Amazon Echo Dot with Clock: The small addition of an LED clock makes the excellent Echo Dot even better as a smart home companion. It also displays the temperature, has a timer, an ambient sensor that adjusts brightness, and supports all Alexa features.

Arlo Q: This 1080p camera has excellent video quality in day or night, has accurate motion detection sensors, and a flexible scheduling feature. You also get a week’s worth of video storage for free. It needs to be plugged in and isn’t waterproof, but overall is a great home security camera.

EcoBee Smart Thermostat: This excellent device has Alexa built-in, a smooth touchscreen interface, a remote sensor that ensures all rooms are heating or cooling correctly, and a good speaker that can play music with all Alexa features and Spotify integration.

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit: The kit has two bulbs and a hub that works with almost every smart home system there is. You can’t change the colors, but you can adjust brightness up to 800 lumens. There’s also a comprehensive app that allows synchronization with multimedia content.

August Wi-FI Smart Lock: The new version is smaller and easier to use. It looks less obvious on your door, has Wi-FI built-in, is easy to install, lets you know if your door is open, and is compatible with all leading smart home systems.

Nest Hello: This one has the highest video quality of any video doorbells. Its mic and speaker are exceptional; its camera can recognize faces and announce them when they’re at your door. When combined with a smart lock, it can let people trust inside even if you’re not around. It also records continuously and can be set to inform you when someone appears in a specific area of the frame.

WeMo Mini: This smart plug has an intelligent wide and thin design so you can fit two at each standard outlet. It works with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant. It has a simple on/off button that eliminates the need for smartphones and has a smart Away mode that lets it appear as if you’re home. It is a little more expensive than other smart plugs, but it is the easiest to set up and use.