Smart Home:

Best smart home devices of 2016


From smart locks to smart lights, we've reviewed all kinds of connected home products this year. This category is growing rapidly, but here are our favorites so far.

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Best home automation entry point

Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion

If it has a plug, then Belkin and IFTTT can make it smarter.

4 stars Excellent

Best standalone smart hub

SmartThings Know and Control Your Home Kit

This $99 hub is the brains behind one of the best smart home systems we've seen.

4 stars Excellent

Best smart thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

Google's got big plans for this gorgeous device -- stay tuned.

5 stars Spectacular

Best color-changing smart LEDs

Lifx Color 1000 Smart Bulb

Lifx's second-gen smart bulbs are brighter and more efficient than the competition, and the colors look better, too.

4 stars Excellent

Best DIY smart security kit


iSmartAlarm is affordable and easy to use, and we're expecting new hardware and third-party integrations in 2015.

4 stars Excellent

Best smart lock

August Smart Lock

The relatively low $199 price makes August an appealing option for DIY home automation fans.

4 stars Excellent
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