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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.

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review

With impressive image quality and intelligent enhance, zoom, tracking, and facial recognition features, Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is the smartest outdoor camera around. Here’s why. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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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

Canary View Review

  • Compact, well-designed hardware
  • Fantastic 1080p day and night imaging
  • Geo-fencing features supporting automatic…
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Wink
  • App stability issues during setup
  • Patchy motion detection
  • Subscription membership required for full features
Our Score 6

Philips Hue Starter Kit Review

  • Useful features
  • Great range & responsiveness
  • Extensive 3rd party app compatibility
  • Works with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
  • Bridge must be plugged into your router
  • Expensive
Our Score 8

Nest x Yale Review

  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Simple keypad and app-powered operation
  • Responsive and reliable
  • Large rear lock housing
  • Awkward installation due to poor quality internals…
  • Fewer features than competitors
  • Limited smart home integration
Our Score 6

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Review

  • Good quality day/night imaging
  • Beautiful hardware design and build
  • Integrated Google Assistant
  • Intelligent alerts and smart video highlights
  • Very expensive
  • Some smart features require subscription
Our Score 7

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
  • Spanish-speaking feature needs improvement
Our Score 8

Wyze Cam Pan Review

  • Attractive, well-built budget hardware
  • Impressively clear day/night imaging
  • Responsive pan/tilt motor controls
  • Simple and friendly app
  • Free cloud and local SD recording
  • Hit-and-miss motion tracking
  • Harsh audio quality
  • Sound alerts lack advertised intelligence
Our Score 8

Apple HomePod Review

  • Excellent, nuanced sound
  • Great design
  • Easy HomeKit setup and control
  • Streaming support via AirPlay
  • No built-in support for Spotify, Pandora, or other…
  • Requires iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 to set up
  • No Bluetooth or Aux jack for non-iOS devices
Our Score 6