Great and inexpensive way to motorize your shades!
Super impressed by this product. Soma have done well. It was very easy to set up, great app and the HomeKit worked well!
I had some issues and emailed and got responses from Kate within 12 hours each time. Very happy
Company should troubleshoot potential chain issues at point of purchase. I am yet to get a response from my email regrinding installation.
Performs very well, easy to install, solar panel surprisingly sufficient to keep the battery going.
I've now ordered and installed 4 SOMA shades, as well as a SOMA connect. The entire setup (at ~$600) is not cheap, but alternative smart shades would cost at least twice more so, overall, I'm happy.
- The setup is very easy — both installing shades and integrating with SOMA connect.
- Customer service has been on point; fast response time and very helpful.
- Pretty affordable (as I already mentioned)
- Solar panels are convenient for when there's no power outlet next to the window
- HomeKit response is super fast, as advertised. It literally takes less than a second for the shades to start opening since you say "Hey Siri, open my shades".
- As others have mentioned, the speed of opening/closing is unexpectedly slow. Not a big deal, but I hope they improve this in the future versions.
- There's no way to recalibrate down/up positions without removing entire shade from the app. I installed adjacent shade few days after and realized it's not even with the first one. Had to spend some time, reinstalling both of them to get the positioning in sync.
- You can only assign shades to one group. This means that from the app, if you install them under different groups, to be able to control separately, you can't move them all at once.
- No Google Home integration (the rest of my house is controlled via GH)
- The response time in the app could be faster. If I'm moving a shade via the app (not via voice), it takes few seconds for an app to connect to the shade before I can control it.
Smart Home Starter Kit - 2x Smart Shades + 2x Free Solar Panels
Automate your windows in seconds - easy to setup, Android and iOS support. Set daily schedules. Quiet motor.
Now works with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit*
* SOMA Connect needed for the integration. Sold separately here.
- Technology: Bluetooth Smart
- Compatible devices: Android devices running Android 4.3 or newer, iPhone and iPad devices iOS8 or newer
- Battery: 1400mah – up to 50 cycles without charging
- Operation range: 40m
- Charging: USB charger cable or solar panel
- Installation: Double-sided tape or screws (tape included)
- Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.8 inches
- Solar panel dimensions 9.8 x 2.3 inches and cable is 70 inches.
- Maximum size of curtains Smart Shades can move: curtains up to 2 meters (7 feet) in width and 2 meters (7 feet) in height
Whats in the box:
2x Smart Shades
2x Solar panel
2x USB charging cable