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Google Nest Hub Max review: The definitive smart display

The Nest Hub Max is meant to be the centerpiece of your home, a singular device that covers security, entertainment, home automation, and virtual assistance. Don’t be fooled if it looks like other smart displays, however. There’s more to Google's latest device than meets the eye.
Wyze Sense Starter Kit review

Wyze Sense Starter Kit review

The Wyze Sense Starter Kit packs impossibly small motion and entry sensors and innovative network bridge in a low-cost, high-performance security bundle for Wyze Cam owners. Our Wyze Sense Starter Kit review answers whether this is the budget security setup you’ve been waiting for.
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NutriBullet Blender Combo review: Smoothie king

NutriBullet Blender Combo is a great choice for smoothie enthusiasts and home cooks alike. It's ease of use, modern design, and low price point makes it a good choice for those seeking a quality machine on a budget. it also seems to be very well constructed, so it's made to last for years to come.
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First Ring conquered your porch. Now it wants to light up your lawn

Ring Smart Lights don’t just light up your yard, they talk to your video cameras, your phone, and even Alexa. But do you really need a floodlight with brains and connectivity? We installed them all over to find out whether the convenience outweighs the nuisance.
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Defender 4K Wired Security System impressions: First-class video, economy app

Defender 4K is a budget 4K smart home security system that offers pin-sharp UHD imaging and dedicated network video storage at a bargain price. But despite boasting leading-edge video, Defender 4K feels dated, lacking the ease of use and advanced features we expect from modern smart home systems.
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Eufy Security Video Doorbell review: Why pay more?

Anker’s UHD video doorbell delivers pin-sharp imaging and capable performance at a low price and without recurring subscriptions. While it lacks the premium quality of devices like Nest Hello, it’s still a worthy contender.
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RemoBell W impressions: A simple smart doorbell that fails to shine

The $199 RemoBell W, the Remo+ brand’s most expensive bell, features a 1080p Full HD camera with night vision, two-way talk, PIR motion sensor, and a wide, 160-degree field of view. It's high price, disappointing video quality, and a lack of features found on other doorbells means it fails to deliver.
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iDevices Instinct impressions: A smart wall switch that’s Alexa-powered

With the Instinct, connected home brand iDevices is bringing the virtual assistant experience to a wall switch that’s powered by Amazon Alexa. The iDevices Instinct essentially represents the marriage between an Echo Dot and a standard wall switch that can be found in any home.
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Shark Apex Uplight vacuum review

Shark recently came out with a new vacuum called the Apex UpLight Corded LiftAway. It claims to offer full-sized power in a lightweight vacuum that’s easy to manage. But how does it stack up against heavier uprights? Check out our Shark APEX UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum Review.
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Eufy RoboVac 15C Max review

If you're looking to get your first robot vacuum without breaking the bank, then the Eufy RoboVac 15C MAX is worth considering with its Wi-Fi connectivity, Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa integration, strong cleaning performance, and sleek design.
Frigidaire FGIP2468UD dishwasher review

Frigidaire FGIP2468UD dishwasher review

This Frigidaire dishwasher has a lot of pros, including the ability to run quietly, the added flexibility of its racks, minimalist design, and impressive cleaning capabilities that deliver solid results. But do these things come at too high a price? Read our review to find out.
PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder

Petsafe’s smartphone-controlled feeder ensures your dog or cat never goes hungry

If you're looking for an automatic feeder you can control with your smartphone, then Petsafe's Smart Feed could be exactly what you need. It can dispense multiple meals and be scheduled and remote controlled from the smartphone app for Android and iOS. We tried it out with our cat to see how it works.
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Maytag MHW6630HC0 4.8 Cubic Feet Front Load Washer review

Did you forget that you started a load of wash until the next day? No need to worry about the moldy smell with Maytag’s 16-Hour Fresh Hold Feature. The Maytag front load washer has tons of useful features, but how good is it at cleaning your clothes and fighting tough stains?
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Abode Iota Starter Kit review

Abode’s second-generation starter kit is a huge leap forward from last year’s model, with a fresh design, integrated 1080p camera, motion sensors, and more. It’s super-simple to get up and running, while offering an array of accessories for users seekeing greater sophistication.
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Hive Active Thermostat Review

The compact Hive Active Thermostat looks good, is easy to install, and offers simple ways to manage your HVAC system by phone or desktop. But the reliance on a Zigbee network bridge for remote control, and issues with its mirrored display, put it far behind our favorite smart thermostat. Find out more in our Hive Active Thermostat review.
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ALC Patrol HD Surveillance System Review

Rugged hardware, local video storage and quality imaging combine to make ALC Patrol HD a good-value multi-camera surveillance system. But poorly translated and documented software means that it’s not the simplest to work with.
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Ikea-Sonos Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker review

Can a $99 speaker deliver the kind of sound and convenience that Sonos users have become accustomed to? In a word: Yes. And then some. The Ikea-Sonos Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker manages to sound great while fitting into nearly any space in your home, and can also double as an actual bookshelf.
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iLife W400 Floor Washing Robot review

iLife’s W400 Floor Washing Robot is purpose-built to do for your hardwood and vinyl floors what a robot vacuum will do for your carpets. It’s different from many other mopping or sweeping robots because it scrubs the floors with clean water and then sucks up the dirty water. How does it stack up? Here’s our review.
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Eight Sleep Pod Review: This smart bed is designed for couples

Eight Sleep came out with a bed called the Pod that is all about sleep fitness. Each night when you sleep, the Pod measures data to determine a sleep fitness score. It also creates the ideal temperature environment to help you get better sleep. Here's our Eight Sleep Pod review.
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Safe by Hub6 review

If paying your monthly alarm monitoring fees has got you seeing red but you don’t want to scrap your perfectly good alarm system, we’ve got good news. The $250 Safe by Hub6 lets your alarm talk to you directly without monthly fees. You’ll need to do some basic wiring, but the annual savings are worth it.
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Ring Peephole Cam review

Easy to install with no physical damage, Ring Peephole Cam is the perfect smart doorbell for renters and apartment owners limited by strict lease agreements or homeowner association rules.
Anker Eufy RoboVac 11S Max review

Anker Eufy RoboVac 11S Max review

The Eufy RoboVac 11S Max offers basic, automated cleaning on a budget, with a boost in performance over its predecessor.
Ecobee SmartThermostat Review

Ecobee SmartThermostat review

The smartest thermostat gets smarter, more powerful, and more useful with enhanced audio streaming, new Alexa calling features and more. Read our Ecobee SmartThermostat review to find out why it’s a top pick for anyone considering an upgrade.
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Breville’s Super Q Blender Review: Is this $500 blender overpriced?

Most people are looking to eat better these days, and a good blender can help make healthy eating a little bit easier. We tested out the Breville Super Q Blender, a high-powered commercial grade blender with optional vacuum pump technology. Is it all it's cracked up to be? Here's our first-hand experience.
Nest Hub Max Hands-On Review

Nest Hub Max hands-on review

Google's new Nest Hub Max has a bigger screen and better speakers, but the camera is the real headline feature, and the clever tricks it enables will make you want a Max in your home. Read our hands-on review for more.
Chamberlain B1381 review

Chamberlain garage door opener protects your Amazon packages from porch pirates

Tired of porch pirates swiping packages off your property? Chamberlain's B181 garage door opener works with Key by Amazon, letting you get your Amazon packages delivered directly inside your garage. The opener has lots of other great features, as well as one flaw that can be frustrating.
Thermador DHDW870WFM review

Thermador DHDW870WFM review

Thermador is known for its high-end luxury appliances. But is the 24-Inch Masterpiece Stainless Steel Star Sapphire dishwasher worth its price tag of almost $3,000? We took it for a spin to find out how well it performs. Here’s how it went.
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June Oven Review

The June oven has some cool tech inside, like a temperature probe and camera, that promise to take the guesswork out of cooking. It’s not quite there, yet. We found the programs and recipes both overcooked and undercooked, depending on what it was making.
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Arlo Audio Doorbell review

A lack of an integrated camera means that the Arlo Audio Doorbell isn’t as versatile as competitors, but a low price, simple installation and smart features make it an easy add-on for Arlo smart home fans. Read more in our full review.
Schlage Encode Smart Lock

Schlage Encode review

Easy to install and easy on the eyes, Schlage Encode’s integrated Wi-Fi and third-party platform support make it a fine choice for the smart home. But with other locks on the market, how does it stand up? We took it for a test run to see how well it worked.
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Power on and off: Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug by TP-Link brings weatherproof smarts

The Kasa Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug grants remote control of two outlets in an IP-64 weather resistant housing. Controlled remotely via app, Alexa, or Google Home, the Kasa smart plug is a great fit for controlling holiday lights or keeping your back patio illuminated during the summer.
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Arlo Ultra 4K Security Camera Review

The 4K home security camera is finally here! Class-leading image clarity and a super-wide field of vision makes Arlo Ultra an early contender for the year’s best smart cam. While there are definite quirks to the device, the device delivers amazingly crisp, clear images. Find out more in our review.
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The Instant Pot Max has a ton of features, and one major flaw

The Instant Pot Max has more cooking functions and features than the Duo and most other Instant Pot models. It's appears to be a more efficient, quality, and luxury Instant Pot. But, is the Max worth the higher price tag? After 80 hours of testing, here are some of the great -- and not-so-great, things about it.
August View video doorbell

August View review

The wireless August View smart doorbell offers a step up in class from wireless competitors like Ring, but other than neat integration with the company’s range of smart locks, there’s little to differentiate it from the pack. We tested the device to see how it measures up.