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SimpliSafe review

SimpliSafe Home Security System review

These days, there a lot of do-it-yourself home security systems out there. How do you choose? Simplisafe’s latest offering brings together beautiful hardware and the ability to customize your home security package.
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Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi review

Collaboration with Plume ensures Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi is quicker than its predecessor, but a lack of wired connectivity and fragmented controls means it’s not for everyone. Find out more in our review.
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Bonaverde Berlin brewing system review

The Bonaverde Berlin Brewing System lets you roast, grind, and brew coffee beans. But is the cup of Joe worth ditching your regular coffee maker?
Samsung DV8750 review

Samsung DV8750 dryer review

Looking for a workhorse dryer than can handle heavy blankets with the same ease as a small load of delicates? The Samsung DV8750 could be the perfect fit, as long as you don’t expect your clothes to be completely wrinkle-free.
Samsung WF7500 review

Samsung WF7500 front-loading washer review

We’ve all forgotten to add a piece of clothing to a wash already in progress. This Samsung washing machine solves that problem with an easy open hatch on the front door. But how well does it clean your laundry?
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Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat hands-on review

With an excellent whole-home sensor system, an easy-to-use interface, and a simple app, the Ecobee4 is a solid choice for a smart thermostat. The fact that it's an Amazon Alexa speaker just sweetens the deal.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 review

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 review

We were skeptical about a robot that’s both a vacuum and a mop, but the Ecovac Deebot Ozmo 930 pleasantly surprised us. It’s a bit annoying that the app is practically required for it to function, but it does a decent job of both vacuuming and cleaning with minimal input from a human.
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Amazon Echo Plus (1st gen) review

Amazon’s Echo Plus was announced in Sept 2017 and we quickly got our hands on one, eager to test the embedded smart home hub. A year later, we’re taking a fresh look at the device to see which new Alexa capabilities have been added and to revisit the speaker’s sound quality.
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Can this tabletop Krups keg really deliver a perfect pour? We asked beer snobs

Take the brew pub home with the Krups SUB Home Beer Dispenser. This system lets you tap and enjoy your favorite beer from the comfort of your kitchen. With a variety of beer choices and easy-to-follow directions, you’ll never need to go to the bar again.
Nest-x-Yale review

Nest X Yale Lock review

Three years in the making, the Nest X Yale lock is stylish and beautiful, but offers surprisingly little substance. We were surprised by how difficult it was to install due to faulty parts. But newly-announced Google Assistant integration offers some promise.
GE JES1097SMSS review

GE JES1097SMSS microwave review

The GE Smart Countertop Microwave can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa, but it also uses scan-to-cook technology via its app for packaged and frozen food. The list of items is robust, but we’d like to see the app incorporate more fresh food options to really make this connected microwave smart.
DeLonghi BC0430 review

DeLonghi BC0430 review

DeLonghi brings you the best of both worlds with its combo coffee machine and espresso maker. Some days you want straight coffee, while other days you need a stronger kick in the you-know what. But who has both a coffee and an espresso machine? With the DeLonghi BC0430 coffee maker, you don’t have to choose between machines.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambience Starter Kit Review

Philips Hue White and Color Ambience Starter Kit

While cheaper smart lighting options abound, few competitors can match Philips Hue’s blend of style, sophistication and simplicity that makes it easy to create the perfect ambience for your home. The White and Color Ambience Kit isn’t new, but with other lighting kits flooding the market, we figured it was a good idea to take a fresh look to see if it still holds up.
Ooma Butterfleye review

Ooma Butterfleye review

Ooma Butterfleye’s high quality, auto-adaptive imaging, wire-free operation, and free cloud storage delights, but with smart features tucked behind a paywall and no night vision support available, the camera overall disappoints performance-wise.
Samsung DW80M9 Chef Collection dishwasher

Samsung DW80M9 Chef Collection dishwasher review

What happens when you combine innovative design elements with the cleaning power of Samsung’s latest rendition of its WaterWall cleaning technology? A dishwasher that’s as powerful and stylish as it is quiet. Read our review and find out why this unit is one of our favorites.
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Traeger Timberline 850 review

Renowned for its line of wood pellet grills, Traeger has taken its game to the next level with the Timberline 850 Wi-Fi-controlled grill. With its companion app, this grill promises a grilling experience that’s all but effortless. Just how smart is this smoker? Read our review.

Ezviz ez360 Pano review

Ezviz ez360’s wide field of vision and extensive monitoring features are a step up from most consumer smart cams, but this camera isn’t the simplest to work with. We’re also unsure how, exactly, the device works with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Read our review to find out more.
Philips Hue Calla

Philips Hue Calla Outdoor Pathway Light & Extension Kit Review

Installing outdoor LED lighting has been too difficult for too long. Philips Hue has made it easy by making outdoor lighting that’s gorgeous and exciting to use. A combination of style, sophistication and, best of all, simplicity makes Philips Hue Calla an easy pick. Here’s how testing went.
iLife A7 Vacuum Robot

iLife A7 Robot Vacuum review

iLife recently released the A7 robot vacuum. The A7 has a variety of cool features you want to see in a robot vac like multiple cleaning modes, different cleaning brushes, and WiFi connectivity. We decided to test out the iLife A7 and see how it compares to other robot vacuums.
Sun Basket Meal Kit

Sun Basket meal kits make sophisticated food simple

In our quest to find the perfect meal kit, we tested out Sun Basket, which boasts interesting flavor profiles and simple-to-follow instructions. SoCal Fish Tacos with Avocado, Cabbage Slaw, and Lime Yogurt anyone? Here’s how it stacked up against other Meal Kits we’ve tried. Get cooking!
Ring Spotlight Solar review

Ring Spotlight Cam Solar review

If you’re like us, you like the idea of wireless home security cameras, but dread the low-battery warning that inevitably comes with them. We tested the Ring Spotlight Cam Solar to see if it was the answer to our dead-battery prayers. Read our review to find out how it went.
Momentum Cori HD

Momentum Cori HD review

Ecovacs Deebot 901 review

Ecovacs Deebot 901 robotic vacuum review

The Ecovacs Deebot 901 Floor Cleaning Robot offers a fabulous blend of usability and advanced features at a great value. A $349 cleaning robot with room mapping, great cleaning performance and smart assistant integration? It’s time to put your cleaner on notice.
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August Smart Lock (3rd gen) review

In our August Smart Lock Third Generation review we discover a lock that’s sleek, secure and simple to use.
Amazon Echo Look review

Amazon Echo Look Review

The Amazon Echo Look is a combination of a virtual assistant and a style assistant. It gives you style advice, organizes your closet, shows you how you look from all angles, and provides feedback on what types of clothes fit your style. We got a chance to test out the device to see if it really helped our fashion game.
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Wisenet SmartCam D1 video doorbell review

Pitched at the top of the video doorbell market, the Wisenet SmartCam D1 Video Doorbell has some great features, but can’t quite deliver the performance required to chase Nest and Ring away from your porch. Read our review to get more details.
eufy RoboVac 11S review

Eufy Robovac 11S (BoostIQ) review

Affordable and simple, the Eufy Robovac 11S isn’t going to wow you with smart home compatibility or a fancy app. It instead relies on simple, effective cleaning and a low price. Is that enough to compete against other robot vacuums with a long list of standard features?
Electrolux Pure i9 review

Electrolux Pure i9 review

Robot vacuums are often more for maintenance than for deep cleaning, but we were excited to try the Electrolux Pure i9. Electrolux is known for its vacuums, after all. The bot definitely got our floors clean, but there were a few drawbacks, like a 40-minute battery life, that were hard to get over.
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Gourmia GPC400 Smart Pot Pressure Cooker review

When you’ve had a long day, a pressure cooker can be a huge help because you can just chuck a few ingredients in the machine and have dinner ready a little while later. In this Gourmia GPC400 review, we test a pressure cooker that could be the next Instant Pot.
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Ecobee Switch+ review

Now you can ask Alexa to play music, on your wall switch. The Ecobee Switch+ controls not just your lights, but also your home, packing everything into a single device.
Electrolux EI24ID81SS review

Electrolux EI24ID81SS review

We really wanted to like the Electrolux EI24ID81SS dishwasher. It has a sleek, basic design and lots of promise. But some things were missing that prevented us from giving it a great score. Read our review to find out more.
Canary View review

Canary View review

The $99 Canary View is an impressive smart home camera with fantastic imaging and an attractive design. But it’s let down by motion detection issues and ongoing subscription fees required to unlock its full potential. Are those problems enough to detract from the camera's affordable price?
Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit review

Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit review

Philips Hue has been around for awhile, and are the gold standard for smart lighting. We decided to take a fresh look at a Philips Hue starter kit to see if they're still the best, comparing them to the new contenders in smart home lighting. As it turns out, the Philips Hue still competes.
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Buzzfeed Tasty One Top review

The Buzzfeed Tasty One Top is a smart induction cooktop that works with the Tasty app. Using sensors, including a probe, it’s supposed to precisely control the temperature of your food, from the mundane, like flank steak, to the weird, like strawberry lemonade pancakes.