Ikea continues to democratize the smart home with the introduction of three new Zigbee sensors that won’t cost a fortune. It has Parasol, a door and window sensor; the Vallhorn, the motion sensor; and the Badring, the water leak sensor. They will all retail for less than $10 when they go on sale globally in the first half of next year.
The Parasol is a typical window and door sensor that can be discreetly mounted to trigger automation when an opening/closing event is detected. It can also be paired directly with an Ikea bulb right away, without the need to purchase and set up an Ikea smart home hub. In Europe it costs €9.99, but exact US pricing has not yet been confirmed for it or any of Ikea’s three new sensors.
The Vallhorn motion sensor can be used both indoors and outdoors (with IP44 splash protection against rain) to activate lights or other automation when motion is detected. It’s powered by three AAA batteries and can be paired to directly control up to 10 Ikea smart bulbs out of the box. It costs just €7.99 and can detect more space than Ikea’s existing $14.99/€12.99 motion sensor, which is smaller but can only be used indoors and requires replacement with more frequent use of your lithium battery.
The Badring water sensor includes a built-in siren (60dBA at 1m) that can alert you when it detects a leak. It can also trigger a mobile notification in the Ikea Home smart app for homes equipped with an Ikea Dirigera Hub ($69.99). Sensors like these can save homeowners a lot of money before a water leak has a chance to cause real damage. It will cost €9.99.
Of these three sensors, only the Parasoll and Badring are not compatible with Ikea’s older Trådfri smart gateways. All sensors support the new Dirigera hub, of course, which fully integrates the sensors into Ikea’s growing range of smart home products and the Smart Home app. The hub also allows Ikea devices to interact with smart home ecosystems from Google, Amazon and Apple at home or elsewhere.
Despite announcing that support for Matter was “just a few months away” more than a year ago, the company still does not support it. Ikea plans to finally enable Matter by turning on the Thread radio inside the Dirigera hub to connect Ikea’s existing Zigbee-based devices to the next-generation smart home standard. In a statement sent to The Verge, Jonas Söderqvist, head of digital products at Ikea, said the company “has decided to delay this feature” and will provide an update “when the time is right.” » The continued delay is understandable, given that Ikea products already integrate well with other platforms, and the company is working to make things as simple as possible for anyone getting started with a smart home while shopping for a new library .
Vallhorn will be available in select countries, including the United States, starting in January 2024. This is the same month as Parasoll’s international launch, but its U.S. launch won’t happen until April. Badring is scheduled to begin retail sales in April in select countries, but won’t arrive in the United States until July. It’s confusing, but these staggered launches are a byproduct of Ikea’s retail franchise system.