Osram Lightify LED Starter Kit
These aren't the cheapest smart bulbs you can buy, but Osram's Lightify LED Starter Kit is more affordable than Philips or Belkin's, and arguably more feature-rich, too. As a legitimate competitor, it deserves consideration.
Saffron 40W Replacement LED
Unless you insist on bulbs that look as traditional as possible, there's no reason to choose Saffron over stronger offerings from Philips, Cree and Osram.
Scout Home Security System ( Arctic)
Scout gives you choices, but its four-product line-up is actually pretty limited in comparison to Samsung's security- and home-automation-minded SmartThings.
The Danalock's many inconsistencies make it less convenient than using an actual key, and therefore, very tough to recommend.
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.
Cree 100-watt Replacement LED Bulb ( Soft White)
Cree's bigger, brighter LED is a very solid value, but it's not without legitimate competition.
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.
Available from the manufacturer.
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.
While the Wink Hub has some design and usability kinks to work out, its affordability and versatility make it a very desirable option for whole-home automation.