Think smart brand Nest is just about controlling your heating? Think again: you can use the Nest thermostat, cam and app to run a whole host of household gadgets, including door entry systems, lighting and fitness bands.
Nest has partnered with a number of gadget makers to help you make your home smarter, and its new website shows you which ones are compatible. Examples include the Yale Linus lock which works with the Nest app to allow you to give visitors a temporary passcode to your home; the Lifx multi-coloured LED bulbs that will automatically dim when no-one’s home; and the SkyBell video door bell you can programme to record footage of your front door when the Nest Cam detects motion.
But it’s not just nifty gadgets that are geared up to interact with your smartphone: even age-old home appliances are embracing smart technology. So we’ve rounded up some of the smartest products we’ve seen in our test lab.
Best Buy smart thermostats – see which ones let you control your home’s climate to perfection.
1. Nest Learning Thermostat – £199
The beauty of smart thermostats is that they let you control your heating remotely, using your smartphone. The Nest Learning Thermostat detects when you enter and leave your home and can switch the heating on and off accordingly. Plus it has the capability to let you create different climates in different rooms – providing you buy an extra thermostat for each one.
We liked the stylish design of this gadget and found it easy to connect to wi-fi, but it’s eye-wateringly expensive. To see how it measured up in our tests, read the Nest Learning thermostat review.
2. The Samsung WW10H9600EW washing machine – £1,399
This washer has a huge number of cleaning programmes to choose between and comes with Samsung’s Ecobubble technology which mixes detergent with water before it goes into the drum, with the aim of improving cleaning power.
Despite its hi-tech features we found it surprisingly easy to use, although the app offers a stripped-down version of the programme setting options available on the machine’s control panel, which reduces its usefulness.
This washing machine has a whopping price tag in excess of £1,000 – so is it worth the money? Find out by reading the full Samsung WW10H9600EW review.
3. Smarter iKettle 2.0 – £87
Want your coffee quicker in the mornings? Use this kettle’s smartphone app to get it boiling at the exact time you get out of bed, and programme it to keep the water warm while you get showered and dressed.
You can see how this pricey smart kettle measured up to traditional ones in our test lab by reading the Smarter ikettle 2.0 review.
4. Nest Cam – £159
Designed so that you can keep an eye on your home from afar, the Nest Cam alerts you to motion in your house and lets you talk to whoever’s in earshot of the camera – handy for talking to arrivals at your front door and telling children to get on with their homework.
You can find out whether the day and night-time picture quality of the footage is any good by reading our Nest Cam review.
5. Hoover fridge freezer HF18XK WiFi fridge freezer – £500
If you’re out shopping and decide to stock up on fresh food you can use the app to get the freezer extra cold and ready for ultra-fast freezing – helping ensure your food’s at maximum freshness when you defrost it.
To see how smart this fridge freezer is when it comes to chilling and freezing your food to safe temperatures, read the full Hoover HF18XK WiFi review.
6. Fitbit Aria Wi-fi Scale – £90
Set up the app for these scales and it will automatically give you a body-fat percentage reading, while the online account lets you track your weight gains and losses over time.
But are these pricey scales any good at their main job: accurately measuring your weight? And how do they compare to other scales you can buy? Check out our Fitbit Aria Wi-fi Scale review to see whether we recommend it.