If you’re of the opinion that smart home products are just a fad, think again, because they’re here to stay.

We’re moving towards a world where our fridges will be able to order products online for us before we even realize we’re running low, and we already have virtual personal assistants.

It may feel like the beginning of a sci-fi thriller where robots take over the world, but it’s also pretty neat to think that most of our boring, day-to-day tasks could be automated, or at least made slightly less painful.

To help you make sense of what is worth buying, and what devices will get you the most bang for your buck, we put together a list of some of the best ones on the market right now. Better yet, they’re all under £50.

Amazon Echo Dot