Moms rule, and what better way to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day than by giving her an impressive home automation device or connected gadget?
Whether your mom loves cooking, gardening, or exercising, there are home automation solutions that can streamline her lifestyle. As an added bonus, busy moms will love the convenience of smart home technology. Here are our 10 favorite home automation gifts for Mom.
1. Multitaskers: Amazon Echo
List price: $179
A wireless smart hub and hands-free speaker, the Amazon Echo can be Mom’s digital assistant. Using the Alexa voice service, Echo can read audiobooks, report weather, and provide schedules. Because the device is equipped with seven microphones and 360-degree speaker outputs, Mom can interact with Echo from across the room — she can ask Alexa questions, start a music playlist, and control other smart home devices with ease.
2. Fitness Junkies: Fitbit Charge HR
List price: $149
Designed for tracking activity, sleep, calories, and weight, the Fitbit Charge HR is the ultimate automated wearable for fitness lovers. The slim, wireless tracker syncs stats to a smartphone and/or computer so Mom can monitor her progress over time. And because Fitbit has a designated IFTTT (IF This Then That) channel, your mom can easily use this little fitness tracker to trigger other smart gadgets around the home.
3. Chefs: Smart Crock-Pot
List price: $149
Thanks to the Smart Crock-Pot, Mom doesn’t have to be stuck in the kitchen when she wants to cook a great meal. Using the WeMo app, she can control the cooker’s timer, temperature, and power directly from her smart device. Plus, because Mom can always keep a digital eye on this 6-quart slow cooker anywhere there’s an Internet connection, she can keep cooking while running errands, working in the office, or picking up the kids without losing her peace of mind.
4. Coffee Lovers: Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker
List price: $115
With the Mr. Coffee® Smart Coffee Maker, Mom can start brewing before she even gets out of bed in the morning or have a fresh cup ready for her when she returns home for the day. The WeMo-connected coffee maker gives users all-day remote access to its brewing capabilities, and the 10-cup kitchen appliance can even be programmed to send reminders and alerts to Mom’s smart device.
5. Gardeners: WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower
List price: $999
If Mom loves the smell of freshly mown grass, the WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower is the perfect gardening companion. The robot works off a pre-programmable schedule, running seven days a week, if desired, to continually manicure the landscaping. This quiet electric mower can also navigate small paths and trim sloped yards, all while producing zero emissions.
6. Perfectionists: WINBOT
List price: $399
An automatic window cleaner may sound too good to be true to a house cleaner extraordinaire, but the WINBOT is just that. The window cleaning robot uses a vacuum seal to stick to windows, while its powerful squeegees clean porous glass surfaces. WINBOT’s pathfinder tracking technology is also smart enough to automatically calculate window size and create custom cleaning paths.
7. Organizers: Tile
List price: $70
If your mom has ever wished for the ability to find her keys or wallet with the press of a button, Tile is the gadget for her. It’s a remarkably simple device — when Mom presses a button in the mobile app, the corresponding Tile will chime to alert her of its location. She can attach a small, chic Tile to any item, be it a pocketbook, keychain, or purse, for easy finding later. And if Mom wants to keep track of her phone, Tile also works in reverse order — tapping the device will cause the linked phone to ring.
8. Environmentalists: WeMo Air Purifier
List price: $199
Mom can check the air quality in her home from anywhere using the Holmes Smart Premium Air Purifier. The purifier uses advanced filtration to remove as much as 99.7% of allergens and pollutant particles in the air. Mom can manage indoor air quality through the app, too, programming a daily schedule for the purifier and setting alerts for when filters need to be replaced.
9. Technophiles: WeMo Maker
List price: $79
Tech-savvy moms will love tinkering with the WeMo Maker, which has the capability to turn any low-voltage electronic into a smart device. This home automation controller can sync nearly any home device to the WeMo app, including garage door openers, motor-controlled blinds, electronic pet feeders, and sprinkler systems. Technophile moms will love turning their houses into smart homes by connecting everyday items to the Internet.
10. Gadget Greenies: GoControl Z-Wave Wall Switches
List price: $35
If your mom is still struggling with how to send an e-mail but would love to more easily control her home’s electronic features, GoControl Z-Wave Wall Switches are a great starting point. These home automation switches replace standard wall switches, and the corresponding app allows Mom to wirelessly control home lighting from her smart device. Home lighting automation will likely be at the top of every mom’s wish list — these gadgets make reminding kids to turn off the lights a thing of the past.
Don’t bother with flowers this Mother’s Day. Spoil your mom with some home control devices that will help her pursue the things she loves.