Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control review: Ecobee’s fifth-gen device is its best yet

Ecobee’s smart thermostats are consistently among our top picks, and the overhaul that produced this fifth-generation product is as welcome as it is unexpected. In other words, we didn’t think the Alexa-powered Ecobee could get much better—but it has. And that goes for the remote room sensors, too (more on …

Airthings Wave Mini review: This is a great entry-level air quality monitor

With its Wave and Wave Plus air quality monitors, Airthings’ made clear its mission to raise awareness of radon, the naturally occurring gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. Its latest product, however, is designed to detect other types of indoor …

Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

Samsung SmartThings became one of our favorite smart home platforms thanks to its ease of use and its broad support for third-party hardware. Now it’s expanding with three new SmartThings-branded devices: An indoor home security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug. The SmartThings Cam ($89.99) captures video in …

Ring Floodlight, Battery review: Not enough light and not enough smarts

The Ring Floodlight, Battery is the first Ring product I’ve used that doesn’t just work out of the box. You’ll need to buy a set of four D batteries to get it up and running. It’s also the first that isn’t designed to work alone. A separate Ring Bridge is …

Coway Aquamega 200C review: Cleanse contaminants and track your drinking-water consumption

More than 90 percent of the United States’ water supply is safe to drink according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But that hasn’t stopped people from fretting over the quality of their tap water—or appliance manufacturers from churning out all kinds of “purifiers” to purge it of contaminants real or …

Eufy RoboVac 11s Max review: This popular budget vacuum gets increased suction

Eufy has a new series of RoboVac robot vacuums featuring enhanced suction power and a redesigned dust collection system. The RoboVac 11S Max is the first release in what the company is calling the Eufy RoboVac Max series. It’s an upgrade of the RoboVac 11s, one of our current favorite …

Reolink Argus Eco review: This Plain Jane wireless outdoor security camera can run on solar power

With the Argus and Argus 2 indoor/outdoor security cameras, Reolink filled the need for a modestly priced, essentials-only, truly wireless home security camera. The Reolink Argus Eco does the same for dedicated outdoor cameras. Mentioned in this article Designed solely for outdoor use, the Argus Eco doesn’t make any of …

Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

Schlage’s Encode smart deadbolt is a robust smart lock that connects to your Wi-Fi network and is compatible with Key by Amazon. That’s the service that allows Amazon delivery people to place packages inside your door, instead of leaving them on the porch. It works with Key by Amazon-compatible security …

Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight starter kit review: Security lighting on the cheap—except for all those batteries

The Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight starter kit is very inexpensive and incredibly easy to set up. You don’t need to have other Ring products to get great value out from this kit, but it can be tightly integrated with everything else in the Ring ecosystem—including the increasingly strong Ring Alarm—if …

C by GE Tunable White and Full Color smart bulb reviews: Pretty lights hampered by incomplete software

GE’s latest C by GE smart bulbs are part of its big push toward easier-to-use smart home devices, this time with a “Made for Google” certification highlighting how easily they integrate with Google Assistant and Google Home smart speakers. The C by GE Smart Plug I reviewed last week is …