Category: Gear / Products / Smart Home

June 3, 2021

Google's New Nest Hub Beats Wearing a Sleep Tracker to Bed

The new version of the smart display can now track your sleep without a camera—and it gave me fresh insight into some of my sleep habits.


by Medea Giordano in Gear
May 27, 2021

SimpliSafe Is a Hassle-Free Way to Secure Your Home

Is this home monitoring ecosystem really simple and safe? We tried it out for six months.


by Matt Jancer in Gear
May 4, 2021

The Windmill AC Is Gorgeous and Can Stay Up All Year Long

Finally! An air conditioner I don’t want to bash out of my window with a hammer.


by Adrienne So in Gear
May 4, 2021

Share Your Memories With Our Favorite Digital Picture Frames

Get your photos off your phone and in front of your friends and family with these connected displays.


by Medea Giordano in Buying Guide
April 28, 2021

Google Fixes Two Annoying Quirks in Its Voice Assistant

The AI just got a useful boost in understanding natural human speech.


by Julian Chokkattu in Gear
April 28, 2021

Want to Build a Home Theater? Start With This Soundbar

Polk’s expandable soundbar system is a good starting point for slowly building a true surround sound experience.


by Parker Hall in Gear
April 18, 2021

Ecobee’s Ecosystem Is an Easy Way to Embrace the Smart Home

For the past six months, this Alexa-integrated security and thermostat platform made my house feel safer and more comfortable.


by Parker Hall in Gear
April 15, 2021

How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

Is your child scared of the dark? These tech tips can help vanquish the monsters in the closet—or create good vibes for teens.


by Simon Hill in Gear
April 11, 2021

The 8 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
April 8, 2021

This Wobbly Robot Wants to Be Your Pet’s New Playmate

This robotic toy promises to keep your pets entertained while you’re busy.


by Medea Giordano in Gear