Smart Home Devices for Seniors

There are so many smart home devices out there that can make your life easier, more comfortable, and more efficient. But for many seniors, this new technology can be intimidating, and it can be overwhelming to sift through thousands of products. Stellar Living has rounded up the best smart home devices for seniors just for you, so you can start enjoying a wireless life that feels like that future!


Smart Thermostat Devices

New smart thermostats are some of the best new smart home devices for seniors. These thermostats can be controlled via your phone, tablet, or computer, and they “learn” your patterns so you aren’t heating and cooling your home when you aren’t home. They’ll also make sure you always come home to a comfortable temperature. Not having to program or think about your thermostat makes your life easier and more comfortable, and can even save you money on heating and cooling costs. Here are some of our top smart thermostat picks for seniors.

  • Google Nest. This cute little round thermostat, available in a variety of stylish colorways, is rated best-in-class for smart thermostats. It has all the features you could ever hope for. Users say it’s user-friendly and easy to program, and it works with the Alexa app or Google Home apps, which is convenient if you have other smart Amazon or Google products.
  • Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat. If you’re looking for energy efficiency, the Sensi Smart Touch is specifically designed to save you up to 23% on energy costs. It’s also nearly half the price of the Nest, which is great if you’re looking to save a few bucks. Customers say it’s easy to use and works well. However, it won’t integrate with other smart home devices.
  • Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. Nothing says “it’s the future” quite like controlling your home with your voice. This thermostat from Walmart allows you to use voice control with Siri or Alexa to control or change your home’s temperature. It also claims it’ll save you up to 26% on heating and cooling costs. It’s priced more than the Sensi but less than the Nest, so it’s a good option for satisfying all the bells and whistles without spending top dollar.


Robot Vacuums

A robot vacuum sounds like a device from a scary sci-fi movie, but we just mean a little Roomba-style floor vacuum that cleans your floors all by itself. If you have pets or grandkids, a robot vacuum is a game changer. These robot vacuums can be set to control themselves, so they’ll even clean your floor while you sleep or when you’re away. Here are our top picks.

  • iRobot Roomba 694. Roomba really cornered the market on these robot vacuums for quite some time, and they’re still a great choice. This model isn’t equipped with laser technology or artificial intelligence, but it does the job at a reasonable price. It works with Alexa, charges itself, and can be set to run at specific times. It can also sense dirtier areas of your home to clean them more thoroughly!
  • iRobot Roomba Combo j7. If you’re looking for the Cadillac of robot vacuums, this is the one. Its hefty price tag comes due to its mopping and self-emptying capabilities, as well as advanced item avoidance technology (no more dragging single socks around the house).
  • Eufy by Anker BoostIQ Robovac 11S MAX. The Eufy is a great low-priced option that still gives you tons of smart technology. It can increase suction on extra-dirty areas, and is quiet with sufficient runtime for most households. However, it isn’t connected to your phone or the internet, and is only controlled via remote control.

Smart Security Systems

Futuristic security technology can increase your safety and grant you peace of mind, which is priceless for many seniors. Smart security systems allow you to monitor your home while you’re away, let you know about packages and visitors, and of course, alert the police about potential break-ins or intruders. These are a few of the best smart security systems out there for senior citizens.

  • Vivint Smart Home Security System. If you’re looking for a professionally-installed and managed system where you don’t have to lift a finger, the Vivint Smart Home system is a great contender. It allows you to control all your security devices via one Smart Home app, and it comes highly rated.
  • SimpliSafe. The SimpliSafe system is easy to install yourself, which saves you money. It still features 24/7 professional monitoring, no matter where you happen to find yourself. It also integrates into your other Smart Home systems, allowing you to control them all from your phone.
  • Ring Home Security Cameras. For a more DIY approach, Ring cameras are a popular option. They’re by far the most budget-friendly, and they can be controlled with Alexa as well. However, they do require you to do your own home monitoring (though they will send you notifications and alerts when necessary, they just won’t alert the police for you). Some models feature a floodlight and/or siren to discourage potential intruders or burglars. 

With these smart home devices, you’ll be the smartest senior out there. Stellar Living hopes these smart home devices for seniors keep you safe and comfortable in your home. If you’re looking for even more ease and security, consider senior living! Tour a Stellar Living community near you today to see just how good life can get.