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Recombu Awards 2016: Best smart home or TV product of the year

We reveal the winner of the best smart home or smart TV product of 2016 as well as all of the other nominees up for the award.

Smart homes, eh. We’ve been banging on for ages about how the house of the future is all about communication – in other words, all of your devices talking to each other, to automate mundane tasks and make your life as easy as possible. And in 2016 we saw some seriously smart devices launch, including Amazon’s Echo speakers containing the Alexa voice assistant and the Netgear Orbi, which eliminates any WiFi blackspots in your home.

Here’s our winner of the best smart home or TV product of the year, as well as the rest of the 2016 nominees which also come highly recommended.

To see the rest of the Recombu Awards 2016 winners, in categories such as Best Mobile Phone and Best On-Demand TV Service, check out our Recombu Awards hub.

Best smart home product winner: Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa AI is an ideal home companion, giving you hands-free access to all of your main devices. And what better way to bottle her up than in the Echo, a smart speaker that can be activated with a quick command and output some seriously impressive sound. Which makes the Amazon Echo our pick for the best smart home product of 2016.

Check out our full Amazon Echo review and Amazon Echo tips and tricks to see more on this super-smart speaker setup.

Best smart home product nominee: Netgear Orbi

You can’t have a strong smart home setup without dependable WiFi, but that’s something that many people struggle to achieve. Thankfully the Netgear Orbi is a simple solution, a tri-band router that can be placed anywhere in your home and which outputs a strong signal to every corner of even a large residence.

Best smart home product nominee: O2 Home

If you’re keen to get started with your very own smart home but you don’t have the technical know-how, O2 is keen to help out with its very own O2 Home package.

Everything from smart heating and lighting to home security is covered by O2 Home and you can pick and choose exactly what smart home elements you wish to invest in. O2 will set everything up for you and show you how it works, while also offering dedicated customer support in case anything goes wrong. Here’s all you need to know about O2 Home.

Best smart home product nominee: Nest (3rd Gen)

Staying toasty in your home has never been easier. The latest Nest smart thermostat gives you a fully automated heating system, with the ability to set up schedules and remotely access settings. Good news, as it’s gonna be a chilly winter.

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