Everything you need to know about smart blinds

It may not be the first thing on most people’s smart home shopping lists, but nothing feels quite as Blade Runner chic to me as automated smart blinds. Feeling that afternoon sunlight creep into your living room and calling out to a smart assistant to take care of it just feels so luxurious and futuristic.

There are some practical reasons to smartify your window blinds too. If you have central air, why not automate things to block out direct sunlight when it’s going to be heating things up? It could save you money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Or, looked at from another angle blinds can be an easy way to optimize natural light to both avoid using your smart bulbs more than you need to and to have a more pleasant, organic lighting set up.

Lutron Serena smart blinds

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So far, Lutron’s Serena smart blinds are probably the best you’ll find on the market. You can buy them off the shelf, ready to install, and design them to your liking on Lutron’s easy-to-use website.

The blinds have quiet motors, and they work with HomeKit, Nest, and IFTTT. It’s easy to control them using the Lutron app, or use simple voice commands with Alexa or Siri.

The price will vary depending on size, material, and color, so get designing to figure out what it’ll cost to update your smart home’s blinds.

Somfy smart blinds

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Somfy offers products of a similar quality to Lutron in every way, but there are some clear drawbacks.

One advantage you get from Somfy is that you can choose every detail along the way, which honestly can be overwhelming and overly complicated. Still, it gives you some flexibility (but also a a lot of room to get it wrong and give yourself a headache in the process).

You’ll also want to be careful if you’re hoping for solid smart home integration. Somfy smart blinds won’t work with SmartThings, Nest, or HomeKit systems, just the higher end systems like Control4, Crestron, and Savant.

So do your homework before you invest in this otherwise great product.

Soma smart shades

Soma shades are a great way to save money, since they are effectively just a motor, used to retrofit your blinds and automate them.

In short, Soma offers a little motor to attach to the chain on your existing blinds.

Heads up that the savings aren’t guaranteed, as you might need new blinds to make sure they’re compatible. And if you want smart home integration with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa voice control, you’ll need to buy the Soma Connect separately for $100.

Still, the Soma motor on its own is just $150, so not a bad start.

Appeal Ultra smart blinds

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Appeal Ultra are the only blinds on this list with a rechargeable power pack, which is either great or annoying, depending on your preferences. That also allows the blinds to have solar charging capabilities, so save on your energy bill by using the sunlight you’re keeping out.

You can also control them from a wall switch or remote control. They’re discreet and wireless, making them a very stylish option.

You also get light and temperature sensors and the blinds come in over 400 different fabric types and styles.

Best smart blinds: Wrap up

Those are some of our favorite smart blinds and why you might want to invest in them.

The technology still isn’t perfect, and smart blinds are clearly still not the most popular part of a smart home, but the quality is great, and improving, and the benefits are undeniable.

Have you tried any of these smart blinds in your home? What did you think? Give us your feedback in the comments below!

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