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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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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

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

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

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

Nanoleaf Canvas Review

  • Dazzling array of scenes and features
  • Integrated music/light sync
  • Comprehensive setup instructions
  • Fantastic controller app
  • Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTTT integrations
  • Sticky pad mounting can damage walls
  • Some color accuracy issues
Our Score 9

Amazon Echo Spot Review

  • Cute, sleek looking device
  • Intuitive controls
  • User-friendly
  • Alexa keeps getting smarter
  • Video camera could be a privacy issue
  • Wish it had a USB port
Our Score 8

Garmin Index Smart Scale Review

  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ANT wireless connectivity
  • Bright, readable LED display
  • 9-month battery life
  • Only works in Garmin ecosystem
  • Glass top surface gets smudged easily
Our Score 8