8 smart garden products to buy this year
From weatherproof TVs to weeding robots, there are loads of cool gadgets you can buy to upgrade your outdoor space. Here are some of our favourite smart garden products.
Most of us have at least one smart product in our homes, whether it’s a Bluetooth speaker, video doorbell, smart TV or voice-controlled lighting. But as time goes on, more and more smart garden products are coming to the market too.
Our list includes products to help you maintain your outdoor space, such as automatic mowers and sprinklers, and tech to enjoy while you relax, like outdoor TVs and smart lighting. We’ve rounded up our favourites for you to browse.
Most of these smart products need an internet connection, so it’s worth knowing how to boost Wi-Fi in your garden if you have lots of outdoor space.
The best smart garden products you can get online
Netatmo Weather Station
Here in the UK, we love to talk about the weather, and this little set-up will give you accurate forecasts and collated data in your very own home and garden. It can tell you the indoor and outdoor temperatures, humidity and CO2 levels, and it even measures barometric pressure and noise pollution.
Sending customisable notifications directly to your phone, the weather station gives you a seven-day forecast and warns you when it’s time to ventilate your home. You can also pair it with a Netatmo Smart Thermostat to adjust your home’s heating.
There are plenty of ways you can access the full weather report; check it on your computer or smart device, or with voice control through Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri.
Tertill Garden Weeding Robot
We’ve heard of the robot vacuum… but how about the robot weeder? This little device comes from the makers of the Roomba floor cleaner. It may not look like much, but it’s got plenty of five-star reviews confirming its weed-killing abilities.
The robot charges up in the sun and moves through your borders and flower beds to chop down weeds before they get out of control. It’ll deliberately avoid larger plants, but you’ll need to protect any seedlings you’re growing with the metal guards included in the pack.
Each ‘Tertill’ robot is completely weatherproof and can weed up to 200 square feet or 18.5 square metres of space. Use the brand’s app to easily monitor your robot and check its battery level.
Samsung Terrace TV
Who says you can’t watch television outside? Gone are the days spent squinting into our phones and laptops; Samsung’s impressive outdoor Terrace TV has a non-reflective, waterproof screen with automatic brightness adjustment for flawless outdoor viewing.
It comes with all the major apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+, and you can split the display to show your mobile screen while you watch. Just tap the TV with your phone.
Choose between the 55”, 65” or 75” version to fit your space. No matter your decision, you’ll get a QLED 4K picture with over a billion cinematic colours - and it’ll survive water and dust in temperatures ranging from -30 to 50°C.
Not quite ready for an outdoor TV? Create your dream movie night set-up with one of these high-quality outdoor projectors.
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery Security Camera
Smart cameras are becoming more and more widespread as gadgets to boost security and monitor your home while you’re away.
This one comes from the popular brand Ring, and gives you instant alerts when something triggers the motion sensors. Then, you can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to see, hear and speak to anyone within 9.14m of the camera - day or night. You’ll get clear HD video and night vision, so you could even use it to spot local wildlife after dusk.
As an added bonus, there are built-in LED lights and a 110dB alarm, which you can use to deter intruders.
You’ll need to charge up the removable battery pack, but you can also buy a wired version to plug into standard power outlets. Alternatively, get the black battery model or the black wired version for a more inconspicuous camera.
Bosch Indego S 500 Robotic Lawn Mower
Who wouldn’t want a robot mower to cut their grass for them? This smart garden product maps your lawn, creates a mowing schedule and distributes the clippings to fertilise your grass with its in-built mulching system.
It’ll trim the grass efficiently in tidy parallel lines but changes direction each time it gets to work, so it won’t leave annoying tracks on your lawn. Plus, it starts by clipping the grass around borders to avoid messy edging.
See our full list of the best robot lawn mowers available to buy online.
Philips Hue 2m Outdoor Lightstrip
Smart lighting can immediately change the look and feel of your garden with relatively little effort - and the Philips Hue weatherproof Lightstrip is a versatile choice. You can use it to line doors and window sills, create backlit effects on garden features or weave it among plants in your borders.
With a Philips Hue Bridge, which you can buy separately, you’ll be able to control the Lightstrip remotely using the brand’s app or voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Lightstrip can create 16 million different colours, including warm and cool white, so you can create the exact look you want. You can even set it to illuminate automatically when you’re near, or turn on and off while you’re out as a security measure.
Rachio 3 Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller
If you’ve got a wired, underground irrigation system or you plan to install one, it makes sense to invest in a smart sprinkler controller. The Rachio 3 is one of the most highly reviewed options on the market.
This system connects to your existing sprinkler network, allowing you to manage watering schedules on the Rachio app or via voice assistants like Alexa.
You can either set your own programme or let the app automatically generate watering plans based on local weather forecasts (it collects data from over 300,000 stations). You can even add information like your plant species and sun exposure to help Rachio better care for your garden.
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II Speaker
There are plenty of Bluetooth speakers on the market, but this one is weatherproof and comes with a convenient carry handle, so it’s a practical option for outdoor use.
Thanks to the speaker’s cylindrical shape, it can offer 360° sound and provides clear audio as you move around the garden.
You’ll get the high sound quality you’d expect from a Bose speaker, as well as a rechargeable 17-hour battery and a resilient aluminium exterior.
Plus, you can pair this smart garden product with another Bose speaker, including one of the brand’s indoor models, to create seamless audio as you move between home and garden. You can also adjust the settings and take phone calls with a voice assistant like Siri.
Alice is a digital writer with a knack for tracking down the most innovative and exciting products to hit the market. Working across several of Our Media's special interest brands, she's written for publications including Countryfile, Gardens Illustrated and Science Focus. Outside of work - and lusting over homeware and gardening products - you’ll find her rambling in the great outdoors or watching an old film.
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