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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.

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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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

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

Amazon Echo Look Review

  • Image quality is great
  • Provides an honest image of how you look
  • Style check feature provides valid suggestions
  • App allows you to digitally organize your closet
  • Multifunctional
  • App randomly closes sometimes
  • High price
  • Poor sound quality
Our Score 7

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

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

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Review

  • Comprehensive parental controls
  • Kid-centric features, stories, and functionality
  • More durable than original Echo Dot
  • FreeTime unlimited is a great value
  • More expensive than regular Echo Dot
  • Privacy problems could be an issue for some
Our Score 7

Google Home Review

  • It can be personalized to you, giving you info on…
  • Works with Chromecast
  • Answers questions and follow-ups fairly well
  • Lots of choices for music
  • Works with fewer devices than Amazon Alexa
Our Score 7

Neeo Smart Remote Review

  • Great-looking design and materials
  • Long list of compatible smart home devices
  • Wouldn't work with our Roku
  • Only partial support for Philips Hue lightbulbs
  • Buggy
Our Score 5