When it comes to setting up a varied list of devices in your smart home, it’s becoming easier to get started than ever before.
Smart home trailblazers Nest and their associated platform, ‘Works with Nest’ are now leading the way in allowing you to connect your intelligent devices without the headaches.
The Works with Nest label which can be found on an ever-growing number of smart home products is a way of letting users know that these devices will play ball with each other (and other Nest products) when integrated together in the smart home environment, effectively out of the box.
With Nest’s own family of products – including devices such as the Nest Learning Thermostat,, Nest Protect Alarm and its Indoor and Outdoor Cameras – already able to talk with one another, the Nest platform by Google is now beginning to expand into a wider-range of non Nest products, allowing these devices to now link up.
Getting multiple devices in your smart home repetoire to work in perfect harmony is super simple once everyone is speaking the same language.
Here’s our rundown of some of the best Works with Nest compatible devices for your home.
Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa can be directly connected to a Nest-centric system, meaning you can carry out simple tasks using voice commands such as altering the temperature of your home.Learn more about Alexa enabled devices such as Echo and Echo Dot here
The great thing about the way Philips Hue connects with Nest is that it does away with the requirement for third party integrations such as IFTTT to trigger your lights to do something as a result of changes in other devices.
By connecting Hue to your Nest setup, you can get your lighting to carry out some pretty great tasks such as flashing if there’s a problem (that your smoke detector picks up for example) or turning lights on and off when you leave or enter the house.Learn more about Philips Hue here
A modern doorbell for the interconnected smart home, the SkyBell lets you know when someone’s at the door, even when you’re not at home.
With a 1080p HD camera built into the device, the SkyBell also acts as a motion detector and can be tied to your Nest Outdoor Camera to activate if it detects movement on the porch.Learn more about the SkyBell HD Video Doorbell here
Rachio is a smart sprinkler solution that creates an intelligent schedule for running your sprinklers, ensuring you save money on the water bill.
When combined with Nest, Rachio can be instructed to cycle through all of your designated sprinkler zones if Nest Protect detects smoke.Learn more about the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller here