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8 Smart Home Products That Will Save You Time, Effort, and Money

Make your house work for you with these smart home devices that will save you time, effort, and money. From a robotic trash can to a WiFi extender, these gadgets will make staying in just a little easier.

Townew Self-Sealing Trash Can

Townew Self-Sealing Trash Can

We don’t yet have a robot that takes out the trash, but technology has advanced to the point of a self-sealing and self-changing trash can. All you have to do is press a button and the TOWNEW trash can will seal the full bag (which puts an immediate stop to any odors, unlike tying a bag). Pull it out, and the TOWNEW closes the lid and automatically pulls a new trash bag into place.

A built-in motion sensor automatically opens the lid as you approach to throw away trash, so you never need to touch the can.

Tineco Pure One S12 Smart Cordless Stick Vacuum

Tineco Pure One S12

Make vacuuming a chore that you look forward to (or at least don’t dread) with Tineco’s Pure One S12 Smart Cordless Stick Vacuum. This super lightweight vacuum comes with two rechargeable batteries (that can be charged simultaneously with the included wall-mounted dock), so you’ll never have to wait while one battery charges. Not having to deal with the hassle of a cord makes vacuuming take much less time, and the trademarked iLoop Smart Sensor Technology automatically adjusts suction power so you don’t have to switch settings when going from carpet to hardwood.

The vacuum comes with a variety of attachments (like a dusting brush and crevice tool) that makes it simple and satisfying to vacuum everything from your ceiling to your sofa.

Best of all, the Tineco has a self-cleaning filter tool that doesn’t require you to rinse it out in the sink like most other bagless vacuums.

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eero 3-Pack Wi-Fi System

eero 3-Pack Wi-Fi System

Does your Wi-Fi give up on you every time you move to a certain spot in your house, or someone else logs on? Never suffer through a buffered video chat or painfully slow movie again, with the 3-pack Wi-Fi System from eero. The system is made up of three tiny, discreet boxes that you place unobtrusively around your house to blanket up to 5,000 square feet in fast and reliable Wi-Fi.

eero works with your existing internet provider and is incredibly easy to set up (the plug-and-play setup takes less than 10 minutes). The system includes free encryption and other security measures that are updated automatically to keep your data safe.

Plott Cubit Smart Virtual Reality Measuring Tool

Plott Cubit Smart Virtual Reality Measuring Tool

Tackling some home improvement projects? Make measuring a million times easier with the Cuibt Smart Virtual Reality Measuring Tool. Instead of fumbling around trying to hold a measuring tape and write down your measurements, this smart home gadget automatically saves measurements straight to your phone. The Cubit uses dual lasers to take ultra-accurate measurements, and the wheel measurement feature makes it easy to size up irregular objects and corners.

The Cubit’s app works like a free interior designer—snap photos of your space, use Cubit to measure it, and then play around with your project until it looks exactly how you want it. Then Cubit will provide step-by-step directions to implement your project in real life, making it easy to do everything from creating a gallery wall to hanging a shelf.

Lockly Secure Pro

Lockly Secure Pro

Never lock yourself out again with the Lockly Secure Pro smart lock. This smart home gadget is easy to install on your existing door (and comes in a deadbolt or latch version) and can be opened via Bluetooth, keypad, or with your fingerprint.

Lockly’s patented keypad design switches the placement of the digital numbers with each use, so even if someone is watching, they’ll never be able to guess your pin.

You can set one-time codes for deliveries, workers, or guests, or even let in someone remotely via the app.

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Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight

Arlo’s Pro 3 Floodlight Camera keeps an eye on your property for you. The bright, motion-activated light will instantly illuminate a wide area when it senses movement. The built-in security camera with a 160-degree viewing angle captures full color, 2K HDR footage (even at night) so you can clearly zoom in on objects or faces. A hidden speaker allows for two-way audio, so you can hear and speak to visitors.

For extra security, you can program the built-in smart siren to be triggered remotely or in case of an emergency.

The floodlight camera is easy to set up and includes a rechargeable battery so you don’t need to worry about wires.

Amazon Echo Show 8

Amazon Echo Show 8

Manage your home with the Amazon Echo Show 8. With an 8-inch HD screen you can set up the Echo Show anywhere in your home and use it all day. The Echo Show 8 lets you make video calls, stream the news, listen to podcasts/audiobooks, control all your smart devices (including security cameras, lights, and thermostats), display photo slideshows, give you step-by-step cooking directions, display your to-do list, check the weather/traffic, and more.

Concerned about privacy? You can disconnect the device’s microphones and camera with one press of a button, or use the built-in shutter to cover the camera.

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Phillips Hue Smart Light

Phillips Hue Smart Light

If you always secretly wanted The Clapper but never got one, you can now achieve your turning-off-the-lights-without-getting-out-of-bed dream with the Phillips Hue Smart Light. These Bluetooth-enabled bulbs can be turned on and off or dimmed via voice command with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or the Google Assistant.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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