Affordable Do-It-Yourself Smart Home Devices

Building a smart home doesn’t have to break your bank. If you only want the state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line smart home sensors then you’ll probably be spending a pretty penny. But if you want to create your own smart home for affordable prices, there are plenty of devices that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and if you combine them you’ll have enough smart home sensors to cover all your wants and needs. The three biggest needs most people like to cover are security, entertainment, and comfort and convenience. 

Smart Home Devices for Safety & Security

The August Smart Lock

Across the board, the August Smart Lock is the most popular choice for affordable security locks. The August Smart Lock can be added to your existing lock to make it a safer version that can only be opened using your smartphone. Prices range from about $130 to over $300, depending on which version and which features you choose. While the most expensive version seems a bit pricey, it’s still affordable compared to other smart locks.

The Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

It’s very common these days for smoke detectors to also detect carbon monoxide, but it’s still not the standard for every home. To protect your home and family from smoke and carbon monoxide, investing in this Nest product would be a good idea. Unlike traditional smoke detectors, the Nest Alarm will tell you what the problem is right on your phone, whether it’s smoke or carbon dioxide, so even if you’re not nearby you’ll know what’s happening at home. You can also turn the alarm off from your phone, unlike traditional devices where you’d have to reach the device itself while it screeches in your ears.

Fox&Summit Sensor Bundle

Securing your home, indoors and outdoors, is made easy with the Fox&Summit Sensor Bundle. The bundle comes with two window or door sensors, two outdoor sensors, and an indoor plug. The outdoor sensors come with motion-activated lights, so you’ll always be aware of what’s happening outside of your home. Setup is simple; you merely need to position the sensors where you want them, connect them to the free FS Home App and your Wi-fi router. You’ll then be notified anytime your sensors are triggered, via the app. At $109.99, this Sensor Bundle is an almost-necessary product that comes at an affordable price.


SimpliSafe Home Security Systems

There are so many smart camera devices for home safety, but the SimpliSafe Home Security System is more than a camera. Depending on which version you choose, you can spend anywhere from $99 to $450 but even that high price tag is worth the security provided to your home. This security system provides cameras that can alert police in the case of a break-in (and is Smart enough to disregard pets at the door!), sensors that detect windows being opened, and even detects fires and burst pipes. This is an all-around safety device dedicated to protecting your home and family for an affordable price.

Smart Home Devices for Entertainment

Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire Stick

These two smart devices do essentially the same thing, both under $50. Each allows you to choose between hundreds of channels and subscriptions to find the TV shows and movies you want to watch. Both also offer voice-activated searching. The main difference between these two devices is the channels that are provided.

Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Similar Devicesechodothome-100704745-large

The Amazon Echo and Google Home devices are very similar in terms of functionality. They both can answer questions, schedule appointments, play music, access your other smart devices, etc. Their list of functions is so long they can’t be covered in one article. They are similar in price, under $200, so it can be hard to choose unless you already have a preference for one of these brands. If you’d like something even more affordable but with a smaller range of functions, one option is the Eufy Genie, which can answer questions, play music, and connect to your other smart devices. This powerful Genie can be purchased for as low as $18. 

Smart Home Devices for Comfort & Convenience

Honeywell T5 Smart Thermostat

Nest has been the leader in smart thermostat production for years, and while their prices are affordable, they are no longer the only option. The Honeywell Thermostat comes cheaper than the lowest-priced Nest Thermostat but offers the same features. You can control your home’s temperature from anywhere, with your smartphone. At $130, this thermostat is an affordable way to keep cool.

Fox&Summit Indoor Plug

These plugs are the epitome of a “smart home” tool. You use them like you would any other plug, plugged straight into the outlet, but the comparison ends there. These plugs can be turned on and off in a variety of ways, including asking Alexa to do it. Or, simply use the FS Home App to turn it off. This is an especially useful feature if you’ve forgotten to turn off your curling iron, or don’t feel like crossing the room to turn off a lamp. They also come with built in sirens that you can set up to go off when a door is opened, that you’d like to know about. At the low sale price of $19.99, you won’t find anything else that’s a better value.


It’s easier than ever to DIY your own smart home with any of these affordable smart home sensors. And for each of these options, there are others like them that offer different services and different prices. If you’re willing to splurge on the Nest thermostats you’ll be able to add more functions. If the SimpliSafe Security System is too pricey, there are many others that are more affordable but don’t have the range SimpliSafe does. There are options for everyone and everyone can have a fully Smart home if they truly want to.