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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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Chamberlain MyQ Garage Review

  • Alerts owner whenever door is opened or closed
  • Simple operation and physical installation
  • Works with a variety of garage door openers
  • Overly complex software setup
  • Does not work with other security and automated…
Our Score 6

Robomow RS622 Review

  • Cuts and mulches lawn well
  • Programmable
  • Quiet
  • Environmentally considerate
  • Tackles moderately bumpy terrain
  • Involved setup process
  • Requires accessories for multiple zones
  • Difficult to secure
Our Score 7

PicoBrew Pico C Review

  • Less expensive than the Pico Pro
  • Brew keg and step filter are easy to clean
  • The marketplace keeps adding new PicoPaks
  • It’s hard to mess up, as long as you follow…
  • Still not foolproof
  • Loud
Our Score 7

Myfox Home Alarm and Security Camera Review

  • Easy to set up
  • Intuitive app
  • Attractive components
  • Privacy shutter
  • Expensive
  • Lots of gear
  • Can’t delete cloud footage
  • Can’t customize all the features
Our Score 6

Kwikset Kevo Review

  • Easy installation and setup
  • Convenient features
  • Inconspicuous design
  • Doesn’t work with Android, Windows, Blackberry…
  • Doesn't work with other home-automation products
Our Score 7

Google Home Max Review

  • Powerful sound with gobs of bass
  • Can pair with multiple devices
  • Assistant is as useful as ever
  • Supports many music streaming services
  • Expensive
  • Can't work as a wireless TV sound bar
Our Score 8

Netgear Arlo Security System Review

  • Wireless
  • Waterproof
  • Portable
  • Easy to install
  • Lots of cloud storage
  • The accompanying app, with its “rules” and…
  • No control over deleting videos off the cloud
  • Battery issues in cold weather
Our Score 7

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