Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit
As the first retail-ready HomeKit product, Lutron's kit is just the beginning of Siri-integrated smart home control, but it works so well that I can easily recommend it today for any iOS users interested in plug-in lighting and dimmer products.
Philips 60W Equivalent LED Bulb 9290011350
Unless you use dimmer switches in your home, it's hard to go wrong with this light -- and the price is just right.
Canary Smart Home Security Device ( White)
Canary is packed with solid hardware, but it doesn't add up to a device we'd want to depend on.
Pure Imagination Perfect Drink
Perfect Drink is a fun novelty splurge for your home bar, but it isn't a mixology must-have by any stretch.
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.
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Anova Precision Cooker ( Black)
We loved the original Anova, and this one cooks just as well for less cash. Underwhelming smarts aside, it's a great sous vide starting point.
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.
Green Creative BR30 Cloud LED
For basic household usage, the Cloud LED is a solid value pick that gets the important stuff right.
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.
Poly-Control Danalock ( Silver)
The Danalock's many inconsistencies make it less convenient than using an actual key, and therefore, very tough to recommend.