5 Smart Home Finds We're Adding to Our Carts on Amazon Prime Day

This is not a drill: Amazon Prime Day—an epic sale available exclusively for Prime members—lasts two whole days this year. Starting July 15, you can score amazing discounts on electronics, home goods, kitchen appliances, and more. (Not a Prime member yet? Sign up for your 30-day free trial here.) With deals this good, we've got our eyes on major tech upgrades. Hint: Amazon almost always has great sales on its branded products (like the Echo Spot), so all of the items on our wish list are Alexa-compatible.

Ring Video Doorbell: A rectangular stainless-steel smart doorbell with a camera and speaker photo

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Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

The Ring video doorbell is a great way to keep an eye on your home. Sync the doorbell with your phone to get motion-detection alerts day or night, and thanks to the HD video with infrared night vision, you can get a clear picture of what's happening around your front door in real time. Once it's installed, you can talk to visitors no matter where you are via your phone, tablet, or computer. And did we mention it's 30 percent off right now?

Price: $70 (usually $100)

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Rounded square black smart thermostant with digital face display. photo

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Smart Thermostat and Room Sensor

Keep your home feeling comfortable year-round (while saving some green) with a smart thermostat. Place the smart room sensors in the spaces that you use the most and they'll monitor a room's temperature and occupancy to automatically adjust for the ideal comfort level. You can connect it to your Alexa-enabled devices or use the built-in Alexa capability to control the temperature no matter where you are. Plus, it comes equipped with Smart Recovery that helps to minimize runtime (like when you're not at home) and help you save on energy bills throughout the year.

Price: $180 (usually $249)

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Amazon Echo Plus in Charcoal photo

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Echo Plus

If you're a fan of the Echo Dot, then you'll love the Echo Plus. It comes with an improved speaker (ideal for audiophiles) and a built-in hub to control all of your smart home devices. In its second generation, the Plus also has enhanced voice control capabilities. Seven mircophones are strategically placed so it can hear you say, "Hey, Alexa," in nearly any direction. And you can call anyone almost completely hands-free.

Price: $110 (usually $150)

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Black oval smart lock with monitor camera photo

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Third Generation August Smart Lock

You'll never worry about losing your keys again with a smart lock. Connect it to your Alexa-enabled device or control it from your phone to automatically lock and unlock doors, and it even allows you to monitor who comes and goes. Whether you're at work or on vacation, you'll have peace of mind whenever you're away from home.

Price: $120 (usually $150)

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Black iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum from Amazon photo

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iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum

Want to spruce up your home without lifting a finger? The iRobot smart vacuum is an absolute must. Its three-stage cleaning system loosens, lifts, and powerfully suctions dirt, dust, and—best of all—pet hair to leave your floors looking sparkling clean. The Roomba even senses carpet and hard floors automatically, and adjusts its brushes for optimal cleaning. The best part is you can schedule it to clean whenever you want, even if you're not home, and it senses high-traffic areas to concentrate more cleaning power there. Simply connect it with Alexa to set up cleaning schedules and paths. Once it runs for up to 90 minutes, it returns to its docking station to charge. It literally takes the "work" out of housework!

Price: $400 (usually $500)

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