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Smart Home

Philips 100W Equivalent Soft White (2700K) A21 Dimmable LED Light Bulb
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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
Advanced Lumonics Orbnext
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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

MSRP: $99.00

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
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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
Philips Hue Lux
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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.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 21, 2014
Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED
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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 SlimStyle LED bulb (10.5 watt, Soft White)
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 1, 2014
BOT Home Automation Doorbot
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BOT Home Automation Doorbot

Doorbot is an excellent idea poorly executed -- hold off for now and hope that this glitchy device improves with time.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on August 1, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $199.00

Quirky Refuel
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Quirky Refuel

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 15, 2014
Lutron Smart Bridge
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 16, 2014
Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor, Outdoor
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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.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 9, 2014

MSRP: $129.99

Netatmo Weather Station
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Netatmo Weather Station

This system works well, but the appeal might be too limited to justify the price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 5, 2014
Parrot Flower Power
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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.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 3, 2014
Oso Technologies PlantLink
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 28, 2014

MSRP: $79.00

Moneual Rydis H67 Pro
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Moneual Rydis H67 Pro

If you want a no-fuss floor cleaner, stay away from the Moneual Rydis H67 Pro.

1.5 stars Editors' rating on May 15, 2014
Techko Maid Smart Maid RS118
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Techko Maid Smart Maid RS118

With no real smarts and relatively little actual cleaning power, this sad robot is borderline useless.

2 stars Editors' rating on May 9, 2014
LIFX bulb (Wi-Fi, Pearl White)
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 24, 2014
Staples Connect Hub
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 27, 2014

MSRP: $99.00

Blacksumac Piper
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Blacksumac Piper

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 19, 2013
3.5 stars User rating out of 12 votes

MSRP: $239.00

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
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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.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 16, 2013
SmartThings Know and Control Your Home Kit
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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.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 13, 2013
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
SimpliSafe Home Security Economy Package
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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.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on December 9, 2013
3.5 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 4, 2013
Quirky Spotter Multipurpose Sensor
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Quirky Spotter Multipurpose Sensor

Despite this gadget's clear potential, there are still too many performance kinks for us to recommend it outright.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2013
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $49.99

Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt (Oil-Rubbed Bronze)
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2013
Nest Protect (white)
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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.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on November 19, 2013
2.9 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Viper Home
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Viper Home

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 15, 2013
3.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Revolv Smart Home Solution
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 12, 2013

MSRP: $299.00

Connected by TCP LED Lighting Control System
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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.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 12, 2013
4.7 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Oplink Security TripleShield
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 8, 2013

MSRP: $349.99

Lumenation Lumen LED Color Smart Bulb
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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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2013