Even if you don’t own a big home, you may do a lot in a tiny space. Renters of apartments can employ smart-home technology to make their homes more pleasant and convenient without having to renovate, rewire, or do anything else that will reduce their security deposit.
From smart speakers to smart doorbells, smart lighting to smart locks, we’ve packed together our best apartment-ready smart devices. Each one is compact, wireless, and simple to set up on your own. Make sure it’ll operate with your existing smart ecosystem, whether it’s Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit before you buy.
Here are a few low-cost, easy-to-use choices we recommend for tenants or anyone looking to spruce up their property without breaking a sweat.
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Phillips Hue Lighting
Replacing your conventional light bulbs with smart bulbs, is one of the simplest methods to outfit your apartment with smart home technology. With clever schedules, they can radically modify the ambiance of a room, improve your movie nights, and even keep your home safe while you’re on vacation. The Philips Hue smart bulbs won all of our tests because of their simple setup, extensive feature set, and user-friendly software.
Smart lighting support voice assistant, such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, adds a lot of value to an already strong portfolio. These are without a doubt the best smart bulbs you can get, especially when you consider the added rainbow of possible light colors.
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug
You can use a smart plug to manage, control, and regulate practically any electronic gadget if you have a cellphone and an empty socket. These devices are small, rectangular gadgets that are about the dimensions of an inkjet printer cartridge. Although their shapes and sizes differ, all smart plugs allow you to turn on and off a table light when you come and depart, have a fan cool down your apartment (or your pet) while you’re at the office, or switch off the electric heater, TV, radio, or anything else when you forget.
Because it’s compact, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (EP10) is ideal for apartments because it can be tucked away above the kitchen counter or behind furniture. You may program the plug to turn on and off based on your work schedule, sleep routine, sunrise/sunset periods, and more once you’ve connected it. You can manage it with voice commands via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant while resting on the couch it’s packed behind. If you only have a few outlets, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip (HS300) allows you to operate each outlet independently.
August Smart Door Lock
You can easily slide this smart lock into your door without making any changes to the hardware. It’s just as simple to take it down when you leave your smart home. You won’t need any special equipment, and you won’t have to make any new keys.
You may also use voice commands with the Connect gateway included, bringing your rental apartment into the twenty-first century in good style. You can give keyless access to friends, family, service employees, and contractors once you’re up and running.
August has DoorSense built-in, so you’ll get a notification if the door isn’t properly closed. Even if you’re on vacation, you can relax knowing that your home is safe. As you leave, the door automatically locks behind you.
SimpliSafe Home Security System
Because of its combination of serious smart features and amazing performance, SimpliSafe is a good choice for a security system. Depending on the number of bedrooms in your apartment, the security kit comes in a variety of sizes.
The simple installation of entrance sensors, movement detectors, and a keypad speeds up the installation procedure. It doesn’t necessitate the use of any tools, so you won’t end up inflicting any damage to your rental. The system can accommodate up to 100 sensors, and SimpliSafe provides a range of substitutes, including detectors for water leakage, freeze sensors, and sensors to detect glass breaks, among others.
Eufy Solo IndoorCam
Because it’s compact, easy to use, and economical compared to other options, the Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 is ideal for apartment residents, especially given its superb video quality. You have a few options for video recording: you can record video at 2K resolution to an internal microSD card (available separately), or at 1080p resolution to a networked (NAS) disc, or you can pay for one of two cloud service alternatives (which also limit video to 1080p).
By default, it will record a video clip for up to five minutes anytime it detects motion, and if it detects motion beyond that, it will start a new clip without pausing or restarting to ensure nothing is lost. You can also choose to make a recording.
It’s not difficult to put together a smart apartment with smart home equipment for renters. In general, look for technology that doesn’t take a lot of setups and look for ways to avoid routing wires, and equipment through walls or under floors.
Run them along the baseboards or under the carpets instead. However, thanks to wireless networking, many of the best smart apartment products can communicate without the use of wires.