The Best Smart Home Devices for 2022 – PCMag Middle East
These days, there’s a smart version of pretty much every home device you can think of. In general, these products connect to the internet, so you can control them from your phone via a companion app. Most also work with various forms of voice control.
Many smart home companion apps support scheduling, so you can easily program your devices to perform a certain action at a certain time. After having a bike stolen, for instance, PCMag’s editor Wendy Sheehan Donnell programmed her smart garage door to automatically close every night at a specific time.
With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you can set up routines to program your devices to work together and do multiple things at once, like adjust the temperature and lighting when you get home. With Apple HomeKit, you can control your devices with Siri voice commands, or from an Apple Watch, and create scenes to trigger several devices at the same time. Using IFTTT, a service supported by many of the top smart home brands, you can link various internet-connected devices and easily program them to respond to real-world events, such as setting your lights to turn on automatically at sunset.
What follows is a rundown of the best smart devices we’ve tested for every room of the house. There are so many products that we’ve arranged them by room to help keep things organized, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use most of these gadgets just about anywhere.
And make sure to check back soon, as we’re regularly testing new products and adding them to this guide.
1. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
|+ Competely wire-free||– Expensive|
|+ Sharp 1080p video||– Recorded video requires cloud sub|
|+ Works with Alexa and IFTTT|
|+ Motion detection|
|+ No hub required|
|+ Built-in siren|
|+ Easy to install|
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is a versatile battery-powered wireless indoor/outdoor security camera that records motion-triggered video and stores it in the cloud.
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We We Picked It
Designed for indoor or outdoor use, the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery ($179.99) joins the company’s growing family of smart home security devices. As with the original Stick Up Cam we reviewed in 2016, this version is completely wireless, offers motion-triggered video, and works with other connected devices, but this time around you get 1080p video, support for Amazon Alexa voice commands, and a wider field of view. You have to pay to view recorded video, but if you’re looking for a feature-rich security camera that can be used indoors and outdoors and is very easy to install, the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery delivers in spades and earns our Editors’ Choice.
2. Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera
|+ Completely wireless||– Some features require Arlo smart sub|
|+ 2K HDR video|
|+ Color night vision|