Here's our guide to the best 20 smart voice recognition and voice activated products for the home, showcasing the range of what's available.
Welcome to our guide on smart home voice recognition products.
We are covering a range of the best of the best when it comes to smart home devices designed to elevate and enhance your life.
In this gallery, we focus on the devices that have been crafted specifically for voice interaction.
The main selling point with voice activated products is that they use one of the most natural of human behaviors to command, interact, and monitor your devices and your home itself. Speaking is something almost everyone can do, and it requires no learning curve.
When you’re free from the hassle of learning a new remote, device, or app, you no longer have to worry about programming, memorization, or any complex routines just to get your smart home devices to function properly.
We love the idea of a smart home hub that connects every one of your other devices in a seamless, central location. Adding voice control elevates this idea to a whole new level.
Imagine picking up your smartphone on your way home from work, and simply telling an app, with your own voice, that you’ll be home soon. The lights come on, the thermostat kicks up a few degrees, and the shades open to reveal a welcoming space as you pull into the driveway. This experience is just one small example of what voice activated smart home technology can do for you.
With this guide, we’ve chosen a handful of the best devices around. Each of these uses voice recognition to major effect, integrating the feature into the smart home ecosystem in a uniquely useful way.
While some of these devices are smart home hubs, designed to connect every other devices, others are singular devices that tackle a specific problem within the home. No matter the aim, each of these products hits the mark in a tangible way.
1. Yale Assure Lock
The Yale Assure Lock is a slimly designed smart lock. It includes a keypad touchscreen that allows you to enter your house without a key. You never have to worry about losing your keys again. In addition, you can use the app to unlock and lock the door all from your device. You can share access to your house as well as see who is entering and leaving your home. You can even unlock your door simply by approaching it and it locks behind you when you close your door.
You are able to integrate it with voice assistants such as Alexa or Siri to unlock your door with just your voice. You receive a notification if your door is not closed. You can customize all of your settings. If you do not have your phone with you, you can enter a code into the keypad, so you can always have access. The Yale Assure Lock has a light on the keypad so you can see the numbers clearly no matter the natural light. It is simple to install with only a screwdriver.
2. iRobot Roomba
While the iRobot Roomba vacuum does not respond to voice commands by itself, you can connect it to apps, such as Alexa or Google Assistant, that will allow you to control it with your voice. Not only is this a vacuum that operates completely on its own, but it has a sleek, modern design that fits in with any home.
You can connect to your Roomba from literally anywhere and anytime. You can even schedule when you want your vacuum to start. You can create and update the cleaning schedule from the app. You can also see reports of your cleaning schedule, as well as receive support through the app.
In addition to this vacuum being able to operate without any human work, it is a fully working vacuum that has a three-stage cleaning system. It also has a multi-surface brush that can pick up many pieces of dirt, whether they are large or small. It has dirt sensors that let the vacuum know when there is more dirt and it has to work harder.
This is great for high traffic areas in your house. It has additional sensors that allow the vacuum to go under furniture or around furniture and walls so that it can clean all of your floor surface areas. It can run for 90 minutes straight before it will automatically dock itself to charge.
3. Aukey Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The Aukey WiFi Smart Plug makes any appliance you have a smart appliance because it can control heaters, coffee makers, lamps, and so many more. You can control the smart plus with voice commands using apps like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. You can access your appliances from anywhere and turn them on or off.
Never worry about leaving the toaster oven on again because you can turn it off directly from the app. You can also create and maintain a schedule of when you would like your appliances to turn on. Perhaps you want your coffee waiting for you when you walk up to it in the morning.
You are able to create a daily schedule of all the appliances that are plugged into the smart plugs to simplify things for you. It can also help you save money by only having appliances on when you really need them. The smart plugs are compact so that you can use two of them side by side in the same outlet. They are safe so you do not have to worry about your appliance getting surges of electricity. They are reliable so your appliance turns on exactly when you want it to.
4. Haiku Home Ceiling Fan
The Haiku Home Ceiling Fan is the ultimate ceiling fan and you will never own another one again. How many times have you had to stand on your toes and reach as high as you could to make an adjustment to your ceiling fan? Well, never again with the Haiku. This fan is not called a smart fan for anything. There are models that can be used inside and out. You can control any of them with your voice through Amazon Alexa. This ceiling fan has a slim profile while providing comfort while only using a small amount of power.
In addition to controlling the power of your fan with your app, you can also set your fan preferences. Every time you turn on your fan, it will be set to your specific preference. If you do not want to use voice commands to control your fan, you have the option of using a slim remote for control with one touch. The light bulbs in this fan uses half the energy of a regular light bulb while giving you double the amount of light.
5. Moto Hint
Do you love your earbuds but wish they could be a little more useful? The Moto Hint may be just what you need. They are Bluetooth enabled and respond to your voice all while blocking out all background noise. When you need directions but cannot find your phone because it is lost somewhere in your big bag. The Moto Hint can give you directions, make phone calls, and give you weather updates.
This wireless earbud fits comfortably in your ear and has 70 percent more battery life. The Moto Hint offers your four different sizes to make sure you have the best possible fit. This gel design gives you better audio, longer talk time, and the best audio. It pairs easily with your device, Android, or iOS, to give you the ultimate voice control over your earbud.
It also has a technology called CrystalTalk to filter out all the background noise, including wind. When it is in your ear and a call comes in, it automatically goes to your earbud. As long as you are within 150 feet of your device, the device can transmit to your earbud. The battery provides you with 17 hours of talk time.
If you are like most people, you do not like shopping and you are looking for ways to simplify your shopping experience. Hiku is the answer to make shopping less of a chore. It is a modern shopping platform that makes it incredibly easy to create your shopping lists.
Not only does it help you create a shopping list with the push of a button, but it also keeps track of your previous lists. It can remember your brand preferences. You can even scan the box of your item to add it to your shopping list. You can use voice control to add your items to your list because it uses a voice recognition service.
All of these features make it easier to create shopping lists. After you create your list, you can check the inventory at your local store to verify is they have the items on your list. You can share your lists with anyone, so whoever is doing the shopping can get the right items. You can create a list in order of how the aisles are arranged in the store.
Garageio is a small device that is WiFi-enabled. That means it allows you to connect three garage doors which gives you remote control to close and open all of the garage doors from your device. It allows you to integrate with Amazon devices so that you can bypass using a device and utilize voice controls to operate your garage doors. It has a really simple installation, so you do not require professional help.
It has a dashboard within its website so you can access information about the activity of your garage door without needing to use a smartphone. You can share access to your garage door with others in this dashboard. There is a lengthy list of garage doors that are compatible with Garageio. As long as you have an internet connection, you can use the Garageio app to control your garage door. A quick swipe within the app is all it takes to open the door.
8. Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Thermostat uses Amazon Echo to utilize voice technology to control the temperature of your house. All it takes is a simple voice command to make the changes. The great thing about the Nest is it learns what you like and adapts to your lifestyle and seasonal changes. Once it learns what temperature you like, it can build a schedule around it. It only takes about a week before it can adapt to you. It also controls smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and security systems.
The Nest has a nice large display that is easy to read and it saves energy while it is programming itself. It only takes about 30 minutes to install. After a few days of turning down the heat when you go to bed and turning it back up again in the morning, the Nest learns that behavior and begins to do it automatically without you having to touch the dial.
The Nest has sensors that determine your phone location and knows when you have left the house and it will adjust the temperature to your away setting. When you have made a change to the temperature in a way that is energy efficient, you receive a leaf. When you see the leaf, you know you are saving energy and money. The Nest tracks your energy usage and creates a report for you.
It sends you a report on a monthly basis so you can see when you are using the most energy and when you are saving it. The report also gives you suggestions on what you can do to save more energy if you would like to save more. The Nest recognizes when you have walked into a room and it lights up to greet you. You can change the display on the Nest to have it show what you prefer, including the temperature, the weather, or the time. It even has an option that is so big you can see it all the way across the room.
The Vocca is a compact plug-and-play gadget that connects to any standard light bulb socket, turning your standard lights into a voice-activated bulb. You’ll be able to turn lights on or off with only voice commands from a distance of up to 15 feet. This is perfect for times when your hands are full, or when you enter a dark room.
No more fumbling for a wall switch! The bulb, of course, still activates regularly when using the wall switch. Working straight out of the box, there’s no need for professional installation; it’s as easy as changing a light bulb. Even better: you can activate lights from your smartphone.
10. Honeywell Home RTH9585WF1004 Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat
This sleek and display-friendly smart thermostat is built to listen to your voice and can learn new commands based on how you interact with it. This learning function is what elevates it beyond a mere voice control gimmick into the realm of truly smart devices. You can use simple, intuitive language to program it, saying things like, “make it four degrees warmer.” The device gets smarter over time, adding commands based on interactions with you. Even better, it offers a customizable touch screen, email alerts, weather forecasting, and wifi remote access.
11. Apple Homekit
This comprehensive smart device from Apple works through the various apps that control each of your smart home products. The device itself hides in the background, enabling these varied apps to interconnect, improving efficiency and safety.
You can use your smartphone to set your devices into concerted motion, controlling them simultaneously and ensuring a unified home environment.
Data is encrypted with HomeKit, so the only people who know when you’re setting your lights or thermostat, or even security, are the ones in your household.
The best part of this product is that you don’t need to be present for it all to work together. With control directly available on your Apple phone, you can ask Siri to, for example, set the “arriving home” scene while you’re just leaving work. Then the devices will work together to conjure the proper lighting and temperature for your arrival.
12. Voice Pod
This device is a small tabletop product that grants you hands-free control and speech feedback for your entire smart home ecosystem. Once activated, the built-in software acts upon simple speech commands to let you control any and all smart home devices. Phrases like “lights off” and “lock door” work intuitively and instantly. The device not only recognizes common phrases, but can also learn customizable commands to control anything from TV and music to lighting, thermostats, shades, and security systems.
13. Samsung Smart TV
We see a lot of standalone smart devices that are designed for voice command, but this latest TV from Samsung folds in the capability in a seamless way. You’ll be able to operate your TV without pushing a button or finding the remote. Functions such as power on/off, changing channels, accessing apps like Netflix, and more can all be performed without lifting a finger.
14. Amazon Echo
The Echo is a smart home hub that’s completely designed around your voice. Once it’s plugged in, operation is entirely hands-free. Not only can it play your music via built-in apps or Bluetooth streaming; the Echo can control other smart devices around the home, from lighting and switches to heaters or anything else you can plug in.
This seamless design means that the sleek and stylish entertainment device doubles as a central hub for your apps and devices, allowing total handsfree control of the home. With a range of compatible apps and more being added all the time, it’s only becoming more useful.
15. Ivee Sleek
The Ivee Sleek is a uniquely styled home hub that’s entirely designed around interaction with your voice. It lets you control all of your home’s connected smart devices with simple spoken commands, letting you set reminders, wakeup timers, and fetch internet content like weather and news without lifting a finger. For example, state “Okay Ivee, set the thermostat to 72 degrees,” and the device will wirelessly execute the command. It’s compatible with a range of smart devices, including Nest, WeMo, SmartThings, Hue, and more. Even better, it interacts with apps like Spotify and Uber, letting you set up a ride or program a playlist. The microphone can pick up your commands from up to 15 feet away in any direction.
16. Athom Homey
The Homey is a smart personal assistant designed to make your smart home ecosystem more user-friendly. The device takes care of the technical aspects of connecting your home so that you only deal with the funs tuff. Using natural spoken commands, you’ll be able to control every smart device connected, including TVs, stereos, thermostats, and more. The key feature here is that the Homey is designed to be multilingual, compatible with the native languages of over 1.5 billion people, including English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish, and the list is growing. Even better, it can predict advice based on weather and other information streams, letting you know when you’ll need an umbrella, for instance.
Named after a certain famous movie computer, this HAL is a much friendlier device, allowing you the possibility of monitoring and controlling all your smart home devices with your voice, the web, and other interfaces. The automated system lets you control the lights, appliances, entertainment, security, thermostat, and more from a single smartphone app. Using either your fingers or your voice, you can ask for the latest weather reports, news, or any other information needed. If you’re on the way home, you can pick up the phone and call HAL, telling it to raise the temperature, turn on lights, or even recite your shopping list.
The Jibo uses a multitude of avenues to let you control and monitor your home and connect your smart devices. This handsome product features two high resolution cameras that recognize and track faces, capture still photos, and enables video calling, plus multidirectional microphones and natural language process to let you talk to the device from anywhere in the room. You’ll be able to command it hands-free with simple phrases, which will become more useful over time as the Jibo learns your preferences and adapts to your lifestyle.
The device is so smart, it’ll recognize you and your family members to deliver the right messages to the right people. It also uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when you’re posing for a picture. Even better, its tracking camera will follow you around the room, perfect for video calling hands free.
Unlike any other smart home device, Umbrela uses HomePlug technology, allowing it to establish a network using your home’s existing electrical wiring. You won’t need to drill holes or install wires to set it in motion. You’ll be able to stream video and data to any part of the house, which is not possible using standard wifi. The device integrates all elements of your smart home into a single experience, allowing for a complex set of features to be controlled simply and directly. With a network of microphones included, you’ll be able to command Umbrela using your voice, operating devices throughout the entire home.
If you’re into video games at all, you’re probably familiar with Kinect. This device connects to your Xbox One gaming system to allow total control via motion and spoken word, letting you play games in which you ARE the controller. Even more, you can operate the entire spectrum of Xbox functions with it, including cable TV, apps, and Blu-ray playback. You’ll be able to make Skype calls, switch seamlessly between apps, games, and TV, and turn the entire system on or off with a simple verbal command.