Smart Home Buyer Wishlist

Truth be told I'm kind of a techie girl. Before the request to write this post, it hadn't dawned on me just how smart my house has become! We either own the gadgets below or they are on our current wishlist!

iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, Works with Amazon Alexa

(You had me at compatible with Alexa...)

We have owned a roomba for over a decade, I'm pretty sure ages before people really realized just how much bang for your buck these little guys have. Well let me tell you... They work like magic!! Having used these little robots in our suburban home and our Chicago carpet lined apartment, I can tell you they work equally well on all surfaces!

Amazon Product Description

The Roomba 690 Vacuuming Robot navigates to clean under furniture and around clutter. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal. Just press Clean or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot Home App. Built on the proven Roomba 650 robot platform, this upgraded 600 series model now features iRobot Home App compatibility and a sleek, updated design.

  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • 3-stage cleaning system loosens, lifts, & suctions dirt

  • Navigates under furniture and around clutter

  • Built on the proven Roomba 650 robot platform, now with Wi-Fi connectivity and an updated design

  • Cleans all floor types; includes 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier to manage where your robot cleans

Ring Video Doorbell 2

  • Amazon Product Description

  • See, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your phone, tablet or PC

  • Get instant alerts when visitors press your doorbell or trigger ring’s built-in motion sensors

  • Watch over your home in brilliant 1080Hd video

  • Easily charge your doorbell with the quick-release rechargeable battery pack

  • Compatible with iOS, Android, MAC and windows 10 devices

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music

Amazon Product Description

  • Mini but Mighty. Fits in any space, fills any room with surprisingly rich and powerful sound.

  • Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.

  • Set-up in five minutes using your home Wi-Fi. Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you’re ready.

  • Wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Prime Music Unlimited, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.

  • Perfect for home theater rears or a stereo pair. Wall mountable.

Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

While comparing all of dyson's cordless vacuums on the market and their reviews, this model was by far the most affordable and most popular option.

Amazon Product Description

  • 75% more brush bar power than the V6 Cord-free vacuum.

  • Cord-free. Hassle-free.

  • Up to 20 minutes of continuous suction. Trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning.

  • The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt.

  • Crevice tool fits into tight gaps and narrow spaces.

Amazon Echo

The amazon echo is truly impressive. Not only can it answer pretty much any question you have regarding any topic, it acts as a personal assistant! This is modern technology at it's finest!! Below the product description, is a "short" list of sample questions you can ask Alexa, so you will get an idea of the life changing attributes this divide will bring into your life and home!!

Amazon Product Description

  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice

  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.

  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio

  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing

  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service

  • Controls lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, and others

  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, DISH, and more

Sample Commands For Alexa


"Alexa, play some music."

"Alexa, play music by [artist]."

"Alexa, play [playlist] on Spotify."

"Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora."

"Alexa, add this song."

"Alexa, I like this song"

"Alexa, start my free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited."


"Alexa, play the book, [title]."

"Alexa, resume my book."

"Alexa, read me my Kindle book."

Alarms & Timers

"Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes”

"Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m."

Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 7 a.m."

"Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes."

"Alexa, set a pizza timer for 20 minutes."

"Alexa, set a second timer for five minutes."

"Alexa, how much time is left on the pizza timer?”

"Alexa, snooze."

Calls and messaging

Amazon introduced calling and messaging between users of its Echo speakers. More recently, it enabled another feature, called Drop In, that lets users call different Echo devices throughout their home, intercom style. These features and commands only work with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot (both generations) and Echo Show.

"Alexa, call [name]."

"Alexa, answer the call"

"Alexa, hang up"

"Alexa, play messages."

To-do and shopping lists

"Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the doctor."

"Alexa, create a to-do."

"Alexa, what's on my calendar for tomorrow?"

"Alexa, add an event to my calendar."

"Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list"

"Alexa, what's on my shopping list?"

"Alexa, what are my reminders this weekend?"

"Alexa, what reminders do I have tomorrow?"

News and weather

"Alexa, what's in the news?"

"Alexa, what's the weather like?”

"Alexa, will it rain today?"

"Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?"

"Alexa, what's the weather going to be like this weekend?

"Alexa, what's my commute look like?"

"Alexa, what's traffic like?”

Entertainment and food

"Alexa, what movies are playing?”

"Alexa, what action movies are playing tonight?"

"Alexa, tell me about the movie [title]."

"Alexa, find me a nearby pizza restaurant."

"Alexa, find the address for Bank of America

"Alexa, who plays in [movie or TV show]?"

"Who sings the song [title]?"


"Alexa, how many [units] are in [units]?"

"Alexa, how many [units] are in 2 [units]?"

"Alexa, what's 5 plus 7?"

"Alexa, what's 56 times 33?"

Definitions and spelling

"Alexa, what's the definition of [word]?"

"Alexa, how do you spell [word]?"


"Alexa, what was the score of the [team] game?"

"Alexa, did the [team] win?"

"Alexa, when do the [team] play next?"

"Alexa, give me my Sports Update."

"Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football for a score update"


"Alexa, buy more deodorant"

"Alexa, reorder deodorant."

"Alexa, where's my stuff?" or, "Alexa, track my order."

"Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride”

"Alexa, buy this song" or, "Alexa, buy this album."

Smart Home

"Alexa, turn on the lights"

"Alexa, turn off the living room lights."

"Alexa, dim the lights to 50 percent."

"Alexa, raise the temperature 1 degree."

"Alexa, set the temperature to 72."

"Alexa, lock my back door."

"Alexa, find my phone."

"Alexa, turn on the TV"

"Alexa, turn on Netflix."

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, Stainless Steel

(Works with Amazon Alexa. Anyone else notice a pattern?!)

Amazon Product Description

  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)

  • Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.

  • Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.

  • Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.

  • Farsight: When the Nest Thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up beautifully to show you the time, temperature or weather.

  • Energy Star: First thermostat to earn Energy Star. Your thermostat controls half your energy bill - more than appliances, more than electronics. Saving energy starts with your Thermostat.

  • Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.

  • Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.

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