Smart Home Reviews

Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in smart homes.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review

The pressure was on to make a bigger, better Echo Show device, and Amazon delivered. Featuring a larger screen and better sound, the new Show is a combined smart speaker, TV, and overall entertainment center in one. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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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

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

Singlecue Gen 2 Review

  • Fun, unique device
  • Works with lots of TVs, streaming boxes, etc.
  • Limited smart-home control
  • Forces you to always sit in the same spot
  • Sometimes gestures are clunkier than voice…
Our Score 5