Smart Home

Osram Lightify LED Starter Kit
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 20, 2015
Saffron 40W Replacement LED
REVIEW

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.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on February 17, 2015
Scout Home Security System
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 16, 2014
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Poly-Control Danalock
REVIEW

Poly-Control Danalock

The Danalock's many inconsistencies make it less convenient than using an actual key, and therefore, very tough to recommend.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on December 1, 2014
1 star User rating out of 9 votes
Philips 100W Equivalent Soft White  A21 Dimmable LED Light Bulb
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 24, 2014
Cree 100-watt Replacement LED Bulb
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 22, 2014
2.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
August Smart Lock
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 14, 2014
2 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Advanced Lumonics Orbnext
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 24, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Available from the manufacturer.

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 17, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Wink Hub
REVIEW

Wink Hub

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 20, 2014
1 star User rating out of 5 votes