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Google Home Hub

The cameraless, petite Google Home Hub will blend into any room in your home. It's affordable, and quite useful as a digital assistant (especially in the kitchen), a photo frame and a smart home control panel.

Google Home

The Google Home is a great smart speaker with a ton of capabilities, but you have so many smart speaker options at this point that I'm less inclined to recommend this well balanced middle child.

Editors' Choice
$29.99 at Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot third-generation

This is the best Dot yet at the same irresistible price -- but it will do little to slow Google's growing momentum.

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.

Apple HomePod

Apple's HomePod doesn't match the features offered on Alexa and Google Assistant speakers. But if you’re an iPhone user who prizes sound quality above all, you should seriously consider this speaker.

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon's touchscreen Alexa device shows potential for people interested in video chatting with friends and family members, but it needs a little more development before we'd recommend it.

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.

Google Home Max

Although too expensive for mass appeal, the Google Home Max is the best-sounding smart speaker yet.

Wink Hub 2

The Wink Hub 2 is fine, but it's hard to recommend over platforms like Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit that reduce challenging behind-the-scenes integrations to simple voice commands.

SmartThings Hub and Sensors

SmartThings' impressive performance and wide array of potential applications make it easy to recommend, but its underwhelming app adds a lot of frustration to an otherwise excellent system.

Wink Hub

While the Wink Hub has some design and usability kinks to work out, its affordability and versatility make it a very desirable option for whole-home automation.

Titan AI Robot

The Titan AI Robot responds to your commands and monitors your mood.

Nokia Sleep

The Nokia Sleep pad goes under your mattress and tells you about your slumber.

Bond

The Bond is an easy way to control your ceiling fan with a phone, as well as Amazon Alexa devices or the Google Home. HomeKit users will need to look elsewhere, and you'll need to have access to your fan's current IR or RF remote.

Logitech Pop Smart Button Kit HomeKit-Enabled

Now you can control your house with a Siri command or a button press.

Wink Relay

A wall-mounted touchscreen seems like an obvious addition to any smart home, but the Wink Relay suffers from high cost and underutliized potential.

Konnected Alarm Panel

Konnected's Alarm Panel wants to make your existing wired security system smart.

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