Latest smart home reviews

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

A competitor to the Ring video doorbell is finally available in the UK. Say hello to the Nest Hello.Nest claims Hello is the first video doorbell able to both detect people and offer facial recognition, but its features aren't limited to just letting... 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

Love them or loathe them, robot vacuum cleaners are a mixed bag (if you'll excuse the pun). Some are packed with every possible feature you could ever want and some you don't, while others are built to do a simple job with as little fuss as possible.... Read more

Why Twitter 'broke' some third-party apps
Why Twitter 'broke' some third-party apps By Maggie Tillman

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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? Let's face it: there's a very good chance you'll never actually use the thing to catch a burglar in... 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 so with Makita - a brand better known for making power tools - which has built the DRC200Z... 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 WK7, or the ThinQ speaker as it was first announced at the turn of the year.Making its debut at CES... 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 your property. It's also the update for the original Nest Cam Outdoor. Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure... Read more

Hive View review: Great looks, but one big video flaw
4.0 stars Hive View review: Great looks, but one big video flaw By Chris Hall

Hive is back with a second smart home camera. The original Hive Camera was a rebranded white label camera with a separate app, not integrated into the rest of the Hive system, which made it not worth buying.The Hive View is an entirely different thing.... 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 successful – and as if to prove it there are at least 10 or 20 decent models out there, each worthy... 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

The Apple HomePod is a £319 speaker with Siri built-in. It plans to take on not only the much-cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home but systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected smart speaker but wants to address one of the... 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 the market with more than just one choice; meaning you'll be able to get the sound and design you're... 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

The Amazon Echo and its Amazon Alexa voice-control system has been a break-away hit for smart home speakers over the past few years.When it launched - way back in 2014 in the US - the at-home voice-assistant forged a whole new category, leaving rivals... 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 hard to decide which one is right for you. Which is why manufacturers are working hard to deliver powerful smart... 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 have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... 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 went viral a few years back, but also because of the superb cleaning abilities these robots offer.These... Read more

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner review: Wireless and fancy free
0.0 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 just won't let you get the vacuum cleaner to the far reaches of the house. You stop, follow the cable... 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 - as not only are they expensive luxury items, their cleaning potential often isn't ample to negate the... 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 up stuff. Heck, most people just say "Google it". Beyond search, we use Google brands for a range of... Read more

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future By Elyse Betters

As much as we love the original canister-shaped Echo speaker, adding a display to the Echo seems like a natural evolution for Amazon's smart assistant, which now sits in a line with a growing number of other Amazon-made Alexa devices (Spot, Echo, Dot,... 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 to help catch any unwanted visitors to your home.It makes perfect sense that the company has carried... 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 jobs we don't mind losing out to robots on - and cleaning is one of them. If you're considering adding... 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. Yup, the Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0 is, as the name suggests, the second-generation coffee machine... 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 voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, has become the complete smart home influencer:... Read more

Google Home Max review: Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Turning smart-home sound quality up to 11 By Elyse Betters

Google has a difficult task: it needs to steal your attention - or rather, your ears and voice - from the competition, as the world of smart home and voice-controlled tech products continues to hot up. These days it's not just Amazon with its Echo line... Read more

Lenovo Smart Display initial review: Google Assistant takes on the Amazon Echo Show
Lenovo Smart Display initial review: Google Assistant takes on the Amazon Echo Show By Mike Lowe

It was only a matter of time before Google answered Amazon's call in the screen-based smart home market. The Lenovo Smart Display is exactly that: the first Google Assistant device to directly take on the Amazon Echo Show.We highly doubt that Lenovo will... 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 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

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

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 the time it perhaps wasn't realised how significant this system would become: many have followed,... 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

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

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

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 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?
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 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