Did you know that there are many smart accessories available that work with Siri Shortcuts without supporting HomeKit? Yep, it's a thing, and you can control everything from vacuums to coffee makers using Apple's virtual assistant on your iOS devices, Mac, or HomePod. All it takes is the right accessory and a few taps within an app, and you're ready for that sweet voice control life. Here are some of our picks for the best Siri Shortcut gadgets.
Hey Siri — vacuum the kitchen
The Neato D8 robot vacuum offers powerful suction, mapping, scheduling, and of course, voice control through Siri Shortcuts. Now you can finally shout to your iPhone or HomePod to get the cleaning started, pause the current job, or send your robot back to its dock.
Hey Siri — make the coffee
The dream of having a Siri brew up a batch of coffee is finally here with the Smarter Coffee maker. In addition to voice and on/off controls, this coffee maker can switch between grind and filter modes and has customizable strength settings.
Hey Siri — clean the air
The Dyson Pure Cool line combines unique bladeless fan technology with air purification into one sleek-looking package. This combo works with Siri for convenient controls like turning the fan on and off, making it a great desk-side companion. Other models include options like heating and more extensive coverage areas.
Hey Siri — push the button
This clever little gadget can make anything with a push-button instantly smart. Simply stick the SwitchBot on to things like a garage door opener button, electric fireplace control, coffee maker, or a light switch, and ask Siri to do the work for you. Just make sure you pick up the SwitchBot Hub Mini to get it connected to your home network.
Hey Siri — who's at home?
The RoomMe Personal Location Sensor works with your family's phones to determine who enters and leaves certain areas. Presence detection also enables personal automation, such as turning on a favorite playlist or setting the lights, to spring to life automatically.
Hey Siri — it's hot in here
If you own a window or portable air conditioner and envy those fancy smart thermostats that only work with whole-home HVAC systems, then the Ambi Climate 2 is just the thing you need. The Ambi Climate 2 connects to your home network and acts as a relay that sends IR signals to your current AC unit, giving it the Siri boost that you always wanted.
Hey Siri — goodnight
The Malouf M555 Adjustable Bed Base brings smart connectivity to the bedroom through Siri and app controls. Features such as under-bed lighting, dual USB ports on each side, massage zones, and of course, adjustable positions take the nighttime routine to another level.
Hey Siri — turn on the fan
If things start to get a little stuffy, ceiling fans are a great way to circulate the air, so why not have Siri do it for you? The Bond Bridge works with any fan that has a remote. Just set it within range, and watch your fan come to life with just your voice. While it's mainly for ceiling fans, this smart controller can work with other devices like fireplaces or table fans through IR and RF capabilities.
Hey Siri — open the curtains
While there are a few HomeKit options for blinds and shades, most require installation and are incredibly expensive. There is a more accessible — and more affordable, alternative though, the SwitchBot Curtain. Simply slide this electric motor onto your curtain rod and pair it to the SwitchBot Hub Mini, and you will be on your way to the ultimate in convenience in no time.
Hey Siri, do the thing with the best Siri Shortcut gadgets
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Siri Shortcuts opens the doors to a whole new world of smart home gadgets that fall outside of the world of Apple's HomeKit. In addition to new and unique categories, supporting just Siri Shortcuts also keep you from being locked into one ecosystem, ensuring that you will always be in control, even if you decide to switch things up.
We love the Neato Robotics Neato D8 Intelligent Robot Vacuum, which can intelligently map your home, giving you the ability to tell Siri to clean a specific room on demand. This robot vacuum also has some of the most powerful suction around and a unique design that allows it to get into corners.
Have a unique situation where you just want a gadget to push a physical button on a "dumb" appliance? Then check out the SwitchBot. This tiny little box sticks to whatever you desire, and with a simple tap or shout, it sends out a little "finger" that presses that button. Just keep in mind, though, that you do need a separate hub, the SwitchBot Hub Mini, to make this magic happen.
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Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.