Latest smart home reviews

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 of an enhanced experience.When we learnt that the Ecovacs Deebot R95 MKII robot vacuum cleaner... 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 vacuum. Some of these robot cleaners offer a lot more functionality than others, so choosing the... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo is undoubtedly one of the most significant gadgets to launch in the past few years. Amazon's smart speaker has created and dominated a new category of devices, wrong-footing rivals, leaving speaker manufacturers scratching their disconnected... 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 Google Wifi, there are plenty of alternatives out thereThe AmpliFi HD system comes with a slightly... Read more

Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience
3.5 stars

Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo has been a break-away hit over the past couple of years. The at-home voice-assistant has forged a new category, leaving rivals to catch-up. It's done more to bring order to the chaos of smart home control than any other product. And it... 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 respected brand speakers. Amazon has competition though, predominantly from Google.The original Google... 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 drivers when you're not at home, they're relatively affordable motion-sensing security cameras. The... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot preview: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Amazon Echo Spot preview: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

By Stuart Miles

Amazon has revealed its new Echo Spot as it makes a major refresh of its portfolio of Echo devices. Not only is there a new Echo and the enhanced Echo Plus, but the addition of the Echo Spot sees a diversification that takes Alexa into another room of... Read more

Philips Hue complete system review: A shining light in the smart home
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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 the time it perhaps wasn't realised how significant this system would become: many have followed,... Read more

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor preview: Outside security camera gets smarter

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor preview: Outside security camera gets smarter

By Britta O'Boyle

Nest announced several new products at an event in September, including the Hello video doorbell, the Nest Secure alarm system comprising three devices and an update to its outdoor security camera in the form of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.The Nest Cam... 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 Secure alarm system is made up of three main devices that work in tandem together, comprising the Nest... Read more

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring

By Britta O'Boyle

Nest has announced a competitor to the Ring video doorbell in the form of the Nest Hello. The new doorbell, which will be available in 2018 in the US and Canada, is claimed to be the first doorbell able to detect a person and offer facial recognition.Offering... 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 Show - which combines the Alexa voice assistant with a touchscreen for additional presentation and... Read more

Panasonic GA10 preview: First impressions of Panasonic's Google Assistant speaker

Panasonic GA10 preview: First impressions of Panasonic's Google Assistant speaker

By Chris Hall

Smart speakers are the new black; following the success of devices like the Amazon Echo, we've seen the launch of Google Home and the announcement of the forthcoming Apple HomePod.Unlike Apple, those other players - Google and Amazon - are keen to leverage... 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 to see how Logitech would take on community feedback to improve its successor.The Logitech Circle 2... 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 adding sensors and lights.And now there's Hive Camera, the company's rival to devices like Nest Cam,... Read more

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future
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Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future

By Elyse Betters

Amazon now sells an Echo with a touchscreen. Yes, everyone's favourite voice-controlled smart assistant is evolving.As much as we love the original canister-shaped speaker, adding a display to the mix seems like a natural evolution for Echo, which now... 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 to spread that into places that Wi-Fi otherwise doesn't reach, the rise of the mesh network solution... 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 room to setup recorders and monitors, all we need is a small camera and an internet connection.That's... 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 system, or just a way to keep an eye on what's going on at home, connected cameras are available... 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 and easy-to-use. Place it anywhere in your home for peace of mind when you're away, or to capture footage... 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 the Dash Wand away for free. Prime members who spend $20 on the Dash Wand get a $20 Amazon credit... 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 number one site we all go to when we want to look up anything. Heck, most people just say "Google it".Beyond search we use Google brands for a... Read more

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

By Stuart Miles

Apple has once again entered the speaker market launching the Apple HomePod, a speaker with Siri built-in that plans to take on not only the Amazon Echo and Google Home but advanced systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected... 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 product of its kind available (and there are lesser alternatives, like powerline extenders), but it's... 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 of them are pricey, typically costing upwards of £600.Neato brought the cost down a little with the... 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 system, the Lyric T6.We had the Lyric T6R fitted, which is the same as the standard T6 but comes with... 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 bow.This smart home camera is meant for more than simple security: it's a cloud-based Wi-Fi camera... Read more

Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?
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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 some of the same features as its indoor Nest Cam sibling, the outdoor version is touted as offering... Read more

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

By Rik Henderson

Samsung revealed its new Family Hub refrigerator line-up immediately prior to CES but we got to see one of them in the flesh at the company's main press conference.The concept is similar if not identical to last year's CES sensation, but there are a few... Read more

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

By Rik Henderson

Ring has had great success with its camera-enabled doorbell over the last year, so much so that it is expanding its product portfolio to now include a clever security cam and spotlight system that will hopefully keep intruders away.The Ring Floodlight... Read more

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

By Rik Henderson

Alongside the new version of the Nvidia Shield TV, an Android Nougat-powered media streamer, the company will be launching the Nvidia Spot.It's a tiny sphere that you plug into an available power socket which works with the Shield TV box and basically... Read more

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

By Mike Lowe

Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... Read more

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality

By Adrian Willings

The Echo Dot is Amazon's small and affordable route into Alexa, its voice-controlled personal assistant for your home, which can playback music, add to your Amazon shopping list, control third-party apps and much more.Available for £50, it's essentially... Read more

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa

By Elyse Betters

Amazon launched the Echo - its cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker - in the US in 2015. Just over a year later and the Echo finally made its way to the UK and other territories.But we're not most excited about the actual speaker... Read more

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

By Rik Henderson

It is customary for televisions or home entertainment tech to come out tops during the CES trade show in Las Vegas at the start of each year, but in January 2016, Samsung was talk of the town for its latest fridge freezer rather than its TVs.The company... Read more

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

By Stuart Miles

A hair dryer is just a hairdryer isn't it? Not when it's a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer it's not. Well, that's the claim. We've been using with the new hair dryer to see whether it really is worth its £300 asking price.Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: An... Read more

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
4.0 stars

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

By Chris Hall

When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... Read more

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

By Stuart Miles

After what seems like years of planning, especially in the fast moving world of gadgets, Apple's solution to getting your smarthome devices talking to each other has finally arrived.Launching with iOS 10, Apple's dedicated Home app - which is the interface... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door
4.0 stars

Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door

By Cam Bunton

In the age of the smart home, the number of home devices being connected to the internet is expanding exponentially. Whether it's a kettle, fridge, vacuum cleaner, the central heating or - in this case - a doorbell, you can control and monitor almost... Read more

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app
4.0 stars

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app

By Stuart Miles

We can control our music, our heating, our lights, even the vacuum cleaner via our phone, so why not the outside tap?In steps the Hozelock Cloud Controller, a device that fits to your outside tap and then can be controlled either via an app on your phone... Read more

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
5.0 stars

Dyson 360 Eye 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 have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... Read more

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter
4.0 stars

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter

By Mike Lowe

We had Nest 3.0, the smart learning thermostat, installed at the tail-end of 2015, replacing the 2.0 model installed in the summer of 2014. Since then it's been sensing and learning our heating habits. Good job, as the wintry cold spell has really stuck... Read more