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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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Nest Temperature Sensor Review

  • Compact, well-built hardware
  • Simple installation
  • Easy configuration
  • Works well to combat hot and cold spots around the…
  • No customization options for timing schedule
  • No motion detection
Our Score 8

Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Review

  • Simple to install
  • Reliable
  • Compatible with other smart home apps and hardware…
  • Fun custom scene settings
  • Expensive
  • Switch faceplates are bulky and stick out from…
Our Score 8

Honeywell Lyric T5 Review

  • Good value
  • Simple, app-based controls
  • Apple HomeKit & Alexa support
  • Geo-fencing capability
  • Limited features
  • Poor display and cluttered user interface
  • Cheap plastics
Our Score 6

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

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

Aura Starter Kit Review

  • Compact, neatly designed hardware
  • Innovative motion detection technology
  • Well-designed app and web dashboard
  • Poor Android setup experience
  • Limited features
  • Confusing motion detection reports
  • High price tag
Our Score 5

Google Home Max Review

  • Powerful sound with gobs of bass
  • Can pair with multiple devices
  • Assistant is as useful as ever
  • Supports many music streaming services
  • Expensive
  • Can't work as a wireless TV sound bar
Our Score 8

Wiz Smart Connected Lights Review

  • No hub required
  • Plenty of bulb and lamp options
  • Lots of presets and custom choices
  • Alexa and Google Home integration
  • Cheap and comes with a 5-year warranty
  • Won’t work with some mesh Wi-Fi systems
  • Setup could be smoother
  • Clunky physical remote
  • Competitors still do it better
Our Score 6