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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.

Nanoleaf Canvas review

Fun and festive, Nanoleaf Canvas feature lighting adds personality and vibrancy to any room. Nanoleaf Canvas features squares that you can connect in any configuration you’d like. Sync to music, play games, or relax in… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Nanoleaf Canvas Review

  • Dazzling array of scenes and features
  • Integrated music/light sync
  • Comprehensive setup instructions
  • Fantastic controller app
  • Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTTT integrations
  • Sticky pad mounting can damage walls
  • Some color accuracy issues
Our Score 9

Senic Nuimo Click Review

  • Self-powered
  • Elegant design
  • Very simple set-up
  • Expensive
  • Limited features
  • Only for Sonos and Philips Hue
  • No IFTTT support
Our Score 5

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

LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display Review

  • Excellent sound
  • Google Assistant works well
  • Easy smart home control
  • Chromecast built in
  • Works as a digital photo frame
  • Google Duo calls look pixelated on screen
  • Pricey
  • Blocky design
Our Score 7

Facebook Portal+ Review

  • Camera’s 140-degree field of view is impressive
  • Fun video-calling effects
  • Easy to make calls
  • Can display your best Facebook images
  • No Facebook app
  • Portal/Alexa voice control is confusing and clunky…
  • No ability to add apps
  • Expensive
  • Huge
Our Score 2.5

Johnson Controls GLAS Review

  • Stunning hardware with a beautiful and responsive…
  • Simple installation, with comprehensive guidance
  • Wealth of choice for control
  • Sensitive microphone picks up even quiet voice…
  • Reasonable selection of smart home device…
  • Expensive, compared to category leaders like…
  • Clunky Cortana configuration
  • Tinny integrated speaker
Our Score 7

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 more muffled than with…
  • Acoustics better with firmware upgrade
Our Score 8

Philips Hue Play Light Bar Review

  • Compact hardware
  • Versatile of mounting options
  • Low latency ensuring responsive lighting changes
  • Stunning effects available with music, video and…
  • Tricky big screen setup
  • Inconsistent PC gaming experience
  • Lacks integrated support for smart TVs, games…
Our Score 6