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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.

Philips Hue Calla Outdoor Pathway Light &…

Who knew lighting could be so exciting? Philips Hue has done it again by making outdoor lighting that’s gorgeous and exciting to use. A combination of style, sophistication, and simplicity makes Philips Hue Calla an… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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iSmartAlarm Review

  • Reliable
  • Customizable
  • Expandable
  • Easy to use
  • Can’t delete videos
  • Not compatible with Zigbee or Z-Wave
  • The app isn’t always intuitive
Our Score 8

Bitdefender Box Review

  • Gorgeous design, looks at home anywhere
  • Provides moderate security for IoT devices
  • Protects against phishing and email attacks
  • Didn’t protect against packaged malware
  • Setup was far from “plug and play”
  • Costly for what it does
Our Score 4

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

ArcSoft Simplicam Review

  • Small
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good video quality
  • Reliable sound and motion alerts
  • Customizable
  • Facial recognition didn’t always work
  • Two-way talk and sound capture worked…
Our Score 7

Lowe's Iris Smart Home Service Review

  • A wide variety of compatible devices from third…
  • Simple operation and solid app control
  • Back-up battery for power outages
  • Requires a proprietary hub
  • Advanced features require a paid subscription
Our Score 8

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 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

Philips Hue tap Review

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