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.
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.
BOT Home Automation Doorbot
Doorbot is an excellent idea poorly executed -- hold off for now and hope that this glitchy device improves with time.
This smart fuel gauge is excessive if you're comfortable just lifting the tank, and it suffers a few usability issues. However, it does its job for a low cost and will prove useful if you need to check your tank on the go.
Lutron Smart Bridge
Lutron's Smart Bridge and related app work great, but the price is much too high for basic automated dimmer capabilities. If you plan to add other connected devices, its value will improve considerably.
Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor, Outdoor
The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor makes comprehensive garden care as easy as possible, but for those willing to be more hands-on, it's not worth the cost.
Netatmo Weather Station
This system works well, but the appeal might be too limited to justify the price.
Parrot Flower Power
For data lovers, the Flower Power tracks and charts well. For everybody else, the Flower Power lacks the convenience of the competition.
Oso Technologies PlantLink
The scalable PlantLink system isn't foolproof or comprehensive, but it does a fine job of using the Internet to communicate your plant's watering needs.
Moneual Rydis H67 Pro
If you want a no-fuss floor cleaner, stay away from the Moneual Rydis H67 Pro.
Techko Maid Smart Maid RS118
With no real smarts and relatively little actual cleaning power, this sad robot is borderline useless.
LIFX bulb ( Wi-Fi, Pearl White)
The Lifx shows great potential and powerful performance, but it isn't smart enough to compete with the Philips Hue line quite yet. Wait for this smart bulb to gain a few IQ points before making a purchase.
Staples Connect Hub
It's probably too early to commit to a master smart-home platform, but for basic home automation across multiple devices, Staples Connect works well -- and at $99, it's priced just right.
Don't expect Piper's slight build to mean that it's short on performance. This $239 all-in-one security system offers a great value for smaller homes and budding DIYers.
Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
Despite a few usability quirks, Belkin's WeMo Insight Switch only improves on the simple, low-risk formula that made Belkin's original programmable WeMo Switch so appealing as a home automation starting point.
SmartThings Know and Control Your Home Kit
If you're looking for an easy and (relatively) affordable entry point into home automation, then SmartThings makes a lot of sense.
SimpliSafe Home Security Economy Package
Home security options are evolving rapidly, but SimpliSafe is one of our current favorites. If you want a comprehensive, easy-to-use system that features live monitoring, you'll have a hard time finding a better option at a better price.
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
The voice control options are extremely basic, and the price increase just doesn't match the value added. Save some cash and get the $249 model or a Nest.
Quirky Spotter Multipurpose Sensor
Despite this gadget's clear potential, there are still too many performance kinks for us to recommend it outright.
Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt ( Oil-Rubbed Bronze)
If you're looking for a higher level of convenience from your lock, but you don't want to pay monthly fees, then you'll want to give this deadbolt your consideration.
Nest Protect ( white)
Nest brings crisp design and smart features -- connected and otherwise -- to the humble smoke detector. You don't absolutely need the Nest Protect, but it's fine to admit you want one.
Due to the lower monthly fees, Viper Home is a more intriguing option than Oplink if you want to add accessories like a camera and a siren. If you don't, stick with iSmartAlarm.
Revolv Smart Home Solution
Enthusiasts will appreciate Revolv's attempt to bring order to the smart home universe, but those still dabbling with one or two connected devices should wait for this market to expand.
Connected by TCP LED Lighting Control System
For basic lighting automation needs, this TCP kit will do the job nicely -- and it won't break the bank, either. For more advanced features and controls, consider the competition, but be prepared to splurge.
Oplink Security TripleShield
If you want a system with excellent cameras, Oplink Security's TripleShield package definitely merits consideration -- but we're not convinced it's worth $19.99 per month.
Lumenation Lumen LED Color Smart Bulb
For basic needs, the Lumen LED Color Smart Bulb might make sense, but consider waiting to see if the app improves, and to see what the competition will bring to the table. For more advanced control of your lights, a Philips Hue setup is probably worth the extra cash.