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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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Nest Secure Review

  • Beautifully-designed, quality hardware
  • Simple, step by step installation guidance
  • Intelligent sensors packed with smart features
  • Smart motion detection with rapid alerts
  • Strong range of power and network backup features
  • Limited integration with third party and other…
  • No smart assistant support
  • Premium price
Our Score 8

Blink XT One Camera System Review

  • Wireless
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof/Weatherproof
  • Free cloud storage
  • Images are grainy at night
  • Amazon Alexa integration limited
  • Cannot pan, zoom, or tilt via the app
Our Score 6

Hive View Review

  • Beautifully-crafted design
  • Well designed, simple to use app
  • Detaches for limited battery-operated use
  • Strong night vision image quality
  • Intelligent sound and motion alerts
  • Magnetic camera mount detaches easily
  • Image quality lacks sharpness
  • No third-party platform integration or local…
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
  • No multi-room support at launch
Our Score 5

Swann Smart Security Camera Review

  • Good-looking, weatherproof hardware
  • Heat-sensing motion detection
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Cloud and local storage
  • Limited features
  • Irritating clicking sound
Our Score 8

Notion Sensor Starter Kit Review

  • One sensor can detect multiple conditions
  • Minimalist design
  • Robust connectivity
  • Works with Nest
  • Reach from the base station to remote sensors…
  • LED lights blink unnecessarily
Our Score 8

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Review

  • Advanced scheduling and geofencing controls
  • 7 days of free cloud storage
  • Optional local backup via USB
  • Backward compatible with Arlo Pro
  • Scalable multi-camera plans for businesses
  • App interface a little convoluted
Our Score 9

Guardzilla 360 Review

  • Compact, good looking device
  • Innovative 360-degree monitoring
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Dated-looking app
  • Low quality video output
  • Missing smart home integrations
  • Some app settings broken
Our Score 6