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Google Home

The smart home concept is still getting off the ground locally and so Australians won't have all the features that customers get in the US. But if you're a tinkerer who wants to start building a smart home ecosystem, then the Google Home is a perfect place to begin.

Editors' Choice

Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

There's no comparison -- the Ecobee4 is the best smart thermostat available today.

Editors' Choice

August Smart Lock

August's HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock 2.0 improves on an already awesome product and is worth strong consideration -- even if you don't have an iPhone.

Fitbit Charge 2

If you don't need water resistance and GPS, the Fitbit Charge 2 is the best overall fitness tracker you can buy.

Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini stands tall as one of the best affordable smart speakers out there, along with the Amazon Echo Dot, but it doesn't do enough to supplant the Dot at the top of the list.

Nest Thermostat E

The Thermostat E is almost as smart as Nest's other model -- and all for 80 bucks less.

Logitech Harmony Elite

The Logitech Harmony Elite adds a useful touchscreen to the best universal remote system around, but it's not worth the high price for most buyers.

Nest Cam

Given that Nest Cam and Dropcam Pro are pretty similar, it doesn't make a lot of sense for existing users to replace their Pro. But, budding DIYers searching for a high-res live streaming camera really can't beat Nest Cam.

Amazon Echo Spot

The Echo Spot is a fine for what it is, but Amazon still hasn't done enough to convince us that Alexa needs a touchscreen at all.

Nest Protect Second Generation

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.

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller Generation 2

Rachio is a smart device that genuinely feels smart and is well worth the upgrade from an ordinary sprinkler controller.

Belkin WeMo Dimmer Wi-Fi Light Switch

For years, Belkin's app-enabled WeMo Light Switches could only turn things off or on, but a new dimmable model is on the way in 2017.

Nvidia Shield TV 2017

The most potent all-in-one streaming and gaming device around is smaller in size but more capable than ever. Check out our first hands-on impressions.

Oomi Home Starter Kit

It isn't cheap, but Oomi is a stable, easy-to-use smart home system with a lot to offer.

Amazon Tap

Now fully hands free, the Amazon Tap does everything the original Echo can do for less and adds portability to the package.