Smart Home Reviews

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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.

Schlage Encode review

Easy to install and easy on the eye, Schlage Encode’s integrated Wi-Fi and third-party platform support make it a fine choice for the smart home. We took it for a test run to see how well it worked. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Arlo Chime Review

  • Compact and stylish
  • Versatile wired or wireless configuration
  • Easy installation
  • Two-way chat and pre-recorded messages
  • Nifty silent mode feature with voicemail
  • No integrated video camera
  • Requires existing Arlo camera system
  • Not compatible with all Arlo cameras
Our Score 8

Arlo Ultra Smart Camera (VMS5140) Review

  • Beautifully crafted hardware design
  • Weatherproof and wireless for indoor/outdoor use
  • Fabulous 180-degree field of vision with little…
  • Decent two-way audio
  • 4K UHD image clarity
  • Some features unavailable when using 4K video…
  • No ability to view locally stored video without…
  • Double-tiered subscription required for 4K cloud…
Our Score 8

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

Amazon Echo Spot Review

  • Cute, sleek looking device
  • Intuitive controls
  • User-friendly
  • Alexa keeps getting smarter
  • Video camera could be a privacy issue
  • Wish it had a USB port
Our Score 8

Google Home Hub Review

  • Easy smart home control
  • No camera on device
  • Small size means it can be placed anywhere
  • Doubles as a digital photo frame
  • Affordable
  • No camera means no video chatting
  • Poor sound quality
  • Screen is too small for media consumption
Our Score 7

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Review

  • Indoor or outdoor usage
  • Battery operated - no unsightly wires
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Extremely versatile
  • Battery must be charged occasionally
  • Monthly fees for premium features
Our Score 8

Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor Review

  • Weatherproof
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Battery-powered with two years of operating time
  • Easy mount and configuration
  • Easy, versatile controls
  • No rechargeable battery
  • Bridge is required
Our Score 9

Kwikset Kevo Convert Review

  • Easy installation
  • Comprehensive instructions
  • Friendly app control
  • Smartphone lock control
  • Guest access for family and friends
  • Limited features
  • Requires $100 gateway add-on for remote access and…
  • Pricier than competitors with better features
Our Score 7