The age of automation is upon us and most house appliances and products come in smart options. You can add smart blinds and shades to the list of products for your smart home. These provide a simple way to control lighting and privacy for your windows. They also offer smart home support for digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which means they can often be operated with voice commands.
We have put together a list of the best smart blinds and shades, but remember we also have other great related content to check out. Click the link below to get you started with an introduction to smart homes.
The best smart blinds and shades:
Editor’s note: This list of the best smart blinds will be updated regularly as more devices launch.
1. Lutron Serena Smart Shade
Lutron’s Serena Smart shades have become very popular, mostly thanks to their quality, connectivity, and ease of use. They are on the pricier side of the spectrum but come in a variety of sizes to accommodate most windows. These also use a pico remote for easy control, but can connect to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. The only caveat is that these use standard store-bought batteries, which can get annoying.
2. Graywind Blackout Roller Shades
Smart blinds and shades are meant to help you control lighting, but they also offer a higher level of privacy. This is why the Graywind Blackout Roller Shades are such a great deal. Their polyester and linen material has a vinyl back layer that offers 100% blackout protection. The smart blinds can be customized to your specific window sizes.
While these smart shades support both Alexa and Google Assistant, they will need a bridge, which can be a bit of an annoyance. They otherwise should work amazingly and there is also a dedicated app for smartphone/tablet control.
3. Yoolax Roller Smart Blinds
Yoolax offers blackout soft fabric with its Roller Smart Blinds too. Each shade is made to order to accommodate custom sizes, and they can be controlled using Alexa. The coolest feature is that the battery is rechargeable and can be connected to a solar panel (sold separately). This means you might not ever need to make an effort to charge the device.
4. IKEA Fyrtur
IKEA’s convenience, crazy names, and prices are hard to beat, and their Fyrtur smart blinds follow the same philosophy. These are among the most affordable smart blinds in this list, yet offer great convenience. Some sacrifices have to be made, though.
The IKEA Fyrtur comes in pre-determined sizes and only comes with a remote. Those who want smart operation will need a gateway, which is sold separately. Regardless, this is a great deal and many of you have IKEA stores nearby, which means you get better support shall anything go wrong.
5. American Homesupplier Smart Curtain
American Housesupplier offers a system for those who prefer hanging curtains that slide from side to side, as opposed to up and down. These are great for adapting to any traditional drapes, and smart features aren’t lacking. The system can connect to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as the Smart Life application.
6. Soma Smart Shades 2 and Tilt
Soma makes some of the best smart blinds around, and the best is that they can essentially turn any blinds into intelligent ones. The Smart Shades 2 works with any blinds that use a beaded chain or endless loop chords. Meanwhile, the Soma Tilt is for blinds that are controlled with rods.
Both devices cost the same and both come with a solar panel, making it amazingly convenient, as they essentially never need to be charged.
7. Tilt Smart Blinds Automation Kit
Tilt’s MySmartBlinds kit converts any 2.0-2.5-inch horizontal blind into an automated smart blind. It can be controlled via Bluetooth, but you can get an optional Smart Bridge to connect them with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. They also come with built-in temperature sensors for improved automation. And to make the device even more enticing, it also comes with a solar panel, so you need not worry about charging.
8. Power Shades TruePoE
The Power Shades TruePoE shades are not readily available to everyone and you have to go through a local dealer to even get a quote, but these are some of the best smart shades you can find. They require no additional hardware, run on a mere 5W, and can be operated with Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings, among other platforms.
We especially like the level of customization Power Shades offers. You can pick between three different styles and a plethora of shade colors. You can even opt to have multiple rolls for day and night usage.