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.
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.
Nest Learning Thermostat ( first generation)
This product has not yet been reviewed.
Insteon Starter Kit
You'll almost certainly need to expand upon this kit in order for your system to be particularly useful, and for the majority of buyers, we're not convinced that Insteon is worth the investment. Start elsewhere.
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.
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.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The second generation of the energy-saving Nest Learning Thermostat puts this device even further ahead of the (nearly nonexistent) competition.
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.
Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Door Lock
If you've got a compatible smartphone, you'll enjoy this smart lock, but if you're looking for high security, look elsewhere.
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.