For those that may not know, the Best Buy Canada Blog has more and more become a great place to win fabulous prizes in one of our many great contests. In fact, we seem to be running new contests with great prizes pretty much all the time. We’ve recently had 3 exciting contests in the smart home tech realm alone, and there have also been toy giveaways and contests for many other electronics and useful items.
Our smart home contests, in particular, have inspired us to scour your comments and discover which smart home tech products Canadians are especially excited about this holiday season. Join me below as I present a countdown of the top 5 smart home tech products that you’ve all been talking about in our smart home discussion threads. I literally scoured hundreds of comments and counted your individual product mentions, so this is a true top 5 countdown.
Smart Home Tech Countdown — Item #5: A Tie
In the 5th spot on our smart home tech countdown we have a tie between the Google Home (any version) and the Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Kit with Smart Bridge. Although I didn’t look at every single comment across all 3 smart home contests (there were well over 3000 of them), it became clear after scanning a few hundred that the difference between these two products was going to be negligible (in fact, they were exactly even to that point in my count). To me, this definitely warranted a tie—especially considering folks sometimes named the Google Home Mini and other times they just said something like the Google Assistant, and I counted them all as Google Home votes.
The key benefit that Canadians recognized in the Google Home was the great convenience it affords them. For example, Google Home gives users instant access to their favourite streaming music on a whim, allows them to access virtually unlimited information on any subject known to man, and provides a single smart home ecosystem that can control all of their other (compatible) smart devices.
As for what Canadians saw in the Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Kit, it was mostly the potential for energy savings from using the various control options to manage their lights, such as being able to turn them on and off via their smart phone and app, or being able to schedule their lights to come on and go off at the specific times they choose. You also saw the security benefits of being able to control your lights and make your homes look lived in even when you’re not there.
Item #4: Philips Hue Lily Smart Outdoor Spot Light Base Kit
In the 4th position on today’s countdown is the Philips Hue Lily Smart Outdoor Spot Light Base Kit. The reason? Because Canadians are concerned about the safety and security of their homes and families. That’s overwhelmingly what you told us in your comments.
And Lily Outdoor Spot Lights are a great security product. With 3 lights in the set, you can illuminate your backyard, walkways, and any other outdoor spaces that you’d like to be able to see better in the dark—a measure that’s sure to make skulking trespassers think twice about entering your yard.
What’s more, because your walkways will also be well lit, you needn’t worry about yourself, your family, or visiting friends tripping over any outdoor potted plants. Installing Philips Hue Lily Spot Lights is truly a win, win proposition. You can learn more about them by visiting Best Buy online today.
Item #3: Nest Cam Wi-Fi Indoor IP Camera
Taking spot number 3 on our countdown is the Nest Cam Wi-Fi Indoor IP Camera. This product got big mentions in multiple contest threads, so it’s clearly a popular item among Canadians.
The reason, of course, is once again security. In your comments you told us that the Nest Cam is a great way to protect your home and family. You particularly appreciate its 24/7 live video streaming capabilities (via your smart phone), as well as its night vision and talk and listen features. And, of course, its compatibility with Nest Aware as well.
I should also note here that the Arlo Pro family of indoor and outdoor smart security cameras deserves honourable mention for many of the same reasons as the Nest Cam. Many of you did mention Arlo security cameras in the various comment threads I checked out, but it just wasn’t quite often enough to make today’s list.
Item #2: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
At number 2 on our countdown is the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Pro + Connect, which was specifically mentioned by name numerous different times by many of you in our contest threads. Once again, security (and peace of mind) was the key factor in most of your decisions.
And that is because the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Pro gives you complete control over who gets into and out of your home. If you leave for work in the morning and forget to lock your door, the August Smart Lock Pro will actually lock itself for you, protecting your home even when you (and your mind) are elsewhere.
Moreover, many of you also recognized the convenience factor for this product, such as its app based control and keyless entry features (allowing you to let your friends, family, housekeepers, etc. into your home easily—even when you’re not there). Clearly you know your stuff when it comes to today’s automated homes.
Smart Home Tech Item #1: Logitech Circle 2 Wi-Fi Cameras
And coming in at number 1, with 57 individual mentions in just one of our comments sections alone (before I got tired of tallying—I’m sure it would have gone well over 100 if I’d kept on) is the Logitech Circle 2 Wi-Fi Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 1080p IP Camera. Wow, you all sure are keen on this camera! And, for that matter, smart security cameras in general. And I certainly don’t blame you.
The Logitech Circle 2 is a great choice for number one on our list because of its indoor and outdoor capabilities as a wire-free, stand-alone IP camera. Complete with night vision capabilities and the ability to record video in Full (1080p) HD resolution, these cameras are great tools to have protecting your property and providing you and your family full-time peace of mind.
Other features of the Logitech Circle 2 include an omni-directional microphone with 2-way audio (for communicating with whoever might be coming onto your property), a fully weatherproof design for our lovely Canadian climate, Wi-Fi connectivity, customized alerts, and a whole lot more that you can learn all about by visiting its Best But product page.
And there you have it, the verdict is in: Canadians are highly security conscious, with security cameras, locks, and lights absolutely dominating the discussion. I personally would have thought that smart home convenience items would have done just a little bit better, but at least the Google Home did manage to squeak onto the list, as did the Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Kit (on the basis of its reputation for reducing energy consumption).
One way or another, this was a very enlightening exercise, and I certainly look forward to hearing more from all of you about what smart home tech items are tops on your shopping list. Please let us know in the comments section below, and have an excellent day. Thanks!