Alexa makes more inroads into your kitchen with Amazon's smart oven.
While still a bit confused about what it wants to be, the second Echo Show is a huge improvement over the first.
Philips new Hue Play Sync Box lets you create surround lighting effects when playing games and watching movies.
Thanks to its remote sensors and scheduling features, the Honeywell T9 Smart Thermostat can keep your entire house comfortable.
The Ring Peephole Cam is an ideal pick for tenants who have a peephole but want something a bit more flexible.
Get the Wyze Cam if you want a very inexpensive wireless security camera with a surprising number of features.
The Gate smart lock combines a smart lock and video doorbell in one, but its rough edges make it less attractive than separate devices.
This countertop oven excels at cooking all sorts of food and can be controlled from your phone. But it's very expensive.
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.
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 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.
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.
Currently more promise than practicality, the Orro smart switch could turn on some interesting smart-home features in the future, but it is relatively limited in its current form.