Product Reviews

Comprehensive reviews of the latest smart home gadgets on the market today. Our honest reviews rely on our knowledge of the industry along with in-home testing to help you decide which device is right for your home. We go beyond just the industry leaders and provide reviews for smaller brands that other outlets don’t.

koogeek switch mounted in a room
7.3Rating

Koogeek Smart Light Switch Review

While Koogeek is not a household name, they've carved out a nice niche for themselves as an affordable option in the smart home industry. Their Koogeek Smart Light Switch (KH01) connects to your existing Wi-Fi ...
idevices outdoor being plugged in and powered on
7.8Rating

iDevices Outdoor Switch Review

As a lifelong Midwesterner, it's no fun crawling behind a bush in 10 degree weather to plug in the Christmas lights each night. Remote control plugs seem hit or miss and you have to be within range to control t...
8.1Rating

Elgato Eve Light Switch Review

While Elgato isn't a name that you commonly see in consumer electronics, they've quickly carved out a niche in the smart home industry. Their Eve line of smart plugs, lighting solutions, and smart sensors have ...
7Rating

Gosund Smart Light Switch Review

When it comes to controlling lighting in my home, I've come to prefer smart light switches. The traditional smart plug is limited to lamps and smart bulbs can be tedious to control in multi-light fixtures. A sm...
7.9Rating

Amazon Smart Plug Review

When Amazon announced their own line of Alexa-enabled electronics earlier this year, it was no surprise to see a smart plug on the list. It's typically one of the first products consumers purchase when dipping ...
iclever outdoor lightswitch in action
8.2Rating

iClever Outdoor Smart Plug Review

Smart plugs seem to be popping up all over the place. Brands like WeMo and TP-Link dominate the indoor market while new competitors like Amazon have recently joined in. But when it comes to an outdoor smart plu...
7.3Rating

AmazonBasics Microwave Review

There's been a surge in smart kitchen appliances over the last few years. Smart ovens, coffee makers, and refrigerators have flooded the market attempting to make home life easier. But I never thought about wha...
ihome-outdoor on wall
7.1Rating

iHome iSP100 Outdoor Smart Plug Review

Whether it's Christmas lights, backyard fountain, or a pool pump, automating your outdoor electronics makes life a bit easier. Plus it can save you a few bucks on your electric bill. But while smart plugs seem ...
8Rating

iDevices Wall Outlet Review

While smart plugs have saturated the market, they have some drawbacks. They protrude from your wall and can sometime block the adjacent outlet. So if I know I want to use a specific receptacle in my home, I muc...
7.6Rating

Elgato Eve Energy Review

Apple HomeKit-enabled smart plugs can be tough to find. Homekit-enabled smart plugs with built-in energy monitoring? Even harder. That's where Elgato steps in with the Eve Energy. A smart plug and power meter r...
6.1Rating

iHome iSP6X WiFi Smart Plug Review

The iHome name should ring familiar to Apple aficionados. Their lineup of speakers and alarm clocks designed for the iPhone put the company on the map. But in recent years, they've branched out into the lucrati...
8.5Rating

iDevices Switch Review

Smart plugs are everywhere these days. Dozens of companies have flooded the market with simple designs and the basic array of features. But few offer support for Apple Homekit users. That's where the Switch fro...
8.3Rating

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini Review

One of the problems when shifting to a smarter home is the litany of older items we have that aren't online. An old lamp, table fan, even your space heater. That's where an inexpensive smart plug can come in ha...
7.9Rating

iDevices Wall Switch Review

In an industry where most companies don't take chances, iDevices has created a nice niche for themselves. Their ever-growing product lines features innovative designs that add those little extras that make them...
8.5Rating

Belkin WeMo Mini Smart Plug Review

Belkin has been a name in consumer electronics for decades and over the past few years has thrown their hat in the budget home automation space. Their WeMo Switch was one of the early entrants into the smart pl...
8.7Rating

Nest Protect Review

The smoke detector is an overlooked part of our home. We typically grab the first thing we find at the hardware store, mount it to the wall, and forget about it till it starts chirping. Much of that is due to t...
6.8Rating

Amazon Echo Look Review

Have you ever had a big night out and couldn't decide what to wear? You throw on different outfits and stand in front of the mirror pondering. Does this dress accentuate my figure? Does the shirt match the jack...
8.1Rating

Amazon Cloud Cam Review

With the ever popular Echo series of virtual smart assistants, Amazon has positioned themselves squarely at the top of the smart home industry. But they haven't been content with just controlling the devices in...
7.5Rating

Roav Viva by Anker Review

With the millions of Echo devices sold, Amazon's Alexa has become a valuable companion inside our home. We ask Alexa to play music, set reminders, and manage our smart home gadgets. But once we step outside our...
7.6Rating

Belkin Wemo Bridge Review

Apple HomeKit users have been clamoring for almost a year now for compatibility with WeMo products. And with the release of the WeMo Bridge, that's finally a reality. The $40 bridge from Belkin now acts as a go...
8.2Rating

Awair Glow Air Quality Monitor Review

Our home's air quality is something we should all be concerned with. Whether you have allergies, a newborn, or just want to make sure you're at peak performance, it all starts with what we're breathing in to ou...
7.5Rating

EZVIZ Mini O Wi-Fi Home Security Camera Review

The past few years have seen an influx in DIY security cameras entering the market. No longer were you burdened with hiring a security company to set up an intricate system that required a long term contract. N...
8.7Rating

Amazon Echo Spot Review

When Amazon released the Echo Show last Summer, it felt a bit underwhelming. An Amazon Echo with a screen seems like a great idea, but it's clunky design and lack of video-specific skills didn't live up to it's...
8.6Rating

Belkin WeMo Dimmer Switch Review

Belkin's impressive line of smart home products dubbed "WeMo" has built a strong following over the years. They're easy-to-use and can connect directly to your existing WiFi setup. And from that line comes perh...
8.4Rating

Etekcity Smart Plug Review

In an industry where flashy brand names dominate, it's nice to come across those hidden gems. So when we noticed a rather unknown company named Etekcity sitting atop the electrical outlet switch category on Ama...
6.1Rating

Amazon Echo Buttons Review

Amazon has never been content when it comes to their Echo devices. They're constantly looking for ways to enhance their usefulness and make them a bigger part of our lives. With the newly released Echo Buttons,...
7.7Rating

Amazon Echo Show Review

Just as we're getting used to our voice-controlled speakers, Amazon throws us a curve. The Echo we've grown to love now has a touchscreen attached to it. The addition is not all that surprising. It's a natural ...
9.1Rating

Google Home Mini Review

In the race for smart speaker supremacy, Google has always felt a step behind. When the original Google Home device hit the market, Amazon already had two years on them with their Echo. And now 18 months after ...
6.8Rating

Flic Wireless Button Review

Smartphones provide great comfort in our lives. We can control countless apps and automate our homes by using them. But they aren't always the most convenient devices to pick up and use. You've got to unlock th...
9.2Rating

Amazon Echo Dot Review

In the battle for smart speaker supremacy, the 2nd Generation Dot is the smallest and most affordable option in the Amazon Echo line of products. And despite it's tiny size, it packs a big punch, and might just...
8.1Rating

LIFX Mini Smart LED Bulb Review

As fans of LIFX bulbs, we have been excited for the release of the LIFX Mini for some time. Previous models had shown great promise but unfortunately had some some minor issues that have held us at bay. This ve...
7.8Rating

Honeywell Lyric Round 2.0 Thermostat Review

Honeywell launched the original Lyric thermostat in 2014 to tepid reviews. Issues with compatibility, it's away mode, and an underwhelming app plagued the smart thermostat. With the second generation of the Lyr...
6.4Rating

Geeni Prisma Smart Wi-Fi Multicolor LED Bulb Review

Multicolor smart LED bulbs have always felt a bit gimmicky to me. Sure there are some scenarios I could envision using them. They'd make for a nice decoration outside during Christmas. Maybe even a fun accessor...
7.1Rating

LIFX Wi-Fi Multicolor Smart LED Bulb Review

LIFX has come a long way from their days as an Australian start-up crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Their dream to create Wi-Fi connected light bulbs is a reality and they now produce one of the better smart LED bu...
7.1Rating

Leeo Smart Alert Review

In an industry booming with copycats, the first-product from newcomers Leeo offers a unique twist to smart-home safety. The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is billed as a device that will listen for smoke alarms, c...
6.7Rating

Geeni Lux Smart Wi-Fi Led Bulb Review

The first thing that struck me about the Geeni Lux line of smart LED bulbs is the price. I'm constantly seduced by the industry to swap out the dumb bulbs in my house and replace them with smart LED ones. Unfor...
8.2Rating

TP-Link Smart Wi-FI Light Switch Review

The TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch wants to turn your boring old wall switch into a gateway to home automation. From controlling your ceiling fan with your smartphone to turning on the overhead lights with a ...
8.3Rating

Belkin Wemo Light Switch Review

Belkin's WeMo lineup of home automation products has been immensely popular since they launched back in 2012. A slew of smart plugs, bulbs, and cameras have led their respected industries. But the cornerstone o...
7.2Rating

Geeni Energi Energy Tracking Smart Plug Review

While prices for smart plugs have come down a bit in recent years, you're still looking at $30-$40 for one that provides energy monitoring. When we spotted the Geeni Energi Energy Tracking Wi-Fi Smart Plug sell...
5.5Rating

Geeni Surge Smart Wi-Fi Surge Protector Review

While the industry has been flooded with individual smart plugs, there's been a lack of smart surge protectors on the market. Perhaps this simply comes down to demand, but we can see how the added surge protect...
5.9Rating

LOHAS Smart LED Bulb Review

Our search for a budget multicolor LED bulb continues with a little known company called LOHAS that has generated a bit of buzz on Amazon. The company which specializes in LED bulbs of all kinds seems to have r...