Roost Smart Battery
You won't get as many smarts with the Roost Smart Battery as you would with a wholesale connected replacement, but at $35, it's a viable and cost-effective option for simple, retrofit smarts.
Nyrius Smart Outlet
Clunky design, simplistic features and inconsistencies in its basic functions hurt what might've been a decent smart outlet.
BeOn Starter Pack
These Bluetooth bulbs are a legitimate temptation for anyone interested in smart security, but consider waiting to see if new battery packs bring new features into play before buying in.
Fibaro Flood Sensor
The Fibaro won't be for everyone, but its versatility and reliable design make it one of the best water sensors for homes at risk of flooding.
The Korner system performed well in our tests, but we'd like it a lot more without the yearly fee.
Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum
The Neato Botvac Connected is better at cleaning floors than any other robot vacuum on the market, and it costs less than its app-enabled rival, the iRobot Roomba 980. If you're willing to live without remote controls, you can save some money by sticking with the previous generation of Neatos -- but we think this one's worth the splurge.
Once features like geo-fencing, pattern-learning algorithms and triggers become available, this oddly standard Thermostat could become a strong contender at its price point. For now, though, it's not worth the money.
Lynx Smart Grill
Given its price tag and hit-or-miss voice-control performance, it's tough to recommend Lynx's high-end SmartGrill to anyone who doesn't have an uncommonly large budget and a genuine interest in emerging -- occasionally glitchy -- tech.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambience Starter Kit A19
Philips Hue's LEDs are still the color-changing bulbs to beat, but they're still awfully expensive -- and the competition is catching up quickly. Apple HomeKit integration is a big step forward for the software, but it's disappointing that the hardware didn't get more of an upgrade, as well.
GE Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Switch
If you already own a Z-Wave gateway like Piper or SmartThings, this is a great switch to pick up. It performs well and it's a lot cheaper than others on the market.