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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Spring 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Anker's car microphone for Alexa is just $19 for today only

Before there was the Echo Auto, there was the Anker Roav Viva: an accessory that is part phone charger, part microphone for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. If that sounds like something you might get some use out of, it's just $17.99 at B&H Photo for the next few hours.

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Every product with Amazon Alexa announced at CES 2020

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Now that this year's CES event has wrapped up and we've seen everything from the OnePlus Concept One phone, to new Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches, and a ton more, we've taken some time to pull together all the products that debuted with Amazon Alexa support. This year, there were significantly more Alexa-enabled gadgets than what we saw at CES 2018 and CES 2019 — great news for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the Amazon-connected ecosystem. We have more than 50 different products to check out, so let's dive right in.

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The Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with Alexa drops to $40 (50% off)

If you're looking for an all-in-one smart home device, the  Ecobee Switch+ is the one you need. It's a smart switch that comes with Alexa and houses different sensors. It was initially priced at $80, but you can now get it for just $40, which is half the original MSRP.

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Kohler adds new products to its smart home lineup, includes showerhead with Alexa integration

Earlier today, Kohler announced new additions to its Smart Bathroom and Home Kitchen lineup. The offerings are highlighted by the Moxie showerhead with smart speaker integration, a must-have for anyone who enjoys singing in the shower. Other products include a new touchless faucet and a water purification system.

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Tech giants including Amazon, Apple, and Google come together to establish new smart home standard

Modern "smart" home standards have more than a few dumb things about them, like the fact that certain hardware often locks you into a specific ecosystem of supported devices and software. If something works with Alexa, it doesn't always mean that it will work with the Assistant or Siri, and that's not even mentioning the whole obnoxiousness of "hubs." Thankfully, a new open standard is being developed by some of the biggest names in the smart home industry, with Amazon, Apple, and Google all backing a new open-source approach via the imaginatively titled "Project Connected Home over IP." It's a complicated-sounding name, but what really matters is the fact that future smart home products will be more inter-compatible and secure.

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Roland's Alexa-enabled GO:PIANO is a musical instrument that lets you play music and order food

Smart speakers can play your favorite tunes and help you achieve a variety of daily tasks, such as controlling smart devices, ordering food, or checking the weather. However, they're not particularly common in musical instruments, but Roland just released a keyboard that lets you play your own music and interact with Alexa with a single device.

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Get two Amazon Echo Flex smart speakers for just $35 ($5 off) at Amazon for a limited time

Amazon's tiny Echo Flex smart speakers are great because they can fit into areas where even the compact Echo Dot can't. That's because the Echo Flex simply plugs into any open wall outlets without blocking the other. After dropping the price from $25 to $20, Amazon is further sweetening the deal by selling two Echo Flex speakers for just $35 ($5 off) with a limited-use coupon.

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Hold on to your butts: Samuel L. Jackson's voice coming to Alexa today

Back in September, Amazon announced that Samuel L. Jackson's voice would be coming to an Alexa speaker near you. As of today, that interminable wait is over, and for just $1 you can tell Alexa to answer all sorts of questions with the man himself — though, sadly, he can't help when it comes to lots of things.

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Make your home smarter with this Echo Dot plus two Hue bulbs bundle for just $35 ($45 off)

Setting up a smart home infrastructure can be costly, especially when you're starting from scratch. However, thanks to this bundle, you'll be able to do so without breaking the bank. The kit includes all the essentials to get you started: An Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, as well as two Hue bulbs for just $35, which is $45 less than what you'd typically have to spend.

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