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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.

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired review

With an integrated spotlight, siren, and crystal-clear video, this smart home device makes home security a cinch. Find out more in our Ring Spotlight Cam Wired review. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Honeywell Lyric T5 Review

  • Good value
  • Simple, app-based controls
  • Apple HomeKit & Alexa support
  • Geo-fencing capability
  • Limited features
  • Poor display and cluttered user interface
  • Cheap plastics
Our Score 6

Samsung SmartThings ADT Home Security Kit Review

  • Works with Samsung SmartThings devices
  • Sensors work well and don’t give false alarms…
  • Touchscreen gives another way to call for help
  • Starting/canceling monitoring is easily done…
  • Expensive
  • To avoid false alarms, some automation functions…
  • You need ADT-specific devices for monitoring and…
Our Score 6

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

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

Abode Starter Kit Review

  • Beautifully designed web and app dashboard…
  • Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi and Abode RF connectivity
  • Support for more than 200 device integrations
  • Voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Cheap, relatively flimsy hardware
  • Low resolution camera with blurry, smeared images
  • Patchy sensor connectivity
Our Score 6

Netgear Arlo Go Review

  • Great feature set
  • Weatherproof
  • Affordable 4G plans
  • SD card slot
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Clips limited to 10 seconds
  • Limit on number of minutes recorded per month

Instant Pot DUO60 Review

  • Great safety features
  • Lots of uses
  • Makes many dishes reliably
  • Not intuitive
  • Might be hard for users to adapt their own recipes…
Our Score 6

Google Home Mini Review

  • Individual voice recognition gives tailored…
  • Seamlessly integrates all the features of the…
  • Affordable
  • Improved AI that responds quickly
  • Compact and attractive
  • Poor hands-free calling sound quality
  • Spanish-speaking feature needs improvement
Our Score 8