android Phone / tablet
You get the Wi-Fi Hub, Essentials and very easy to follow instructions for the MyQ app.
MyQ works well with Nest, which means you can also access your Nest products with their App to take control of those features.
Amazon Smart Plug lets you voice control your lights, fans, coffee makers, and more. All you need is an Alexa-enabled device like Echo, Fire TV, Fire tablet, Sonos One, or even just the Alexa app on your phone. And with multiple Amazon Smart Plugs, you can control multiple outlets.
Please grab this whilst you can, I really can’t explain how great it is and how well it works if you have an Alexa Ecosystem.
Advantages of the Echo Input:
- Small and portable
- Very Cheap
- Works with Third party apps like Spotify, Audible, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon music etc.
This is a true budget item, but I’m adding it anyway as it’s literally just the bog standard and that’s okay
Simply connect this to any Bluetooth Speaker you have or via a 3.5mm audio cable, it sadly doesn’t connect to speakers over Wi-Fi.
A speaker is required for this to work, so only get this if you already have something laying around spare or your own sound system.
Advantages of the Novostella Smart RGB LED Strip Lights Kit:
- Very Bright
- Takes less than 5 minutes to set up
- Great quality for at their price and super sticky adhesive!
- Works with Google Home, Alexa and their own App
I’m an absolute loon for RGB lighting, from my PC to my bed and even my desk. Check it out on my personal Instagram, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
These are cheap and cheerful, my only complaint, which admittedly goes with all RGB lighting even the Philips Hue Lighting is that the plug needs more length or options before the power strip starts.
But some DIY can fix that.
Check out my latest RGB Smart Light Strips review.
Advantages of the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip:
- Works with Nest, IFTTT, Logitech, Xfinity, SmartThings, Razer, Google Assistant, Apple Homekit and Alexa
- Really nice warm colours
- Great App which can be voice controlled with room presets.
If you have the Philips Hue Eco System, I highly suggest using these over Novostella, keeping everything in one brand makes managing everything a lot easier.
Philips Hue offer in my opinion, the nicest white balanced mood lighting.
It does require the Philips Hue hub, but that can really be tucked away and forgotten about, I have mine mounted to the wall and have done for a year, but have only touched it once.
Advantages of the Philips Hue Smart Motion Sensor:
- Alexa & Google Home compatible
- Free Installation
- Awesome customisable features!
This little device allows you to put a sensor next to a door so that when you enter / leave it turns the light on and off, this is great for saving money!
One of the other features is how it can trigger different light scenes, so if it’s 6pm and you come in, the lights will be dimmer than if you were to come in at 10am.
For $40, it’s an absolute catch, it’s fully customisable and works with various tools such as IFTTT.
I mainly use mine in the bathroom as there is two of us living at my place and walking out would be disruptive whilst I’m working, but the bathroom is alone time 😉
Advantages of the Samsung SmartThings Hub:
- Compatible with Alexa
- Has it’s own ecosystem for most of the products I mentioned above but their own brand
This is a great alternative to the other home hubs if you’re involved in the Samsung Eco System, mostly for those of you who live and breath Samsung Phones.
SmartThings actually allows you to use Amazon Alexa with it, so you could utilise this hub with the Alexa Dot to cut back on expenses!
If you’re using Zigbee or Z-Wave, chances are this has been mentioned before as an option which is very accommodating. You could use this along with another Hub to control everything whilst using IFTTT