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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in smart homes.

Ecobee SmartThermostat review

With a better screen, beefier processor, and upgraded Alexa smart speaker, Ecobee wants its latest thermostat to become your new smart home hub. Find out more in our Ecobee SmartThermostat Review. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Nest Hub Max Review

  • Big, 10-inch screen
  • Loud speakers
  • Smart camera features
  • Multiple ways to disable camera
  • Access to Google Assistant, smart home control
  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Camera opens up privacy concerns

June Oven Review

  • Food recognition is great when it works
  • Camera makes it easy to keep tabs on food
  • Food recognition tool doesn’t always work
  • Recipes are limited and uneditable
  • Expensive
Our Score 5

Arlo Chime Review

  • Compact and stylish
  • Versatile wired or wireless configuration
  • Easy installation
  • Two-way chat and pre-recorded messages
  • Nifty silent mode feature with voicemail
  • No integrated video camera
  • Requires existing Arlo camera system
  • Not compatible with all Arlo cameras
Our Score 8

Arlo Ultra Smart Camera (VMS5140) Review

  • Beautifully crafted hardware design
  • Weatherproof and wireless for indoor/outdoor use
  • Fabulous 180-degree field of vision with little…
  • Decent two-way audio
  • 4K UHD image clarity
  • Some features unavailable when using 4K video…
  • No ability to view locally stored video without…
  • Double-tiered subscription required for 4K cloud…
Our Score 8

Google Home Mini Review

  • Individual voice recognition gives tailored…
  • Seamlessly integrates all the features of the…
  • Affordable, compact, and attractive
  • Improved AI that responds quickly
  • Poor hands-free calling sound quality
  • Lacks high-quality sound
Our Score 8

Amazon Echo Spot Review

  • Cute, sleek looking device
  • Intuitive controls
  • User-friendly
  • Alexa keeps getting smarter
  • Video camera could be a privacy issue
  • Wish it had a USB port
Our Score 8

Google Home Hub Review

  • Easy smart home control
  • No camera on device
  • Small size means it can be placed anywhere
  • Doubles as a digital photo frame
  • Affordable
  • No camera means no video chatting
  • Poor sound quality
  • Screen is too small for media consumption
Our Score 7

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Review

  • Indoor or outdoor usage
  • Battery operated - no unsightly wires
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Extremely versatile
  • Battery must be charged occasionally
  • Monthly fees for premium features
Our Score 8