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Best Smart Home Devices of 2017

  • $179.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 8 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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  • $40.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    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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  • $69.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

    Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

    The Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit lets you enjoy all of the benefits of Hue's well-connected platform and, for just $15 each, you can add extras to your set up. The bulbs are also pretty good looking and have easy-to-use smart controls.

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  • $129.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 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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  • $247.87 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's 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.

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  • $199.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's 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.

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  • $169.65 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 7 Design
    • 8 Performance
    SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

    Best smart doorbell

    With 1080p resolution, SkyBell's video quality is terrific, and integrations with Alexa, Nest, and IFTTT help it stand out in an increasingly competitive category. Free online video storage is a major plus, too.

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  • $194.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8.5 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Nest Cam Indoor

    Best Indoor Smart Cam

    The Nest Cam Indoor's reliably 1080p streaming, easily installable magnetic base, and solid app set it apart from the rest of the market.

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  • $149.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 10 Design
    • 7 Performance
    Kuna Toucan

    Best outdoor smart camera

    Kuna's Toucan camera has a clever design, a low-key aesthetic, and cool extras like an alarm and 2 hours of free cloud storage. For the price, it's great deal.

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  • $34.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

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

    Belkin's itty-bitty WeMo Mini has big pl...

    WeMo's always been a solid smart home starting point, and at just $35, the WeMo Mini is the line's best offering yet.

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  • $159.90 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    Lutron Caseta In-Wall Wireless Smart Lighting Kit

    Best in-wall switches

    Lutron's are the best-performing, most fully-featured smart switches currently available, and well worth the money if you're serious about connected lighting.

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  • $119.00 at Dell Home See all prices

    CNET's Rating

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

    A new Nest device to Protect what matter...

    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.

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  • $74.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 9 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 9 Performance
    D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor

    Best smart flood sensor

    The D-Link sensor plugs into the wall, so you don't need batteries. Plus, it works using Wi-Fi, so it will send your phone push notifications without the extra expense of a smart home hub.

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  • $699.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Features
    • 7 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 10 Performance
    Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum

    Best robot vacuum

    The Neato Botvac Connected boasts the best performance of any bot vac we've tested. It's not cheap, but with the price comes an intuitive app with remote control. Who doesn't want that?

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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Features
    • 8 Usability
    • 8 Design
    • 7 Performance
    Lutron Serena Remote Controlled Shades

    Best smart home shades

    If you're looking for smart shades with a lot of features and flexibility, Lutron's Serena Shades are the best bet. You can schedule them, control them remotely via an app, and even use Siri to open or close them. Just be ready for a big investment.

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