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2016 Holiday Home Gift Guide: Make home life easier with these gadgets


Here are a few gift ideas for around the home from routers to smart home accessories and more!

We’re nearing the end with a couple more Holiday Gift Guides to go. Next up, our Holiday Home Gift Guide has a few electronic gadgets for around the house which not only make life easier but also more enjoyable.

Smart Home

Echo Dot


Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

Check out our full review.

MSRP: $49.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon

Ring Stick Up Cam


The world’s only wireless outdoor camera with two-way audio allows you to see and speak with your visitors anywhere. Monitor your property in real time, and view and interact with visitors in brilliant HD from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. With motion-activated alerts, HD video, and 2-way audio, you’ll always know what’s going on. Wire-free and weather-resistant construction allows you to mount the Stick Up Cam anywhere with the included tool kit.

Check back soon for our full review.


  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Ring

Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt



If you’re a homeowner with an active lifestyle, or a busy parent with kids who are always coming and going, then Schlage Touch can help simplify your day by eliminating the hassle of keys entirely. The Schlage Touch keyless touchscreen deadbolt welcomes consumers to the keyless era. There’s no key at all, thanks to its cylinder-free design, dressed in a slim profile and stylish trim that pairs perfectly with interior design.

Check back soon for our full review.

MSRP: $156

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Schlage

Modems, Routers, & Gateways

KoalaSafe Wireless Access Point


The KoalaSafe wireless access point, when paired with the app, allows for parental controls and insights into your child’s internet usage. Your purchase includes the KoalaSafe Wireless N 802.11 150M Router, power adapter, cable and application access. Features Include: Setting time limits, website and app blocking, weekly usage report, internet stop button. User can control settings through iOS, Android, and browser. Allows for Plug and Play, YouTube SafeSearch, Google SafeSearch, Per Device Profiles.

Check out our full review.

MSRP: $129USD (currently on sale for $99USD)

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from KoalaSafe

Linksys CM3024 Modem

Linksys CM3024

Delivering high-speed, stable Internet connectivity, the Linksys CM3024 Cable Modem is meant for broadband subscription plans of 250 Mbps and up. Optimize your Internet service and enjoy strong Wi-Fi to simultaneously stream media, enjoy online games, and browse the web. This modem is compatible with all major cable providers, including Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner, Cox, and Charter, saving you the cost of monthly modem rental fees. Plus, the simple plug-and-play setup makes switching from your old, outdated modem quick and easy.

Check out our full review on this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $129.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon

Motorola MG7550 Gateway


The MG7550 is certified by a number of leading cable service providers including Comcast XFINITY for every speed, including the top speeds of Extreme 250 for households, and Time Warner Cable for all speeds including 300 Mbps, and Cox’s Ultimate package. Charter Spectrum approved. Owning the MG7550 eliminates modem rental charges that are often $120 or more per year. With easy installation, very high-speed, broad compatibility, and superb customer support, Model MG7550 is a great choice for almost any cable modem user. 16×4 modem performance means that up to 16 cable data channels carry data from the Internet, 16 times faster than DOCSIS 2.0; and up to 4 channels carry data to the Internet. Wireless Power Boost amplifies the wireless signal to the legal limit and increases speed and range. AnyBeam beamforming at 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz focuses the signal on wireless clients to allow further improvements to wireless performance and range. The built-in AC1900 Dual Band wireless router provides the range, wireless speeds, and networking support needed for wireless n/ac/g/b devices including smartphones, computers, tablets, and HDTVs. Four 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports provide wired connections to computers, HDTVs, game stations, and other Ethernet-capable devices. Router features include an advanced firewall, parental controls, and a browser-based configuration manager. Guest network access gives visitors Internet services while protecting your local network’s private information. Setup is fast and easy. Seven status reporting LEDs allow easy status monitoring. Experienced USA-based customer support specialists are ready to help if you need them. Best of all, MG7550 offers the value, performance, and attention to quality that continue to make Motorola the leading brand of cable modems.

Check out our full review.

MSRP: $179.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon

D-Link AC5300 Router

D-Link AC5300

The D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R) delivers the ultimate performance customers are expecting today for the most demanding tasks, like 4K video streaming, gaming and multiple device usage. The DIR-895L/R delivers breakthrough tri-band Wi-Fi technology with amazing combined wireless speeds of up to 5,332Mbps (1,000 Mbps in 2.4GHz + 2,166 Mbps in 5GHz + 2,166 Mbps in 5GHz). Thanks to 4×4 data streams, that can be combined through beamforming and MU-MIMO technology to increase reliability and range. The entire family can now enjoy 4K streaming and gaming on multiple devices without any lag.

Check out our full review on this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $379.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from D-Link

Amped Wireless Artemis High Power AC1300 Wi-Fi Router


The Artemis is the ultimate router for the multi-device household. Built with a Quad-Core Processor, 8 high power amplifiers, and 2 high gain antennas, the Artemis delivers unmatched Wi-Fi performance. It is equipped to provide unprecedented coverage, speed, and reliability for the most demanding networks with many connected devices. Extremely fast AC1300 Wi-Fi technology provides up to 1.26Gbps, making lag and buffering a thing of the past for everyone.3 The Artemis also features cutting edge MU-MIMO technology that enables multiple devices to receive data at once, granting uninterrupted streaming for all.

Read our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $129.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Amped Wireless

D-Link AC1900 Router


The D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-880L) provides a responsive graphical user interface for an exceptional experience right out of the box. Advanced users have the option to utilize Open Source firmware to modify their router further. The DIR-880L router supports the DD-WRT OpenSource, Linux-based operating system offering additional customization and features. Controlling your network by enabling parental controls, blocking unwanted devices, monitoring internet activity and creating Wi-Fi guest networks is easier than ever with D-Link’s new interface.

Check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $149.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from D-Link

Zyxel Armor Z2


Have more devices connected to your shared Internet with the Zyxel Armor Z2 AC2600 MU-MIMO Dual-Band wireless Gigabit router. Powered by a fast 1.7 GHz processor and streamboost technology, the Armor Z2 allows you to experience 4k UHD video streaming and to play online games without stuttering, while to have more devices staying connected at the same time without sacrificing performance. The Zyxel Armor Z2 is equipped with the latest 4×4 MU-MIMO technology that enables it to accelerate transmission up to 4 stream wireless devices for even faster Wi-Fi speeds. With up to 2600 Mbps of combined wireless speeds, stream high definition movies without stutters, transfer files quicker to your mobile devices, play online games without the high latency. Beamforming coverage unlike traditional wireless where it scatters it signals everywhere, the Armor Z2 pinpoints your wireless device and focuses its wireless connection solely to that device, enabling strong wireless signals.

Check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $269.99USD

  Purchase from Amazon

Linksys AC1200 Amplify


With the Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6700), you can easily expand the range of your existing wireless router. Simply plug the device into a standard wall outlet where you need stronger Internet connectivity–say, an upstairs bedroom or office or another remote area of your home. The RE6700 repeats the signal from the router and redistributes it to reduce wireless dead spots.

Check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $129.99USD (currently on Amazon for $77.37USD)

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Linksys


Probox2 Air


The PROBOX2 Air is perfect for home entertainment. This is a revolutionary new way to enjoy all of your favorite movies, music, TV series and Live TV. All packed into one device, with everything controlled with your fingertips. Loaded with Android 6.0 + PROBOX2 APEX UI User Interface & the built in “1-click swap“ user interface function that you won’t find in any other TV box in the market. Empower by Kodi 16.0 , you can watch live sporting events not broadcast on terrestrial or satellite TV, enjoy the latest episodes of your favorite shows long before they have aired on US/UK TV. Needless to say to enjoy your favorite shows and movies when and where you want, at a time that suits you not the broadcasters. Seamlessly stream your video/music/photo from your Android phone/iPhone/PC/tablet via DLNA/ Airplay/Miracast through the PROBOX2 Air to your TV.

Check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $79.99+ USD

  Purchase from Amazon (US)  Purchase from W2Comp (CA)


Tablo Review FI

Tablo is a next-generation DVR that plugs into a digital TV antenna to capture free, local HDTV broadcast programs including news and sports within the US and Canada. Unlike traditional DVRs that are connected to one TV, Tablo does not feature an HDMI connection. Tablo connects to your home network using WiFi or Ethernet to stream content to any connected device inside your home or anywhere you have internet.

Check out our full review.

MSRP: $219+USD

  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Tablo


Withings Thermo

Withings Thermo
Withings Thermo greatly advances the usefulness of thermometers by letting you measure temperature in two seconds and monitor your family’s health directly from your iPhone. This easy-to-use temporal thermometer employs 16 infrared sensors that take over 4,000 measurements to deliver the most accurate result. It synchronizes with your iPhone to give you advanced health advice and help you better manage fever episodes.

Check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.

MSRP: $99.95USD

  Purchase from Apple

Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer

Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer

The Sesame Street Smart Ear Thermometer instantly measures temperature with professional accuracy at the touch of a button and syncs that info with Kinsa’s app on your phone. Hear from Elmo through the app when your reading is complete.

Check out our full review of this Top Pick of 2016.


  Purchase from Amazon

Revogi Smart Candle Light


The Revogi Smart Candle Light adds an instant romantic touch wherever you like. The battery powered (4 AA sold separately) Revogi Smart Candle Light is designed to be portable, simple and elegant. It’s an affordable way for you to personalize a room – great for both indoor and outdoor uses. The Revogi Smart Candle Light will flicker and illuminate like real flame candles but without the risks of putting them near walls and curtains. Unlike real flame candles, it can change colors to your mood! Select from 16 million colors to suit your environment. The Revogi Delite app easily controls up to ten candles. Never miss a call or text message with the Text/Call Alert feature. Your Revogi Smart Candle Light will flash when you receive a text message or a call. The Revogi Smart Candle Light can also be used as a nightlight so you can go to sleep with soft lights on. With Apple Watch integration, it’s easy to control the Revogi Smart Candle Light from your wrist. Have fun with one of many effects to control your Revogi Smart Candle Light from matching colors to the rhythm of music with Music Visualizer to Color Cycle that changes the color of the Revogi Smart Candle Light automatically.

Check out our full review.

MSRP: $19.99USD (currently $16.40USD on Amazon)

  Purchase from Amazon



The Fizzics System is the world’s first portable Draft Beer System that improves the flavor and taste of ordinary canned, bottled and growler beer. Fizzics technology enhances the carbonation and aroma of beer while providing a smooth, creamy, full-body flavor and taste without the use of additives or chemicals. Fizzics enhances the flavor and taste of all beer styles, including IPAs, Pilsners, Brown Ales, Stouts, Porters, Lagers, and more. Fresh from the tap taste, anytime, anywhere.

Check out our full review.


  Purchase from Amazon  Purchase from Fizzics

These are just a few of our suggestions in our 2016 Holiday Home Gift Guide, check back over the next couple days for our final gift guides for this year!

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