Before getting started, I’d just like to say that although these are my personal opinions, keep in mind that I work for an electrical contracting company that depends on smart innovation to keep the business alive. There are better “smart” systems to integrate in your home and business than the ones I’ve listed below. That being said, I hope you never waste money on these products, even if we’d be happy to tell you about them.
1. simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro
Get this, it’s a vanity mirror, with lighting… and you don’t need magnification -- I’m not done yet -- it also has a wide view with adjustable color, wait for it… one charge lasts up to three weeks (that’s actually pretty cool) AND it can connect to WiFi! The best part is that it’s a cheap price of only $530 on Amazon! PLUS FREE SHIPPING. How exciting and cool is that?! It’s not.
If you buy a regular vanity mirror you will save hundreds of dollars and a few laughs. Just trust me, regular mirrors are still cool.
2. BeOn Home Protection System Lightbulbs
Basically, these turn off and on when you enter and leave a room. Which isn’t a bad thing, but they also automatically turn on when there is a blackout. That’s not to bad either I guess, except that they only have a max of 5 hours before they run out of battery during a blackout. What if the blackout is longer than that? I would have to buy multiple sets of these lights, or I could use regular light bulbs integrated into my smart home and save a bunch of cash. Oh, you also need an iPhone to use the app that controls the lights. I’m all about saving money, so I wouldn’t mind using candles during a blackout.
Update: Just found out this company is actually no longer in business so you can only use these as regular bulbs because the app is no longer running, but after reading a number of one star reviews I’d still advise you not to buy them (considering you find them on eBay or something).
3. SONOS PLAY:1 Smart Speaker
I don’t like to pin brands against each other, BUT if you’re going to buy a smart speaker, just buy an Amazon Alexa. SONOS is a great brand but I wouldn’t spend money on this speaker when compared to my Alexa. The catch with this speaker is that it streams all your favorite tunes and connects to WiFi. Sound familiar? That’s right, Alexa speakers can do the same thing and a whole lot more for around the same price. We Are More always promotes quality, they’re both great speakers, but in this circumstance, I’m also measuring quantity!
4. Kuna Smart Home Security Light and Security Camera
This light/camera is advertised as being great for disguising a security camera as a light that also doubles as an actual light! Yeah it is cool, except that you could just get a full smart home security system. It might have some cool features, like being compatible with Alexa and being easy to install, but why spend your money on a lamp camera (or two) when you could put your money towards a much better security system? Maybe it’s just me.
5. Chamberlain MyQ-Garage
A remote control for your garage—which allows you to open and close your garage from anywhere in the world. FINALLY. Now I can travel and open and close my garage when I don’t even need to open and close my garage. It’s a dream come true!
I hope you understand how unnecessary this appliance is. No one, literally not a soul, needs this. Just use a regular garage remote, please I’m begging you.
6. Ooma Telo Home Phone Service
“Telo, who is this?”
“It’s me, Ooma!”
“Ooma need you to not buy this product.”
Sorry, couldn’t help myself with that one.
I’d say, unless you’re a businessperson who makes international calls almost every day—don’t waste your money on this. It’s the same as a regular phone that just allows you to make cheaper international calls, but even a regular phone can be set up with a plan that does the same thing.
7. iDevices Kitchen Thermometer
A rechargeable smart thermometer that gives you the temperature of your food faster than a regular thermometer!
Ladies and bros, if you can’t wait a few more seconds while using a regular thermometer to get the temperature of your dinner, I’d advise you to go speak to a counselor and figure out how to work on your patience. Good news is it’s only about $25 so you won’t break the bank if you decide to go on and buy it, but personally I’d rather spend that money on my dinner than something to check if it’s cooked or not.
8. Smart Piggy Bank
I get that it’s a cute and fun way to save your coins in a piggy bank and have it track your savings but unless you’re a child—why not just open a bank account? If your kid really wants to have fun, have them make a piggy bank, or buy one that’s not automated. Then they can count the money themselves and learn important math skills at the same time! Just a thought.
9. Smart Egg Tray If you don’t eat eggs often, you’re probably someone like me who only buys them when they’re absolutely needed for a recipe or for house guests. Even in that case, you don’t NEED this product. It’s an egg tray that tells you the freshness of your eggs.
Maybe someone who doesn’t eat their eggs in time could use this but it just doesn’t cut my list for things I need, and I’m silently hoping you agree.
That’s it folks! I’m sure this list could be even longer, but these are my top for “smart appliances you shouldn’t spend your money on.”
Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and writes content to help our audience have a better insight on technical solutions big and small.