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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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Ecobee Switch+ Review

  • Works well as an Amazon Alexa speaker
  • App is easy to use
  • Simple mic on/off button
  • Even works as a night light
  • Sensor capabilities not yet available
  • Volume range is limited
Our Score 8

Canary View Review

  • Compact, well-designed hardware
  • Fantastic 1080p day and night imaging
  • Geo-fencing features supporting automatic…
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Wink
  • App stability issues during setup
  • Patchy motion detection
  • Subscription membership required for full features
Our Score 6

Philips Hue Starter Kit Review

  • Useful features
  • Great range & responsiveness
  • Extensive 3rd party app compatibility
  • Works with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
  • Bridge must be plugged into your router
  • Expensive
Our Score 8

Nest x Yale Review

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

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Review

  • Good quality day/night imaging
  • Beautiful hardware design and build
  • Integrated Google Assistant
  • Intelligent alerts and smart video highlights
  • Very expensive
  • Some smart features require subscription
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
  • Spanish-speaking feature needs improvement
Our Score 8

Wyze Cam Pan Review

  • Attractive, well-built budget hardware
  • Impressively clear day/night imaging
  • Responsive pan/tilt motor controls
  • Simple and friendly app
  • Free cloud and local SD recording
  • Hit-and-miss motion tracking
  • Harsh audio quality
  • Sound alerts lack advertised intelligence
Our Score 8

Apple HomePod Review

  • Excellent, nuanced sound
  • Great design
  • Easy HomeKit setup and control
  • Streaming support via AirPlay
  • No built-in support for Spotify, Pandora, or other…
  • Requires iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 to set up
  • No Bluetooth or Aux jack for non-iOS devices
Our Score 6