Smart Home

People Power Presence Security Pack
REVIEW

People Power Presence Security Pack

This Security Pack sensor kit does a great job of extending the functionality and usefulness of the Presence DIY home-monitoring app, but most will find the cost is too steep for what it delivers.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 14, 2015
Edyn Garden Sensor
REVIEW

Edyn Garden Sensor

The Edyn Garden Sensor does a lot of things right, but an unfinished app mars the experience.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on August 13, 2015

MSRP: $99.99

Elgato Eve Room
REVIEW

Elgato Eve Room

Temperature and humidity readings are easy to come by, but the Eve Room is an apt sensor that can work for you especially if you have a specific need for its unique VOC readings. For now, though, it's severely limited in ways to use that info and barely qualifies as a smart device.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 5, 2015
Nest Protect
REVIEW

Nest Protect ( Second Generation, Battery, White)

No other smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available today can match the second-gen Nest Protect in terms of looks and options, making it a great buy for anyone who appreciates design and connected features.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 27, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Myfox Home Alarm
REVIEW

Myfox Home Alarm

Myfox's camera is pretty good, although there are better options out there -- and the whole system is seriously overpriced. Don't get it.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on July 16, 2015
Finally Light Bulb
REVIEW

Finally Light Bulb

With a respectable but overstated quality of light, this bulb doesn't shine bright enough to impress. At $10 per bulb (more, once you factor in shipping), it's a poor value compared to what you'll find in the lighting aisle.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on July 14, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $9.99

Neurio Home Intelligence
REVIEW

Neurio Home Intelligence

If you simply want to review your energy consumption in real-time, look no further than Neurio. But, Belkin and startup Ecoisme are expected to offer similar products soon (that promise to do more than Neurio), so I'd hold off if you're on the fence.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 14, 2015
Netatmo Welcome
REVIEW

Netatmo Welcome

Netatmo still needs work, but it breaks new ground with facial recognition and shows enough prowess with that feature to be worth a look for anyone interested in cutting edge camera tech.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 2, 2015
3 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Ikea 1000L Ledare LED
REVIEW

Ikea 1000L Ledare LED

Though not quite as competitive as the 600L version was last year, the 1000L Ledare LED holds its own -- and in some categories, it's a standout. If you're comfortable in the middle ground between the 60W and 75W levels, it's worth picking up.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 15, 2015
Chamberlain 1-1/4 HPS Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener
REVIEW

Chamberlain 1-1/4 HPS Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener

The Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener is a feat to install but is a worthwhile way for those with outdated garage systems to gain a foothold in the connected home.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 6, 2015

MSRP: $268.00

Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 4, 2015
GE Bright Stik LED
REVIEW

GE Bright Stik LED ( 3-pack)

At $10 for a three-pack, the Bright Stik LED is a compelling value pick in the lighting aisle.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 2, 2015
Philips 60W Equivalent LED Bulb 9290011350
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 28, 2015
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Canary Smart Home Security Device
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 4, 2015
2.8 stars User rating out of 14 votes
Pure Imagination Perfect Drink
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 16, 2015
Staples Connect Hub
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 6, 2015
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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Anova Precision Cooker
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 27, 2015
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 ( Silver)

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
Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 13, 2014
Philips Hue Tap
REVIEW

Philips Hue Tap

We wish it cost a little less, but if you've already got Philips Hue LEDs in your home, then adding the Tap to your setup makes a lot of sense.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 11, 2014
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
GE Energy Smart 60W Replacement LED
REVIEW

GE Energy Smart 60W Replacement LED

Though it isn't necessarily bad at anything, this GE LED isn't the best at anything either, and that makes it tough to recommend over flashier competitors.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 5, 2014