Best Smart Home Devices Of 2016
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.'
Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion
Best home automation entry point
Plug anything you like into Belkin's WeMo Switch, and you'll be able to turn it on and off from your phone, schedule it to come on automatically, or trigger it using the free automation service IFTTT.
Amazon Echo Dot
Best smart home bargain
At $90, the Echo Dot is half the price of Amazon's full-sized smart speaker, but it's just as good a listener, and just as good at controlling your smart home gadgets. Plus, you can use it with just about any speakers you like.
Nest Learning Thermostat (2015)
Best smart thermostat
The equally priced Ecobee3 has closed the gap, but if you're forcing us to choose, we're still sticking with Nest. It's the centerpiece of Google's emerging vision for the connected home, and the third-gen model is the best yet.
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.
Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit
Best white-light smart bulbs
The Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a simple, and affordable way to get started with smart lighting. If you already own a Philips Hue bridge, then filling out your home with these $15 white-light smart bulbs is a no-brainer.
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.
August Smart Lock, HomeKit-enabled
Best smart lock
August took its smart deadbolt-turning gadget and made it even better with a refined second-gen model that offers better performance, an easier installation, and new support for Siri via Apple HomeKit.
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.
Nest Protect (second generation)
Best smart smoke detector
The Nest Protect is better-looking and more fully-featured than any other smoke or carbon monoxide detector on the market. It isn't cheap, but it looks and acts the part of a high-end smart safety upgrade.
Best DIY security system
iSmartAlarm's do-it-yourself security system is an affordable, easy to use alternative to high-priced setups that require monthly fees and professional installation. We also like the system's cameras and integration with IFTTT.
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper with SmartConnect
Best smart baby tech
For $100, the SmartConnect Sleeper is a soft, comfortable cradle that new parents can use for hours every day, and one that calms babies better than any other device we've tested.