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5 Essential Smart Home Tech for the Modern Dorm Room

As the new semester rolls around, smart home technology can enhance your home away from home. Check out this quick guide to the 5 essential smart home products for the modern dorm room.

The fall semester is quickly approaching and college students nationwide are gearing up to start decorating their dorm rooms. From mattress pads to desk lamps and shower caddies, we’re all familiar with the basics, but as the modern college student growing up in the smart era becomes increasingly tech-savvy, there’s a new dorm room essential on the rise: smart home products. 

Your smart speaker can also set background noise to help you focus on your homework and help you brainstorm for your next big project.

Smart home technology has the power to transform the way we interact with our space. This becomes increasingly necessary when looking to make a small space like a dorm room more functional and when trying to navigate the often overwhelming demands that college students face. Here are 5 smart home products that can enhance the space of any dorm room and help those inhabiting it live more productive lives.

1. Smart Speaker

No smart dorm room is complete without a smart speaker. Both Amazon Echo and Google Home are currently dominating the smart speaker industry, – and for good reason. These speakers act as “‘hubs”’ for all other smart home devices to connect with for a streamlined and simple smart dorm setup. 

On top of this, these speakers allow students to keep up with their daily tasks. Remind Alexa, Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant, to wake you up to your favorite song at 7 am for that pesky 8 am class across campus or ask Google to set up reminders for when your next paper is due. Your smart speaker can also set background noise to help you focus on your homework and help you brainstorm for your next big project. 

2. Smart Lighting

Forget dingy dorm lighting. A space’s lighting plays a major role in its occupants’ mood and productivity, so why settle for harsh fluorescents? Smart lighting can elevate your space and make your home away from home feel truly home-y. Swap out your basic bulbs for something a little bit smarter to turn a basic dorm room into a cozy sanctuary that’s perfect for calm, quiet study nights and weekend hangouts with friends. 

With a smart vacuum cleaner, you can say goodbye to arguing over whose turn it is to vacuum this week or forgetting about the crumbs under your desk.

Link your smart bulb with your smart speaker for a fully voice-controlled lighting experience. These lights can dim, change colors, and even emit soothing light that doesn’t interrupt your circadian rhythm, which is perfect for a roommate situations. 

3. Smart Vacuum Cleaner

A small space like a dorm room can quickly get messy, especially when multiple students are sharing it. With a smart vacuum cleaner, you can say goodbye to arguing over whose turn it is to vacuum this week or forgetting about the crumbs under your desk. 

A smart vacuum cleaner like the budget-friendly eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S will automatically and quietly clean your dorm room, getting those hard-to-reach spaces so you can live and study in a clean and inviting space without the work involved with traditional vacuuming. 

4. Smart Plug

As a busy college student, you have more to worry about than the basic tasks of keeping up with your living space. With a smart plug, you can fully automate just about any device in your dorm, simplifying your life in more ways than you can imagine. 

A smart coffee maker can be perfectly tailored to your daily schedule so you’ll always have a fresh cup of coffee ready when you most need it.

When you come home from a long night of studying at the library, all you have to do is plop down in bed and open your smart plug’s accompanying smartphone app. From the comfort of your bed, you can turn the lights on or off or turn on the TV, allowing you to relax and focus on what really matters, letting technology do the rest.

5. Smart Coffee Maker

For most college students, a cup (or two) of coffee in the morning is a must to get their day going, but when you have class at the crack of dawn, you might not have time to sit and wait for your coffee to brew. 

A smart coffee maker solves this problem, allowing students to program their coffee maker to start brewing at a scheduled time each day. Whether this is a few minutes before wake-up or right before you come home after class to study, a smart coffee maker can be perfectly tailored to your daily schedule so you’ll always have a fresh cup of coffee ready when you most need it.

Bottom Line

From studying, jobs, internships, and living away from home for the first time, college can be a hectic time, but smart home technology can help make it a little bit easier. Having an efficient and welcoming home to come back to each day can make all the difference when it comes to navigating college life, which is why we recommend creating a simple smart home setup for your dorm room. 
Don’t let the price tag deter you – if you’re looking to create an affordable smart dorm setup, take a look at this article on How to Create a Dynamic Smart Home for Under $200. While creating a smart home becomes more difficult in smaller spaces, with a little bit of creative planning, you can easily create the smart dorm room that you’ve always dreamed of.

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