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.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Outdoor review

Philips Hue fans can at last enjoy the brilliance of this weatherproof light strip, which offers simple, versatile positioning, a rich selection of 16 million color options, and bright, vibrant illumination. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Lenovo Smart Display Review

  • Two different sizes to choose from
  • Integrates with Google Assistant
  • Crystal clear display
  • Manual camera shutoff option
  • Plays YouTube
  • Only usable in landscape mode, for now
  • Sound quality could be improved
Our Score 9

Philips Hue Lightstrip Outdoor Review

  • 16 million colors with adjustable output to 900…
  • Weatherproof operation in all conditions
  • Freestanding or screw-clip mounting options
  • Simple installation with extension kit available…
  • Support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Strips can’t be cut to size
  • Drab silicone cladding
Our Score 9

Arlo Pro 2 Review

  • Advanced scheduling and geofencing controls
  • 7 days of free cloud storage
  • Optional local backup via USB
  • Backward compatible with Arlo Pro
  • Scalable multi-camera plans for businesses
  • App interface a little convoluted
Our Score 9

August Smart Lock Review

  • Polished user experience
  • Easy to install
  • Excellent mobile app
  • Unlimited e-keys
  • A tad bulky
  • Android app lacks crucial features (for now)
Our Score 9

Nest Hello Review

  • Compact, well-built hardware
  • Straightforward installation guidance
  • Beautifully clear day/night video with minimal lag…
  • Smart facial recognition and Google Assistant…
  • Instant caller notifications, two-way talk and…
  • Some features locked without Nest Aware…
  • Doorbell wiring terminals cause frustration
Our Score 9

Amazon Cloud Cam Review

  • Easy to set up
  • Excellent video quality
  • Excellent night vision
  • Handy two-way audio feature
  • Customizable motion detection
  • Requires subscription for video clip downloads
  • Motion detection too sensitive at free tier
Our Score 9

Philips Hue Calla Review

  • Stylish, if conservative design
  • Straightforward setup
  • Fully weatherproof for all conditions
  • 16 million colors with easy app control
  • Easy connection to a range of Hue outdoor lamps
  • Small silver screws cheapen the lamp design
  • Large transformer
Our Score 9

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) Review

  • Impressive full sound quality
  • Inexpensive introduction to smart home control
  • Alexa smarter than ever
  • Improved aesthetic befitting modern home design
  • Better microphone sensitivity
  • Fabric covering could show dirt over time
  • New power port is less universal
Our Score 9