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.
We're also fans of the iHome ISP100, which is an outdoor smart plug that can withstand the elements. It pairs with HomeKit in seconds.
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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 smart window shades.
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Brilliant has finally added HomeKit compatibility to its Brilliant Smart Home Controller, which is our favorite touchscreen switch. Brilliant allows you to control smart-home devices from Sonos, Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, Ring, Philips Hue, August and Wemo all in one place. And with HomeKit, you can use Siri to control any device connected to your Brilliant panel, even if it's not Homekit-compatible. The panel also has built-in motion sensors, and a small camera so you can use it as a video intercom. Best of all, Alexa is built in.
The Eve Light Strip is our favorite HomeKit-only light strip. It produces 1800 lumens, making it one of the brightest light strips on the market, including Philips Hue's. Use Siri to turn your strip on and off, change colors, or adjust the brightness. With a Home hub, you can also integrate the Eve into scenes and routines with other HomeKit devices.
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 also makes the Lifx+, one of our favorite smart bulbs. With 1100 lumens, it's one of the brightest smart bulbs on the market, and can easily light a full room -- you can even use it outside. It's Wi-Fi enabled (no hub required), and also sports infrared technology for camera night vision.
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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