The smart home starter kit

  • From £10 - £500, there’s something for everyone
  • It’s time to get smart

Wish you could switch your washing on remotely? Worried about watering your plants while you’re away? Fancy firing up your heating remotely while you’re on the way home, courtesy of a Hive Active Heating Thermostat?

With a stack of connected home technologies on offer, choosing can be confusing.

To help you on your way, here’s our hotlist of some of the most affordable smart gadgets on the market.


Under £10

Smart homes only work when your devices are charged up. The Betron USB double port charger is essential for keeping both your smartphone and tablet full of juice at the same time. The first step to a streamlined, smart home.  

Betron USB double port charger

Under £20

If the portable solution above works for you, but you’d like a more permanent option, then a USB port and wall charger can be easily installed. Say goodbye to swapping one lead for another, this solution could make charger lead spaghetti junction a thing of the past. 

USB port and wall charger


The Wireless Smart Alarm Shaker is ideal for heavy snoozers as it tucks in neatly under your pillow. The alarm connects to your smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth with an easy-to-use app and you can set up to 10 alarms on it.

Wireless Smart Alarm Shaker


The Tile is a nifty little Bluetooth tracker that helps you locate the things that easily get misplaced like keys or your bag. Can’t remember where you left them? Just ring your things and a loud tune will lead you to them.

The Tile Bluetooth tracker


Under £40

Finding the growing amount of devices in your home hard to control? The One For All Smart Zapper allows you to sit back and control up to 21 devices in your home at any one time. The all-in-one control comes with an advanced app to use for your smartphone or tablet, and a table top zapper for quick access to all your control settings. 

One For All Smart Zapper


Under £50                   

The Parrot Flower Power is one clever piece of kit that acts as a plant sitter while you’re away. The sensor reads the sunlight exposure your plant is receiving and keeps tabs on soil moisture too. Flower Power tells your smartphone when you need to give your plant some TLC, so you never forget to water or feed it. Blooming marvellous.

Parrot Flower Power


Under £70

Concerned your cat treats your home like a hotel? The Pet Porte Smart Flap Microchip Cat Flap could give your cat all the freedom it deserves while putting your mind at rest when it’s out. The flap features a night mode that prevents your cat from wandering the streets at night and gives you an audible beep when it returns home safe and sound. It also comes with a handy draught excluder. 

Pet Porte Smart Flap Microchip Cat Flap


Under £100

The Aria wi-fi smart scale tracks your weight target progress, logs food intake and monitors your activity and sleep. It can even keep track of up to eight users. Fear not, though, as all individual results are kept private.

Aria wi-fi smart scale


Under £250

The Hive Active Heating Thermostat isn’t just pretty to look at, it’s clever too. You can control your hot water and heating from your smartphone, set time schedules and make sure your home never dips to below 7oC. Oh, and you can customise it too, thanks to a range of coloured frames from the Dulux Feature Wall collection – available as an optional extra for £19.99 each. 

Hive Active Heating Thermostat


Under £500       

The Philips Izzy wireless multiroom speaker is a nifty piece of music tech. Using the speaker’s own wireless network, you can control and play music from your phone no matter where you are in the house. Better still, put an Izzy speaker in each room of your home and control them all simultaneously from the palm of your hand.

Philips Izzy wireless multiroom speaker 


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