The Echo Dot takes Amazon's popular smart home speaker and wraps it in an ultra-affordable package -- but the Google Home Mini is a very worthy competitor.
The Neato Botvac Connected is better at cleaning floors than any other robot vacuum on the market, and it costs less than its app-enabled rival, the iRobot Roomba 980. If you're willing to live without remote controls, you can save some money by sticking with the previous generation of Neatos -- but we think this one's worth the splurge.
Nest brings crisp design and smart features -- connected and otherwise -- to the humble smoke detector. You don't absolutely need the Nest Protect, but it's fine to admit you want one.
Outstanding video performance and great Web capabilities, but outdone in both fields by Cowon and Apple.
With reliable, comprehensive coverage at an outstanding value, SimpliSafe belongs at the top of your list if you're looking to secure your home.
The Nest Hello is the smartest video doorbell available today, and a really solid choice for anyone -- but it's especially appealing if you're sold on a broader Google/Nest smart home.
This is a great bulb that gets just about everything right, and a perfect pick if you like to dial the lights down low but don't have dimmer switches.
Alexa is still the most compelling voice control platform, and the new and improved Echo should only boost her momentum. It's well worth $100.
The Philips SceneSwitch floodlight is a great bargain, and a smart way to bring some limited dimming capability into your home without needing to wire in new light switches.
With growing support for third-party smart home devices you might already have, Comcast's Xfinity Home makes it simple to create a custom security and home automation setup. (Terms and conditions may apply.)
This is about the best affordable smart plug I’ve tested. It’s reliable and unobtrusive and has solid core features. It isn’t as feature-rich as more expensive options, and it doesn’t integrate with enough platforms, but for the price, it’s a great buy.
This is the best smart outlet on the market right now, but unless you're committed to splurging on a seamless smart home, you're better off just going with a plug-in smart switch.
The D-Link Water Sensor is one of the best flood sensors on the market. If you're considering buying such a device, this should be the first option on your list -- especially if you don't already use a smart-home hub.
Philips Hue is one of the best-developed DIY smart-home platforms money can buy, and this white-light starter kit is your most affordable entry point. It's practically a must-buy if you're serious about smart lighting.
These bulbs aren't cheap, but they cost less than Lifx or Philips Hue and arguably do more thanks to the built-in sensors for presence and ambient light.
Nest is a solid smart thermostat, but the Ecobee4 offers more smart home integrations and a better overall value.
For basic household usage, the Cloud LED is a solid value pick that gets the important stuff right.
From the specs to the price, GE's 100W Replacement LED gets just about everything right. It's a smart buy in the lighting aisle.