Looking for smart bedroom gadgets? Filling your home with some of the best smart home tech can make your day-to-day routine easier and more efficient, but while there are lots of smart tech options for the living room, kitchen and general home, we don’t often think about how smart home tech can enhance the bedroom.
From smart alarm clocks to sleep trackers, there are many smart home tools designed to help you climb into bed at night, monitor your sleep, and then wake up in the morning. Below, TechRadar's James Peckham talks you through some of the best gadgets you can use to kit out your bedroom.
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What on earth, other than lighting, can be usefully smart in a bedroom? Well, there are all sorts of gadgets that will make life easier... and also help you sleep better, too. We've picked out smart bedroom gadgets we think can be genuinely useful, rather than just gimmicky.
1. Best smart alarm clock: Amazon Echo Spot
When it comes to our pick of the best smart bedroom gadgets, first up is an alarm clock. The Amazon Echo Spot isn’t your traditional alarm clock, but one of the most recent additions to the Amazon Echo speaker line up, and it’ll sit perfectly on your bedside table ready to wake you up in the morning. But what makes it so special?
Complete with voice activation, it's now possible to use your voice to ask Alexa to set your alarms in the morning (see our Amazon Alexa review for more info) – and perhaps more importantly, snoozing the alarm too.
Handy display screen
The Amazon Echo dot also offers a bright, clear 2.5 inch display that gives you the time as well as handy messages and the weather for today. The benefit of this? You can plan your outfit and journey to work appropriately.
In addition to fulfilling the role of a more traditional alarm clock, this model also allows users to play music or audiobooks while going to sleep, plus it has all of the other Amazon Alexa functionality of other smart speakers too.
Read more about smart speakers in our specialist guide: the best smart speaker 2019: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and more
Connect to a wider smart system
You could order a pizza using your voice directly from your bed with the Domino’s app, or you could connect this up, so it can control other smart gadgets around your home. That means if you have Philips Hue lighting (see our review of the starter kit) in your bedroom you can snuggle up in bed and use your voice to turn them off when you’re ready to get to sleep.
A choice of 100 different alarms
You can’t currently use music to wake up with in the morning with the Echo Spot – something we hope Amazon will sort in the future – but you can set up to 100 different alarms, so it’s nice and easy to have this set-up on your bedside to wake you at different times on the weekend to your average work day.
To compare all your options, browse our pick of the best alarm clocks currently available. Then, browse the rest of the Amazon Echo range on Amazon.
2. Best smart lightbulb kit: Philips Hue Starter Kit
Smart lightbulbs are perfect for *ahem* setting the mood in the bedroom, and, in our opinion, it doesn't get better than the Philips Hue Starter Kit.
Adjust warmth and brightness to suit your mood
The two white bulbs – which come as part of the starter kit – can be set to any warmth level and any brightness between 'hygge' and 'interrogation room' (slightly less appealing) for maximum versatility, while the hub allows you to connect and customise a further 48 lights.
As with all Philips Hue products, the app shines just as brightly as the bulbs, letting you set your lights to do things like turn on when you step through the door after work.
Smart system compatibility
It is compatible with several voice assistants including Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Nest and many more.
3. Best bedroom fan: Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link
Sleeping at night in the boiling heat is unbearable for most people, which is why we'd recommend a fan as another of our top smart bedroom gadgets. Don’t just buy any fan though – this Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link connects to your phone, so you can control it without having to leave your bed.
Thanks to smart connectivity, it's possible to turn your fan on via your smartphone and arrive to a perfectly chilled home. The perfect remedy to a sticky commute, we think.
Heat and cool your room
This model can also be used to heat up your room during the winter, so you don’t have to worry about
Perhaps the best feature of this product, though, is that it’s also an air purifier, and it will intelligently remove 99.97 per cent of allergens and pollutants in your home’s air. That means if you have hay-fever or asthma, you can monitor the air quality and be sure there's a comfortable environment before you get home.
4. Best smart scales: Withings Body scale
While you may not need smart scales to monitor your weight, they can help you to track your overall health and can make the whole process of weigh-in day a little easier; which is why they're another of our top smart bedroom tech ideas. Our top pick is the Withings Body Scale, here's why:
Connect to Withings Health Mate
This handy smart scale cleverly connects to the Withings Health Mate app, which stores your weight and other data, making tracking progress easier and more efficient.
It's even possible to introduce your whole family to the scales, as this smart scale is equipped to work out who is standing on them each time, plus the little display will then show you your weight, the trend of your weight (whether it’s gone up or down) as well as your BMI (and then it’ll show what the weather will be like today).
You can buy more expensive scales in the Withings range and other choices from Fitbit and Garmin, but we don’t think the extra features are particularly useful enough to get so we’d recommend sticking with the Withings Body.
Browse our pick of the best bathroom scales to measure weight, heart rate and more, to ensure you're getting the best model for your needs. Then, take a look at more smart scales available from Amazon
5. Best smart bedside table: Ikea Nordli bedside table
If you have any gadgets that charge wirelessly, you should consider picking up an Ikea Nordli Bedside Table as it will help you limit the amount of wires scattered over your bedside at night. Here's everything you need to know about it:
Qi wireless charging tech
Phones such as the iPhone 8, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and many more come with built-in compatible Qi wireless charging tech, meaning you can just place your phone down on the plus symbol on the top of the table and it’ll start pumping up the battery without you having to plug it in.
If your phone doesn’t support Qi, some major models have wireless charging cases that you can use.
Plus it’s an attractive looking bedside table that offers lots of space and is sure to fit in with your décor if you have other Ikea furniture too.
Factors worth considering
The technology isn’t particularly quick yet, but when you’re charging overnight and you don’t have to physically plug your phone into a cable it feels like you’re living in the future.
Find our other favourite bedside tables in our buyer's guide.
6. Best sleep tracker: Withings Sleep
If you own a fitness tracker, or smartwatch, you can usually use these devices to track the quality of your sleep.
But, if you don’t want an annoying gadget strapped to your wrist while you toss and turn, you can always opt for a different type of sleep tracker. Perfect for those interested in optimising sleep, it's another of our top smart bedroom tech ideas: Withings Sleep. Here's everything you need to know about it:
Uninterrupted sleep tracking
Designed with a long thin pad that plugs into the wall for power and then slides underneath your mattress where you’d normally place your chest at night, this sleep tracker will monitor you throughout the night without disturbing your sleep.
As long as you sleep on top of it, the Nokia Sleep will be able to track your night’s quality including your heart rate throughout, when you’ve been in different levels of sleep (like REM or deep sleep) as well as how much you’ve been snoring.
All of that data is then pinged through Wi-Fi to your phone, and you’ll then be able to break down your night’s sleep within the Withings Health Mate app that’s available for Android and iOS phones. It only works for one person in your bed, but being able to track your stats without an annoying fitness tracker on your wrist is a big benefit for some.
7. Best smart baby monitor: Arlo Baby Monitor
An essential for parents, or parents to be, the Arlo Baby Monitor is the best smart baby monitor currently available. Here's everything you need to know about it:
Get notifications straight to your smart phone
When shopping for a baby monitor, safety is paramount. A step-up from simply being able to see, or hear your baby, this model sends notifications directly to your smartphone if it registers motion, or changes in sound or temperature.
Thanks to handy, built-in, near-invisible infrared LEDs, you can see your baby clearly in the dark, meaning you won't have to worry about poor picture quality as soon as the sun goes down.
In addition to the standard features described above, this model also offers a multi-coloured night light option, a music player, temperature display, humidity display and VOC air sensors. All of which can help soothe you downstairs, and some of which will soothe your little one back to sleep.
Want to consider more options? Browse our pick of the best baby monitors.
8. Best smart coffee machine: MELITTA BARISTA SMART TS F85/0-102
Okay, so maybe a coffee machine doesn't technically belong in the bedroom. But, given that a cup of something warm and caffeinated is the first port of call, for many of, when we wake up, we thought it was all too apt to include it in our round up of the best smart bedroom gadgets.
Our top pick, the Melitta Barista Smart TS, is perfect for those on the hunt for a bean to cup coffee machine with impressive smart features. Here's everything you need to know about it:
High quality coffee
We'll start by covering the most important quality required in a coffee machine: its ability to make a good quality cup of coffee.
Whether you like an espresso, cappuccino, or something more complex, this model certainly delivers. Plus, thanks to an impressive 21 pre-programmed coffee recipes, you're sure to find something that suits.
Many coffee lovers consider the process of brewing the perfect cup somewhat meditative. However, the partners of such individuals tend to disagree when said process requires the grinding of coffee beans early in the morning. Designed to save relationships, this model offers an impressively quiet, integrated, grinder.
Plus, it's perfect for use by those who prefer pre-ground coffee, too.
Control your coffee machine from your smartphone
Now, onto the smart features. Perfect for those who need the smell of brewing coffee to really raise the from their slumber, it's possible to control your coffee machine from the comfort of your bed. Plus, this model has the capacity to save your favourite options.
Find more of the best coffee machines, smart or not, in our handy guide.