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. Here are a number of HomeKit-compatible gadgets you should check out.
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If you want to control your HomeKit devices remotely, you'll need something to act as a bridge to your Wi-Fi network. You can either use an iPad, but a later-model Apple TV works well, too. The fourth-generation Apple TV has support for 4K HDR content, and has Siri built in, so you can control your devices using the remote.
Apple's smart speaker can be used as a hub for all of your HomeKit-enabled devices, so you can then control them remotely from your iPhone. In our review of the $349 HomePod, we noted its superior sound, but Siri as of now can't do as much as Alexa or Google Assistant.
Highly secure and voice-enabled, this connected home deadbolt lock lets you gain entry or lock up when you talk to Siri. A numeric keypad works as a backup if you forget your phone. With the Apple TV and HomeKit, you can even lock your doors while watching Netflix.
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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 big selling point of the Ecobee4 — our favorite smart thermostat — is that it comes with a remote room sensor, so that you can ensure that your entire house is heated and cooled to the temperature you want. HomeKit support means Siri lets you set the temp by voice. And, this thermostat has Amazon Alexa built into it, too, so you're not limited to just one smart home system.
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Fresh to the market, 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.
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