• Apple TV 4K (32GB)

  • How We Tested

  • What is Apple HomeKit?

  • Privacy and Apple HomeKit

  • Apple HomePod Mini

  • Logitech Circle View Doorbell

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit (Generation 3)

  • Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat

  • Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit

  • Leviton Decora Smart Switch (Apple HomeKit)

  • Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

  • D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD

  • Fibaro Flood Sensor

  • Logitech Circle View

  • Abode iota All-In-One Security Kit

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Apple TV
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The Apple TV 4K acts as a Home Hub so you can control your HomeKit-enabled devices when you're away from home.

Best HomeKit Hub
Apple TV 4K (32GB)

While pricier than our favorite streamer, the Apple TV 4K is an impressive, high-end streaming box, and it also doubles as an Apple HomeHub. The included remote offers Siri voice control so you can do things like open apps, check the weather, and search YouTube videos. You can even ask Siri to dim the lights as you decide what movie to watch—all from the remote. Additionally, if you have iOS-enabled cameras, like the Logitech Circle View Doorbell, you can use the hub to view smart alerts, live streams, and view recording histories on your television screen.

The Apple TV 4K also supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, has access to the most popular streaming services, and includes Apple’s TV+ service and its TV app, which integrates streaming content from multiple services in one spot. It also offers more robust support for Dolby Atmos than many cheaper devices. The Apple TV 4K is also fast, relatively easy to use, and has a visually pleasing interface. The TV app works well as a one-stop-shop for all your streaming needs, though integration relies on competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime playing nicely with Apple—which is never a given.

For more, check out our roundup of the best streaming devices.

Pros

  • Supports higher-end TVs

  • Good-looking interface

  • Easy to navigate

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Remote difficult to use

How We Tested

Every product in this lineup has been physically tested by Reviewed tech experts. We've gathered these from our roundups of the best products, so the expertise of editors, staff writers, and contributors is represented in this article. We can confidently recommend these as the very Apple HomeKit devices you can buy right now.

What is Apple HomeKit?

Apple HomeKit is a smart home environment similar to Google or Amazon Alexa, but it’s designed specifically for iOS users only. If you're a big fan of Apple products, and you're constantly chatting with Siri, then Apple HomeKit is a no-brainer for controlling your smart home.

All Apple-compatible smart home devices have an orange and yellow “works with HomeKit” label on the packaging. HomeKit accessories are easy to add via the Apple Home app by scanning the barcode or entering the product’s numerical code (often found in the instructions or on the device itself). Within the Apple Home app, you can rename devices, group products by room, and set up home automations and scenes.

HomeKit accessories connect over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, however, an Apple HomeHub is needed to manage your devices when you’re away from home. You can use an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, HomePod mini, or an iPad as a HomeKit hub. To use your iPad as a HomeHub, it has to stay at your house, remain on, and be connected to Wi-Fi at all times. Since it's cheaper and more practical to leave at home, we recommend going with an Apple TV instead.

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Once you have everything up and running, you'll be able to take advantage of voice control of your smart home gadgets via Siri, as well as control all of your devices via Apple's Home app. With just a few words spoken into your iPhone, you can turn on the air conditioner, switch off the lights, or lock your front door. You can do all of this and more with the Apple HomeKit products mentioned below.

Privacy and Apple HomeKit

There’s always a security risk when using internet-connected devices at home, but there are ways you can protect your privacy when using HomeKit devices. Apple claims that all HomeKit user data is encrypted end-to-end locally (meaning on your Home Hub) before being transmitted to the cloud so that no one has access to it but you. According to the company, HomeKit's infrastructure uses iCloud, iOS, iPadOs, and macOS to "protect and sync private data without exposing it" to others, including Apple employees. To secure your account further, turn on two-factor authentication and make sure your password is unique and hard to guess. You can read more about Apple's HomeKit data security policy.

There’s also HomeKit Secure Video, which Apple claims lets you securely view live streams and clips. This feature is available with certain third-party recording devices like video doorbells and security cameras when paired with a paid iCloud plan.

One thing to know is that Apple, by default, keeps your Siri voice interactions (one of the primary ways to control HomeKit accessories) and may review the audio clips to help improve Siri’s accuracy. You can opt-out of this by turning off Siri and Diction in the Settings > Privacy > Analytics & Improvement > turning off Improve Siri & Dictation. To delete your Siri voice history on a HomePod, open the Home app, press and hold the HomePod icon, select Siri History, tap Delete Siri History, and confirm the deletion. To delete your Siri voice history on an iPhone or iPad, open Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History > Delete Siri & Dictation History. For more information, check out Apple’s Siri dictation and privacy disclaimer.

HomePod Mini Siri
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The HomePod Mini comes loaded with Apple's smart assistant, Siri.

Best Smart Speaker for HomeKit
Apple HomePod Mini

With the inaugural Apple HomePod on its way out, the Apple HomePod Mini is the speaker to buy for your HomeKit ecosystem. The baseball-sized smart speaker is priced right, sounds bigger than its size, offers quick and responsive access to Siri. The setup is fast and easy, and you can pair multiple HomePod Mini speakers to create stereo pairs or a multi-room audio system.

The speaker feels heavy in your hand, the power cord is thick and has a sturdy connection to the Mini's base, and the lights on top are beautiful swirling colors like you'll see when you summon Siri on an iOS device. Its small footprint, combined with its big sound and control for Apple smart homes, make it an enticing smart speaker.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart speakers.

Pros

  • Great sound

  • Compact

  • Multi-room listening

Cons

  • Siri only

  • Requires iOS device

Logitech
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The Logitech Circle View Doorbell displays video in a 3:4 format that gives a full view of who is at your front door and also makes it easy to see packages on your porch.

Best Video Doorbell for HomeKit
Logitech Circle View Doorbell

There aren’t many worthy options when it comes to Apple HomeKit-enabled video doorbells, but the Logitech Circle View Doorbell is one of the best we’ve tested. The Siri-only doorbell works well at quickly detecting motion events and accurately telling the difference between people, animals, and vehicles. The 3:4 head-to-toe view and integration with other iOS devices make it an ideal pick for any Apple-driven smart home.

The doorbell supports facial recognition, an optional feature that can potentially tell you who specifically is at the door by pulling from the photos on your iOS device to recognize your friends and family. It also comes with truly customizable motion zones, meaning you can draw activity zones tailored to your front door view, which is helpful to avoid false notification alerts.

The wired doorbell requires a paid iCloud subscription, which allows the doorbell camera to differentiate between people, animals, vehicles, and motion. It also supports HomeKit Secure Video, which encrypts videos before uploading to iCloud.

For a HomeKit-enabled doorbell, Logitech’s is a fantastic option.

For more options, check out our roundup of the best video doorbells.

Pros

  • Timely and accurate smart alerts

  • Head-to-toe view

  • Advanced features

Cons

  • iOS only

  • Doesn't work with Alexa/Google

Philips Hue White + Color
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Best Smart Bulbs for HomeKit
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit (Generation 3)

For the best HomeKit-enabled smart bulbs, you want Philips Hue LED lights. Across the board, Philips topped all of our tests thanks to an easy setup, a robust suite of features, and an intuitive app. From dimming the lights to changing the bulb color and creating scenes, there's a lot you can do using Siri voice commands to control Philips Hue bulbs.

The only downside is that, unlike some other options, Philips Hue lights do require a Philips Hue Bridge) to work remotely, in addition to an Apple HomeHub. While they can be controlled over Bluetooth, that will only work when you're physically near the bulb. Additional hardware isn’t usually a strong point, but it’s a small price to pay for the sheer performance and reliability that Hue offers—including compatibility with Apple HomeKit.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart bulbs for Apple HomeKit.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

  • Rich color palette

  • Easy setup plus an intuitive app

Cons

  • Requires a hub to work remotely

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Best Smart Thermostat for HomeKit
Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat

Want to be able to check or change the temperature in your house using Siri? The Emerson Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat is one of the best HomeKit-compatible smart thermostats you can buy.

It offers a straightforward installation, a fantastic user experience, an easy-to-use touch screen, and full integration with all of the major voice assistants, including Siri. If you want the same functionality as the Sensi Touch thermostat, but with a cheaper price tag, check out the Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat.

One final note: Almost all smart thermostats require a C-wire; be sure your heating/cooling system is compatible before buying a smart thermostat.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart thermostats.

Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google

  • Clear directions and easy setup

  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Only basic smart features

Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer
Credit: Reviewed.com / Daniel Wroclawski
Best Smart Dimmer for HomeKit
Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit

Lutron makes one of the best HomeKit-enabled smart dimmer switches you can buy. Using voice-activated Siri commands, you can turn on the light, adjust the color/brightness, and activate scenes for a completely convenient smart lighting setup. This dimmer nails the software details, even responding to the scrubbing of the app's digital dim slider in real-time. The app performed beautifully on iOS devices during testing and we were able to connect and control it easily using Siri and the Home app.

The other great thing about the Lutron system is that it will work with the wiring found in older homes, unlike many other smart dimmers and switches on the market. This is because Lutron switches and dimmers don't need a neutral power line, which isn't common in the electrical wiring found in older homes. The Lutron system isn't cheap—extra dimmers and extra switches will cost you—but it's a lot cheaper than getting your home re-wired. The polish of the system is also definitely worth the money.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart in-wall dimmer switches.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Home, HomeKit

  • No neutral line requirement

Cons

  • No three-way switch support

Leviton Decora Smart WiFi Switch
Credit: Reviewed.com / Daniel Wroclawski
Best Smart Switch for HomeKit
Leviton Decora Smart Switch (Apple HomeKit)

Leviton's HomeKit Decora Smart Switch is built with a special hardware chip that’s designated for use only in Apple smart homes and it works great. You can control this switch from anywhere using Siri, the Apple Home app, or the polished and intuitive Leviton Decora Smart Home app to control your lights. It supports dimmable LED and CFL bulbs up to 600W and incandescent bulbs up to 1800W.

The only downside to this switch is that it requires a neutral wire. If you live in an older home without a neutral wire, then we recommend going with the Lutron Caséta Wireless Starter Kit and buying Lutron switches, which also supports Apple HomeKit.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart in-wall switches.

Pros

  • Works with HomeKit

  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Only works with Apple products

Schalge Sense
Credit: Schlage

The Schlage Sense was easy to install, had the fastest lock/unlock times, and works flawlessly with Apple HomeKit.

Best Smart Lock for HomeKit
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

With the Schlage Sense smart lock, you can ask Siri to lock or unlock your door, even through your remote control if you own an Apple TV if you’ve got one. It doesn’t offer built-in Wi-Fi like many other smart locks, but it can still connect to the internet via a Schlage Sense Wi-Fi adapter. It comes equipped with built-in alarm sensors that will issue an alert if it senses an attack, which is great for those concerned about their smart lock being hacked.

If you own an iPhone and have already taken steps to fill your home with Apple HomeKit-compatible products, the Schlage Sense is a standout smart lock that should be on your radar.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart locks.

Pros

  • HomeKit compatible

  • Built-in tamper alarm

Cons

  • Needs adapter for WiFi connection

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD
Credit: D-Link

The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD is easy to set up.

Fibaro
Credit: Fibaro

Fibaro's Flood Sensor isn't great, but it's one of the only sensors we've tested with HomeKit compatibility.

Best Smart Water Leak Detector for HomeKit
Fibaro Flood Sensor

Water leaks can be costly, so why not protect your home with a HomeKit-enabled water leak detector like the Fibaro Flood Sensor? It's quick and accurate at delivering notifications via the Apple Home app. It also plays nice with Siri, so you can use your voice to check the status of the device, as well as the temperature of the room the sensor is in.

It only works over Bluetooth, which isn't ideal, given the range of issues that might present. Nevertheless, it's one of the few detectors that are compatible with Apple HomeKit and can survive a real flood.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart water leak detectors.

Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit

  • Sensor floats and holds up to flooding

Cons

  • Doesn't work with Alexa or Google Assistant

Logitech outdoor camera
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You can ask Siri things like “show me the Circle View camera” and the stream will appear almost immediately.

Best Outdoor Security Camera for HomeKit
Logitech Circle View

The Logitech Circle View is one of the top-rated outdoor security cameras we’ve tested that works exclusively with iOS. We set this camera up on iPhone XR and were quickly able to add it to Apple’s Home app. Most security cameras are wire-free these days, but the Circle View camera comes with a cord and needs to be plugged into a nearby outlet to use.

Logitech’s Circle View camera offers a 160-degree field of view and good-looking 1080p video resolution. You can ask Siri things like “show me the Circle View camera” and the stream appears almost immediately, which is a nice touch for any Apple ecosystem.

For more, check out our roundup of the best smart outdoor security cameras.

Pros

  • Quick setup

  • Great for iOS devices

  • Timely alerts

Cons

  • HomeKit-only

  • Hub required for video recording

Abode
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You can use Siri voice control to arm and disarm the Abode iota all-in-one Security Kit.

Best DIY Home Security System for HomeKit
Abode iota All-In-One Security Kit

Home security systems that work with HomeKit are few and far between, but the Abode iota All in one system is a winner for Apple smart homes. It comes with a gateway hub that discreetly doubles as a home security camera and offers rare compatibility across all three major smart assistants, including Siri. Apple’s dedicated voice assistant can be used to arm and disarm your system, making it easy to call out to a nearby HomePod speaker as you’re on your way in or out the door.

Abode’s system, which comes with one mini door/window sensor and a key fob, is quick and full of smarts when it comes to managing your Apple smart home. When a sensor is triggered, the gateway makes a chirping sound. The gateway also offers visual cues about the alarm’s status. The audible and visual signals are a nice touch for managing your system as you’re moving throughout your home. However, to get the most out of this system, including access to Siri, you’ll need to sign up for one of Abode’s paid self or professional monitoring plans.

For more, check out our roundup of the best DIY home security systems.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google, and Siri

  • Built-in security camera

  • Lots of third-party device support

Cons

  • Expensive

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