(Pocket-lint) - CES always brings a wealth of new technology, from televisions and laptops to headphones and smart home devices. Last year's Vegas show was all about those two voice assistants you might have heard of - Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant - and this year builds on that trend.

Alexa and Google are without a doubt still in fashion it seems, with a multitude of new devices including them or including compatibility with them, even toilets. Yes really. But there have been plenty of other trends too, including home security. 

Here are the best and most interesting smart home devices of CES 2019. Prepare to want everything.


Lenovo Smart Clock

Lenovo announced a Google Assistant-enabled display especially designed for the bedroom at CES 2019. The Lenovo Smart Clock is pretty much the Google version of the Amazon Echo Spot but it looks much nicer with a lovely material finish.

The 4-inch touch display offers smart home control, as well as everything else Google Assistant features including settings alarms, reading news, and answering questions.

Philips Hue

Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor

Philips Hue expanded its outdoor range of smart lights at CES 2019 with an Outdoor Sensor, Welcome Flood Light and Discover Flood Light. The Outdoor sensor can be installed wherever you like - it is weather resistant, wireless and battery powered - and it can be assigned to switch on specific lights when motion is detected.

The Welcome Flood Light is wall-mounted and offers one shade of bright white light, while the Discover Flood Light can also be wall-mounted but if offers white and colour ambience light.


Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Netatmo is the latest company to announce a video doorbell, joining the likes of Ring and Nest in the conquest to guard the front of your home. The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is the first to offer compatibility with Apple HomeKit though and unlike the current options, it doesn't require a monthly subscription, storing videos locally on a microSD card.

The Smart Video Doorbell has a 1080p Full HD camera with a 160-degree field of view and night vision. It doesn't have facial recognition like the Nest Hello or the company's own Welcome camera, but it has person detection and it will video call your phone when someone presses the doorbell.


Ring Door View Cam, lighting and alarm

Amazon-owned Ring announced a number of devices at CES 2019, including a new video doorbell - the Door View Cam - which is designed to replace the viewfinder on doors. The Door View Cam will alert you when someone knocks at the door, as well as rings the doorbell and it is battery powered so no hardwiring necessary.

The new smart lighting lineup consists of wireless and wired floodlights, spotlights, path lights and a step light, and there's a motion sensor too. Meanwhile, the Ring Alarm system has been expanded with a flood and freeze sensor, smoke and CO listener, a dome siren, and a smoke and CO2 alarm. Watch out Nest and Philips Hue, Ring is coming for you. 


Arlo Security System

Ring isn't the only company in the security system business - Arlo is making sure it has a hand in this pie too. The company expanded beyond cameras and audio doorbells at CES 2019, introducing its Security System.

The Arlo Security System has a Multi-Sensor at the heart of it, which will detect carbon monoxide, water leaks, temperature changes and whether a door or window is open. There is also a siren in the system, which is battery operated so you can place it anywhere.


Samsung Family Hub Refrigerators

Samsung's Family Hub Refrigerators are back and this year they are smarter than ever with enhanced Bixby voice control like voice recognition and daily news reports, and more features for the large display on the front.

The display now comes with a Family Board function that can be personalised for different family members and there are new apps too including Expedia and Uber. Yes, it is now possible to order a cab with your fridge.


Honeywell Home T9 and T10 Pro

Resideo announced the Honeywell Home T9 and T10 Pro smart thermostats with Smart Room sensors at CES 2019. The new thermostats and sensors are designed to help you manage your heating, by prioritising heating and cooling in the rooms they are placed.

Traditional thermostats read a temperature in one room - likely downstairs - resulting in your upstairs bedrooms being potentially too cold or hot. The T9 and T10 Pro and their sensors are designed to help answer that problem, allowing you to set preferences for specific areas. They also have motion detection, are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and up to 20 Smart Room sensors can be attached to the thermostats.


Toto Neorest NX2 toilet

Bet you never thought you'd see a toilet on a best of round up...well get used to the idea because there are two on this one. The first comes from Toto and it doesn't just offer automatic open and close, but it has a heated seat and the company's Washlet cleansing system.

Better yet, the Toto Neorest NX2 toilet, which costs over $12,000 (yes we know), has an in-bowl catalytic deodoriser and a cleansing technology to ensure the bowl remains free of waste, limescale and mould. Basically, a self-cleaning toilet.


Kohler Numi 2.0 toilet

The second of the toilets in this round up is from Kohler and its the next generation of its Numi Intelligent toilet that has Amazon Alexa built in, offering access to thousands of Alexa skills, whilst you pee.

Along with Alexa, the Numi 2.0 has a seat that automatically opens and closes, but it also comes with advanced lighting and a built-in speaker system for a "fully immersive experience".


D-Link 5G router

Routers aren't the most exciting smart home devices available, but D-Link announced a 5G router at CES 2019 and that is exciting because it has the ability to offer speeds 40 times faster than the US average for cabled connection.

The D-Link 5G router uses a 5G SIM and will connect to 5G networks when they become available. It will then offer dual-band Wi-Fi around the home and it is compatible with the company's Wi-Fi Mesh products.


Asus Lyra Voice

Yes we know, it's another router. This one looks prettier than the D-Link 5G one though and guess what? It's also an Alexa speaker with voice control. The Lyra Voice router has integrated 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and it supports three Wi-Fi modes.

As a speaker, the Lyra Voice has a pair of microphones with 360-degree far-field voice detection, and two built-in stereo speakers with DTS surround sound technology. It also supports Spotify Connect and Bluetooth.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.