Customer Reviews

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j.f.
Very simple to install, working well, with one suggestion

They work great and I love the solar power. Time will tell on the durability of the product. I do have one suggestion. During set up it ask you to tanke blind all the way down then all the way up. I think a step before that would be good to define which direction the motor has to turn to raise or lower the blinds. The issue I had was the down button in the APP actually raised and the up lowered. This causes you to extend the blinds all the way out so the button that is up goes from lowering then to raising.

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M.
Soma - Pros, Cons, What to know a) before buying, b) iinstall tips, c) Alexa integration

BOTTOM LINE
The Soma Smart Shade motorized units work quite well. With a few changes, though, they could be so much better, and it is difficult to understand why those changes haven’t been made. There are also some things to know, which I note below (along with the typical pros and cons). Still, I purchased three units initially, and they worked very well for what I needed, so I purchased two additional units to complete my glass wall (4 sliding glass door panels and one very large window).

THINGS TO KNOW
- The shades take a very long time to open: and I do mean a VERY long time. That factor is a non-issue for me, and would likely be a non-issue for most people. Except for when one is setting the max-up/max-down positions during setup, only the individual with no life will sit there and watch them go all the way up or down. If your application requires a more swift open/close, you will not be satisfied with the Soma units.

- The chain length/type, for most, will be a non-issue. It’s easy to purchase a #10 beaded chain (10 beads for 1”) at almost any length you need. The chain that comes with the unit hangs at about 3’, which may be great for most windows. For less than $10 US on Amazon, I purchased a 12’ continuous loop #10 beaded chain, which hangs at 6’. That allowed the unit to attach to my sliding glass near the bottom of the door, making the mechanism unobtrusive, and allowing the Solar Panel to be unobtrusively attached to the bottom of the glass door, as well.

- The Alexa documentation is poor, but the application works well. Whereas the Android App can take a while to recognize the shades, most of the time Alexa recognizes them immediately. Irrespective of what one names their Groups (I have one Group named “Inside” and one named “Outside”), the command, “Alexa, ask Soma to open (or close) shades (or blinds)” will activate all of the shades in all of the Groups. If one wanted to open only one Group (e.g., the Inside shades), the...

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J.B.
5/5

Smart Home Value Pack - 3x Smart Shades + 3x Free Solar Panels

K
K.i.A.
Great product

Easy to setup and link to my amazon echo

Would love to have more speed control for lowering blind and some way to tell if the solar panels are actually charging the device.

I have a large blind 3x3m with spring assist and it struggles a bit to lift; I’m hoping w a bit more spring tweaking I can improve the lift speed.

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T.
Great value Great product

I have purchased the 3 unit combo and the SOMA Connect. I have set all three up in the same group, and created Day / Night scene in my Apple Home to have it open and close automatically everyday.

Pros:
Easy to install
Easy to setup
Clean White Design, easy to blend in
Awesome adhesive on the back of device, not need to screw it down

Cons:
Instruction guide could be improved, some guess work involved
Didn't mention you could use Ethernet instead of wireless for SOMA Connect
Unboxing experience doesn't match the high quality of the Software

Bottomline, when everything's figured out it works flawlessly.

Sale price $357.00 Regular price

$447.00

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.

Technical Details

  • 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:

3x Smart Shades 

3x Solar panel

3x USB charging cable

User manual