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Best Light Bulb

Stack’s Alba Smart LED light bulbs are ready to react based on where you are. Using embedded motion sensors, the bulbs can detect when you’re in the room and turn the lights on and off. Inside is an ambient light sensor, allowing the lights

Best Humidity Monitor

Condensation and mold – yuck – often form when certain rooms become too damp and humid. For just $34.50, the nearly invisible Leviton Humidity Sensor and Fan Control does what its name implies: a sensor detects excess humidity and automatically activates the already installed

Best Water Monitor

More often than not, by the time you discover a water leak in your home, it’s going to cost a fortune to get it fixed. WallyHome helps you detect those leaks before they get serious. Attach its sensors to water-prone places like sinks and

Best Cookware

Part of the company’s WeMo wireless smart home platform, Belkin’s Crock-Pot (released spring 2014 in collaboration with Jarden Consumer Solutions) is the first smartphone-controllable slow cooker. Via the WeMo iOS or Android smartphone app, you can adjust the crock pot’s settings from anywhere, receive

Best Smart Home Lock

The SmartCode 916’s small size makes it less conspicuous than other locks, and allows you to use your old house keys if you want. Kwikset’s SecureScreen feature — which makes you punch in two random digits before entering your code — helps ensure burglars

Best Smart Garage Door Opener

Searching or reaching for that elusive garage door opener remote while trying to navigate a dark suburban street, toppled garbage cans or your kids’ toys – or your kids – often proves awkward and dangerous. Chamberlain’s garage door opener lets you tap your device’s

Best Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

While the Nest Protect Smoke + CO2 alarm is great for those who want a 2-in-1 device that connects to several smart home devices, there’s something to be said for the Roost Smart Battery. This $35 gadget plugs into any existing smoke or CO2

Best Smart Speaker

Yes, it’s a Bluetooth speaker, but the $180 Amazon Echo has a number of voice-activated features that let you control a number of smart home gadgets, as well as connect to other smart home hubs, such as those from Belkin and Samsung. It can

Best Video Monitor

  The third generation of the excellent Dropcam, this $199 camera now shoots video in 1080p (up from 720p), and has a magnetic, swiveling base that lets you set it up almost anywhere. It features two-way audio, sharp night vision and a powerful digital

Best Smart Thermostat

SMARTPHONE COMPATIBILITY Android, iOS MULTIPLE ZONES Yes SELF-INSTALLATION Yes MOTION ACTIVATION Yes WORKS OFFLINE Yes WORKS WITH HomeKit, Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings, Logitech, Wink, IFTTT While there’s a lot of futuristic things about the Ecobee–such as its slick touchscreen interface–its best feature is something