Enhance Your Project's Intelligence With These Smart Products By Marisa Mendez

Shiplap, various shades of gray, white kitchens, and a need for storage have been on homeowners’ must-have lists for several years. And while these trends have already taken a strong hold in your designs and on your clients’ Pinterest boards, there’s another movement gaining traction that encompasses both looks and function: the smart home. Whether you love or hate the idea of a Jetson-like abode, connected devices are here to stay. Manufacturers are jumping on this movement and creating smart products for almost every area of the home: living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room. In addition, many of these devices are compatible with hubs such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, and the Apple Home Kit. Here are a few of the newest connected devices designed to make homeowners’ lives easier.

Spin Cycle

Whirlpool has released its Smart All-In-One Care Washer and Dryer. Designed for families with limited space, the ventless unit both washes and dries clothes in a single machine. When the laundry cycle is complete, users can get notifications on their smartphone via the Whirlpool app. The unit also works with Amazon’s Alexa. whirlpool.com

Let Me In

With Yale’s Nest x Yale lock, users can generate passcodes for guests and see a history of who has entered and when. Because it works with Nest, the lock can also be integrated with Nest Secure to disarm Nest’s alarm system. This lock replaces the deadbolt, and installation requires just a screwdriver in most cases. yalelock.com

Open and Shut

LiftMaster’s new wall-mount garage door opener is both a smart and a space-saving solution, according to the company. The LiftMaster

8500W is Wi-Fi enabled and connects to the MyQ app, which allows users to receive alerts about their garage door and open or close it from anywhere. Because the opener mounts on the wall, the ceiling is available to use for storage space. The opener is also compatible with Homelink, which is featured in some vehicles. liftmaster.com

Water You Doing?

Streamlabs has announced its inaugural product, the Smart Home Water Monitor. The monitor uses ultrasonic technology to measure and obtain flow data between two points. Homeowners can access data via an app on their Android or iOS device. streamlabswater.com

Chef at Your Fingertips

GE’s new oven features a 7-inch touch screen that allows users to pick more precise cooking or baking options for their food, according to the company. In addition, the Wi-Fi-enabled oven will provide cooking tips to the user and download new tips as they become available. geappliances.com

Look at That View

Ply Gem’s new MaxView patio door is 20 feet wide and 10 feet high; the stiles are ¾ inch wide. The door can be controlled with a wall-mounted device, a remote, or a user’s smartphone. MaxView’s color options coordinate with Ply Gem’s MIRA collection. plygem.com

All in One Place

Eaton’s Home Automation Hub integrates with many different intelligent devices, such as Honeywell’s Lyric thermostats, Denon Heos music systems, and Kwikset locks. Users can control all their compatible devices from a single app, making it easier to manage their homes. The Hub supports systems that use both Z-Wave and Wi-Fi. eaton.com

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