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The best smart home devices of 2020

Amazon and Google are in great competition to control your house.

Here are the smart home products that are most worth your time in 2020.

If you’ve already connected the various devices and fixtures around your home — perhaps it’s something you’ve paid more attention to now that many of us are spending more time at home — you’ll know there are many different ways to approach the problem. You might just need one device to address a particular issue, like a smart plug to put a lamp on a regular schedule. You might also already have an Amazon Alexa- or Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, or even Siri and Apple’s HomeKit smart home service, and now you’re thinking about how to build on what you already own.

I tend to think of the voice assistants as the starting point for building a do-it-yourself smart home. They offer a convenient way for family members or roommates to interact with the various devices without worrying about who has what access in a given app. Many, but not all of the products on our list of the best smart home products will work with multiple voice assistants.

Before you dive in, keep in mind that Amazon has announced a whole new set of smart home speakers and other devices from its own line and from its Ring subsidiary. The devices will come to market over the next six months, starting in October with the new spherical Echo speakerGoogle is rumored to have a new smart speaker out soon as well. It’s likely the products below will have some changeover before the end of the year, so you might wait to read our ongoing coverage before making a new purchase. We will keep this list updated as new products make the cut.

Our list focuses narrowly on the best product in each smart home subcategory. If you want to know the best smart thermostat or the best smart lighting kit, regardless of which voice platforms support it, we have you covered. What this list is not is a road map for a single, coherent smart home installation (you won’t get far trying to pair an Amazon smart speaker with a Google smart display). For that, please refer to our platform-based lists linked below:

  • The best Amazon Alexa devices of 2020
  • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2020
  • The best Google Assistant devices of 2020

In each subcategory section, I’ve also added a link to the best list for that particular product type. If you’re looking for more options for lighting or locks, you’ll find a list of our favorite products if you’d like to see a broader selection. We regularly update this list as we review new products.

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