Staples Connect Hub ( D-Link Edition)
Staples Connect is a reliable, easy-to-use platform, and the new D-Link hub is undeniably better than the original. If you already own devices that'll work with it, the new hub makes a lot of sense, but if you're starting your smart home from scratch, consider waiting to see what happens with Apple HomeKit and SmartThings 2.0.
Icontrol Networks Piper NV ( White)
For easy, seamless DIY home security and automation integration, look no further than the Piper NV.
Cree Connected LED Bulb
With tried and true hardware inside the bulb and smooth performance on multiple platforms, this $15 smart bulb is a smart bet for connected lighting.
Philips 100W Equivalent Soft White A21 Dimmable LED Light Bulb ( 2700K)
Unless you find it on sale, this likable Philips LED can't quite offer the value of its competitors.
August Smart Lock
We haven't seen a flawless smart lock yet, but the August Smart Lock comes closer than any of its competitors thanks to its ease of use and overall polish.
Advanced Lumonics Orbnext
At $129, Orbnext isn't an easy to splurge to justify, but makers, automation geeks and IFTTT aficionados might enjoy the niche appeal.
Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
Smart LEDs are an overdue addition to the WeMo family of gadgets -- thankfully, Belkin did a nice job of getting them right.
Philips Hue Lux
These bulbs make the appealing world of Philips Hue lighting more accessible than ever before. At $30 each, they're definitely worth considering.
Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED
The price is right for this unique light, but as there are other options that offer notably better performance for a few dollars more, you may want to shop around.
Philips SlimStyle LED bulb ( 10.5 watt, Soft White)
For such a flat bulb, the SlimStyle is surprisingly well-rounded, making for a decent value at its price point.