Best Smart Home Devices for 2018

Posted on: May 15, 2018, by :

Best Smart Home Devices for 2018

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Alexas new flagship smart speaker is better than the first one — and it costs a lot less, too.

Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer

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

Zyxel Multy X Mesh Wi-Fi System (WSQ50)

Phicomm Smart Home Wi-Fi router (K3)

Zyxel Multy X Mesh Wi-Fi System (WSQ50)

Nests 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.

If youre looking for smart shades with a lot of features and flexibility, Lutrons 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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Augusts Smart Lock adds smarts to the deadbolt you already have. Its simple interface, integration with HomeKit, and reliability earned it an Editors Choice.

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring

The Neato Botvac Connected boasts the best performance of any bot vac weve tested. Its not cheap, but with the price comes an intuitive app with remote control. Who doesnt want that?

Phicomm Smart Home Wi-Fi router (K3)

Lutrons are the best-performing, most fully-featured smart switches currently available, and well worth the money if youre serious about connected lighting.

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.

Flo Home Water Control and Monitoring

The D-Link sensor plugs into the wall, so you dont 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.

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

Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring

A new Nest device to Protect what matters most

Flo Home Water Control and Monitoring

The Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit lets you enjoy all of the benefits of Hues 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.

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.

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

Netgears 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.

Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews.

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