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The best HomeKit devices in 2020

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The best HomeKit devices rely on Apple’s voice assistant Siri to carry out hands-free commands and integrate with the rest of your smart home gadgets.

Siri is a household 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. You can control gadgets like smart light bulbs, smart light switches, smart security cameras and more using your voice.

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. Though it’s not one of the best smart speakers for everyone, the Apple HomePod 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 $300 HomePod sounds superb 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.

If you don’t want to commit to the HomePod, you can also command the best HomeKit devices from the $180 Apple TV 4K streaming box. The fourth-generation Apple TV lets you access content from other Apple devices and control your smart home devices right from a Siri-enabled remote. 

Though the HomePod and Apple TV 4K are useful for expanding a HomeKit-powered smart home, iPhone and iPad users can just as easily control the best HomeKit devices with Siri and the HomeKit app. So if you’re just stepping into the smart home market, consider stating the WeMo Mini smart plug. The $30 WeMo Mini makes any dumb appliance smart, letting you turn it on and off right from your phone. A clever Away mode will randomly turn the plug on and off during the time you specify, to lend the appearance that you're home. 

The best HomeKit devices you can buy today

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1. Apple HomePod

Apple's smart speaker lays a solid HomeKit foundation

Size: 6.8 x 5.6 inches | Speakers: 7 tweeters, 1 woofer | Microphones: 6

Excellent audio quality
Attractive design
Easy setup
Can stream only from Apple Music

The Apple HomePod smart speaker puts Siri in your living room, kitchen or other interior space without needing your iPhone or iPad nearby. Just shout for Apple’s voice assistant to shuffle your Apple Music playlist, give you traffic information, place a pizza delivery order or control any of the best HomeKit devices. 

HomeKit has consistently lagged behind Amazon and Google in integrating with other smart home devices because of Apple’s more stringent security rules. However, Apple has changed its policies so that you now only need software certification. As a result we have seen HomeKit support grow, adding value to the booming HomePod speaker. It has a long way to go before becoming as mainstream as the Echo, but it’s worth considering now if you’re growing your smart home using HomeKit.

Read our full Apple HomePod review.

best HomeKit devices: Apple TV 4K

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2. Apple TV 4K

The most integrated streaming device for HomeKit users

Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches | Weight: 15 ounces | Ports: HDMI 2..0, Ethernet

Fantastic 4K HDR content
Intuitive home screen
Simple iOS and macOS integration
No digital audio or USB ports

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 a later-model Apple TV works well, too. The fourth-generation 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.

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 review.

best HomeKit devices: WeMo Mini

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3. WeMo Mini

The easiest way to make a dumb appliance "smart"

Size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches | Electrical rating: 120V~/15A/60Hz/1800W

Home/away mode
Pairs easily to smart home platforms
Wider than most smart plugs

The WeMo Mini, our top choice among the best smart plugs, is wide, but thin enough so that you can fit two of them per outlet. While it doesn't have energy monitoring like some other smart plugs, the Mini does work with all the major smart assistants. And as one of the best Apple HomeKit products, the WeMo can be controlled by speaking to Siri.

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. If you want a smart plug with energy monitoring check out the WeMo Insight smart plug, which costs $5 more than the Mini.

Read our full WeMo Mini 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

Smaller size
Wi-Fi built in
Easy to use
Works with lots of smart home devices
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: Sonos One

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5. Sonos One

The Sonos One is the smart speaker pick for audiophiles

Size: 4.8 x 6.4 inches | Speakers: Dual amplifiers, 1 tweeter, 1 mid-woofer

Excellent audio quality
Lets you control lots of music sources
Can pair more speakers for whole-house audio
Can't make calls

Sonos One is one of the most iconic smart speakers on the market, and is our top recommendation for serious audiophiles. It's pricey and prioritizes Alexa and Google Assistant, but is equipped with Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless audio standard. This means you can use a Sonos One (or several) in conjunction with a HomePod for a multi-room audio setup. In addition to HomeKit compatibility, this speaker offers superb audio, a comprehensive app, spatial tuning and access to a number of music streaming options.

The Sonos music library includes all the top music streaming services, podcast apps and more. It also offers a new listening format called Sonos Radio. Sonos Radio offers exclusive content, curated playlists and over 60,000 global radio stations for Sonos One (and other Sonos speakers) owners.

Read our full Sonos One review.

best HomeKit devices: Kwikset Premis

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6. Kwikset Premis

A simple HomeKit deadbolt

Lock Type: Deadbolt | Number Pad: Yes | Alarm: No | Codes: 30

Support for keycodes and remote operation
Rekeyable lock
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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7. 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

Built-in dimmer
Comes with remote
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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8. Brilliant Smart Home Controller

Easy access to your smart home gadgets

Size: 4.8 x 5.3 inches | Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels

Beautiful interface
No subscription required
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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9. 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

No hub required
Several smart features
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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10. Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

Philips Hue makes the best smart light bulbs for every user

Bulb type: A19 | Lumens: 800 Lumens

Comprehensive app
Dimmable
Pairs easily to smart home platforms
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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11. 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

Simple physical setup requirements
Can manage multiple devices
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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12. 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

Clear video
Compact design
Easy-to-use and versatile app
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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13. 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

Full Alexa support
Improved remote sensors
Works with Spotify
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.

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.

  • Siobhanellis
    I'm not sure how much research you do, but I think you need to check on a few things:
    1) The lock. I had August locks, and have been replacing with Level Locks or Friday Home. The reason is that whilst August is great for a single person home, the integration with HK is terrible and I could never get the locks to work through HK for more than just myself... and that's with the support of August.

    Level Locks are very discreet as they are inside the door so it doesn't even look like you have a smart lock!

    2) Brilliant doesn't work with HK. They've announced it, but it still isn't there... so how can it be a best? However, I would say that I'm looking forward to it when it does arrive.
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