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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in smart homes.

Amazon Cloud Cam review

In our Amazon Cloud Cam review, we explain why the latest addition to Amazon’s growing Alexa universe is one of its most valuable yet. With excellent video quality, top-notch night vision, and more features without a… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Kit Review

  • Works with Samsung SmartThings devices
  • Sensors work well and don’t give false alarms…
  • Touchscreen gives another way to call for help
  • Starting/canceling monitoring is easily done…
  • Expensive
  • To avoid false alarms, some automation functions…
  • You need ADT-specific devices for monitoring and…
Our Score 6

Amazon Cloud Cam Review

  • Easy to set up
  • Excellent video quality
  • Excellent night vision
  • Handy two-way audio feature
  • Customizable motion detection
  • Requires subscription for video clip downloads
  • Motion detection too sensitive at free tier
Our Score 9

Ecobee Switch+ Review

  • Works well as an Amazon Alexa speaker
  • App is easy to use
  • Simple mic on/off button
  • Even works as a night light
  • Sensor capabilities not yet available
  • Volume range is limited
Our Score 8

Amazon Echo (2017) Review

  • Interchangeable shell allows you to mix up design
  • Updated Alexa features include individual voice…
  • Compact
  • Audio output Jack
  • Sound on calling feature was more muffled than…
  • Acoustics better with firmware upgrade, still…
Our Score 8

Abode Starter Kit Review

  • Beautifully designed web and app dashboard…
  • Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi and Abode RF connectivity
  • Support for more than 200 device integrations
  • Voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Cheap, relatively flimsy hardware
  • Low resolution camera with blurry, smeared images
  • Patchy sensor connectivity
Our Score 6

Netgear Arlo Go Review

  • Great feature set
  • Weatherproof
  • Affordable 4G plans
  • SD card slot
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Clips limited to 10 seconds
  • Limit on number of minutes recorded per month

Instant Pot DUO60 Review

  • Great safety features
  • Lots of uses
  • Makes many dishes reliably
  • Not intuitive
  • Might be hard for users to adapt their own recipes…
Our Score 6

Google Home Mini Review

  • Individual voice recognition gives tailored…
  • Seamlessly integrates all the features of the…
  • Affordable
  • Improved AI that responds quickly
  • Compact and attractive
  • Poor hands-free calling sound quality
  • Spanish-speaking feature needs improvement
Our Score 8