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.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review

The pressure was on to make a bigger, better Echo Show device, and Amazon delivered. Featuring a larger screen and better sound, the new Show is a combined smart speaker, TV, and overall entertainment center in one. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Nest x Yale Review

  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Simple keypad and app-powered operation
  • Responsive and reliable
  • Works with Google Assistant
  • Large rear lock housing
  • Awkward installation due to poor quality internals…
  • Fewer features than competitors
Our Score 6

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary Review

  • First-class installation experience
  • Modern design and selection of finishes
  • eKey sharing makes access easy for family and…
  • Simple to use
  • Comprehensive selection of third-party…
  • Limited features
  • Bluetooth connectivity sometimes fails, disabling…
  • Remote access and smart home integration requires…

Philips Hue White and Color Ambience Starter Kit…

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Bright output with 16 million colors
  • App packed with features and smart home…
  • Improved color accuracy and saturation
  • Pricier than competitors
  • Requires standalone network hub
Our Score 8

Ooma Butterfleye Review

  • Wire-free operation and internal storage
  • Good quality, auto-adaptive imaging
  • Free 7-day cloud recording
  • Made of quality materials
  • No night vision support
  • No manual imaging controls to adjust brightness…
  • Premium features locked behind subscription…
Our Score 6

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

Ezviz ez360 Pano Review

  • Good looking camera
  • Extremely wide field of vision
  • Local recording to microSD card
  • Variety of monitoring modes
  • Integrated siren
  • Requires wall or ceiling mount
  • Metal chassis surround runs hot
  • Poor quality audio
  • Limited documentation
Our Score 6

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

Ring Video Doorbell Review

  • Enormous security potential
  • Intuitive app
  • Easy installation
  • Inexpensive
  • Latency in time-to-answer
  • Plastic-y case components
Our Score 8