‘Tis the season to find some serious bargains on smart home gear. Black Friday and its close cousin, Cyber Monday, have long been the best time to get a deal on smart lighting, smart locks, robot vacuums, security cameras, and smart speakers, to name just a few.
With the new smart home standard Matter on the horizon (yes, it’s technically here, but there are still very few devices you can actually buy), it’s worth being a bit picky about your bargain if you’re planning to go advantage of the new interoperability protocol. (Which means if you want all your devices to work with all the different smart home platforms out of the box). So we’ve highlighted deals on gadgets that work with Matter, or, if not, gadgets that work with all the major platforms.
Some device categories are not yet on the Matter bandwagon, including cameras and robot vacuum cleaners. We won’t tell you to wait – if you need them, now is definitely the time to buy them, as there are some seriously great deals to be had.
Matter is a new standard for smart homes that will make it easier for your gadgets to work with each other and any platform you want to control them with – from Amazon Alexa and Google Home to Apple Home and Samsung SmartThings.
Matter devices must use a Matter controller, and those using Thread—a protocol on which Matter runs—must use a Thread border router. Black Friday is the perfect time to pick up one of the many gadgets that will have this functionality built in for a bargain.