The Gate smart lock combines a smart lock and video doorbell in one, but its rough edges make it less attractive than separate devices.
As 4K HDR streaming devices go, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K does a great job balancing functionality, price and performance.
This countertop oven excels at cooking all sorts of food and can be controlled from your phone. But it's very expensive.
The Vizio M-Series Quantum 65-inch (M658-G1) remixes Vizio's affordable M-Series with an impressive display and a new, improved version of SmartCast.
It's not perfect, but Chamberlain's myQ smart garage door opener is the best option for most people.
The GarageMate Garage Door Remote Control and App is an ultra-simple and affordable garage door opener that you control from your smartphone, but other openers such as the Chamberlain MyQ and Nexx have many more features.
While setup is a bit tricky, Garadget provides a secure way to open your garage door using your smartphone.
The Nexx Garage smart garage door opener offers a solid array of useful features with loads of functionality built into the app, once you can get through a frustrating setup process.
While it's affordable and easy to use, the Ring Alarm home security kit doesn't offer much regarding home automation.
Ring's Pro doorbell provides extra customization for motion alerts, sharp video quality and a sleek design, but the installation process could be easier.
Ring Video Doorbell 2 is flexible enough to go anywhere, plus it has good motion-alert settings and low cloud-storage costs.
If you're looking for a good video doorbell but don't want to spend more than $100, look no further.
Kid-friendly Alexa and Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited is a hoot on the Echo Dot Kids Edition, with age-appropriate answers, skills, music and audiobooks, plus solid controls to empower good parenting.
The sphere-like Echo Spot is more compact than the Echo Show and provides good audio quality for its size, but the circular screen is small.
The new Echo Plus is a huge upgrade from its predecessor, with great audio quality and a convenient built-in smart-home hub.
While still a bit confused about what it wants to be, the second Echo Show is a huge improvement over the first.
With a nicer design and vastly improved audio, the third-generation Echo Dot is Amazon's best, cheapest speaker yet.
The Hisense H8F Android TV is a decent 4K smart TV with a nice design and strong feature set, but it's held back by inconsistent backlighting and middling sound quality.
The Adobe Iota offers easy setup and everything you need to watch over your house, though the built-in camera has some limitations.
While its feature set is limited, the Blink XT is a reliable wireless indoor/outdoor camera that covers the essentials and even includes free cloud storage.
The Samsung SmartThings hub is still the best at integrating all your smart home devices, but it could still be improved in some areas.
A week with iHome's smart mirror convinced me that not everything needs a virtual assistant built in.
If you put in the time, you can do a lot with the Hubitat Elevation smart home hub, but it's not for everyone.