Category: Gear / Products / Smart Home

November 26, 2020

The 9 Best Smart Speakers With Alexa or Google Assistant

Chatty assistants from Google, Amazon, and Apple are popular. But which one is right for you?


by Parker Hall Jeffrey Van Camp in Buying Guide
November 26, 2020

Our Favorite Dyson Stick Vacuum Is $150 Off Now

The wireless Cyclone V10 is light, beautiful, and modular, and it helps me clean everything from carpets to couches to the trunk of my car.


by Adrienne So in Deals
November 26, 2020

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has discounted its new Pixel phones this weekend, along with Nest speakers and other Google smart home devices.


by Matt Jancer Gear Team in black friday
November 21, 2020

This Lower-Cost Roomba Needs Some Navigation Help

This is iRobot’s cheapest robot vacuum with automatic dirt disposal. But it also sacrifices some key navigational features.


by Adrienne So in Gear
November 18, 2020

Google Nest Audio Packs Great Sound and Smarts for Just $100

If Assistant is your jam, then this mid-sized smart speaker is one of the best around.


by Parker Hall in Gear
November 6, 2020

The Best Security Cameras for Inside Your Home

Cameras can offer peace of mind, but you want to choose carefully when you’re inviting one into your home.


by Medea Giordano in Gear
October 25, 2020

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

Stop trying to duct-tape a ring light to your laptop, and get yourself a dedicated videophone.


by Adrienne So in Gear
October 7, 2020

11 Best Amazon Echo and Alexa Speakers (2020): Which Models Are Best?

From the newest Echo Dot to a voice-enabled Yamaha soundbar, we’ve rounded up our favorite speakers from Amazon and its partners.


by Parker Hall Jeffrey Van Camp in Buying Guide
September 27, 2020

The Best Smart Light Bulbs (2020): Ambient Lighting, Kits, Color, and More

They’re the easiest way to start building a smarter home. From Ikea and Philips Hue kits to ambient lighting, here are our favorites.


by Medea Giordano in Bright Idea
September 6, 2020

18 Labor Day Deals to Make Your Home an Oasis: Candles, Lighting, Plants, and More

There are a ton of sales on candles, smart lighting, and sleep accessories to ease the stress (and blues) of quarantine.


by Medea Giordano in Deals