The best time to make your home smart is now.
Already have an Amazon Echo speaker and Philips Hue set up? You can also save on the more advanced smart devices, including a smart lock, doorbell and thermostat. (See our full Holiday Gift Guide here.)
Whether you’re ready to upgrade your own home, or want to gift someone a smart home, here’s how to get started for $110. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
The smart home essentials: $110 total
The Amazon Echo Dot is on sale for $25.
Smart speaker: $25
The Google Home Mini speaker is available for $25 (down from $50) at a lot of different retailers, but the best place to buy it is Lowes. There you’ll get a free GE C-Life light bulb with your purchase. The light bulb works with the speaker right out of box, no hub needed.
Read more: How to pick the right smart speaker
LiFX bulbs are $40 each on Black Friday.
Smart light bulbs: $80 (2 at $40 each)
Even if you pick up the Google Home Mini with a GE light bulb bundle, you should still pick up a few more bulbs.
I know that $80 for light bulbs seems steep, but these will last you years. Starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, you can get a LiFX Multicolor Wi-Fi Smart Bulb for $40 each ($20 off). These bulbs don’t require a hub, and connect with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
I recommend you start with two bulbs — one for your entryway and one for your bedroom. The entryway light can turn on as you come home so you’ll never fumble with your keys, and the bedroom bulb can act as a noise-free alarm clock.
Read more: Want a smart home? Start with your lights.
The Amazon Smart Plug is just $5 with the purchase of an Echo speaker.
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Smart plug: $5
If you buy any Amazon Echo ($69 at Amazon) speaker from Amazon, you should absolutely also pick up an Amazon Smart Plug for $5. It only works with Alexa, which is fine if you are buying an Echo speaker (which has Alexa onboard), but it’s the best deal you will find on a smart plug.
Another good deal is the 2-pack of TP-Link Casa plugs for $23 total. That’s a savings of $17, and these plugs work with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
Read more: How to pick the right smart plug.
Extra credit: $360 total
The August Smart Lock is $30 off on Black Friday.
Smart lock/deadbolt: $120
It fits over your existing deadbolt and allows you to lock and unlock your door remotely from anywhere in the world. Even better, it will unlock as you and your phone come home and lock when you leave.
Read more: 5 reasons you need a smart lock.
You can get a Ring Doorbell 2 for $140.
Smart doorbell: $140
While you’re at it, add even more security to your front door with a video doorbell. Best Buy is selling the Ring Doorbell 2, plus an Amazon Echo Dot for $140. The two together at full price would cost you $250.
Read more: The best video doorbells you can buy right now.
The Nest E is on sale for $100.
Smart thermostat: $100
Nest thermostats are widely popular because they take all of the guesswork out of keeping your house comfortable while also saving money. The budget-friendly Nest Thermostat E is on sale for $99 ($70 off) on Dell’s website.
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