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The best HomeKit devices in 2021

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The best HomeKit devices can be controlled with Apple’s voice assistant, Siri. With your voice or any Siri-enabled gadget, you can carry out hands-free commands and allow your smart home devices communicate with each other.

Siri is a familiar name for iPhone and iPad users, but the virtual assistant also works with a number of compatible smart home devices through Apple’s HomeKit platform. Like the best Alexa compatible devices or the best Google Assistant compatible devices, the best HomeKit devices allow you to expand your smart home’s powers.

Whether you communicate with Siri via an Apple HomePod smart speaker or your iOS device, the assistant is ready to make your smart home more cohesive. HomeKit might not be as popular as Alexa or Google Home, but the number of companies that support Siri continues to grow.

Looking for more top smart home products? Make sure you check out all of our picks for smart speakers, lights, locks, and more on our best smart home devices page.

See all of the best HomeKit devices below.

What are the best HomeKit devices?

The best HomeKit devices span all smart home categories, from smart speakers and streaming devices to smart lights and smart locks. The Apple HomePod mini is our top pick among the best HomeKit devices because it lays a user-friendly foundation for getting additional Siri-enabled smart home gadgets online. 

The $99 HomePod mini sounds great for its size and packs built-in microphones so you can summon Siri’s powers using your voice, even when your iPhone is out of sight. It’s simple to set up if you’re already committed to Apple’s mobile devices, plus you’ll find the attractive design fits in well with most modern home decor. It can act as a HomeKit hub, and even supports Thread, an emerging smart home networking protocol.

You can also command the best HomeKit devices from the $180 Apple TV 4K streaming box. The newest Apple TV lets you access content from other Apple devices and control your smart home devices right from a Siri-enabled remote. 

The best HomeKit devices you can buy today

Apple HomePod mini

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1. Apple HomePod mini

Apple's adorable sub-$100 smart speaker

Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.3 inches
Speakers: 1
Microphones: 4
Reasons to buy
+Great audio for size+Competitive price+Attractive design
Reasons to avoid
-Few streaming music services-Limited child controls-No physical microphone button

Apple's budget smart speaker is small—basically, the size of a large apple—but delivers excellent audio, thanks to massive radiators, an acoustic waveform guide, and computational audio that analyzes everything the HomePod mini plays. 

Another reason that the HomePod mini is one of the best HomeKit devices is that it acts as a HomeKit hub, and even supports Thread, a next-generation networking technology. The HomePod mini can also be paired in stereo and linked with the Apple TV 4K, so you can use them as an audio output when watching movies and TV. And, because of Apple's policies, it won the Tom's Guide 2021 Award for the best smart speaker for privacy.

Read our full Apple HomePod mini review.

best HomeKit devices: Apple TV 4K (2021)

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2. Apple TV 4K (2021)

The most integrated streaming device for HomeKit users

Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches
Weight: 15 ounces
Ports: HDMI 2.1, Ethernet
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic 4K HDR content+Intuitive home screen+Simple iOS and macOS integration+Great new remote

If you want to control any of the best HomeKit devices remotely, you'll need something to act as a bridge to your Wi-Fi network. You can use a HomePod or an iPad, but the new Apple TV works well, too. The latest Apple TV, one of the best streaming devices, has quality support for 4K HDR content, and has Siri built in, so you can control your smart home gadgets using the remote (which is totally upgraded, by the way.)

For those with 4K TVs and money tied up in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple TV 4K is worth a look. iPhone owners especially will like the Apple TV’s integration with their phone. You can easily enter passwords directly into apps through the Remote app, plus you can access the Apple TV Remote app directly from the Control Center.

Read our full Apple TV 4K (2021) review.

best homekit devices: Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

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3. Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

The easiest way to make a dumb appliance "smart"

Size: 1.3 x 2.0 x 1.8 inches
Electrical rating: 120V~/15A/60Hz/1800W
Reasons to buy
+Improved footprint+Physical control button+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not compatible with 5Ghz Wi-Fi

The $25 Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is one of the best Homekit devices and our top choice among the best smart plugs. It's more compact than competing options out there, even its predecessor the Wemo Mini. And while it doesn't have energy monitoring like some other smart plugs, the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug does work with all the major smart assistants.

This smart plug has a physical switch, so if you don’t want to use your voice or an app to turn your appliance on or off, you can click the switch on the Wemo. It also has a clever Away mode. which can make it seem like you’re home even when you’re not by turning a lamp on intermittently. 

Read our full Wemo WiFi Smart Plug review.

Best HomeKit devices: August wi-fi Smart Lock

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4. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

The most connected smart lock we’ve tested

Size: 3.4 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 13.9 ounces
Batteries: 4 AA
Size: 3 inches x 1.7 inches
Wireless: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
Batteries: 2 CR123
Reasons to buy
+Smaller size+Wi-Fi built in+Easy to use+Works with lots of smart home devices
Reasons to avoid
-Keypad sold separately

Ever lie awake at night trying to remember if you locked the front door? With its support for the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, Apple HomeKit can bring ease to your anxiety. Just ask Siri if your door is locked, and it'll tell you — and you can lock or unlock it using your voice. There wasn't much to improve on in our August Smart Lock Pro review, but the company went ahead and tweaked its original to make it smaller and easier to use. 

As our new top pick among the best smart locks, the the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45 percent more compact than its predecessor, so it looks less obvious on your door. It also has Wi-Fi built in, so you can skip the August Connect bridge for linking your lock to your home network.

Read our full August Wi-Fi Smart Lock review.

best HomeKit devices: Kwikset Premis

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5. Kwikset Premis

A simple HomeKit deadbolt

Lock Type: Deadbolt
Number Pad: Yes
Alarm: No
Codes: 30
Reasons to buy
+Support for keycodes and remote operation+Rekeyable lock
Reasons to avoid
-No Android app

The Kwikset Premis, like the August Smart Lock Pro, is among the top smart locks that work with Apple HomeKit and can be controlled with Siri. What makes Kwikset’s smart lock different from August’s, though, is its included keypad. It might look a little old school, but it makes letting people in easy. You can create 30 custom key codes for your friends, family members, dog walker or whoever else you trust to enter your home without you needing to open the door. 

With the Kwikset iOS app, setting up the Kwikset Premis and integrating with the other best HomeKit devices is a total breeze. In fact, we got ours set up in less than 20 minutes. For those with busy lives and are always on the go, a smart lock like this one is a practical smart home gadget. 

Read our full Kwikset Premis review

best HomeKit devices: Lutron Caseta Dimmer Switch

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6. Lutron Caseta Dimmer Switch Starter Kit

Pricey but worth it for HomeKit users

Size: 3.1 x 2.2 x 1.25 inches
Wattage: 300 Watts
Reasons to buy
+Built-in dimmer+Comes with remote
Reasons to avoid
-Requires hub to control remotely-Meant for lamps only

The Lutron Caseta Dimmer Switch Starter Kit is one of the best HomeKit devices because it works with any desk or table lamp (and up to 800 different bulbs), making the "dumb" device smart. Unlike a standard smart plug, Lutron’s gadget lets you dim the bulb, rather than simply turn it on or off. The Starter Kit includes a handy remote, but you can skip that if you want to control it with Siri via your iPhone or iPad. 

Unfortunately, the Lutron Caseta smart wireless kit isn't cheap. For just under $200, you get two plugs, two remotes and the necessary Wi-Fi bridge. Extras plugs cost about $54 each. That said, we believe it’s worth the investment because the kit requires very limited input once you set it up with your HomeKit routines.

Read our full Lutron Caseta Dimmer Switch Starter Kit review.

best HomeKit devices: Brilliant Smart Home Controller

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7. Brilliant Smart Home Controller

Easy access to your smart home gadgets

Size: 4.8 x 5.3 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful interface+No subscription required
Reasons to avoid
-Basic electrical-wiring skills required-Expensive

Brilliant’s Smart Home Controller, one of the best smart light switches overall, offers HomeKit compatibility. We like the Smart Home Controller because it acts as a universal remote of sorts for all your connected smart home devices. Brilliant allows you to control everything from the Sonos One and Nest Thermostat to the Ring Video Doorbell and Philips Hue lights. And with Apple HomeKit, you can ask Siri with your voice to control any device connected to your Brilliant panel. 

The Brilliant Smart Home Controller panel also has built-in motion sensors, and a small camera so you can use it as a video intercom. It’s the most comprehensive smart switch system we’ve ever reviewed, and is an excellent choice for those who need to get a reign on their large collection of smart home devices. 

Read our full Brilliant Smart Home Controller review.

best HomeKit devices: Lifx Smart Bulbs

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8. Lifx Mini Smart Bulb

A competitive smart light brand with plentiful offerings

Size: 4.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches
Weight: 5.1 ounces
Reasons to buy
+No hub required+Several smart features
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Could be difficult to set up

Lifx smart light bulbs are some of the best HomeKit devices, and are all Wi-Fi enabled. This compact Lifx Mini smart bulb is excellent for smaller fixtures, like bedside lamps. In addition, the Lifx A19 bulb and standout Lifx+ bulb can both produce dazzling color effects, including a candle flicker, a strobe, and sync with the music you're playing. The Lifx+ even has infrared technology for camera night vision. Best of all, the Lifx A19 and Lifx+ are both rated for 1100 lumens, making them some of the brightest smart bulbs on the market.

Setting up Lifx bulbs with HomeKit takes less than a minute, with Siri standing by and ready to pair your brand new bulbs as soon as they’re powered on. Once you’re connected, you can adjust your Lifx bulbs through the Lifx app or with Siri.

Read our full Lifx Mini review.

best HomeKit devices: Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

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9. Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

Philips Hue makes the best smart light bulbs for every user

Bulb type: A19
Lumens: 800 Lumens
Reasons to buy
+Comprehensive app+Dimmable+Pairs easily to smart home platforms
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Color not tunable

The Philips Hue White Starter Kit, which is the best smart lighting foundation for most people, includes two bulbs and a hub to connect them to your system of smart home gadgets. For an additional $30, you can add two more bulbs. As long as you have a single Philips Hue hub, you can outfit your entire home with up to 50 of the company’s reliable and versatile smart light bulbs. Philips Hue makes bulbs that work without the hub, too, but a hub offers more features and flexibility.

While the bulbs in this starter kit don’t change colors, you can adjust their brightness (up to 800 lumens.) Philips Hue bulbs also work well with smart home routines and lightning scenes, meaning you can make your lights bright first thing in the morning, but dimmer at night as you wind down for the day. 

Read our full Philips Hue White starter kit review.

best HomeKit devices: Chamberlain MyQ

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10. Chamberlain myQ

Chamberlain's myQ smart garage door opener is the best option for most people

Size: 4.4 x 4.4 x 1.3 inches
Weight: 16 ounces
Batteries: 1 lithium metal
Reasons to buy
+Simple physical setup requirements+Can manage multiple devices
Reasons to avoid
-Convoluted setup instructions

Apple HomeKit users can open and close their car garage doors using nothing but their voice with the help of Siri. As one of the best HomeKit devices, the Chamberlain myQ smart garage opener lets you control your garage without fumbling around for the standard remote. The myQ model comes with a sensor for your garage door as well as a hub that connects to your Wi-Fi network. Most garage doors created after 1993 should be compatible.

When you send a command using your smartphone or voice, it is relayed to the Chamberlain hub, which then communicates with the sensor that activates your garage door’s movement. The myQ also happens to be at the top of our list of best smart garage door openers, making it the top recommendation for most people.

Read our full Chamberlain myQ review.

best HomeKit devices: Arlo Baby

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11. Arlo Baby

The HomeKit baby monitor to beat

Size: 4.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 inches
Recording: 360 to 1080 pixels
Field of view: 130 degrees
Reasons to buy
+Clear video+Compact design+Easy-to-use and versatile app
Reasons to avoid
-Some lag between notifications and launching the app

The Arlo Baby monitor is one of the best HomeKit devices not just for the quality of its video, but all its other features, including environmental and air quality sensors, color-changing nightlight, customizable lullabies, and its generous cloud storage plan. When connected to HomeKit via an Apple TV, you can view a feed from the camera right on your TV screen. Its comprehensive compatibility also makes it the top pick among the best baby monitors.

Arlo makes a number of home security cams worth checking out if you want to keep an eye on your kids and pets, or need some extra peace of mind when you’re out of the house. The Arlo Q, our favorite choice of the best home security cameras, is excellent for monitoring the interior of your residence.

Read our full Arlo Baby monitor review.

best homekit devices: Ecobee (5th-gen)

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12. Ecobee (5th-gen)

The best smart thermostat for HomeKit users

Size: 3.2 x 3.2 x 0.7 inches
Motion sensor: No
Remote Sensors: Yes
Self-Installation: Yes
Motion Activation: Yes
Works Offline: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Full Alexa support+Improved remote sensors+Works with Spotify
Reasons to avoid
-Large design

As one of the best smart thermostats overall, the 5th-generation Ecobee controls temperature of your home while providing a background soundtrack with its support for Spotify. It's still far below cheap smart speakers in terms of audio quality, but it's an economical way to get voice control into a room. Plus when it's paired to your HomeKit system, you can control its settings from wherever you are using your smartphone.

More importantly, the latest Ecobee model has redesigned remote sensors that have much better range and battery life. We're not enamored with the Ecobee's looks, though; its plasticky design hasn't changed much since the original, and unlike the Nest, is beginning to look dated.

Read our full Ecobee (5th gen) review.

best google home compatible devices: Nanoleaf Shapes

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13. Nanoleaf Shapes

These smart panels are a fun touch to any Google Home ecosystem

Tile size: 9 x 7.75 x .24 inches
Color temperature: 1200K – 6500K
Voltage: 110VAC – 240VAC
Reasons to buy
+Simple setup +Physical control array+Compatible with HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant
Reasons to avoid

The $199 Nanoleaf Shapes light panels are modular hexagon tiles that connect together like custom puzzle pieces, pair to Google Assistant and provide a healthy dose of chaos to a boring bedroom or work-from-home setup. 

With all their brightness settings, color patterns and pulsing music modes, these mountable panels aren’t like any of the best smart lights around. They're better. Or more fun, at least. Though they're pretty pricey, especially for something ornamental, Nanoleaf Shapes will upgrade any smart home space instantly.

Read our full Nanoleaf Shapes review.

How to pick the best HomeKit devices for you

Deciding which of the best HomeKit devices above are ideal for your smart home can be daunting, so it’s important to consider which conveniences you’re looking for before buying. These are the factors you can use to differentiate your options.

Design: Is this product conducive with my current home setup? In the case of a smart plug, for instance, is it slim enough so that it doesn't block your other outlet? You want to make your home less complicated, not create complications.

Functionality: What features does the smart home device have? If it's a smart plug or a smart light, does it have a Home/Away feature for when you travel? Pay attention to your daily routines to see what role your smart home devices can play.

Price: Often, the cheapest smart home device is not the best. You may be tempted by a $10 gadget, but make sure it meets your needs before buying it. In fact, a number of HomeKit devices are pricier because of the quality the platform tries to uphold.

How we test the best HomeKit devices

When reviewing the best HomeKit devices, or any smart home device for that matter, we look at a few things before assigning it a rating. We also compare each of the gadgets within their individual category to see how the device’s features stack up relative to its price range.

How simple is the device to install? We look at the ease-of-setup, making sure that the devices don’t cause any unnecessary headaches before they even work. With that, we gauge performance. Does it actually work as advertised? Is its app easy to use, with a sensible layout?

Price and value are also factored into our testing. How expensive is it when compared to similar devices? While this isn't the most critical criteria, it is considered in its final rating. 

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. When she’s not in cyborg mode, you can find her on an exercise bike or channeling her inner celebrity chef. She and her robot army will rule the world one day, but until then, reach her at