These are the best smart home products of 2020
Reviewed's 2020 Best of Year awards
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In 2020, the smart home category continued making small, iterative improvements on the handful of products that are truly resonating with consumers. There were no seismic shifts this year, but the stuff we love got better. And as ever, there's a lot of knock-off junk that we hope people will avoid.
That's why our testers and writers lived with smart locks, WiFi bulbs, voice assistants, and connected appliances all year. We want to find out exactly what it's like to interact with this stuff, and whether a "smart" product is more hassle than helpful.
Here are our favorite smart home products, or jump to all the 2020 Best of Year awards.
Bose has made a name for itself over the years for high quality sound, and the Bose Home 300 smart speaker lived up to the brand’s reputation. This speaker works with both Google Assistant and Alexa, excelled in our testing of the best smart speakers, and packs impressive volume and rumbling bass, and has an app that’s a pleasure to use. Read the full review.
Nest was the first big name in the smart thermostat sphere, and when it comes to ease of use, they're still the best in the business. The click wheel makes small adjustments easy, geofencing allows you to save energy when you aren't home, and the thermostat can even learn your preferences and automate itself if you don't want to go through the hassle of scheduling the A/C. Read the full review.
It’s been around for a few years, but the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit is still our pick. This kit includes bulbs that are capable of producing 16 million colors and a hub that allows for reliable remote access via the Hue app and voice assistants. A simple voice command to Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, and you can power the bulbs on or off, adjust their brightness, and even set color scenes you program in the app. Hue bulbs also come in a huge variety of styles, so your smart lighting system can be expanded to every fixture in your house. Read the full review.
The Schlage Encode isn't the most feature-filled smart lock we tested, but it was the quietest, fastest, and most reliable — which, ultimately, is more important than fancy extras. With a keypad on the front and geofencing that'll unlock as you arrive home, the Schlage Encode is the smart lock we'd recommend to most people. Read the full review.
The SimCam 1S is a versatile, yet simple to set up home security camera with all the niceties you’d expect for its price point. It offers spot-on motion detection, in-camera AI, and a variety of features without pricey subscription fees, all at a great price—plus, it looks cool, too. Read the full review.
Arlo’s Pro 4 is a reliable outdoor security camera that captures sharp video in 2K resolution, sends timely alerts, can differentiate between cars, people, and animals, and is loaded with other must-have security features for your home. The night vision is even in color. Nice. Read the full review.
Leviton Decora Leviton’s Decora Smart Switch is the best smart switch available, thanks to its easy setup, quick response times, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant. Reliability is paramount in the smart lighting category, and this smart switch delivers. Read the full review.
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