With Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon fighting for the control of your home, things are going fast, real fast. Smart meters, smart lighting, smart heating, smart watering, smart fridges, ... are popping up everywhere, and it will not end there. The biggest challenge of our smart home is managing all different products, each coming with an own smartphone app, which somehow you will need to consolidate in a central controller, preferably connected to a voice assistant.
Already 2 important take-aways when choosing smart home technology:
My favorite store remains amazon.com, as they offer both common and more niche technical solutions, most of the time at very interesting prices. Have a look at their Prime Discounted Monthly Offering (US)
For shopping from the EU, I prefer the amazon.de website, where you can probably choose your interface language as well. Want to save on shipping costs and expedite delivery? Have a look at their Prime Membership (EU).
You can find weird technology combinations in my own home, because all solutions have their own advantages and limitations... Just as an example: I use both Google Nest Hubs and Amazon Alexa, both Chromecast and Amazon Fire Sticks, combine Philips Hue (Zigbee), Lifx and more affordable wifi smart lighting solutions, and have several solutions (physical remotes & voice control) to simplify control and interaction, and allowing some automated routines.
Personally, I went for a Belgian compromise, saving some money, keeping as much openness as possible, choosing a more or less integrated solution, and accepting some limitations and tweaking on the go. The cornerstone of my home automation? Surprisingly: Amazon Alexa, combing:
Of course there are other options, more in-depth comparisons can be found in the menu below.