Would you like to give your dad some smarthome Father's Day gifts? Whether your dad is a tech-savvy smarthome fanatic or completely new to the experience, he'll love these clever devices.
Let us enjoy a moment of honesty here. Buying a smarthome device for your dad could be an ambitious idea. Smarthome devices are easy to use, but some dads are affected by the "I'm technically illiterate" attitude, which prevents them from entering the Smarthome world. For this reason, we recommend that you buy your father a Google Home Mini or an Echo Dot, if he does not have one yet. These devices make using smartphones as easy as possible and eliminating many of the "tech illiterate" phrases your dad could come up with.
Google Home Mini and Echo Dot are great for playing music or watching music. They also work best when combined with other Smarthome devices such as smart bulbs or smart plugs. That's why we've taken the time to put together some of the best smarthome products your father may actually use.
The Simple Gift: The Google Nest Hub ($ 1
The Google Nest Hub is one of our most popular smarthome products, and we've spent a lot of time on it to talk about how he presents a perfect gift for parents. It can be used as a Google Assistant (so you do not have to buy a smart speaker for your dad), but it can also be used as a digital photo frame, clock, music player, recipe book, and miniature Netflix machine.
There are some great alternatives to the Google Nest Hub, such as the Echo Show, the Lenovo Smart Display, and the Facebook portal. These smart displays have their own advantages, but in terms of affordability and usability, the Google Nest Hub is knocking the competition out of the water.
For Designer-Oriented Fathers: The Philips Hue Starter Kit ($ 150)
Whether your dad is not a smart home kid or IoT obsessed, he'll love a Philips Hue starter kit. Philips Hue lamps are incredibly easy to use and can be routinely planned or integrated into a robust smarthome environment. And of course they work with both Google Assistant and Alexa.
This kit comes with four colored light bulbs and a Philips Hue hub, so your dad can quickly turn any room in the house into a futuristic trekkian light show. If your dad is not really interested in controlling his lights with voice commands and apps, you should also equip him with a Philips Hue dimmer.
For Couch Potatoes and Media Lovers: The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control ($ 250)
Stands daddy on the couch or in his movie collection, as some people on vintage cars ? Consider getting him a Logitech Harmony Remote for Father's Day. It's basically a TV remote control and an intelligent Alexa assistant, bundled up in a neat package. It can be used to simultaneously control up to 15 smart devices (including, of course, a TV) and has a clear display for creating routines and video playlists.
For Holiday Decorators: The eufy Smart Plug ($ 23)
If your dad uses a lot of bulky mechanical discharge bins for Christmas lights, he'll love the eufy Smart Plug. Like the outlet timers, smart plugs can be programmed to turn on or off at certain times of the day. Smart plugs, however, are a bit unique. They can be remotely controlled with voice commands and phone apps, and they can be paired with other smart devices for super-easy home automation. It also has nice features that most dads will use: just as you can use it to monitor power consumption per device.
In some situations, a smart plug is also a good alternative to a smart light bulb. If your dad uses many floor lamps or table lamps, you can use the eufy smart plug to set the lamps to a timer or control them with voice commands. Remember, however, that a Smart Plug is not an alternative to a colored Smart Bulb and can not be used as a dimmer. Do you need more Smart Plug options? We have everything you need.
For Porch Watchers: A Video Doorbell (over $ 200)
Father wants to know what is going on outside his home? Well, with a smart video doorbell, he can track his porch without staring through a window all day.
In the world of video doorbells, there are two big names, Ring and Nest, and they essentially work the same way. Both brands can be used to watch a live feed from the verandah (which is great if Dad has an intelligent display) or to view records of invasive strollers and postmen. You can also notify your father if someone is notified through the door intercom or through a smart speaker.
The big difference between these products is their compatibility with Smart Assistant. The Nest Hello Video doorbell works best with Google Assistant, and the Amazon's own Ring Video Doorbell Pro works best with Alexa. If you buy several Smarthome items from your old father, or plan to buy them more over time, you should stick to the same ecosystem.
Also, note that these doorbells will not work if they are not already in place, so make sure your dad's doorbell works before you buy one of these smart devices. (Or you could buy the battery-operated ring video doorbell 2 for dad.)