booBeam Recommends is our little corner of the internet where we list Smart Home devices that we have tested hand picked for you.
Smart Home devices only make it on to this list after we have tested them, not in a lab, but in real life situations at homes or offices. Testing is carried out over 3 – 4 week period, not just a few hours.
Any Smart Home Technology Device can make it on to the booBeam Recommends list, as long as it is smart, and brings value to our readers.
All devices list here at booBeam have our Real Life Ratings. These are a set of ratings we measure each device against to give you a real life feel for the device. Is it worth the money? How easy are they to install? And most importantly, how easy are they to use in real life scenarios?
A smart home contains devices that can be controlled when you’re at home and when you’re not. It’s all about increasing the control you have over the day-to-day running of your home. So you can be on the go and still connected to it via innovative gadgets and appliances that are changing the way we live our lives.
A smart home, also commonly known as home automation, is a home which has a number of different devices which can connect to a Smart App or the Internet – from cameras to lighting, central heating thermostats to carbon monoxide alarms – all designed to be controlled remotely. All you need is an internet connection then you can easily access these home devices from your smartphone or tablet.
You might even have a smart home without realising it, as many TV boxes can be controlled remotely through a smartphone app. So why stop at just setting your favourite TV programme to record while on the go? Why not also set your home lighting and central heating? Or check in on your pet while you’re at work? Having a smart home not only gives you peace of mind, but could also save you money as it helps you use your appliances more efficiently.
And it’s all about choice. You decide how smart you want your home to be. Opt for one device or many. Sync up the devices so that they work together or keep them independent. Start with just one and then add more to it later on. Having a smart home is all about giving you more control over how your home works and finding what’s best for you.
Nest, Hive and Samsung all have great products out there with hardly any difference in specs, so it really boils down to your preference. One thing we always recommend is to stay clear of the cheaper China import devices you will find on Amazon. These are not tested to local regulations, and do not offer the same support you will receive from one of the mainstream manufactures. Also, the Smart Phone Apps from the China import devices will not be updated as regularly.