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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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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

Lenovo Smart Clock Review

  • Compact and attractive
  • No camera (for those concerned about privacy)
  • USB port for phone charging
  • Features a gentle wake mode
  • Affordable
  • Limited ability to personalize screen (for now)
  • Slow response time
  • Not very loud

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 Plus 2nd Generation Review

  • The best-sounding standalone Echo speaker
  • Built in Zigbee smart hub
  • Includes a temperature sensor
  • Smaller, more attractive form
  • Smart hub doesn’t feature Z-Wave connectivity
  • Can’t connect to devices on different household…
Our Score 7

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender Review

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Portable and flexible installation
  • Solid and consistent audio streaming performance
  • Wi-Fi range extension is hit or miss
  • Noticeable lag in executing actions while…
  • No Ethernet port for travel router purposes
  • Does not support Bluetooth
Our Score 7.5

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