Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
When we recently moved into our new home, there were so many things that made me giddy with excitement. A brand new kitchen! Rooms that need decorating! Walls that need paint! So much potential!
My husband? He had two words for me: Smart Home.
But what is a Smart Home – and why should you want to live in one? Simply put, a smart home is a residence where tasks, normally completed by humans, are automated by computers instead. For some homes, becoming “smart” can begin with the introduction of a connected hub such as Google Home, while for others, being smart includes a combination of automated devices, such as speakers, thermometers, security systems, appliances and more.
Now I know some readers will be thinking to themselves, “Oh, I live in an old home. There’s no way I can incorporate all this new-fangled technology!” (Bonus marks if you actually used the words new-fangled.) But here’s the thing – you can, and you should. And here’s how I know.
Toronto’s oldest home is now a smart home!
John Cox Cottage, built in 1807, was recently outfitted with the latest smart tech from Best Buy Canada. From Hunter Douglas smart blinds and intelligent cleaning via Roomba to a NETGEAR Arlo 1080p HD camera at the front door, it’s a tech enthusiast’s dream.
Ring the doorbell – which now features a Ring WiFi 720p video doorbell, and the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator in the kitchen will transmit video to the fridge’s front door. With built-in two-way communication, you can chat with your visitors before you answer the door – or ward off nosy salespeople before they can deliver their pitch!
But why did Best Buy Canada decide to integrate all of these smart components into John Cox Cottage? To prove that “any home can be smart,” says Zayn Jaffer, Vice-President of Emerging Businesses.
Hear that, folks? You have ZERO excuse! If Toronto’s oldest home can be smart, yours can too. However, if you’re still not convinced that an upgrade in tech is right for you, consider this:
1) Energy Savings = Cost Savings. Automated heating and air conditioning systems, along with Smart thermostats such as those made by Nest, quickly and precisely automate the heating and cooling of a home, which often leads to savings on your electricity bill.
2) Increased Security. Yes, you can have an eye on your front door virtually everywhere you go. Connected cameras and doorbells can help make a home safer by giving you round-the-clock access to your entry points, as well as warding off would-be thieves by assuring them you’re already watching.
3) Comfort and Entertainment. “Hey Google, play Sam Cook and hit me with some mood lighting.” It’s that easy – especially if you’ve incorporated connected speakers and lighting, too.
I know it’s a lot to digest, but remember, you don’t have to do it all at once! Making your home smarter is an ongoing process. Stay within your comfort level and most importantly, be sure can make the most of your newfound automation.
For us, thanks to Best Buy Canada, we were gifted with a brand new Samsung 49″ 4K UHD HDR QLED Tizen Smart TV!
The very talented Geek Squad came by to mount our tv on the wall and explain all the features of our new television. It was seamless! If you’ve recently purchased new tech, here’s why you should consider Best Buy Canada’s Geek Squad:
Setup. They’ll set up your tech and show you how to use it.
Protect. You can extend your warranty and protect your purchase.
Support. Get questions answered and problems solved 24/7/365.
Repair. They’ll fix it no matter where you bought it.
Membership. Get VIP treatment when you purchase a membership for a low monthly payment.
You can also use their a la carte menu for installations, like television mounting. Our new Smart TV comes with crystal-clear visuals and one billion more colours than standard UHD for incredibly realistic colour, but it also comes with many smart features that, frankly, my kids are more comfortable with than I am! Thankfully our Geek Squad agent took the time to explain exactly how to make the most of our web-connected apps, navigate with the included One Remote, and use our smartphones to control the on-screen content.
Can you guess which show we’ve been Netflix binge watching?
Tell me, friends, is your home smart? Are you open to making your home smarter with automated technologies? And, what is the first smart tech you’ll grab from Best Buy Canada? Enter below to win a $100 Best Buy Canada gift card!
For more information on Smart Home products, visit www.bestbuy.ca.
This post is sponsored by Best Buy Canada. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.
I’m really wanting to get myself a Ring doorbell so I can see who is at my door if I’m not at home
Best ring doorbell for when my kids are home
I would love a Ring doorbell, but I would also like to get a Nest Thermostat. Both would be well worth the investment, so it would all depend on timing.
I would like the Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
I would love to get the Google Home or the amazon alexa!
Some NETGEAR Arlo Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security System with 4 720p Cameras would be fantastic to have.
Security Cameras for sure. My city was listed as #1 most dangerous city in Canada.
There are a few things. I’d love a Google Home, but love the idea of a smart Lock, or the smart doorbell. Too many choices!
I would like the Google Home or the Asti Adaptive Sound+ Sleep Therapy System
I would grab a Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell 2.
smart blinds sound neat!
The first thing I would buy would be the Nest x Yale Wi-Fi Smart Lock with Nest Connect – Satin Nickel
The first Thing i would get is the Ring Alarm Wireless Security Kit.
I would definitely get the Google Home!
I would get a Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell 2
I would like a ring doorbell.
I would get the Smart Switches and Smart Plugs.
I think the first thing I’d get is the Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. I love the idea of a smart home!
The Smart Blinds would be great!
Arlo Wireless Indoor/Outdoor cameras
I’d love a smart fridge!
Nest Hello Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
Suzanne Ally Beck-Smth
I am more st interested in the Ring WiFi Video 720P doorbell. Gotta keep up with who may be sneaking up on my packages.
A Smart thermostat would be helpful and good for the environment!
The first thing I would get is the Smart Lighting Plugs I have the google home but nothing to go with it yet
I have my eye on the NETGEAR Arlo Wireless Security System with 4 Wire-Free 720p Cameras – White
I have been considering getting a few of the Ring Floodlight IP Cams.
I would get the Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation – it’s on my husband’s Christmas wish list!
I want the Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit.
I would love a ring doorbell to add extra security to my home!
I would love a Ring doorbell.
nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
The Nest thermometer. I’d like to be able to make it warm in my house before I get home.
I would get the Nest Can wi fi security kit!! Thanks!
I would love a Google Home, right now we have no smart technology in our house.
The Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat!
I would buy some wifi light switches so I could make sure the outside light is on on case I’m getting home after dark.
I would love a Ring Doorbell. It would make me feel super secure. Thanks!
I like the Skylink Garage Door Monitor & Alarm for our garage for safety.
I am looking at getting the wired nest fire/CO detectors to start with.
I would grab Smart lighting/
a google home mini for our basement playroom
I’d get the Ring Spotlight Wireless IP Camera 2 Pack with Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen!
The first smart tech I want to bring home is the ecobee3 lite Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat & Remote Sensors Bundle!! We’ve been drooling over smart tech forever, but never picked any up since we had always rented…until now. So excited to start bringing these fun tech gadgets home.
I’d like the ring doorbell!
Google home would be cool.
Would love to try google home
I’d love to have a smart garage so I’d get the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub
I think the first thing I would get would be Google Home
I would love to get a Ring Doorbell.
I like the smart speakers!!
Get my daughter a new television this would be the first thing.
I would love a Google home mini!
i really want a home mini
the google mini home would be great to have
I would love to get the Google Home
There would be a toss up, I really want the ring alarm for the house and my husband has been wanting a google home for awhile. we would probably get both and use the gift card to help out :)
NJ (Norma Jane)
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Who new?! This was a thing. WE have the Google Home Mini thanks to our kids. Time to get some smart plugs etc. Our kids are way ahead of us on the knowledge of these things but we sure do love using them
I really like the smart thermostat!! It’s gettjnf so cold out this would be a must!!
I would to have a Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat! It looks awesome!
’d love a smart fridge! Mine is always breaking sown.
I would buy the Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit with Dimmer Switch.
I want to integrate the home with Google Home! We already have the nest, so I’ll love to sync everything together.
I would love the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell 2. It would be so nice to see who was at the door when I’m at work and the kids are home alone.
The first thing I am going to get is a Smart Lock for the front door!
A Smart Thermostat is where I would start. My current thermostat toggle is broken so I don’t ever know an exact temperature I’m setting my house at. I just eyeball it.. then wake up at 3am with the house way too hot & have to come downstairs to change it. This would make life so much easier.
I would get some smart lighting!
We would love the Ring Wifi video Doorbell
I would invest in a NETGEAR Arlo Pro Wireless Security System.
I’d get a D Link Indoor Wifi camera. To spy on my pets while I’m at work :0
I would buy a new laptop!
A smart hue light, also a doorbell
I would love a smart lock
I would like to have the Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
I would love to buy the Smart Lights for home!
I would like to get the Arlo Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security System
The Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell 2 has been on our wish list for a while now so I’d pick that up!
I’d start with a Google home mini
Someone broke into our cars a couple of weeks ago (and we think we know who did it) so I would LOVE to get a security camera.
Another great Smart thing (thing? sure, thing) we got for our home was a Honeywell water leak detector. We had some leaking issues in our new laundry room when renovating our basement, and this leak detector makes us feel SO much better about running our washing machine. We’ll probably end up getting another one for our hot water heater.
I would get a smart thermostat
Google Home Mini
I would like a Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation.
I would probably get a Google home
I would really love to buy a Ring video doorbell. I think it’s a great security feature.
There’s so many things on my husband’s list lol. I’m really interested in the Arlo witless security system.
Google Home. thanks
I would get a Google Home. Thanks for the giveaway.
Definitely the security door system so we are safer.
I would love Google Home
I’ll be looking to buy some smart plugs to use with the google mini I have already.
I would get the Nest Can Wi-Fi Ourdoor camera
I would take security cameras for protecting our family.
The Samsung family hub fridge would be my choice!
I would grab a google home mini.
Amazon echo will definitely be my first purchase with my best buy gift card
I`ll buy the Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation
The first thing I would get is Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit with Dimmer Switch
We’ve been thinking about getting security cameras for our house because theft is up in our area. It’s really something my husband is better figuring out than me but maybe something like the Nest Cam Wi-Fi Outdoor 1080p IP Camera
I’d love to get the Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit with Dimmer Switch.
With winter approaching it would a new energy saving thermostat
Wow family hub fridge = all my dreams come true. <3
Would love the video door bell
I’d get the Acurite Weather Station with Colour Display
A video doorbell is the first thing on my smart home list
I would get a Homedics HDS-2000 Deep Sleep II Relaxation Sound and White Noise Machine to help drown out the traffic sounds (our apartment is on a very busy road just outside of downtown calgary)
I would get a camera & doorbell for security purposes
I would get the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Pro, Chime Pro & Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen with Alexa
I love all the Smart Home technology including the new Smart Fridge thank you
I would love to get the Ring doorbell.
I have been eyeing the 24” Insignia Roku Smart TV at Best Buy for my daughter. I am watching for sales though.
We would love a outside camera
i would start with a smartlock. the number of times someone has been locked out of this house because someone else didn’t realize there was someone out without a key and locked the door LOL
Definitely want a Ring doorbell
I would buy the Ring Alarm Wireless Security Kit
First thing I’d grab would be Google Home
I would love the Google Home.
I would love an Echo!
the nest thermostat id love to control my heat from my phone
It would have to be a Ring doorbell that I would buy first.
Wow, if that home can be smart, mine has no excuse at all! Now to pursuade the husband!
I would be getting a Roomba
I’d love a nest thermostat to save some energy!
I want di many smart devices but I would start with the smart plugs, then get a nest thermostat or ring door bell.
First thing I’d go for is a Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Pro
I would love a nest thermostat.
I would get a Google Home to help me out with setting timers and reminders!
A smart thermometer (NEST) sounds really neat as well as some security updates!
I would like the Meross Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch.
I think id like the ring door bell :) or smart lights or plugs
I think I would grab one of the Smart Thermostats for our home.
I would love to get a ring doorbell
The first thing i’d grab is the New! Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Pro, Chime Pro & Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen with Alexa – Charcoal
I would like a Google Home
The first thing I would buy would be a Google Home.
In new gadgets, im interested in Google home
I would love to get the Google Home
I would start to replace our normal lights with smart lights.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Pro + Connect
My friend just got her house robbed. I would get a Ring doorbell
I would get a Smart thermostat or also a Smart lock.
I love my Google Home. Now I need to add a Ring doorbell.
I’d get a Ring Doorbell
Smart Thermostats would be perfect for winter :)
We would get the Ring doorbell since it’s been on my hubby’s wish list for quite some time
google home mini for me
I’d like to grab a Google Home Mini – Charcoal
I would get the Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Battery) (S3000BWEF). I keep hearing great things about the Nest alarms.
Wow, I did not know there were so many new smart tech items… I am particularly intrigued by the ZEEQ Smart Pillow! However, if I won I’d love to pick up a few of the TP-LINK smart plugs.
The smart blinds sound amazing , but i think i would try the Google home !!!
I’d love a smart thermostat
The Google Home Mini!
NETGEAR Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security System with 4 1080p HD Cameras
NETGEAR Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security System with 4 1080p HD Cameras
I would grab a smart thermostat and a wireless security system.
I would love to upgrade our old school doorbell with the axGear WiFi Door Bell Wireless Video Camera Smart Home Monitor Doorbell Two-Way Talk. I love how it has a built in cam.
My kids love to answer the door so it would be nice to have the Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell 2 for safety purposes.
oooh tough choice – we love Best Buy! I think I’d like to try the D-Link Wi-Fi Indoor 1080p HD IP Camera as it would make me feel more secure
I would love to get a smart Thermostat (nest).
There are many things we could benefit from but I think we would start with the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini 2 Pack & Google Home Mini
i would put towards a door bell
I would love some Smart blinds!
I would get a Ring Alarm Wireless Security Kit.
I’d love to make my 106 year old apartment smarter! It’s already pretty great but some simple upgrades would make it even better. Thanks for the inspiration!
I am waiting patiently for a Google Home.
I think the Nest would be nice
I think a Google home mini would be awesome!
I would get the Honeywell Wireless Leak & Freeze Detector.
I am all for smarter homes! We have our Google Home & Hue lights which love! Google runs my lights, answers my questions, she play dog music for my boxer girl Sophie while we are out! Not sure I could go back! Would love to add more smart to home!! Enjoy your binging on Netflix. You have to watch Haunting Of Hill House with the lights on!! Thank you
We would get the August wifi smart lock pro. We have wanted a smart lock for so long.
Google home mini!!!
I would get a D Link Indoor Wifi camera.
I would like to get the Smart Google home.
I would love a google home
I’d love to get a ring doorbell!
I would like to pick up a smart thermostat.
I would like the Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit with Dimmer Switch
I have a Google home right now and that is as far as I have gotten towards a shade home.
I would buy Smart Blinds
I love the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator! How cool! It’s a little out of my price range.
I’d love to a Roomba. I am not a big fan of vacuuming. I’d love to have that task automated.
Nest x Yale Wi-Fi Smart Lock with Nest Connect
Google home mini is really neat. I’d like one
I’d love to get the ecobee4 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.
The first thing I’d get is a TP-LINK HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plug
First purchase a security camera for sure
I would like to get a Google Home have wanted one for a long time.
The Ring Wi-Fi Video Doorbell looks good.
I’d get the smart thermostat!
i would definitely get the wi fi doorbell
Wif fi doorbell for a loved one.
I would love the Google home
Smart Thermostat! Because it gives me an old school flavour to a super modern edge! I am the hot flashing parent, I control the furnace! And shut that door, we aren’t heating the whole street…
I’d get a NEST thermostat, I’ve wanted one forever!
The first thing I would buy would be Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm because safety is always first!
I would first have to get the Nest thermostat.
The first thing I would get would be a Smart Thermostat.
I would like a security camera.
A smart thermostat would help keep heating bills in check
I would buy the Nest Can wi fi security kit. I would also like Google home.
A TP-LINK Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini
I’ll grab a smart tv
A google home would be cool to get
I have a Nest thermostat. Next I’d love to have the Google Home or the Apple Homepod.
I would love a Ring WiFi Doorbell. Thanks for the chance!
I would like a ring doorbell to let me know nicely when someone is there.
I would get the Google Home
I’d get some Google Home Smart Speakers.
The first smart tech you’ll grab from Best Buy Canada is a Nest Hello Wi-Fi Video Doorbell.
Our friends had their house ransacked so I would choose the Ring doorbell.
I would love the Amazon Echo Dot!
The Google Home would be convenient to have!
a google home
I would pick hands down the Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat
I’d pick up a Google home! Convenience for my partner and I, who are on completely different schedules at home!
I would grab the ecobee4 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat!
I’d nab the Nest Thermostat E Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat in white. High time for an upgrade.
I would get Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation – Black – Only At Best Buy
I would get the ring door bell for sure
I have been wanting to try the google home mini :)
Would love a Ring doorbell.
TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini 2 Pack & Google Home Mini
First thing I would get would be Google Home.
there are so many great smart home options! i would love google home, a ring video doorbell, or even a ZEEQ smart pillow to track sleep quality and patterns! thank you so very much for this chance! :)
A Ring Doorbell !
The Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm would be my pick…
Since our doorbell hasn’t worked in several years, I think a Ring Smart Doorbell would be my first smart-tech buy.
Google Home Smart Speaker! Keeping me organized and up to date about my flight information.
I would probably go for the Google Home Smart Speakers.
The first smart tech I’d grab from Best Buy Canada is the Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat
I would love to get the Google Home