Smart home technology is everywhere. From smart speakers in your living room to smart doorbells, lights, locks, kitchen appliances, and more, there are endless ways to make your home life more intelligent and as connected as you want it to be. The overwhelming array of choice can simply make it tough to decide where to begin.
PCMag recently surveyed 2,075 US consumers age 18 and older about everything related to smart homes, including which category of devices they want to try first. For 20 percent of respondents, they started with entertainment: smart TVs and remotes, including media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, or Roku.
Right behind at 19 percent were video doorbells and cameras to give users remote control and oversight over their homes, including seeing who’s knocking at the door. Another 7 percent of respondents were most interested in trying out smart locks.
Then there were three categories tied at 16 percent: smart lights, smart thermostats, and smart home security systems. For whichever smart home device you decide to try out first, you should also have a concrete idea of why you want to upgrade from an analog appliance or fixture to a connected one.
We also asked respondents what appeals most to them about using a smart home device. For 37 percent of people, it’s simply about making their lives easier. Smart homes are designed to automate away the manual complexity of home life. Another 21 percent of respondents were more interested in beefing up home security, hence the smart doorbells, locks, cameras, and security systems.
Finally, it’s about the bottom line. Maximizing energy efficiency was the top benefit of smart home devices for an additional 21 percent of respondents, while for the last 14 percent, equipping their homes with smart devices simply came down to saving money. When your house’s temperature, electricity usage, and more are all easy to control with an app or a voice command, a conscientious home owner can use that connected power to take a big chunk out of monthly utility bills.