Latest smart home reviews

Lenovo Smart Display review: Google Assistant steals the show
4.0 stars Lenovo Smart Display review: Google Assistant steals the show By Chris Hall

The Lenovo Smart Display makes a strong case for smart displays in visual, with strong Google Assistant support, but lacks on the sound quality front... Read more

Nest Thermostat E review: The smart self-install thermostat
4.5 stars Nest Thermostat E review: The smart self-install thermostat By Britta O'Boyle

The UK model of the Nest Thermostat E has more flexible placement and can be installed by yourself. Here is why it's a great option for smart heating.... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Dot vs Show vs Spot: What's the difference?
Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Dot vs Show vs Spot: What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has a range of Echo devices, but we'll guide you through them on so you can decide which is the the best Echo Read more

Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home
5.0 stars Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home By Stuart Miles

In 2012 Philips launched Hue, one of the earliest examples of smart lighting, allowing for colour and brightness control from a smartphone or tablet. At... Read more

Amazon Echo Dot review (third-gen 2018): This changes everything
5.0 stars Amazon Echo Dot review (third-gen 2018): This changes everything By Chris Hall

Amazon's new Echo Dot is an upgrade on the previous model, but the new Echo Input takes away some of its potential purchasers.... Read more

Neato Botvac D4 Connected review: Terrific edge cleaning and nifty mapping
4.0 stars Neato Botvac D4 Connected review: Terrific edge cleaning and nifty mapping By Adrian Willings

The Neato Botvac D4 Connected is certainly an interesting robot vacuum cleaner. It's powerful, intelligent, features a great design and much more too.... Read more

Google Home Hub review: The new hub of your smart home?
4.5 stars Google Home Hub review: The new hub of your smart home? By Britta O'Boyle

The Google Assistant centre for your smart home: the Home Hub is the always connected central point to control smart devices, watch YouTube and more.... Read more

Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough
3.5 stars Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough By Stuart Miles

Right now it's just a speaker that sounds amazing, but that isn't very smart with its Siri integration.... Read more

Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable
5.0 stars Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable By Adrian Willings

Looking for a robotic vacuum cleaner that won't break the bank? The Xiaomi-invested Roborock S5, with intelligent mapping, delivers great results.... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm By Chris Hall

The Echo Plus is a better Echo all-round than the standard version, but we have to say we preferred last year's design that distinguished it from the... Read more

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen By Dan Grabham

With welcome software enhancements and much better audio as well as that larger screen, the Echo Show is getting serious. But is it worth buying?... Read more

Hive View review: Great looks, great performance
4.0 stars Hive View review: Great looks, great performance By Chris Hall

The Hive View is certainly the best looking indoor camera you can buy, but only offers 24-hours to download the video it captures... Read more

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?
3.5 stars Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa? By Chris Hall

If you want to dip your toe into the world of Alexa, the Echo might seem like the obvious choice. But what is it really like?... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot By Chris Hall

Alexa has liberally thrust itself into the lives of just about everyone. Amazon's omnipotent AI appeals not only to the technically minded, but to everyone.Amazon's... Read more

Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max By Mike Lowe

The biggest Google Home speaker is the loudest of the lot, and also the priciest, at £399. Is it the best smart assistant speaker to buy?... Read more

Nest Hello review: At last, a video doorbell to take on Ring
4.0 stars Nest Hello review: At last, a video doorbell to take on Ring By Britta O'Boyle

Hello is Nest's video doorbell and the first to offer facial recognition. It's expensive to buy and run, but it's got the best feature set going.... Read more

iLife V8s robot vacuum cleaner review: Automated cleaning and mopping ahoy
4.0 stars iLife V8s robot vacuum cleaner review: Automated cleaning and mopping ahoy By Adrian Willings

The iLife V8s robot vacuum cleaner doubles as a robot mopping bot, too. It's surprisingly capable and affordable too.... Read more

Honeywell Lyric C1 review: No frills affordable home security
3.0 stars Honeywell Lyric C1 review: No frills affordable home security By Dan Sung

Shelling out £300 along with a big, fat subscription on smart home security is not everyone's idea of money well spent and, indeed, why should it be?... Read more

Makita DRC200Z robot vacuum review: A cleaning powerhouse that goes and goes
4.0 stars Makita DRC200Z robot vacuum review: A cleaning powerhouse that goes and goes By Adrian Willings

The majority of modern robot vacuum cleaners are streamlined and packed full of functionality such as compatible apps and pairing with smart voice assistants.Not... Read more

LG WK7 ThinQ speaker initial review: LG's speaker has the smarts
LG WK7 ThinQ speaker initial review: LG's speaker has the smarts By Chris Hall

With smart speakers taking many of the tech headlines in 2017, it's no surprise to find that LG wants a slice of this pie in 2018. Say hello to the LG... Read more

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Outside security camera gets smarter
4.0 stars Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Outside security camera gets smarter By Adrian Willings

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is a version of the company's Nest Cam IQ smart home camera designed for the outside world, ideal to help keep a secure eye on... Read more

Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts
4.0 stars Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts By Dan Sung

Think of a leading smart home device and most will mention the connected thermostat. For us, however, the smart home security camera has become just as... Read more

Panasonic GA10 review: Google Home, but better
4.5 stars Panasonic GA10 review: Google Home, but better By Cam Bunton

The beauty about Google allowing its voice-controlled Assistant to be added to third-party speakers and headphones is great for multiple reasons: it widens... Read more

Somfy One review: Sound the alarm, smart home security gets serious
4.0 stars Somfy One review: Sound the alarm, smart home security gets serious By Adrian Willings

When it comes to protecting your home and your family, there are plenty of smart home security camera options to choose from. So many, that it might be... Read more

Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
5.0 stars Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works By Stuart Miles

Let's be honest, none of us like cleaning. So when robot vacuum cleaners started appearing on the scene a number of years ago, the idea that we would never... Read more

iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum review: The Alexa and Google Home compatible cleaning bot
4.0 stars iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum review: The Alexa and Google Home compatible cleaning bot By Adrian Willings

The iRobot Roomba range of robot vacuum cleaners are probably the most well-known, thanks in part to the "shark cat riding a Roomba" YouTube video that... Read more

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner review: Wireless and fancy free
5.0 stars Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner review: Wireless and fancy free By Stuart Miles

We've all been there: you've decided to vacuum your house, so you start in one room, then quickly find yourself in another, only to realise that the cord... Read more

Samsung VR7000 Powerbot review: This robot vacuum really sucks
5.0 stars Samsung VR7000 Powerbot review: This robot vacuum really sucks By Adrian Willings

The world of robot vacuum cleaners is a mixed bag of similar-looking devices with a varying appeal and abilities. Choosing the right one can be tough -... Read more

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo? By Elyse Betters

If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search.Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the No. 1 site we all go to when we want to look... Read more

Ring Floodlight Cam review: The best protection for your home?
4.5 stars Ring Floodlight Cam review: The best protection for your home? By Max Langridge

Ring is perhaps best known for its video doorbells that not only let you speak to anyone at your front door when you're not around, but can even be used... Read more

Vorwerk Kobold VR200 robotic vacuum cleaner review: A noisy but capable cleaning companion
3.5 stars Vorwerk Kobold VR200 robotic vacuum cleaner review: A noisy but capable cleaning companion By Adrian Willings

The human race might well fear being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and being put out of work by the rise of the machines, but there are some... Read more

Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0 review: Smart home gets caffeinated
4.0 stars Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0 review: Smart home gets caffeinated By Cam Bunton

By now, we're sure you've realised that anything that almost can be made smart and therefore internet-connected has been. That includes coffee machines.... Read more

Ecovacs Deebot R95 MKII robot vacuum cleaner review: A smart luxury addition to your cleaning arsenal
4.0 stars Ecovacs Deebot R95 MKII robot vacuum cleaner review: A smart luxury addition to your cleaning arsenal By Adrian Willings

Robot vacuums are still a bit of a luxury item, but with the continued rise in smart home products, especially ones that work together, there's the possibility... Read more

Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro robot vacuum cleaner review: It's not smart, but it is clever
3.5 stars Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro robot vacuum cleaner review: It's not smart, but it is clever By Adrian Willings

Smart robot vacuum cleaners are a saving grace for the lazy modern home-owner, helping to keep the house clean and reducing your battles with the upright... Read more

AmpliFi HD review: Mesh Wi-Fi made simple
4.0 stars AmpliFi HD review: Mesh Wi-Fi made simple By Cam Bunton

If want a broad, resillient home Wi-Fi network then in 2017 it's all about the mesh network. While mesh has undoubtedly become more prominent thanks to... Read more

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker
4.0 stars Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker By Cam Bunton

The home smart speaker war is on. Some might say Amazon has already won it, with its Alexa voice-assistant Echo range and third-party support in other... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: A doorbell for the connected generation
4.0 stars Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: A doorbell for the connected generation By Cam Bunton

Ring is the trend-setter and market leader in smart, connected video doorbells. Not only do such devices provide the ability to communicate with delivery... Read more

Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system
Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system By Britta O'Boyle

Nest announced a range of new devices at its big event in September, including the Hello video doorbell and a new alarm system called Secure.The Nest... Read more

Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential
Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant preview: A great Amazon Echo Show alternative falls short of its potential By Mike Lowe

Amazon looks set to take over the world with its Alexa voice assistant, which continues to pop-up in a multitude of third-party products. The Amazon Echo... Read more

Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera?
4.5 stars Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera? By Adrian Willings

We were so impressed with the first Logitech Circle camera - which is included in our list of best indoor smart home cameras - that we were intrigued... Read more

Hive Camera review: Connected in a disconnected way
3.0 stars Hive Camera review: Connected in a disconnected way By Chris Hall

Hive, the smart home solution, has been expanding its system's offerings to cover the whole home - stepping beyond the core of smart heating, by recently... Read more

BT Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Changing Wi-Fi for the better
4.5 stars BT Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Changing Wi-Fi for the better By Chris Hall

There's been a step change in handling Wi-Fi recently. Having attempted to deal with Wi-Fi problems from the router, and with various third-party extenders... Read more

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price
4.0 stars Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price By Cam Bunton

The personal home security market is on the up, thanks to reduced costs and size of components required to make it all work. Now, we no longer need a dedicated... Read more

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home
4.0 stars Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home By Chris Hall

The inevitable deluge of smart home devices has covered three main categories: lighting, heating and home cameras. Whether you're looking for a security... Read more

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera
3.5 stars Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera By Adrian Willings

Canary's second entry into the cloud-based home security camera arena comes in the form of the Canary Flex. This new camera is designed to be versatile... Read more

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device
Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device By Elyse Betters

A few years ago, Amazon quietly announced a new gadget, the Dash Wand, but it's taken until now to give it a wider, official launch.It’s basically giving... Read more

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right
4.5 stars Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right By Cam Bunton

Having spent some time over the pond in the US market, Google's smart home networking system has now landed in the UK.It's not the only Wi-Fi-extending... Read more

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?
4.0 stars Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor? By Britta O'Boyle

Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more popular with several big players now in the market, including Dyson. Some are great, others not so much, but all... Read more

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple
4.0 stars Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple By Rik Henderson

Smart heating systems are on the up. And having moved into a new home recently it made a lot of sense to test Honeywell's latest smart home thermostat... Read more

Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera
4.0 stars Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera By Adrian Willings

The Logitech Circle camera (or Logi Circle if you're on board with the new branding) is a powerful little home security cam with plenty of strings to its... Read more

Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?
4.0 stars Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera? By Adrian Willings

Nest has made the move from indoor security, to offering all-seeing protection for the outside of your home. Say hello to the Nest Cam Outdoor.Boasting... Read more

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