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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.

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Yale Assure Lock 2 review: a promising all-rounder

For $160, this sleek smart lock supports Apple Home and Bluetooth and will auto-unlock for you when you arrive home. Yale’s Wi-Fi and Z-Wave modules add more smart home support for $80 each, but I’m waiting for the Matter module.

Jennifer Pattison TuohySep 24

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TP-Link’s latest smart light strip goes with everything

The Tapo L930 has gradient RGB and tunable white light, and works with Apple Home, Google, and Alexa for under $50

Jennifer Pattison TuohySep 17

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SwitchBot Lock review: a tiny robot hand that unlocks your door

Yes, it looks as weird as it sounds, but it works well as a basic smart lock 

Jennifer Pattison TuohyAug 28

Hue’s new smart switch is for the superusers

The Tap Dial is a smooth way to control the Hue lights in several rooms

Jennifer Pattison TuohyAug 20

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The best robot vacuum you can buy right now

These wonderful little robots do all the hard work for you

Jennifer Pattison TuohyJul 8

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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.

Jennifer Pattison TuohyJun 3

Ecobee’s new thermostats are its best yet

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

Jennifer Pattison TuohyMay 17

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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

Jennifer Pattison TuohyMay 5

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Deebot X1 Omni review: the do-everything robot vacuum

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

Jennifer Pattison TuohyApr 24

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

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

Jennifer Pattison TuohyMar 15

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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

Jennifer Pattison TuohyJan 27

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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

Jennifer Pattison TuohyDec 16, 2021