In our continuing search for the best smart home technology available, we’re now covering the innovative field of smart home blinds.
This might come as a surprise, but even the windows and shades of your home can be improved with smart technology.
These products allow for the complete customization and control of the natural light entering your home.
What are some of the major benefits of smart blinds? Let’s count them!
First of all, energy savings is a huge positive benefit. When your blinds can be smartly programmed or automatically set to open and close at the appropriate time of day, your home can enjoy the passive energy savings.
When the blinds are closed while you’re away at work, the home will stay dark and cool in summertime, so that you can arrive home to a comfortable space without the expense of air conditioning. Even better, most of these can be programmed to open before you arrive.
Even better, you can make sure that the blinds are closed for bedtime, but opened before you awake. This gives a great start to the day, with natural light helping raise you out of slumber.
In our collection, you’ll also see unique new ways to control the windows themselves: smart film. This film attaches to the windows and can be programmed to move from transparent to opaque at the touch of your smartphone screen. This device grants privacy and shade in spades.
Beyond these obvious tangible benefits, you’ll find a whole host of reasons to choose smart blinds and never go back. From security to privacy to simple convenience, they beat the standard models on every front.
We hope you enjoy our gallery and find some inspirational products for your own home.
See more fantastic smart home products, check out our smart home technology ultimate guide!
1. Keego Motorized Blinds Smart Window Roller Blinds
These great looking blinds add a great, sophisticated look to any room in your house or office. They are made from polyester and are treated with Anti-UV, are 100% blackout shades, and resist both water and oil, making them not only attractive but exceptionally durable.
These shades made with a high-quality motor that is run with battery power, which can be recharged. You can easily schedule the function of your shades based on your habits. The remote control unit enables you to easily raise and lower your shades with just a touch of a button. The battery is designed to last for up to 6 hours of use, which means you can raise and lower the shades around 600 times.
Because these are 100% blackout shades, they eliminate window glare and create a perfectly black environment, making it great for bedrooms.
There are a couple of additional benefits to the Keego Motorized Shades, and other shades for that matter. They are safer than traditional shades when it comes to pets and children because there are no cords for them to potentially get tangled up in. They look neat and clean and furnishings will stay looking better longer because they will not get “bleached” from the sun coming into the room.
2. SUNFREE Automatic Roller Shades
If you’re looking for well made, easy to operate smart shades, Sunfree brand automatic roller shades fit the bill.
They are wireless and run with a rechargeable motor, which needs to be fully charged before use. Once it is charged, you can expect it to stay charged for up to three months. They come with a handy remote control that can be used on up to 15 shades around your home or office. This is handy as you will no longer have to juggle numerous controls for each shade.
They are made with high-quality materials, are oil and waterproof, and are made to eliminate dangerous UV rays. They offer 100% blackout, eliminating all light from entering the room when the shades are down.
For easy mounting, they can be mounted outside the window or inside the window frame, so they can be mounted to meet your preference or to accentuate any other window coverings on the windows.
These shades come in specific sizes so you will have to review their offerings to make sure they come in a size that fits your window. They do not custom make their shades so if you have a unique size, you may be out of luck.
3. Lutron Serena
We all want to save money on energy costs, but we want our energy-efficient choices to blend in with our home décor and accent our home not detract from it. That’s just one reason why Serena smart blinds from Lutron are so popular.
Serena offers motorized shades that come in two different styles, honeycomb “pleated” blinds, and roller shades. The best part is they come in over 150 different fabrics and colors with different levels of opaqueness.
With the Lutron app, you can raise and lower shades with an extremely quiet motor. You can set the app to open and close your blinds at regular intervals based on your household and living habits. After setting the blinds, the intuitive technology will remember when you regularly set them so they will mimic your routine.
You can control your Serena smart window coverings with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and many other voice-activated apps as long as you have the Lutron Smart Bridge.
Lutron has made it easy to purchase your shades online with their handy tutorial, which will show you how to measure your windows. All you have to do is plug in your color and design choice, measure your windows and wait for your new shades to arrive.
4. Graywind Motorized 100% Blackout Roller Shade
Graywind is a popular maker of motorized smart blinds. They stand behind their reputation by putting out a great product that looks good, delivers on keeping the heat out with their thermal insulation, another benefit of installing Graywind blinds.
Graywind blinds are customized to the size of your windows, so you don’t have to worry about odd window sizes, they can accommodate just about any size window.
They are made from a polyester blend, vinyl, and linen and have a waterproof back layer that faces the window. They have an upscale, jacquard cloth texture giving any window in your home an elegant look. They provide privacy, are fade-resistant, and are durable in just about any locale.
One of the best things about Graywind blinds is that they are energy-saving, durable and offer a cordless design for added safety. They also are RoHS Certified Environmentally Friendly, so you can feel good about purchasing these blinds.
The motor is made with the highest quality hardware and because it is hardwired, it can be wired into your home’s electricity. These shades can be voice-activated using the Smart Life mobile app, which is compatible with both Android and iOS users. This feature enables you to control the position of your shades from just about anywhere. For instance, if you leave the house and are out longer than anticipated, all you need to do is access the Smart Life app and roll down your shades, giving your home the appearance that someone is home. This is a great safety feature.
The shades come with all mounting hardware and instructions, which say the shades are easy and simple to install. The shade motor is designed to be on the right side of the blind, so if you don’t have room for the motor on the right side, you may run into an issue. Also keep in mind that these blinds will need to be plugged in, so if you don’t have an electric wall outlet close to the motor unit, you will see a cord.
The Graywind shades are customizable, they are made-to-order, so all you need to do is carefully measure your window—you might want to double-check your measurements just to be sure they are correct before you send in your order. All orders will get to you approximately two weeks after being ordered. As an added precaution, the company suggests only ordering one shade first to make sure they are the right size.
5. Ikea Fyrtur Smart Blinds
Ikea really does have everything! You can get meatballs, furniture, home supplies, and just about everything else there. Now they have gotten into the smart blind business. The Idea Fyrtur blind offers the sleek look that Ikea is known for. These smart blinds are also extremely easy to use, all at an affordable price.
Each blind comes with a battery pack and a charging unit and a second battery as a backup. The package also contains a remote-control unit; it also follows voice commands through Alexa, Google Assistant, and the Apple HomeKit. The shade works with both iOS and Android systems. Please note that you will need to use Ikea’s Tradfri gateway to use the Ikea Home Smart app, which is not included in the shade kit. Also, to use the wireless feature, the included signal repeater needs to be plugged into an electric socket no more than 32 feet from the blind. If you have electrical units close to your windows, that is great but keep in mind that there will be a cord from the unit to the outlet.
These blinds come in 10 different sizes but they cannot be cut, so if you have odd-sized windows, you may run into issues, and you won’t have as many design and color choices as other makers, but they are affordably priced and will keep the sun out of your home.
6. Taiwan Present Godear Design Motorized Window Shades
The name is a mouthful, and not really sure what Taiwan Present Godear means, but they are a good product. These are great shades, but they are limited in the size availability as they are only available in 5 different sizes and mostly for narrow windows. The maximum width of the window covering fabric is just 32.5 inches and 72 inches in length, so if you don’t have narrow windows, this may not be the right option for you.
The blinds are quite easy to install, so you should be able to install them on your own, without having someone install them for you. All you’ll need are basic tools you should have around your house like a screwdriver and hammer.
They offer 99.6% blackout capabilities to offer complete privacy from the outside world.
They come with remote control and the receiver and are completely motorized and 100% cordless. These blinds were also named the best blinds to have around children by the FCC.
The Taiwan Present Godear smart blinds are versatile in that they are appropriate for home use as well as for offices and other work environments.
7. Yoolax Blackout Motor Shades
Yoolax has been making blinds for quite a while, they are now making smart, motorized shades designed to keep the heat out and the cool in. These shades are suggested for indoor use only as they will not withstand the wear and tear of other outside shades that are made from specific weather-resistant materials.
Yoolax motorized shades are custom-made to order to your specific needs. So, they are a great choice for those that may have not-traditional sized shades.
These blackout shades are great for rooms that have direct sun access. They are made from polyester and are considered to be 100% blackout, so you will get a very dark room. They would be great for bedrooms during those days when you want to sleep in. Similar shades are used in the hospitality industry that installs them for vacationers that do not want to be bothered by alarms or the sunrise.
The Yoolax Smart shades are wireless and come with rechargeable battery power as well as a remote control for ease of use. They can also be used with Alexa voice command.
These are very durable shades and designed to last a long time. They may be a good investment for those that want to keep their rooms dark and cool.
8. MySmartBlinds Automation Kit Bundle + Solar Panel
I think these blinds can do anything but make my dinner! These blinds take smart, motorized blinds beyond what we’ve previously seen as they utilize solar panels. They are some of the smartest, smart blinds on the market. The best part is, you don’t have to get rid of your current blinds, this kit will transform your traditional blinds into automated motorized blinds, quickly and easily.
These blinds use solar power to harness solar energy from the sun, which keeps the battery charged via solar power. It features temperature sensors that help keep your home at your preferred temperate and you can set a weekly blind opening and closing schedule based on your personal home or office habits.
In addition to being voice-activated with Alexa and Google Assistant via the Smart Bridge, you can control them via your smartphone, which is another plus. With the MySmartBlind motorized smart blinds, you can set the schedule and forget it. This product offers a lot of benefits since it included solar options and is affordably priced. Also, if you are attached to your current blinds, you won’t need to replace them. With these blinds, you will not be redesigning the look of your room, just adding smart benefits to what you already have.
9. Hunter Douglas Shades
The beauty of these modern shades is that, along with sporting a double layer that perfectly diffuses sunlight, they are utterly easy to operate. Along with physically manipulating them, the shades are designed to work with either a remote control or your smartphone or tablet, with their signature Platinum app. You can set schedules and “scenes” to rotate through, changing the way your shades look throughout the day.
10. SONTE Film
This unique product is a digital shade (or smart film) technology that allows the color of the film to go from transparent to opaque on demand. You can completely adjust the privacy level of your home by determining the amount of light that travels through your windows.
The best part about SONTE is, you don’t need to replace your windows; the digital shade can be retrofitted onto any glass surface and controlled via smartphone or tablet app. While it slightly changes the appearance of your windows, it’s an otherwise seamless and stealthily integrated technology that makes a huge difference in day to day life.
11. Serena Shades
This is a set of motorized shades that works in conjunction with the specialized Lutron app, allowing you to control the natural light situation throughout your home with precision. The app itself is free and comes on both Apple and Android phones and tablets, allowing you to set the light and shade from anywhere on earth. Similar to the Hunter Douglas, you can program “scenes” to set a specific look for a given room.
With an ultra-efficient design that will make regular store bought batteries last, these shades can truly help reduce your energy costs with smart shading at the right time of day, blocking out heat so that your air conditioning doesn’t need to run. Even better, you can program it from work so the house is perfect when you return home.
12. QSync Qmotion
The QSync QMotion is the central hub that allows your shades to be controlled right from your smartphone, changing the natural light situation in your home with the swipe of a finger. This device is plugged into your home network and acts as a transmitter for all QMotion products, letting you use pictures and names to identify rooms, windows, and zones of the house that can be controlled together or individually.
13. Loxone Smart Home
Loxone Smart Home allows each device to connect and work together efficiently using the core of the system: the Loxone Miniserver. This device is a central smart hub that can connect, control, and automate smart devices in such areas as lighting, climate, security, entertainment, shading, and even pool and irrigation systems. It’s designed to be a comprehensive “brain” at the center of a smart home ecosystem. With an easy to use smartphone app, the entire house is controllable in your hand.
“Pushbutton privacy” is what the company calls this smart glass technology, which changes from clear to shade in 400 milliseconds and back to clear on command. It was initially designed for security at high-level government installations, but is now available to everyday folks like us. The InvisiShade can be controlled with standard wall switches, remote controls, and even tablets or smartphones. Even more impressive, it can be turned into a touchscreen computer or cinema screen.
15. Somfy MyLink
The MyLink lets you control every aspect of your windows, including coverings, awnings, screens, and rolling shutters, with a smartphone or tablet via an accompanying free app. You can schedule timed events and scenes to automate the process throughout the week, letting you effortlessly enjoy the benefits without a second thought. Windows can be grouped or individually controlled and each part, from blinds to awnings, will work in concert.
16. Insteon Micro Module
The Insteaon remote control is designed to be added to windows, shutters, blinds, projector screens, and more, allowing you to precisely control any and all motorized aspects. It lets you keep your antique, toggle, or decorative wall switches by installing discreetly behind your existing switch. You then control the unit via smartphone or tablet app, from anywhere in or out of the home. Shading can be controlled manually or set on a schedule.
This incredible, discreet piece of tech is a slim device that slips on to existing blinds and automatically adjusts the slats according to weather, room temperature, and lighting conditions. As with many other smart tech devices, this comes with an accompanying smartphone app that can sync with your alarm clock to open the blinds first thing in the morning, helping you get out of bed.
18. Insynctive by Pella
Pella’s new snap-in, between-the-glass blinds and shades are designed to work with Insynctive technology, a new wireless system that can connect various elements within our home. The shades can be operated by hand, with a specialized remote control, or synced with the Insynctive Bridge for completely untethered operation, courtesy of your smartphone or tablet. The amount of light let through can be carefully adjusted to your liking, and programmed for specific times of day.
The Flipflic is a new, deceptively small smart device that attaches to your existing blinds, converting them into an up-to-date automated aspect of your home. Just like other smart blind devices, you’re able to customize a schedule, create groups and scenes , and set your comfort temperature and light level remotely, using the Magic Wand remote or smartphone app. The app even lets you track energy use and see how much you’ve saved on lighting and climate control costs.
20. My Smartblinds
These blinds can be controlled individually or in groups that you define, right from your smartphone with an accompanying app. You can program schedules, let the blinds operate based on their own light sensors – closed at sunset, open at sunrise – and even install a Smart Switch on your wall for everyday operation. A unique feature is the TV Tilt function, which makes the blinds close the second your TV is turned on, for the best viewing experience possible.
Here’s a peek at the built-in light sensor, which puts the “smart” in these smart blinds. They’re as easy to install as any standard blinds, and even easier to control with your smartphone or tablet.
21. Wink Bali Motorized Window Treatments
With seamlessly classy blind design, the Bali motorized window treatments boast an unassuming look that blends in with virtually any style of home. The blinds are controlled via the Wink app, giving you total command of the light situation at any time of day, from anywhere. The blinds themselves can be powered by your choice of battery, wall plug, or even solar power.
What makes this entire operation click together is the Wink hub, the central piece to an entire smart home ecosystem. This hub ties the blinds, and any other smart home decorations or appliances you have, to the simple free Wink smartphone app, allowing you total control of your home.
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