Smart Home Reviews

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.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) review

The pressure was on to make a bigger, better Echo Show device, and Amazon delivered. Featuring a larger screen and better sound, the new Show is a combined smart speaker, TV, and overall entertainment center in one. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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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 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

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

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