Top Consumer Products: Smart Home, North America
The most popular smart home consumer products in North America during the holidays are smart Christmas lights. Other top holiday smart home devices include thermostats, security cameras, speakers, and kitchen devices. The details were included both in the attached spreadsheet and below.
1. Lumenplay Starter Set
- Lumenplay created a set of 24 smart bulbs to decorate the home's indoor or outdoor during the holidays. The user can control the movement and colors of the lights through an app and even turn them on/off. The price of this smart device is $25 on Amazon.
2. Philips Hue LightStrips Plus
- Phillips created LightStrip Plus, a Christmas lights smart strip that, for $70, allows the same functionalities of the popular Phillips Hue Bridge. Users will be able to control more than 16 million colors and even customize light scenes with these lights, hung them under bars, trees, cabinets, bed frames, and make them work together with other Phillips smart lighting products.
3. Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Outdoor LightStrip
- This second smart lights' device created by Phillips is another version of the LightStrip designed for outdoors and weatherproof, ideal for holidays. It has the same functions and smart app control as other Phillips lights, with a wide range of colors and designs for $89.
4. Nest Cam Indoor
- This smart security camera was recommended by Gear Brain as one of the best smart home gifts to give during these holidays. The camera was created by Nest, one of Alphabet's companies.
- The camera isn't weatherproof as it was created for indoor use but can be plugged to any electrical outlet to keep an eye of the home through a smartphone app while away on holiday vacation or visiting the relatives.
- It can record videos at 1080P Full HD, and it has an incorporated speaker and microphone. It has a sensitivity sensor that starts recording and sends an alert to the mobile app as soon as the camera detects movement or new sounds.
5. Nest Cam Outdoor
- As the name indicates, this Nest security cam was created for outdoor use and is weatherproofed. Also, listed as one of the top holiday smart home gifts by Gear Brain, this camera allows control through a smart app.
- It starts recording and sends an alert to the app when the camera detects new movement and sounds. It records at 1080P Full HD and has night vision integrated for nighttime recording.
- Nest allows the user to speak through the camera as it has two-way audio, and to configure it by activity zones, so the camera doesn't detect as a threat any passing traffic or predetermined harmless objects and triggers the alert.
6. Sonos Smart Speaker
- Sonos smart speaker has been listed as the ultimate smart home holiday gifts to give this Christmas. The speakers allow multi-room, surround and directional sound, connection to music apps or TV, synchronization with other Sonos speakers, and app control for a price of $399.
- The sound is rich and the design so modern that it can easily integrate into any room design.
7. Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi, 6-Quart Multi-Use Pressure Cooker
- Listed by Smart Home Bit as the ultimate smart home Christmas gift in 2020. The Instant Pot is a multi-use (8 in 1) stainless steel pressure cooker that can be controlled through a mobile app, Alexa, or Wi-Fi. A great addition to any smart kitchen.
- The app allows the user to monitor the cooking progress and get notifications of the process. The user can also program its safety features, including overheating protection and security lock.
- It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, warmer, sauté pan, and steamer, with a 6-Quart size capacity.
8. Echo Dot 4th Gen
- Echo Dot Gen 4 is rumored to be released in October 2020.
- Its predecessor, Echo Dot Gen 3, was listed by Smart Home Bit as a top gift to receive in Christmas 2020; if the new version is out, it would make a greater impression.
- Echo Dot is a line of smart speakers controlled with Alexa.
- Its price is expected at $59.99 and has an integrated clock, an upgraded speaker with 70% more volume than Echo Dots 2 and 3, a rechargeable battery, multiple color designs, and even a kids' edition.
9. Ring Video Doorbell 2
- Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a smart security camera that can be controlled through Wi-Fi or a mobile app and is compatible with smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Alexa.
- This wireless device creates 1040p videos, has an integrated speaker and microphone, rechargeable battery, has a modern design, and is compatible with Amazon Echo's.
- The camera was listed by Smart Home Bit as one of the top smart home gifts for this Christmas.
10. Atomi Smart Coffee Maker
- This stainless steel smart kitchen device listed under the top Christmas gifts by Smart Home Bit can be controlled through Wi-FI and Alexa.
- The user can control the coffee maker from any place through its smart app on Android and iOS. It has voice control, a LED display, allows setting brewing schedules, brewing types, and 12-cup capacity.
- Its filter is washable and reusable and uses eco-friendly materials.
11. Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat
- Listed as one of the top Christmas gifts by Smart Home By, the Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat allows its user to control the temperature of the home through an app, its screen display, WiFi, or Alexa. The design is stylish, and through its use of C-Wire connection, allows reducing energy consumption by 23% remotely.
12. Wemo Mini Smart Plug
- For home decor during the holidays, the Wemo Smart Plug allows its users to turn any Christmas lights and electronics into smart devices for a price of $25.
- This smart plug uses a Wi-Fi connection to control appliances, Christmas lights, and more through Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. It even allows users to set schedules to turn the devices and lights on or randomize them.
13. Philips Christmas LED Illuminate Starter Kit
- The Phillips Illuminate Christmas LED lights are a starter kit of Phillips Hue. The set has 25 bulbs that are controlled through a smart app and its control box. They can choose colors, effects, speed, music synchronization, and even sync them with up to 12 sets of Illuminate lights. Its price is $98.
14. Elfeland Color Changing Rope Lights
- This device was listed as one of the top six best holiday smart home lights by iMore. It costs $27 and is a 32-feet string of 300 LED lights. The lights' colors, dim, and effects can be controlled through a smart mobile app.
15. Wyze Sense
- Wyze Sense has been named one of the top smart home gifts for the 2020 holidays by Gear Brain. It is priced at $20, and it is a security motion sensor that can be paired with the brand's security camera and security lights. It is synced to a smartphone app that lets the user know if a window or door at home has been opened. Wyze Sense also allows the user to integrate other sensors. The battery lasts 12-months.
To determine 15 of the top smart home consumer products for the holiday season in the U.S./North America, we began looking for articles in technology and industry magazines that covered ideal smart home devices and products to use during the holidays or Christmas. We found that the most popular holiday smart home devices products are smart Christmas lights, but we weren't able to find more products that were used "the most" during the holiday season, as most smart devices are also popular throughout the year.
Next, we decided to look for articles and industry lists of ideal Christmas and Holiday gifts that people would love to receive during the holiday season in 2020. Our idea was that, if people like giving them as Christmas gifts, this makes them top products to sell or use during holidays. We found smart home speakers, cameras, and other devices, which, even if these aren't used solely on holidays, were considered ideal holiday gifts.
We only used sources with information from the U.S./North America.
For every device provided, we confirmed if a newer version will be released by the holiday season, assuming if the previous version was considered a top holiday gift, the newer version would also be. We included the most recent version.
Finally, we determined the top products as the ones repeated most often across multiple sources and lists of top holiday smart home products.