2020’s best Apple HomeKit devices

Which smart home devices — lights, door locks, plugs, cameras, thermostats, window shades, motion sensors — work best with Apple’s HomeKit? Apple’s Home app will control all of the best Apple HomeKit devices in a single app and Siri will control your lights, adjust your thermostat, lock/unlock doors, run smart home scenes, etc.

Over 100 brands worldwide are committed to providing accessories that are compatible with the HomeKit framework, and the number available is growing every day. Every HomeKit device is reviewed and approved by Apple to help ensure your security. And with the new HomeKit Secure Video capability and HomeKit‑enabled routers, it’s all even more secure.

best Apple HomeKit devices: Apple's Home app lets you turn on lights, unlock doors, and even raise your window shades — all at once if you like.
Apple’s Home app lets you turn on lights, unlock doors, and even raise your window shades — all at once if you like.

The real question: Which of these devices are worth the money? There’s an ever-growing list of options, but CNET has published a list of 2020’s best Apple HomeKit devices.

Ry Crist and Molly Price for CNET:

Best HomeKit hub: Apple TV 4K

Best smart thermostat for HomeKit: Ecobee3 Lite

• Best smart lock for HomeKit: August Smart Lock Pro

• Best camera for HomeKit: Logitech Circle 2

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

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

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

• Best HomeKit showcase: Nanoleaf Canvas

• Best smart plug for HomeKit: WeMo Mini Smart Plug

MacDailyNews Take: So, if you haven’t dipped your toe into the smart home yet, start out with a smart plug or a light bulb and see how you can use Apple’s Home app and Siri to control them from anywhere. It’s an inexpensive way to start and once you add a plug or light bulb, you’ll understand how the Home app, your Apple TV HomeKit hub, Siri, and the smart device work together. Then, move move up into smart locks, thermostats, and indoor/outdoor cameras!

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    1. It would be fine if iOS13 didn’t break its functionality. It worked fine on iOS12, since then the screen periodically goes back and I have to either swipe back to the home screen or quit the app altogether to get the picture back, retarded progress.

  1. Ecobee thermostats come with a caveat: ironically made in Canada they cannot be used with high-voltage systems like electric baseboard heaters, found in many parts of the country. Ecobee and Nest are good for low voltage as in heat pumps, central head or furnaces.
    For baseboard, Mysa, another Canadian company, makes a high-voltage thermostat and is HomeKit compatible.

  2. Why is it that August continues to get best door lock? Have you tried adding a 2nd person to HK? It’s a terrible user experience! I’m an IT professional, and even I can’t get it to work. It makes me wonder if you actually test these devices, or just take the manufacturers word for it.

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