Video doorbells keep track of who’s coming and going and can even catch porch pirates red-handed. This one device monitors everyone that crosses your threshold and sends alerts to your smartphone. Top features include night vision, two-way communication and weather resistance.
Instead of fumbling with copies of keys, smart locks let you assign and revoke custom access codes. They also work with mobile apps to lock or unlock the door remotely and alert you when someone enters. Voice control grants hands-free operation, and you can still use keys as back-up.
The best home security systems have smart products and integrations so you can control everything in one system. Plus, 24/7 monitoring means that none of your alarms go unanswered. Security professionals dispatch emergency services if danger is detected even if you’re not home.
Smart lighting can add ambiance, prevent falls and deter intruders.Through custom settings, you can operate your lights with motion, a timer, your smartphone, or voice commands.
Smart thermostats are more accurate, eco-friendly and convenient than traditional ones. Our favorites have features like occupancy detection, smartphone control, voice commands and learning capabilities to automatically adjust based on your habits.
Why clean your own floors when a robot can do it for you? Battery life, smart dirt detection, size, pet hair pick up, and canister capacity are top features to consider in a robot vacuum. As a bonus, some of them are slim enough to fit under heavy furniture.
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors help ensure that you don’t miss an alarm. These picks have features to interconnect devices, conduct tests and remotely monitor alarms.
A smart speaker is an internet-connected speaker with a built-in virtual assistant, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri, controlled via voice commands. Some double as smart home hubs while others are standalone devices.
Smart baby monitors provide features like HD video, smartphone alerts, two-way communication, infant sleep tracking, and monitoring of the room’s ambient temperature. It’s the next best thing to being in the room with your baby.
Wifi-connected indoor cameras are small, easy to set up, and surprisingly affordable. Our top camera picks boast features like night vision, motion detection, two-way audio, person detection and mobile alerts that simplify your surveillance.
Make any appliance smarter by using it with a smart plug. Smart plugs have mobile apps that grant the ability to remotely turn appliances on and off or automate them to a custom schedule. These functions can enhance security, conserve power and help you save on your electric bill.
Smart home hubs streamline the control of all your smart appliances into a single app or tool. Some hubs even perform additional functions, doubling as speakers, cameras, tablets or other automation tools.
Driveway motion detectors are especially useful for large properties with long driveways where other types of security devices are tough to install. The best options are waterproof, possess a long transmission range, and have smart motion detection to differentiate between people, animals and cars.
“Alexa, close the garage door.” With smart garage door control, you’ll never have to worry about leaving the door open again. These devices have settings for vehicle detection, automatic opening and closing, locking, remote control, intruder alarms, voice control, and more.
Today’s outdoor security cameras offer easy installation, live feeds and mobile alerts. We recommend models with wide angle lenses, night vision, weather resistance and person detection so you can see everything without too many false alerts.