Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home products features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: Best Kitchen Appliance Deals

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Amazon Prime Day is finally here, and with it, many an opportunity for casual cooks and enthusiasts alike to stock up their kitchen.

Whether looking to upgrade your morning coffee or get your weeknight dinners sorted faster, we’ve rounded up the best Amazon Prime Day kitchen appliance deals to get your hands on – and at a fraction of the cost.

In order to participate in this shopping event, you must first be an Amazon Prime member first. Fortunately, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial now, for free.

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Standout deal: Instant Pot Pressure Cookers, from $119 (RRP$269)

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Amazon Discounted Kitchen Essentials from Le Creuset, Cuisinart, and Calphalon in Honor of Prime Day

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Because many of us are spending more time at home due to the global pandemic, we’ve all had extra time to experiment with new recipes. And as we approach the holiday season, there’s a good chance we’ll all be spending even more time in the kitchen. That means that there’s no better time than right now to stock up on new gadgets to help make all that cooking and baking even easier. After all, Amazon Prime Day is your best opportunity to invest in top-of-the-line products—so many excellent kitchen essentials are currently available at shockingly low prices. 

Prime Day officially started today at midnight and runs until tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. PT. Within the 48-hour time period, Amazon Prime members can shop over one million deals on just about every category on the site. If you’d like to get in on the fun (think exclusive deals and

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Spruce up your space for fall! 13 Home decor deals from Amazon Prime Day

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In the mood to spruce up your space for fall? Whether you’re shopping for a new coffee table, some wall art or anything in between, Amazon Prime Deal has plenty of home decor deals going on right now. Here are 13 the Shop TODAY editors are currently eyeing.

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Smart home deals to snag on Amazon Prime Day

Save on some of the better selling headphones on Amazon, with ANC, Bluetooth 5.0 and one that connects to Amazon Alexa.

SE7 Alexa over-ear headphones with Alexa, ANC, Bluetooth 5.0, Black — was $129.99, now $99.99 (save 23%)

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SE7 Over-Ear Headphones w/ ANC, Bluetooth 5.0, 30 hours playtime, Black — was $99.99, now $79.98 (save 20%)

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SE7 Over-Ear Headphones w/ ANC, Bluetooth 5.0, 30 hours playtime, Colors — was $109.99, now $87.98 (save 20%)

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E7 Pro Over-Ear Headphones with ANC, deep bass, and 30 hours playtime, Black — was $89.99, now $63.99 (save 29%)

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E7 Pro Over-Ear Headphones with ANC, deep bass, and 30 hours playtime, Colors — was $94.99, now $75.98 (save 20%)

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E7 Over-Ear Headphones with ANC, Bluetooth 4.0, and 30 hours playtime, Black — was $59.99, now $47.98 (save 20%)

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: 21 Best Home, Outdoors, Toy Deals

Amazon Prime Day looks a lot different this year, for more reasons than one. It’s not in July, and we’re all months-deep in a pandemic that has caused many of us to stay at home and pinch our pennies a little bit harder. Here on the WIRED Gear team, we scrolled through thousands of deals to find a way to save money on some of our favorite whizbangs and gizmos. If you’re looking for ways to make cooking a little easier, or to get motivated to get moving, read on.

Note: We strike through items that sell out or rise in price as we update this guide. Discounts sometimes return quickly, so check for yourself. You’ll need a subscription to Amazon Prime to get most of these deals.

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What to expect for your smart home: Amazon Prime Day 2020

It’s safe to say that we’re expecting Prime Day to be filled with deals on smart home gadgets that work both inside and outside. In fact, it will likely be the biggest category of tech seeing discounts; that goes for Amazon-made devices, like a Ring or Blink camera, but also for third-party devices from Arlo, Kasa, Belkin, Wemo and iRobot.



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In order to take advantage of the deals, you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription. If you’re new to Prime, you can take advantage of a 30-day free trial, and if not, Amazon Prime is $12.99 a month or $119 for the year. Not only do you get access to these deals, but you get free two-day shipping on select items, and Prime Video and Prime Music access are just some of the standout features.

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Once you’ve confirmed that you’re a Prime member, savings galore on smart

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Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Amazon or Google

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home devices features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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The content streaming wars come home: Who’ll win your living room – Google, Apple or Amazon?

This week, on the heels of Apple’s and Amazon’s product announcements, Google held its fall devices event, which introduced a handful of products that many people have highly anticipated for a long time.

What does it mean for consumers? My main takeaway from all of this, especially if you bring it into context with what Amazon and Apple have rolled out over the last month, is it’s evident that a content and services war is about to be waged. Consumers will have to make important decisions about what ecosystems they want to be part of and which services go along with those ecosystems. 

Let’s run down what the fronts of this upcoming war are going to look like — and it’s all going to be played out in your living room.

Google TV: Battle for your eyeballs against Apple, Roku, and Amazon

The first thing Google announced is an updated

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Amazon Prime Video has added two brilliant new improvements

Amazon has added two useful new tweaks to its Prime Video streaming service, which are available to all subscribers right now. In order to stream exclusive shows and movies on-demand from Prime Video, you’ll need to pay a monthly Prime Video subscription fee, or become an Amazon Prime member, which comes with a number other perks, including the ability to take part in the upcoming Prime Day sales event.

Prime Video, which is the exclusive home of shows like The Boys, The Grand Tour, Good Omens, Utopia and All Or Nothing, has now added multi-language support. Only available in the UK, Germany, United States and Japan for the time being, the option lets viewers toggle between different dubbing options.

This is particularly useful for households with guests or family members who speak different languages. The ability to switch to an audio track from a different language – while adding

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