Smart home tech is getting bigger every year. What started out as just turning on your lights from an app has extended to smart heating, security, and even kitchens, while virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri try to work their way into every room in your home.
Still, replacing every appliance you own with a smart version could quickly get very expensive, so it makes sense to pick up smart tech at smart prices.
And to save you time, we've rounded up the best savings right here. Note that we also have a dedicated article for Amazon Echo deals here and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks.
Best smart home deals right now
Google Home Mini with Philips Hue Starter Kit Bundle
From: Currys PC World
Now: £79.99 (£85 off)
What is a smart house?
A smart house is a connected house. Its devices are on the same Wi-Fi network and can be controlled remotely via a smartphone or smart speaker with voice-command. Connected devices can range from TVs, thermostats, security cameras, to even kettles and toothbrushes. See our round up of the best smart home devices here.
Amazon also offers services to help you install smart home devices. When you buy the smart home product, you can often choose a bundle that includes installation. We have seen discounts on these services before, so keep an eye out when major events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday hit.
Alexa vs. Google Assistant vs. Siri
With Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri vying for top spot in the smart assistant market, choosing a smart home device might be all the more confusing for first time buyers. We’ve compared the different smart home assistants previously to see which one is better.
In our Echo Dot vs Google Home Mini comparison, we found that Alexa needs questions to be phrased more carefully than the Google Assistant, but it performs better when it comes to shopping requests. In contrast, the Google Assistant is better at search-based questions. This split may seem obvious, but it’s useful to know when deciding which device best caters to your needs.
Amazon has broadened its Echo devices range with upgrades and new devices too (see the best Echo deals here). The Echo Dot 3 expands on the Dot 2’s capabilities and freshens the design with a fabric exterior.
There's also the All-new Echo Plus (£109.99 for Black Friday) and the Echo Sub (£119.99), which is Amazon's deep bass subwoofer. You can also bundle the Sub and two All-new Echo Plus devices in the Echo Plus Stereo System (£399.97). You can save up to £100 right now for Black Friday.
Meanwhile the Google Home Mini also offers similar prices as the Dot, at £29.99. It's larger counterpart the Google Home is discounted to £79. Look for prices below these at sales events, or bundle deals, which you can usually get from retailers like Currys PC World or Argos.
If you’re an iOS enthusiast, our colleagues over at Macworld UK also compared Siri’s performance on the Apple HomePod to the Echo and Google Home. The HomePod is best if you primarily use Apple products and streaming services to start with.
The HomePod isn’t compatible with all smart devices though, such as the Nest Thermostat so you’ll have to be careful which devices you buy. Apple does list products compatible with its HomeKit ecosystem, which you can see here.
Do I need Alexa or Google Assistant to run smart home devices?
You don’t necessarily need a smart assistant to have a connected smart home. Smart assistants allow you the freedom of voice-free control, but you can just as well control the smart device from your phone. Most smart devices have dedicated apps (or even remotes) that control settings and functions.
What is a smart home hub?
If you already have a smart home and are looking to make it even smarter with additional devices, you may also want to look into getting a smart home hub. While it’s not necessary, it helps centralize all your smart device controls in one place. Logitech’s Harmony hub is a good example, and it also offers hands-free control via Alexa and Google Home if you already have smart speakers.
There are a few Harmony models out there. You can get bundles that include the Harmony remote, or just the hub on its own which you can control through your smartphone.The hub-only option may be best if you don’t want to pay for an additional remote and it costs less too. Typically, the hub has an RRP of £99, though you can get it for £69.99 on Amazon at the time of writing.
Smart home deals: What to expect
Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home is the easiest way to smarten up your home. These devices usually see price cuts, especially as Amazon and Google duke it out to provide your virtual assistant of choice. They're both keen to get as many smart devices into homes as possible.
Amazon Certified Refurbished deals
You can find certified refurbished Amazon smart home devices at a lower price than the original RRP. Amazon tests all refurbished devices rigorously to ensure it works just as new; the company also provides a 1 year warranty.
Third-Party speakers deals
Third-party speaker manufacturers with smart support are also sometimes discounted, though they're less aggressive. You can find portable smart speakers with Bluetooth connectivity too, such as the Ultimate Ears Megablast, which featured on our round up of the best smart speakers.
Smart home - small gadgets
More expensive smart home products like thermostats and full lighting kits see big offers, but keep an eye on smaller products like smart plugs or single smart bulbs - the savings might be smaller, but if you're planning on picking up a few it can really add up.
Where to find smart home deals
Most major electronics retailers sell smart home stuff, along with just about anywhere else that sells tech.
Amazon often has some of the biggest bargains. If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
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Beyond Amazon, here are a few of the best places to check for bargains:
Best smart home deals
1. Hive Active Heating and Hot Water (self-installation)
Now: £134.99 (25% off)
Save on this Hive Active Heating and Hot Water with self-installation. Control it with your voice using Amazon Alexa.
2. Apple HomePod
From: Currys PC World
Now: £279 (£40 off)
Get £40 off the HomePod from Currys, which includes nine months of Deezer Premium music streaming.
3. Amazon Echo Spot
Now: £89.99 (£30 off)
Read our review of the Echo Spot here.
4. Logitech Harmony Smart Home TV Hub
Now: £69.99 (£30 off)
All you need to kick off your smart home, the Harmony Hub lets you control your set-top boxes and also integrates with Alexa.
5. Honeywell Smart Thermostat T6R
Now: £169.99 (£29 off)
Save £29 on this smart thermostat when you buy from Amazon. It works with Alexa and the Apple HomeKit. See our guide on smart thermostats.
6. Yale Smart Home Alarm Kit
Now: £250 (£99.99 off)
7. Hive Active Heating 2
Now: £189.99 (24% off)
If you're looking for a good smart heating system, the Hive Active Heating 2 comes with our score of 4.5 stars out of 5, and a Recommended award. Find out why in our full review.
8. Google Home Mini with Philips Hue Starter Kit Bundle
From: Currys PC World
Now: £79.99 (£85 off)
Save big when you buy this bundle from Currys PC World, which includes Google's new Home Mini and the Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit.
9. Sonos One (with Alexa)
Now: £179 (£20 off)
10. Neato Robotics Ultra Pack Botvac D3
Now: £321.18 (£258.81 off)