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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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Facebook Portal+ Review

  • Camera’s 140-degree field of view is impressive
  • Fun video-calling effects
  • Easy to make calls
  • Can display your best Facebook images
  • No Facebook app
  • Portal/Alexa voice control is confusing and clunky…
  • No ability to add apps
  • Expensive
  • Huge
Our Score 5

Johnson Controls GLAS Review

  • Stunning hardware with a beautiful and responsive…
  • Simple installation, with comprehensive guidance
  • Wealth of choice for control
  • Sensitive microphone picks up even quiet voice…
  • Reasonable selection of smart home device…
  • Expensive, compared to category leaders like…
  • Clunky Cortana configuration
  • Tinny integrated speaker
Our Score 7

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 more muffled than with…
  • Acoustics better with firmware upgrade
Our Score 8

Philips Hue Play Light Bar Review

  • Compact hardware
  • Versatile of mounting options
  • Low latency ensuring responsive lighting changes
  • Stunning effects available with music, video and…
  • Tricky big screen setup
  • Inconsistent PC gaming experience
  • Lacks integrated support for smart TVs, games…
Our Score 6

Google Home Hub Review

  • Easy smart home control
  • No camera on device
  • Small size means it can be placed anywhere
  • Doubles as a digital photo frame
  • Affordable
  • No camera means no video chatting
  • Poor sound quality
  • Screen is too small for media consumption
Our Score 7

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

Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Generation Review

  • The best-sounding standalone Echo speaker
  • Built in Zigbee smart hub
  • Includes a temperature sensor
  • Smaller, more attractive form
  • Smart hub doesn’t feature Z-Wave connectivity
  • Can’t connect to devices on different household…
Our Score 7

Google Home Mini Review

  • Individual voice recognition gives tailored…
  • Seamlessly integrates all the features of the…
  • Affordable, compact, and attractive
  • Improved AI that responds quickly
  • Poor hands-free calling sound quality
  • Lacks high-quality sound
Our Score 8