There are a lot of smart home options out there. Before Amazon, Google and Apple got their acts together and created a connected Internet of Things network, Nest was leading the way. Nest was responsible for offering a standard that other companies could build off, creating a way to link multiple home devices.
It’s so pervasive, so popular, that when Google tried to effectively end its Works With Nest (WWN) program earlier this year, it had to quickly issue a new statement that better clarified that it would be transitioning WWN devices to new “Works With Google Assistant” (WWGA) standard after WWN was shuttered at the end of August.
So what does this mean for you? Not much, other than the fact that you’ll have a new app to log on to. So while the initial announcement might have stayed your hand from purchasing new WWN devices for your home, there’s no reason not to upgrade your system now.
Here are the best Nest-compatible devices.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
One of my favorite tricks in a WWN home is to have the smart lock on the front door be keyed in to the Nest network. That way, the Nest device knows that someone has arrived or left and can adjust the thermostat settings accordingly. The third generation August lock is a reliable, intelligent deadbolt that senses when you arrive or leave the house, unlocking without you having to do anything except walk up to your door. You can also control the lock via app and, with the Connect hub (included in this package), you can use your Google Assistant to activate it as well.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
I have around half a dozen of these around my house. Why? Because when you can plug anything into your Nest network, you suddenly find dozens of scenarios where it would be helpful. Say you want your Christmas tree to turn on and off when you’re home or away; or you want your coffee maker to start every morning at a certain time; or you want to control a lamp with your voice. Or maybe you want to activate the television on a certain schedule while you’re away on vacation? You can do that all with the Wemo Mini Smart Plug. Plus, it doesn’t take up much room, so you don’t have to sacrifice two outlets just to make one smart.
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit
Lutron is different in that it takes a little more than some basic elbow grease to get the system installed. In order to take full advantage of the Lutron Caseta Wireless dimmer switches, you need to have a bit of electrical know-how. But once you’ve installed the switches, they’re a brilliant addition to your Works With Nest smart home. You can control room lighting with your voice or an app, set up routines based on whether you’re at home or away, create schedules . . . you can even use sunrise and sunset times for your area to activate your home lighting. The starter kit comes with everything you need to get up and running, including a smart bridge so that the Lutron switches can talk to your network.
Philips Hue White 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit
It wouldn’t be a smart things list if Philips Hue wasn’t included. The ubiquitous smart bulbs work well with Nest and Google Assistant via the included hub. What’s nice about the hub is that it’s a one-time investment. After you have one, you can control up to 50 bulbs with a single hub. What can you do with all those smart bulbs? Well, in addition to illuminating rooms, you can set up routines based on the time of day or whether people are home. You can control lights with your voice, making things dimmer or brighter without having to be anywhere near the switch. You can also use the app to tweak your settings and control your system while away from home. It’s a very bright idea.