The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019

With the Home app, you can easily and securely control all your HomeKit accessories. Ask Siri to turn off the lights from your iPhone. See who’s at the front door on your iPad. Adjust your living room temperature from your Mac. Control things remotely with the help of Apple TV. Even tell your HomePod to turn up the music. The Home app makes all your connected devices work harder — and smarter — for you.

Ry Crist for CNET:

So which HomeKit products should you get? There’s a growing list of options, but we’re here to help you winnow it down to the best of the best HomeKit devices. Here are our top picks for HomeKit households, all based on years of tests at the CNET Smart Home.

• Best HomeKit hub: Apple TV 4K

• Best HomeKit-compatible smart thermostat: Ecobee3 Lite

• Best HomeKit-compatible smart lock: August Smart Lock Pro

• Best HomeKit-compatible camera: Logitech Circle 2

• Best HomeKit-compatible smart light switch: Lutron Caseta Wireless In-Wall Smart Dimmer Switch

• Best HomeKit-compatible white light smart bulbs: Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

• Best HomeKit-compatible color-changing smart bulb: Lifx Mini LED

• Best HomeKit showcase: Nanoleaf Canvas

• Best HomeKit-compatible smart plug: WeMo Mini Smart Plug

MacDailyNews Take: No matter which compatible accessories you choose, Apple’s Home app makes it easy to set up and control all of them, all from one place. Over 100 brands worldwide are committed to providing accessories that are compatible with the HomeKit framework, and the number available is growing every day. Each of these accessories is reviewed and approved by Apple to help ensure your security when you use it.

8 Comments

  1. Oh look, now MDN attempts to make money by linking directly to Amazon instead of the actual manufacturer websites.

    Why not put more Google ads around the links too, MDN????

    1. There is no “now” about it. It’s nothing new . Nor is it sinister in any way. MDN has linked directly to Amazon for years. MDN is an Amazon affiliate. There is no secret that you seem to think you’re revealing. God forbid that MDN tries to make some pennies on commission here and there. They should just run the site ad-free and go bankrupt instead.

  2. I just wish Apple would put some intelligence behind HomeKit. I cannot tell Siri “turn on the lights for an hour.” Seems basic and simple. I suppose I could use IFTT to hack something together, I think, but that’s so not a traditional simple Apple approach. And I’m curious why, when I tell Siri to turn off one of my Lutron switches, it turns off then back on again. Yes, I like automation, have an Ecobee, some luton switches, and some wall outlet adaptors for lights and such, but it’s just not there. It’s still a, well, a hobby for Apple. I just don’t think they’re really serious. I’d like to say “yet” as I hope for much much better.

    1. I don’t have Lutron switches, but I have Hue switches that used to turn off and then back on like you describe. The problem (which got solved) was that the hue app and the home app were both responding to the switch press. I can to tell hue to ignore presses.

    2. I have A LOT of Lutron switches, and they work perfectly with Homekit and SIri. I have never had the issue you mention.

      The only issues I ever run into is the distance from device or device hub to Homekit hub, and it seems when a new iOS (now tvOS) update comes out, until applied I get sporadic Geo-fence issues. Like coming home action fires correctly, then later the action fires again. Apply software update, everything works fine again.

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