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Smart Home Reviews

Once a fable, the smart home is now attainable for many. Though, since all homes are different, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for finding the best smart home devices. Our reviews of the latest smart thermostats, smart speakers, and security systems will help you figure out what’s right for you. And as smart assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant, grow in capability, we put them to task to see just how helpful they are.

Amazon Echo Show 15 review: Alexa’s on your wall

This Echo Show on the wall is the fairest of them all, but it’s not that smart

Amazon Smart Thermostat review: a $60 stunner

The best floodlight camera to buy right now

Ring Alarm Pro review: all you need to start a smart home

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The best smart displays for every home

No dumb screens here

Google’s new floodlight camera is bright but not beautiful

Amazon Glow review: fun but unfinished

Nanoleaf’s Lines make it easy to color your walls with light

Nest Cam (indoor) review: Google’s pretty little camera takes one step forward and three steps back

It might look good, but it doesn’t perform well

Facebook’s new Portal Go is great for video calls, but not much else

Govee’s inexpensive TV backlight goes big

A strong bias for bias lighting

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 review: a good dock with an okay clock

Google’s latest Nest Doorbell and camera are not obvious upgrades

Battery-powered options are great, but prepare to make compromises

Ikea and Sonos picture frame speaker review: wall of sound

The latest Symfonisk collaboration is another attempt to camouflage tech in the home

This inexpensive backlight makes your big TV even more immersive

Incredible value for money

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Amazon’s new Echo Show 8 is a little faster and has a better camera

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Amazon Echo Show 5 (second gen) review: small screen, small updates

Amazon’s smallest smart display has gotten the tiniest of refreshes

Aqara M2 ecosystem review: a smart home for less

Why spend more?

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 review: Ring’s best doorbell yet

The new top-of-the-line Ring doorbell is expensive but works well

Google Nest Hub (2nd-gen) review: sleep on it

Logitech’s Circle View Doorbell is the closest thing we have to an Apple-made doorbell

HomeKit makes Ikea’s cheap buttons and motion sensors much more powerful

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Amazon Echo Show 10 review: Alexa’s next move

Ring’s Mailbox Sensor is one of the nerdier smart home gadgets I’ve tested

Eero Pro 6 review: less pro than expected

Nest Thermostat review: more simple than smart

Apple HomePod mini review: playing small ball

Apple’s newest smart speaker is way more affordable but still chasing Amazon and Google

Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential is a slightly smarter bedside clock

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Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: have a ball

Amazon’s latest entry-level smart speaker has a new design, but few other improvements over the last model

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Amazon Echo (2020) review: music of the sphere

Amazon’s latest Echo brings room tuning and impressive sound quality to the $100 price point

Google Nest Audio review: the sweet spot

Hey Google, turn it up

Yale’s Smart Delivery Box doesn’t yet solve the porch pirate problem

Smart blinds are an expensive upgrade to your smart home

Level Lock review: smarts you can’t see

Surprise! There’s a smart lock in there

A Wi-Fi 6 mesh router is the easiest way to get the most from gigabit internet

August’s Wi-Fi Smart Lock offers bolt-on smart lock convenience

Sonos Port review: flexibility for a price

Amazon’s Echo Flex is a smart speaker for very specific needs

Amazon’s Echo Show 8 hits the sweet spot for smart displays