Latest smart home reviews

Google Nest Mini initial review: Mini update, max impact
Google Nest Mini initial review: Mini update, max impact By Chris Hall

That the name has changed from Home Mini to Nest Mini is predictable, with Google realigning its smart devices with the Nest brand - but the compact Google... Read more

Amazon Echo (3rd generation) review: Can't touch this
5.0 stars Amazon Echo (3rd generation) review: Can't touch this By Chris Hall

If music is the most important thing for you, then it's hard to ignore the boosted performance of the third-gen Amazon Echo smart speaker.... Read more

Google Home vs Nest Mini vs Home Max vs Nest Hub vs Nest Hub Max: Which Google speaker should you buy?
Google Home vs Nest Mini vs Home Max vs Nest Hub vs Nest Hub Max: Which Google speaker should you buy? By Adrian Willings

Updated Our guide to Google Nest's smart home speakers. Read more

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review: Alexa, what's the time?
5.0 stars Amazon Echo Dot with Clock review: Alexa, what's the time? By Chris Hall

The new Echo Dot with Clock is a neat idea that's ideal for the bedroom as an alternative to a traditional alarm clock.... 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

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

Can the Ring Floodlight Cam do enough to offer all the protection your home needs? Here's our review.... 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

Amazon Echo Show 8 initial review: The middle child
Amazon Echo Show 8 initial review: The middle child By Dan Grabham

Amazon clearly sees a lot of potential in its Echo Show range. Last year it refreshed the main 10-inch Echo Show and earlier this year it launched the... Read more

Amazon Echo Flex initial review: It's Alexa...on a plug
Amazon Echo Flex initial review: It's Alexa...on a plug By Dan Grabham

Although Echo Flex is an interesting device with useful add-ons, it will probably confuse consumers as to whether they should buy one.... Read more

Amazon Echo Studio initial review: Taking the fight to Apple and Sonos
Amazon Echo Studio initial review: Taking the fight to Apple and Sonos By Dan Grabham

Almost unbelievably priced, the Echo Studio is probably the most important Echo that Amazon has yet released.... 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 one of the smart home success stories - and this is its main proposition... 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

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

Updated The Google Nest Cam IQ is a small indoor camera, which plugs into a mains socket, and keeps an eye on what it can see in the home when you're away.It can... 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

Updated 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

Arlo Ultra review: First-class security camera brings 4K HDR
4.0 stars Arlo Ultra review: First-class security camera brings 4K HDR By Chris Hall

The Ultra is a jump in quality, with a great wide-angle lens and 4K high dynamic range capture. It's expensive, but outshines much of the competition.... Read more

Facebook Portal TV initial review: Trust Facebook to take over your TV?
Facebook Portal TV initial review: Trust Facebook to take over your TV? By Adrian Willings

Facebook Portal TV is an interesting way to turn your TV into a large, user-friendly video-calling screen, and a great device for keeping in touch.... Read more

Facebook Portal+ review: Do the plusses outweigh the minuses?
3.0 stars Facebook Portal+ review: Do the plusses outweigh the minuses? By Maggie Tillman

It's Facebook's Messenger-centric video call device, complete with Amazon Alexa compatibility, but is it trustworthy and even worth buying?... Read more

Google Nest Hub Max review: Putting the Echo Show on notice
5.0 stars Google Nest Hub Max review: Putting the Echo Show on notice By Britta O'Boyle

The Max looks like the original Nest Hub, but with larger 10-inch display, built-in Nest camera, better sound and more. Is it a smart home winner?... Read more

Lenovo Smart Display 7 initial review: Smaller, smarter Google Assistant hub
Lenovo Smart Display 7 initial review: Smaller, smarter Google Assistant hub By Mike Lowe

Anewer, smaller, version of the 8in/10in Smart Display, complete with Google Assistant, a privacy shutter camera, and ambient light auto-adjustment.... Read more

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat got smarter
4.0 stars Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat got smarter By Mike Lowe

With plenty of competition in smart heating systems - from the likes of Hive, Tado and Honeywell - how does the Nest 3.0 Learning Thermostat stack up?... 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 Maggie Tillman

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

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo? By Maggie Tillman

Google Home has and continues to mature since it first launched. If you don't mind waiting for its full potential, it's the voice-assistant speaker to get.... Read more

Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: It's about time
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: It's about time By Maggie Tillman

This clock is as simple as it sounds: check the time and use Alexa to set timers. You'll need another official Echo device though.... Read more

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

The Google Assistant centre for your smart home: the Nest Hub is the always connected central point to control smart devices, watch YouTube and more.... 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 Google Home Mini, is a smaller model of the Google Home that takes a similar design approach with all the same features. Here is our review.... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd generation) review: Second time's a charm
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Plus (2nd generation) 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

BT Smart Home Cam review: An affordable, but flawed smart home security device
3.0 stars BT Smart Home Cam review: An affordable, but flawed smart home security device By Adrian Willings

Read our thoughts on the BT Smart Home Cam. An affordable, easy-to-use smart home camera with some weird and wonderful features.... 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

iRobot Roomba i7+ review: Differentiated by automatic dirt disposal
4.5 stars iRobot Roomba i7+ review: Differentiated by automatic dirt disposal By Britta O'Boyle

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the latest all-singing, all-dancing robot vacuum from iRobot. Here's our review.... Read more

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Honey, I shrunk the screen
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Honey, I shrunk the screen By Dan Grabham

The Echo Show experience is getting better all the time and this is a great entry point. Sure, there are some compromises, but it's value for money.... Read more

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

A perfect connected bedside companion... Read more

Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner review: A class cleaning performance
5.0 stars Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner review: A class cleaning performance By Adrian Willings

The Roborock S6 is the a flagship robot vacuum cleaner and a wonderful cleaning device that's a fantastic addition to your cleaning arsenal.... 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

Lenovo Smart Clock review: Better than a classic or just overkill?
4.0 stars Lenovo Smart Clock review: Better than a classic or just overkill? By Mike Lowe

A bedside alarm clock with Google Assistant voice integration, this Lenovo just made the alarm clock part of a smarter home setup.... Read more

Netgear Orbi Voice review: Whole home Mesh Wi-Fi with Alexa smarts
4.0 stars Netgear Orbi Voice review: Whole home Mesh Wi-Fi with Alexa smarts By Adrian Willings

Netgear Orbi Voice is a satellite system for Mesh Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. It also features Amazon Alexa and Harman Kardon speakers.... Read more

Dyson V11 Absolute review: Cordless cleaning done right
5.0 stars Dyson V11 Absolute review: Cordless cleaning done right By Stuart Miles

The V11 is a cordless vacuum cleaner complete with multiple heads and a LCD display to inform about battery life and modes. How well does it clean?... Read more

TP-Link Kasa Cam KC120 review: Smart home camera is affordable yet imperfect
3.5 stars TP-Link Kasa Cam KC120 review: Smart home camera is affordable yet imperfect By Adrian Willings

An interesting smart home camera with plenty of features and an easy-to-use interface and a decent spec - but it's not without niggles, as we explain.... Read more

JBL Link View review: Bringing bass to the Google goodness
4.5 stars JBL Link View review: Bringing bass to the Google goodness By Chris Hall

JBL was one of the first companies to announce that it was going to be offering a smart display running Google's new system.That was at the beginning of... Read more

Ecovacs Deebot 710 robot vacuum review: Cleans out your house and not your bank account
4.0 stars Ecovacs Deebot 710 robot vacuum review: Cleans out your house and not your bank account By Dan Sung

The 710 offers great cleaning skills. Its only downside is the battery life won't last for large houses. Otherwise it's a great robo-vac to consider.... Read more

Roborock E2 Xiaowa review: An affordable yet astounding robot vacuum
4.5 stars Roborock E2 Xiaowa review: An affordable yet astounding robot vacuum By Adrian Willings

The Roborock Xiaowa E25 is another robot vacuum cleaner with plenty of smart features, excellent cleaning power and intelligence to boot.... Read more

Amazon Echo Input review: Plug Alexa into your hi-fi for less
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Input review: Plug Alexa into your hi-fi for less By Dan Grabham

The second-generation Echo Dot was a great little device with two distinct purposes: one to bring Alexa to a powered speaker or hi-fi and secondly to provide... Read more

Hive Hub 360 review: Not quite a complete revolution
3.5 stars Hive Hub 360 review: Not quite a complete revolution By Chris Hall

Replacing the regular Hive Hub, the Hub 360 adds functions such as audio detection. But is it worth the £20 upgrade?... Read more

Ring Door View Cam initial review: A connected doorbell perfect for apartment renters
Ring Door View Cam initial review: A connected doorbell perfect for apartment renters By Stuart Miles

The Ring Door View Cam promises a drill-free install, but is the connected doorbell any good?... Read more

Ikea Trådfri review: Affordable smart lights and plugs
4.5 stars Ikea Trådfri review: Affordable smart lights and plugs By Britta O'Boyle

Ikea has made smart lighting and smart plugs truly accessible to the everyday consumer with Tradfri. It's a great system that we couldn't recommend... 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

Arlo Security Light review: Illuminating, in a connected way
4.0 stars Arlo Security Light review: Illuminating, in a connected way By Chris Hall

A great addition to the Arlo smart system. Although this light works on its own, it's really the connected experience that sells it.... Read more

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality
4.5 stars Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality By Chris Hall

Hive is a great upgrade to your old central heating system. It is a straightforward and easy way to bring smartphone control and smart skills... Read more

Neato Botvac D6 Connected review: The power is in the details
4.0 stars Neato Botvac D6 Connected review: The power is in the details By Adrian Willings

There's no denying the Neato Botvac D6 Connected is one of the best robot vacuums we've tested. It's the little details that make all the difference.... Read more

Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm review: Understated intelligence and fire detection capabilities
4.0 stars Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm review: Understated intelligence and fire detection capabilities By Adrian Willings

A clever smart smoke alarm which, when paired with the app, can be easily used and monitored wherever you are.... Read more

Arlo Pro review: A great home security system
4.0 stars Arlo Pro review: A great home security system By Chris Hall

Arlo Pro offers easy setup and installation, smartphone notifications and no ongoing fees (unless you opt for a Smart plan from £1.99/month).... Read more

Nest Protect V2 review: A smart smoke alarm capable of blowing its own horn
4.5 stars Nest Protect V2 review: A smart smoke alarm capable of blowing its own horn By Adrian Willings

Nest Protect is certainly a powerful and flexible smart smoke alarm that's packed full of sensors and technical wizardry you'll love.... Read more

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