Smart Home Reviews

Editors' Choice

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

Echo Show (2nd Generation) review

The pressure was on to make a bigger, better Echo Show device, and Amazon delivered. Featuring a larger screen and better sound, the new Show is a combined smart speaker, TV, and overall entertainment center in one. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Google Home Mini Review

  • Individual voice recognition gives tailored…
  • Seamlessly integrates all the features of the…
  • Affordable, compact, and attractive
  • Improved AI that responds quickly
  • Poor hands-free calling sound quality
  • Lacks high-quality sound
Our Score 8

Echo Sub Review

  • Compact and attractive
  • Gets loud
  • Goes deeper than expected
  • Fills a room with decent bass
  • Won’t connect to anything but Echo speakers
  • Can’t play sound from videos
Our Score 7

TP-Link Kasa Cam Outdoor Review

  • Cute, compact design
  • IP65 weatherproofing
  • 1080p HD, well saturated images
  • Support for Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant-enabled…
  • 2 days free cloud recording support
  • Tethered power cable, no locking mount
  • No local SD storage
  • Low volume siren and speaker
Our Score 8

Google Home Hub Review

  • Compact dimensions
  • No camera
  • Reasonably priced
  • Google Assistant works very well
  • Screen useful in certain situations
  • Screen too small for media consumption
  • No camera means no video call feature

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation) Review

  • Impressive sound quality
  • Crystal clear display
  • Larger screen than previous model
  • Built-in smart home hub
  • Expensive
  • No Z-Wave integration
Our Score 8

Lenovo Smart Display Review

  • Two different sizes to choose from
  • Integrates with Google Assistant
  • Crystal clear display
  • Manual camera shutoff option
  • Plays YouTube
  • Only usable in landscape mode, for now
  • Sound quality could be improved
Our Score 9

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) Review

  • Impressive full sound quality
  • Inexpensive introduction to smart home control
  • Alexa smarter than ever
  • Improved aesthetic befitting modern home design
  • Better microphone sensitivity
  • Fabric covering could show dirt over time
  • New power port is less universal
Our Score 9

JBL Link View Review

  • Sounds incredible
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Using recipes is very easy and useful
  • Works with YouTube
  • More expensive than the Amazon Echo Show or Lenovo…
  • Most skills don’t take advantage of the screen
Our Score 7