Apple's HomeKit is slowly catching up to Amazon Alexa and Google Home with its network of compatible smart home devices -- and with Apple's HomePod, there's never been a better time to make your home into a smart home. Using Siri, the voice assistant built into Apple's phones, tablets, computers, watches, and HomePod smart speakers, you can control an array of smart plugs, bulbs, switches, cameras and more. Here are our favorite smart devices that work with HomeKit.
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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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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.
Philips has pioneered the smart bulb category, so it's no surprise that its products work with HomeKit. You can program them to turn off at set times, or slowly fade out at night. With Siri, you can issue voice commands for the entire house to control the lights (as long as you install multiple bulbs). The basic Hue White Starter Kit includes two bulbs and a bridge, but Philips also makes starter kits with colored lights, as well as a host of other connected lighting products.
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