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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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Echo Sub Review

  • Compact and attractive
  • Gets loud
  • Goes deeper than expected
  • Fills a room with decent bass
  • Won’t connect to anything but Echo speakers
  • Can’t play sound from videos
Our Score 7

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation) Review

  • Impressive sound quality
  • Crystal clear display
  • Larger screen than previous model
  • Built-in smart home hub
  • Expensive
  • No Z-Wave integration
Our Score 8

Lenovo Smart Display Review

  • Two different sizes to choose from
  • Integrates with Google Assistant
  • Crystal clear display
  • Manual camera shutoff option
  • Plays YouTube
  • Only usable in landscape mode, for now
  • Sound quality could be improved
Our Score 9

JBL Link View Review

  • Sounds incredible
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Using recipes is very easy and useful
  • Works with YouTube
  • More expensive than the Amazon Echo Show or Lenovo…
  • Most skills don’t take advantage of the screen
Our Score 7

Amazon Echo Show (2017) Review

  • Easy to use
  • Some Alexa features, like timers and lists, are…
  • Plays videos and gives visual search results
  • Lots of potential uses for an assistant with a…
  • Skills still need some work
  • No privacy shutter
Our Score 7

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

Amazon Echo Plus Review

  • Built-in smart home hub eliminates the need for a…
  • Seamless pairing with Zigbee compatible devices
  • Three color choices (black, white, and silver)…
  • Multi-room audio feature is handy
  • Sound quality of speaker isn’t as rich as we’d…
  • Doesn’t allow connection to devices on different…
Our Score 8

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