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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 Astro review: too much Alexa, not enough arms

While it’s not the robot we were looking for, Astro is rolling in the right direction.

This smart mosquito system actually works — for a hefty price

Alexa Together review: keeping tabs on Dad

Ecobee’s new thermostats are its best yet

The Premium and Enhanced models add style to Ecobee’s substance

Yeedi Vac 2 Pro review: This budget bot can scrub your floors and dodge your shoes

Mop machine

Eero’s top-of-the-line mesh Wi-Fi router is faster but flakier

The Eero Pro 6E is the company’s first 6GHz-capable router

Deebot X1 Omni review: the do-everything robot vacuum

This $1,550 robot can mop, vacuum, clean itself, and find you in your home

The best robot vacuum you can buy right now

These wonderful little robots do all the hard work for you

Schlage’s latest smart lock makes unlocking your door as easy as using Apple Pay

Amazon’s Smart Air Quality Monitor could be a lot smarter

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra review: this bot cleans its own bottom

A robot vacuum cleaner that can look after itself, for a hefty price

The best video doorbell camera to buy right now

We pick the best brainy buzzers

Eufy’s Dual doorbell proves two eyes on your porch are better than one

Belkin’s Wemo is the best HomeKit video doorbell, but it’s not perfect

Wyze Video Doorbell Pro review: a lot to like, except for the look

Roborock’s S7 Plus is the first hybrid robot vacuum and mop worth buying

The S7 is the best robot vacuum that can also mop, but skip the "Rock Dock" auto-empty station

Roomba j7 Plus vs. Jet Bot AI Plus: can these robot vacuums pass the poop test?

Home robots are getting smarter

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

Echo, Echo on the wall

Amazon Smart Thermostat review: a $60 stunner

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

The best smart displays for every home

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

Govee or go home

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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

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