Philips Hue's LEDs are still the color-changing bulbs to beat, but they're still awfully expensive -- and the competition is catching up quickly. Apple HomeKit integration is a big step forward for the software, but it's disappointing that the hardware didn't get more of an upgrade, as well.
If you're looking to add a low-maintenance outdoor camera to your home security setup, Toucan could easily fit the bill.
Hold off on the Echo Plus until Amazon improves the Alexa app's smart home controls.
The Belkin WeMo Light Switch is a little expensive, but it's mostly a solid a la carte option for DIYers interested in home automation.
Minor annoyances hold the TicHome Mini back from being a true Google Home Mini alternative, but it works well enough to warrant consideration as a feature-rich Bluetooth speaker.
If you’re concerned about your home’s plumbing and want to be able to shut off your water remotely, Flo can give you the peace of mind you want.
August's Smart Lock is a decent entry-level smart lock that performs well and offers a lot for its price.
The Canary Flex isn't perfect, but its adaptability, simple app interface and excellent design make it a great choice for anyone who needs a lot of flexibility in their home security setup.
The Roost Smart Garage Door Sensor, unveiled at CES 2018, will let you know if the door is open or closed. It just can't do anything about it.
The cheapest Family Hub fridge is surprisingly affordable and comes with enough smart features to merit consideration.
The Flair Puck and the Flair Smart Vent will customize the temp based on the room you're in.
The White Ambiance LEDs fill in a gap in the Philips Hue family of smart bulbs, but they didn't outperform color-tunable LEDs from Lifx and Stack. They're really only worth it if you're already committed to Hue, or to HomeKit.
The Doorbell Cam Pro is a good choice, particularly if you've invested in other August products, but its higher cloud storage fees hurt its overall value.
The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion is a fun, wallet-friendly step toward the long-promised home automation revolution.
The Audio Doorbell is a fine add-on if you already use Arlo cams at home, but it isn't the right option for folks wanting a live-streaming buzzer.
The third-generation smart sprinkler can use an add-on to detect leaks and sports more localized weather info.
The fully-featured WeMo Dimmer is an attractive and worthwhile smart lighting entry point.
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.