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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.

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired review

With an integrated spotlight, siren, and crystal-clear video, this smart home device makes home security a cinch. Find out more in our Ring Spotlight Cam Wired review. 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

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

Philips Hue Review

  • Useful features
  • Great range & responsiveness
  • Extensive 3rd party app compatibility
  • Plays with other home automation devices
  • Lacks vibrant greens
  • Expensive
Our Score 8.5

Philips Hue tap Review

  • Brainlessly easy setup
  • Near-instant operation
  • No batteries needed
  • Detachable from mount
  • Slightly overpriced
Our Score 8

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

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