Choosing The Right Control System
Choosing the right control system for your smart home automation is essential to getting the most out of your smart products. Whilst many people think that you need to choose between systems, it’s often possible to choose both.
Systems such as Samsung Smartthings are often compatible with products from other brands. Therefore, if you find you really like a product that’s not from Samsung, you may still be able to purchase it, without missing out on all of its cool features.
Having said this, it’s important that you do your research and choose the best smart home operating system to suit your needs, as making the wrong choice could be quite costly.
Two of the top operating systems in smart home automation are SmartThings and Philips Hue. Both have a lot to offer, but there are a few things that spread them apart.
In order to give you the best chance of making the right choice, we’ve delved into the world of smart home operating systems and highlighted a few things worth considering before you buy.
So Which System is right for me?
Choosing the right system will usually come down to what smart features and products you’re looking to have in your home. It could be that you just want to have smart lighting, or you may even wish to automate everything from the ceiling to the floor. Depending on how ‘smart’ you wish to go, both brands have a lot to offer.
Let’s take a look at how the two systems compare and what it is you can achieve with them. Below is a list of the 5 main areas where the two operating systems compete.
1. The Products
Philips hue is probably the most well-known brand within the smart home world. Known for their smart bulbs and lighting systems, Philips hue has a range of fantastic products that offer a lot of great features.
Philips Hue products primarily consist of bulbs, sensors, switches and plugs.
Meanwhile, SmartThings offer a much wider range of smart products that reach far beyond lighting and plugs. The parent company to SmartThings is Samsung, known around the world for producing devices such as smartphones, TV’s, speakers and more.
Furthermore, their products are created with SmartThings compatibility. This means that not only can you buy: bulbs, plugs, switches, sensors and so on; but you can also buy larger home appliances that are all ready to be synced with your hub or mobile App. Which in turn, will enable smart features such as scheduling, voice command and more.
Therefore if you want to build your smart home using products from one company, you can achieve a lot more from Samsung Smartthings over Philips hue.
2. The Features
Here’s a quick look at some of the key features that you can use with SmartThings and Philips Hue devices.
It is worth noting here, that while many of these features are available from Samsung and Philips products, there are also many brands that support their systems, giving you the opportunity to gain these smart features from a range of other devices, outside of these brands.
Click Here to learn which brands support SmartThings.
3. The Applications
Both SmartThings and Philips Hue have great apps that you can download and use to control your smart devices. Both Apps are affordable and easy to set up. They are also really simple to use and give you full control over your smart home.
The Apps are both easy to navigate and offer the opportunity to personalise elements such as scenes and scheduling.
The main differences between the two apps are the range of devices that you are able to control. You can control multiple devices on each, but due to the range of products that SmartThings can offer, you are able to create more diverse automations on this App.
Having said this, if you use the Philips Hue outlets, you can still use their app to control appliances that are not lighting.
The App that you choose is solely dependent on which devices you have to automate. In layman’s terms, if you have SmartThings products, you will choose the SmartThings App, and if you choose Philips Hue products you will want the Hue App. Both Apps are fantastic and offer a great user experience.
4. The Quality
When going smart the main thing that people want to know is which products deliver the best quality. For example, if you’re getting smart lighting, you want to choose the products that offer the best quality of light in the home.
The truth is that the manufacturer is ultimately responsible for the quality of the product. Both Samsung and Philips are known for producing high-quality products that their customers love. Therefore you can usually rest assured that whether you buy SmartThings products or Philips Hue products, they will be good quality and you won’t be disappointed.
When it comes to buying from outside brands, you can usually tell whether they are worth buying from the customer reviews and the success of the Brands. So when purchasing your smart home products, check out the reviews, and base your decision on what best suits your needs.
At Ajax Online, for example, we pride ourselves on the satisfaction of our customers, which is why we will always advise our customers to have a look at our reviews and see for themselves why people choose to buy from us.
5. The Cost
When people think about going smart, they are often worried about the cost. Whilst it can be said that smart products are not cheap, you definitely get what you pay for. Smart Home automation not only makes everyday tasks easier and more convenient, but it can also add security to the home.
Out of the two brands, Philips Hue lighting systems are usually a little more expensive. Due to many brands supporting SmartThings, you can often find great deals on their products, from various places.
When looking into larger devices, it really does depend on where you buy and from who. Not to mention that with the use of smart plugs and outlets, you don’t necessarily have to buy a smart appliance in order to get smart features.
Click here to see great deals on Smart Products.
So What Do We Recommend?
Here at Ajax Online, we are passionate about smart home automation and we want the very best for our customers. Therefore we would always recommend the product that best suits your needs.
If you want the most out of your products, choose the system that delivers. Samsung SmartThings offers range, versatility and amazing smart features for around the home. Meanwhile, Philips hue is fantastic for smart lighting, but at a higher price.
This article was written to give you the information that you need in order to make an informed decision and choose the smart home system that best suits your needs.
If you’re still unsure about which products you should invest in, why not get in touch and our team can advise you on what will work best for you.
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