There are roughly a bajillion smart home devices out there. A bunch of them are on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2023. Whether you’re just starting your smart home or you’ve been waiting to add some smart light bulbs, a smart lock, a new indoor or outdoor security camera, or even a robot vacuum, it’s a good opportunity to save some cash.
Here are the best discounts we’ve found on devices that work with Apple Home, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, and Alexa.
Before you buy any smart home device, make sure it works with the smart home platforms and the phone ecosystems you already use. Matter makes this easier — kind of, but also kind of not. There’s also a lot of junk out there! Here’s some stuff that’s actually worth buying. We’ll keep updating this as more deals surface.
Best Prime Day deals on robot vacuums
The price is high, but this is the first sub-$1,000 bot that can do everything, just not quite as well as the top-of-the-line options. It vacuums, mops, self-empties, fills its mop reservoir, and cleans and dries its oscillating mops, plus it looks nice. It can map, has virtual keep-out zones, and works with voice assistants. But there’s no AI-powered obstacle avoidance, so you have to clean up your clutter, and its single roller brush isn’t as effective as the double ones on the j7 and S8.
Here’s the thing: robot vacuums are always on sale, and Prime Day isn’t necessarily the best time to buy one. In fact, the iRobot Roomba J7 Plus, our favorite robot vacuum, is slightly more expensive on Prime Day than it was just a few weeks ago, while the regular J7 is down from $599 to $399 — but it hits that price every few weeks. That said, these deals ain’t bad:
The iRobot Roomba i4 EVO, a slight upgrade to our budget robot vacuum pick, is down to $199.99 from an MSRP of $399.99. Pretty good!The Roborock Q Revo, our new favorite midrange vacuum / mop hybrid, is $699.99, $200 off list and $100 off the regular sale price. It does everything pretty well but doesn’t have AI obstacle avoidance, which will run you about $300 more right now. Best doorbell camera Prime Day deals
With 24/7 recording, facial recognition, reliable smart alerts, and some free video recording. Google’s newest wired doorbell is the best option for most people.
The Nest Doorbell Wired (second gen) is the best video doorbell camera for most people, especially if you use Google Home or Amazon Alexa. It has 24/7 recording and reliable alerts, and it’s down to $149.99 from $179.99.
Other good video doorbell options:
$100 off the battery-powered Eufy Dual plus HomeBase hub ($159.99, down from $259.99). It has two cameras — one for faces, one for doorstep package alerts — and it doesn’t require a monthly fee for alerts or video storage. The Arlo Essential wired video doorbell is also down $100 to $49.99. We like this one because it works with all the smart home platforms. It’s worth considering if you already have other Arlo cameras. The wireless version is also on sale, but we don’t really like it. You can do better.Best deals on smart locks
The fourth-gen August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a great retrofit smart door lock. This bundle includes a (kind of chunky) wireless keypad, which adds another unlocking option.
The fourth-gen August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, our favorite retrofit smart lock, is down to $180.49 with an included keypad. It usually goes for $230 without the keypad or $269 with.Smart plugs, bulbs, and switches
This colorful and versatile smart light strip is one of the most fully featured. A gradient LED strip with tunable white light, dimming functionality, and music sync, it works with Apple Home, Alexa, and Google Home, and over Wi-Fi, so it doesn’t need a hub. Read our review.
TP-Link’s Matter-compatible Tapo Smart Plug Mini is $13.99, from $19.99; a three-pack will run you $39.99 with the deal and an on-page $5 coupon. The Tapo L930-5 smart light strip is $36.99, down from $49.99 (read our review).Nanoleaf’s Matter Essentials bulbs and some panels are 20 percent off, putting the A19 bulbs at $15.99 a pop or $39.99 for a three-pack. The BR30s are also $39.99 for three.A bunch of Philips Hue lights are on sale, including this four-pack of downlights plus a Tap Dial for $168. The downlights are normally $185, and the Tap Dial is $49.99 by itself. You can also get a Hue white and color ambiance starter kit with three 75W-equivalent bulbs, the Hue Bridge, and a remote for $125.99 (from $179.99). This is the one I (Nathan) would get; the 60W-equivalent bulbs are a little dim for my tastes.Other smart home deals
The Google Nest Thermostat, one of the only thermostats that support Matter, is $84.99, down from $129.99.The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, our favorite battery-powered floodlight camera, is down 32 percent, to $169.99.Get a two-pack of Google Nest Wifi Pro routers for $80 off ($219.99, from $299.99)A bunch of Leviton Decora Wi-Fi switches, dimmers, motion sensors, and smart plugs are on sale. Leviton says they’ll get a Matter update, but don’t buy them if that’s the deciding factor. Things happen. The Wemo Stage Scene Controller with Thread is $33.63, down from $49.99. Pretty good price for an Apple Home scene controller! Unfortunately, this thing isn’t going to get Matter, so it’s really only useful if you’re in an Apple Home home. Read our review!Verge Deals / Sign up for Verge Deals to get deals on products we’ve tested sent to your inbox daily.
Updated July 11th, 2023 at 3PM PT: Checked prices and added some new deals.