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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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Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Review

  • Robust, good-looking hardware
  • Fantastic imaging and clear two-way audio
  • Intelligent zoom, image enhance and tracking
  • Instant notifications and easy clip review
  • Smartphone, web browser and Android TV viewing
  • Trickier to install than a battery-powered camera
  • No siren or floodlights
  • Nest Aware subscription required to unlock some…
Our Score 8

Arbor Video Doorbell Review

  • Fully wireless, easy installation
  • Large capacity rechargeable battery
  • Built-in chime and alarm
  • Free recordings for 48 hours
  • Sometimes choppy video
  • No smart home integration
Our Score 7

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

VTech HD Pan & Tilt Review

  • Pan and tilt offers views around the room
  • Responsive motion detection and alerts
  • Local and cloud recording options
  • Buggy, poorly designed setup experience
  • 720p daytime image quality well behind the…
  • Murky and vague night vision
  • Slightly shuddery live streaming video
  • Made of cheap, toy-like plastics
Our Score 4

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

WyzeCam v2 Review

  • Incredible value for money
  • Pocket camera design is cute and versatile
  • Clear and sharp 1080p day/night imaging
  • Accurate motion detection
  • Local micro SD storage support
  • Image resolution drops when motion tracking
  • Push notifications fail to trigger
  • Patchy cloud recording performance
Our Score 8

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired Review

  • Robust, compact, and weather-resistant
  • Integrated spotlight, siren, and motion detection
  • Simple installation
  • Ring controller app offers lots of features
  • Video recording requires subscription
  • Delays when editing motion zones
Our Score 8