Best Smart Home Devices for 2018


January 6, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Smart Home


Amazon Echo (2017)

New look, new price, same Alexa smarts

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
Alexa is still the most compelling voice control platform, and the new and improved Echo should only boost her momentum. It’s well worth $100.



Amazon Cloud Cam

This camera strikes the right balance for home security

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
Amazon’s Cloud Cam is affordable, reliable and easy to use, but it’s the free storage that ultimately makes it more appealing than Nest security cameras and many other home security competitors.



Lifx Color 1000

Best color-changing smart bulbs

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
Lifx’s second-gen smart bulbs are brighter and more efficient than you-know-Hue — and the colors look better, too. We also like the easy-to-use app, the integrations with IFTTT and Alexa, and the fact that Lifx bulbs don’t need a hub.



Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
The Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit lets you enjoy all of the benefits of Hue’s well-connected platform and, for just $15 each, you can add extras to your set up. The bulbs are also pretty good looking and have easy-to-use smart controls.



BeOn Starter Pack

Best smart security lighting

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
BeOn’s smart bulbs don’t come cheap, but they’ll keep shining when the power goes out, turn on automatically when they hear your doorbell or alarm, and even replay your typical lighting patterns when you’re not home.



Ecobee4

Best smart thermostat

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
The Ecobee4 has a responsive display, a remote sensor and tons of smart integrations, including a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker. It is unmatched on the market.



August Smart Lock, HomeKit-enabled

Best retrofit smart lock

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
August’s Smart Lock adds smarts to the deadbolt you already have. Its simple interface, integration with HomeKit, and reliability earned it an Editor’s Choice.



SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

Best smart doorbell

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
With 1080p resolution, SkyBell’s video quality is terrific, and integrations with Alexa, Nest, and IFTTT help it stand out in an increasingly competitive category. Free online video storage is a major plus, too.



Kuna Toucan

Best outdoor smart camera

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
Kuna’s Toucan camera has a clever design, a low-key aesthetic, and cool extras like an alarm and 2 hours of free cloud storage. For the price, it’s great deal.



Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Belkin’s itty-bitty WeMo Mini has big plans for the smart home

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
WeMo’s always been a solid smart home starting point, and at just $35, the WeMo Mini is the line’s best offering yet.



Lutron Caseta In-Wall Wireless Smart Lighting Kit

Best in-wall switches

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
Lutron’s are the best-performing, most fully-featured smart switches currently available, and well worth the money if you’re serious about connected lighting.



Nest Protect (second generation)

A new Nest device to Protect what matters most

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
No other smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available today can match the second-gen Nest Protect in terms of looks and options, making it a great buy for anyone who appreciates design and connected features.



D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor

Best smart flood sensor

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
The D-Link sensor plugs into the wall, so you don’t need batteries. Plus, it works using Wi-Fi, so it will send your phone push notifications without the extra expense of a smart home hub.



Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum

Best robot vacuum

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
The Neato Botvac Connected boasts the best performance of any bot vac we’ve tested. It’s not cheap, but with the price comes an intuitive app with remote control. Who doesn’t want that?



Lutron Serena Remote Controlled Shades

Best smart home shades

Design : 8.5Features : 9Performance : 9Sound qual. : 7.5
If you’re looking for smart shades with a lot of features and flexibility, Lutron’s Serena Shades are the best bet. You can schedule them, control them remotely via an app, and even use Siri to open or close them. Just be ready for a big investment.



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