Best smart home devices of 2016

From smart locks to smart lights, tech has finally come home.

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    • 9 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 9 Design
    • 7 Performance
    Amazon Echo

    Best smart home centerpiece

    If you're looking for a central control point for your smart home gadgets, you'll have a hard time finding a better option than Amazon's voice-activated smart speaker, or its likable virtual assistant, 'Alexa.'

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  • Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion

    Best home automation entry point

    Plug anything you like into Belkin's WeMo Switch, and you'll be able to turn it on and off from your phone, schedule it to come on automatically, or trigger it using the free automation service IFTTT.

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    • 9 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 7 Design
    • 9 Performance
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    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 9 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation

    Best smart thermostat

    The equally priced Ecobee3 has closed the gap, but if you're forcing us to choose, we're still sticking with Nest. It's the centerpiece of Google's emerging vision for the connected home, and the third-gen model is the best yet.

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  • Lifx Color 1000

    Best color-changing smart bulbs

    Lifx's second-gen smart bulbs are brighter and more efficient than you-know-Hue -- and the colors look better, too. We also like the easy-to-use app, the integrations with IFTTT and Alexa, and the fact that Lifx bulbs don't need a hub.

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    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
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    • 8 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    BeOn Starter Pack

    Best smart security lighting

    BeOn's smart bulbs don't come cheap, but they'll keep shining when the power goes out, turn on automatically when they hear your doorbell or alarm, and even replay your typical lighting patterns when you're not home.

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  • August Smart Lock, HomeKit-enabled

    Best smart lock

    August took its smart deadbolt-turning gadget and made it even better with a refined second-gen model that offers better performance, an easier installation, and new support for Siri via Apple HomeKit.

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    • 9 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8.5 Design
    • 8 Performance
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    • 9 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 9 Design
    • 8 Performance
    Nest Protect (second generation)

    Best smart smoke detector

    The Nest Protect is better-looking and more fully-featured than any other smoke or carbon monoxide detector on the market. It isn't cheap, but it looks and acts the part of a high-end smart safety upgrade.

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  • iSmartAlarm

    Best DIY security system

    iSmartAlarm's do-it-yourself security system is an affordable, easy to use alternative to high-priced setups that require monthly fees and professional installation. We also like the system's cameras and integration with IFTTT.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 9 Design
    • 7 Performance

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