Best Smart Home Devices for 2018

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  • 8.5 Editors' Rating

    • 8.5 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 7.5 Sound qual.
    Amazon Echo (2017)

    Best smart speaker

    Alexa's new flagship smart speaker is better than the first one -- and it costs a lot less, too.

  • 8.5 Editors' Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 7 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Amazon Cloud Cam

    Best indoor security camera

    The Amazon Cloud Cam's crisp 1080p HD live feed, prompt motion notifications and free 24-hour clip storage set a new value standard for indoor home security cameras.

  • 7.3 Editors' Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 5 Design
    • 8 Performance
    Lifx Mini Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

    Best color-changing smart bulbs

    The Lifx Mini puts out plenty of light, and offers all of the colors, features, and integrations that you get with standard-size Lifx bulbs at a lower cost.

  • 8.8 Editors' Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Ecobee4

    Best smart thermostat

    The Ecobee4 has a responsive display, a remote sensor and tons of smart integrations, including a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker. It is unmatched on the market.

  • 8.7 Editors' Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8.5 Design
    • 8 Performance
    August Smart Lock, HomeKit-enabled

    Best retrofit smart lock

    August's Smart Lock adds smarts to the deadbolt you already have. Its simple interface, integration with HomeKit, and reliability earned it an Editor's Choice.

  • 8.5 Editors' Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 9 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Nest Hello

    Best smart doorbell

    Nest's Hello video doorbell looks great and works consistently well. Its optional facial recognition feature and advanced integrations with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Google Home speakers set this smart buzzer above the rest.

  • 7.8 Editors' Rating

    • 8.5 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 7.5 Performance
    Netgear Arlo Pro

    Best outdoor security camera

    Netgear's Arlo Pro works indoors and outdoors, you get seven days of free event-based cloud storage and its rechargeable battery is supposed to last for up to six months.

  • 8.0 Editors' Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 9 Design
    • 8 Performance
    Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug

    Best smart plug

    With full Alexa and Google Home compatibility, the $35 Belkin WeMo Mini is a great smart-home starter gadget.

  • 8.3 Editors' Rating

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

    A new Nest device to Protect what matters most

    Nest Labs leans into its strengths with this follow-up to its famously recalled connected smoke and CO detector.

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