The ecobee4 and ecobee3 lite are highly recommended Wi-Fi smart thermostats. They are relatively easy to set up and will start saving you money on your energy bills right away. Both units work with popular voice assistants and the ecobee4 include built-in Amazon Alexa.
The Nest Thermostats (3rd Gen and E) are great Wi-Fi thermostats that are easy to install and use, plus they are aesthetically appealing. Most importantly, they will save you money on your utility bills. The Nests are a great option if you don't have a common wire.
The Honeywell Round Smart Thermostat (Second Generation) is a great option for keeping your home comfortable. The T5+ Smart Thermostat is also a great money-saving option. Both thermostats are easy to setup and will save you money on your utility bills. They are one of the few thermostats that work with Apple HomeKit.
The Wink Hub 2 is a classic hardware smart home hub that includes Z-Wave and Zigbee radios. It works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. The Wink Hub is a great choice if you want a wide range of device options and if you don't mind a little tinkering.
SmartThings is Samsung's foray into the smart home — and it is a worthy entry worth full consideration if you are starting a new smart home system. This review covers the 2018 version of the device, often referred to as v3 or 3rd generation. There are plenty of devices that connect to it so you will be able to make a very versatile smart home.
The Mysa Line Voltage Thermostat is one of the few smart thermostats for electric baseboard heaters. It is a relatively new product and has already proved to be one of the best options for those who want to monitor and control their line voltage heating system while away.
Posted in Smart Light Switch Reviews on September 8, 2018
Tags: Works With Amazon Alexa, Works with Apple HomeKit, Works With Google Assistant, Works with Nest, Works with SmartThings, Works with Wink
We highly recommend the Lutron Caséta Wireless light switches due to their reliability and ease of use. Smart switches allow you to control them like normal switches, through an app, or with voice control. Lutron has been making light switches for close to 50 years and they serve the residential and commercial markets.
Insteon’s home automation ecosystem performs reliably due to its proprietary protocols. With a wide range of compatible devices and unique powerline communication technology, Insteon is a leader in home automation. If you want a system that just works and prefer to stick with a single manufacturer for your devices then Insteon may be for you.
The Google Home group of devices provides easy access to the Google Assistant, which can also link to and control other home automation devices. While none of the devices include Z-Wave or Zigbee radios, they can connect to a wide range of products via Wi-Fi and software. If you already use Google's network (Gmail, Calendar, Music, etc.) then it might be a good device to help control your home.
The Wemo Smart Light Switch and WiFi Smart Dimmer are great ways to control your lights. The operate on WiFi and don't require an additional hub. Both controls work with a wide variety of voice assistants and light bulbs. While they do need a neutral wire, we think these would be a solid addition to your smart home.
The Kasa Smart WiFi Light Switch and Dimmer are smart switches that work with most voices assistants. They don't require a hub since they work on Wi-Fi. TP-Link even makes a 3-way compatible version of their switch. Be sure you have a neutral wire at your current switches.
The LUX Kono and Geo are basic smart thermostats that are less expensive than their competitors, yet still have many of the features you need. They might be for you if you don't need all of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models. Both link to HomeKit, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
Ecobee's Switch+ is a Wi-Fi smart switch that includes integrated Amazon Alexa voice control. It may be a good option if you already have an ecobee thermostat. However, it is also missing a few key features that many buyers may want in a smart switch. We think this will become a great device as the firmware gets updated and more features are added.