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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.

Philips Hue Calla Outdoor Pathway Light &…

Who knew lighting could be so exciting? Philips Hue has done it again by making outdoor lighting that’s gorgeous and exciting to use. A combination of style, sophistication, and simplicity makes Philips Hue Calla an… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Emerson Sensi Thermostat Review

  • No-nonsense design
  • Does not require separate power line
  • Easy operation
  • Installation app needs to understand more systems
  • No fancy geofencing or learning functions
Our Score 6

Nest Protect Review

  • Easy setup
  • Clear warnings, including spoken alarms
  • No hub required
  • No more gestures to shut it off
  • Limited integration with Nest thermostat
Our Score 6

Arbor Video Doorbell Review

  • Fully wireless, easy installation
  • Large capacity rechargeable battery
  • Built-in chime and alarm
  • Free recordings for 48 hours
  • Sometimes choppy video
  • No smart home integration
Our Score 7

Wisenet SmartCam D1 Video Doorbell (SNH-V6435DN)…

  • Slim form factor
  • Comprehensive installation kit and instructions
  • Bright, vivid imaging
  • Expensive
  • Basic Wi-Fi connectivity and usability issues
  • Subscription required for cloud storage and motion…
  • No Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa integration
Our Score 6

Philips Hue tap Review

  • Brainlessly easy setup
  • Near-instant operation
  • No batteries needed
  • Detachable from mount
  • Slightly overpriced
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

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

Awair Glow Review

  • Active and passive notifications
  • Can control an appliance
  • Integration with Alexa, IFTTT
  • Doubles as a motion-sensing night light
  • A bit bulky
  • No radon detection
Our Score 8