Shopping for smart home automation products can feel a bit like having lunch at a buffet. You can be easily overwhelmed by too many options to pick from, feeling unsure about what will taste good together. But unlike a fixed-price all-you-can-eat buffet, these smart home devices can get really expensive, really fast, so choosing the right ones is quite important. In this article we’ve taken on the task of taste-testing all these delicious pieces of technology for you, to provide you a curated review of what works, and what doesn’t. Check out the BEST HOME AUTOMATION PLATFORMS as we compare Apple HomeKit vs Samsung SmartThings, vs Wink Connected Home Hub vs Insteon Hub Pro vs Amazon Echo vs Belkin WeMo, and much, much more!
In my second large installment of home automation, testing continues on finding the perfect balance between reliability and user interface. Mixing a wide variety of devices on multiple platforms I continued to seek the best aggregating hub on the market today. Can we finally call someone the winner, or is this still a work in progress? My testing this time around included the new Wink Relay, putting that to the test with the Wink Hub versus Staples Connect’s new D-Link Hub. Also deeper testing was performed on the Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge. And finally, I added some new hardware such as the Schlage Connect door locks, flood and tamper sensors from Aeotec and Fibaro, and more!