You can make your home a little more livable—and a lot more automated—by adding appliances and devices you can control from anywhere. We’ve tested hundreds of smart home products in more than 20 categories to help determine which ones are best for every room in (and out of) the house.

What are the best smart home devices?

Of all the best smart home devices we’ve reviewed, our top pick is usually of the best smart speakers because all have a voice assistant built in, which lets you look up the news and weather, get recipes, and control the rest of your smart home devices. 

Our favorite smart home device is the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock. The spherical, $60 speaker features an attractive cloth-covered exterior, built-in LED system and lets you use all of the best Alexa skills. It’s like a bedroom alarm clock, but better.

We also recommend the Arlo Q security camera, which is one of the best smart home devices designed for giving you peace of mind. The $149 cam records in 1080p high-definition, plus its software and app are easy to use. Motion detection notifications can be used to initiate your smart home routines, or let you know when something (or someone) is moving around your house when you’re not there. 

1. Amazon Echo Dot with Clock


Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.5 inches

Speakers: 1.6 inch speaker

Ports: 3.5mm line in/out

Wireless: 2.4/5 GHz, Bluetooth

Smart assistants: Alexa

2. Arlo Q


Size: 6 x 4.9 x 4.5 inches

Resolution: 1080p

Field of View: 130 degrees

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant,

SmartThings, IFTTT

Cloud storage: 7 days free; longer plans start at $10/month.