The 10 best HomeKit lights, locks, thermostats, and more

The 10 best HomeKit lights, locks, thermostats, and more

– A + It can be tough to sort through the variety of HomeKit accessories on the market, especially if you’re new to the smarthome world. Here are some of our favorites in no particular order — the ones we actually use day-to-day. Nanoleaf Light Panels Decorative smartlights are plentiful, but the best choice is arguably Nanoleaf, whether you get the standard triangular kit ($199.99) or the square Canvas option ($249.99). They’re exceptionally bright, and can be configured for virtually any color or motion pattern you can think of. Optionally they can sync with music, and the Canvas panels can even be controlled by touch. We do recommend that you be careful about how you mount them. Nanoleaf’s included adhesive strips won’t work on every surface, and it’s crucial to install panels in a way that keeps them secure yet removable. ecobee4 The ecobee4 (on sale for $231.99) is the king of smart thermostats. It doesn’t “learn” like the Nest, but it more than makes up for this with a bundled external room sensor, which in addition to the thermostat’s own sensor can detect occupancy and ensure consistent temperatures. It’s easy to use, and comes with an Alexa speaker built-in — you don’t have to have an Apple device nearby to use voice commands. If you don’t care for Alexa, you can choose the ecobee3 lite ($169), which is otherwise largely identical. It does ship without external sensors though, so you’ll need to buy those separately if you want them. August Smart Lock Pro The Smart Lock is, in a nutshell, damn convenient . Mostly because of its geofencing features, which let you automatically unlock when your iPhone is within range, and lock again when you leave home. In our experience it’s been extremely reliable, and if you’re worried you can also configure a timed auto-lock window as backup. Owning one can potentially make your life simpler, especially for groceries and luggage. The August app lets multiple people share a lock and grant guest access to people like friends and family. There are two versions of the Smart Lock, but for HomeKit you’ll need the Smart Lock Pro ($199) or Pro + Connect bundle (discounted to $218.20). The latter includes a Wi-Fi bridge, which is handy for remote access whether you’re in another city or just too far outside of Bluetooth range. Philips Hue There are plenty of valid smartbulb brands on the market, but our favorite is Philips. They were one of the first onboard with HomeKit, and by now they have a pretty comprehensive ecosystem with many kinds of indoor and outdoor lights and a well-designed iOS app . Starter kits begin at $49.99. For the full effect, though, you’ll want to jump to the $199.99 Hue White and color ambiance kit (currently marked down to $167.99). That gets you four full-color bulbs and the necessary Hue Bridge for your Wi-Fi router. Logi Circle 2 There are a few HomeKit-compatible security cameras out there, but arguably the […]

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