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.
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.
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.
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.
Available from the manufacturer.
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.
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.
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.
Philips 60W Equivalent LED ( Soft White)
At $15, this bulb isn't the cheapest in the lighting aisle, but it's well worth it if you plan on dimming your lights.
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 Lyric Thermostat
While the Lyric has a ton of potential, the app needs some major updates to make its usability and performance on par with the Nest.