Apple's HomeKit has been behind both Amazon Alexa and Google Home in building out its network of compatible smart home devices. However, its ecosystem is starting to grow, and now includes everything from garage doors to light bulbs, all of which you can control via Siri, the voice assistant built into Apple's phones, tablets, computers, watches, and HomePod smart speakers. Here are our top picks from the most popular and useful HomeKit-compatible gadgets.
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Connect any appliance to the iSP6X to make it "smart." HomeKit compatibility means that you can say "Siri, turn my light off," for example, and iHome's plug will heed your voice. One of our favorite budget smartplugs, the ISP6x works with a variety of other smart home systems, including Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, Nest and Wink.
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Lutron's dimmer switch works with any desk or table lamp (and up to 800 different bulbs), making the "dumb" device smart. There's a remote (sold separately), but you can skip that if you want to control it with your iPhone or iPad. This particular kit comes with two smart plugs, a Wi-Fi bridge (required for Lutron products) and a remote). Another bonus: Lutron makes other gadgets for lighting, security and even window shades.
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This smart LED bulb lasts 20,000 hours, so you can save up to 80 percent on your electric bill compared to an incandescent bulb, according to iLuv. For added security, you can create timers that turn on the lights automatically when you're not home. It's also easy to set custom colors to suit your mood.
The iDevices Socket works with all of your existing dumb bulbs to make them smart. It also has a light ring that adds a splash of color, too. Unlike with the Philips Hue, you don't need a hub to control all of the bulbs, as the Socket links to your router via Wi-Fi.
Lifx's adorable smart bulbs are an Apple fan's dream. They connect to HomeKit by default, right in the Lifx app. You can use Siri to turn the bulbs on and off, and to dim and brighten them. They can also do a number of cool tricks: They can sync their color with the music you're playing, flicker like a candle, strobe and more. Lifx's other bulbs, including the Lifx+ and Lifx A19, have many of the same features. If you have multiple Lifx bulbs, you can use your phone (or a voice assistant) to control your entire home at once.
Logitech's Pop smart home button is deceptively simple: Once you connect the button to HomeKit, you can have it control any number of products—such as turning off the lights, turning on the TV, and changing the thermostat—with a single push. In fact, each button can be programmed with up to three commands (a single press, a double press, or a press-and-hold). It measures about 2.4 inches square, weighs a little more than an ounce, and its built-in battery is good for up to five years.