Best Deals on Smart Home Devices
CR's experts pick top-performing products, on sale right now
Amazon Prime Day may be over, but many retailers are still marking down smart home devices, including Target, Walmart, and Best Buy. If you've been thinking about installing something like a smart home security system or video doorbell, there are some impressive sales on these and other smart products that have performed well in CR's tests.
CR’s experts have hunted through deals from Amazon and competing retailers, cross-checking them against our comprehensive ratings of smart thermostats, smart security cameras, smart locks, and more—to isolate the best sales on highly rated smart home gear on offer right now.
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DIY Security Systems
SimpliSafe Home Security System
The SimpliSafe security system performs quite well in our tests, with strong scores for motion detection and ease of setup. It also offers plenty of add-ons to expand the system’s capabilities, including security cameras and leak sensors. This seven-piece bundle comes with four contact sensors for doors and windows, one motion detector, one keypad, and the system base station. The six-piece bundle we tested originally cost $259, which makes this bundle a solid value.
CR's test results: SimpliSafe The Essentials SS3-01 home Security System
Home Security Cameras
Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera with Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)
The Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera ranks among the best wireless security cameras in our tests, with high marks for video quality, data security, and response time. The camera itself lists for $129.99, but this deal gets you the camera for $20 less and includes an Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) smart speaker, which you can use to view the camera feed with a simple voice command. Though this price is technically a discount, this bundle was about $70 cheaper during Prime Day deals.
Smart Door Locks
August Smart Lock Pro with Connect WiFi Bridge
If you’re interested in an August smart lock and want to save a few bucks off the WiFi model, consider its predecessor, the August Smart Lock Pro. This retrofit model is just a bit bigger than the WiFi model and comes with the August Connect WiFi Bridge, which gives it all the same features. You’ll be able to remotely control the lock from your phone, use it with other smart home systems and digital assistants, have it auto-lock and unlock when you leave and return home, and more.
CR's test results: August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON smart lock
August WiFi Smart Lock
Want to upgrade your door lock without changing your keys? The August WiFi Smart Lock is the perfect solution. It’s a retrofit smart lock, meaning it replaces only the interior, thumb-turn side of your existing deadbolt, and it connects directly to your home’s WiFi, no clunky hubs required. This lock provides superb performance in our tests and packs a ton of smart features, including auto-locking and unlocking, voice control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant), access logs, electronic keys, and a door sensor (to tell if the door is closed, not just locked). It's worth noting this lock was $30 less at Amazon during Prime Day sales.
CR's test results: August WiFi Smart Lock AUG SL05-M01-G01
Eufy Smart Touch Bluetooth Lock
Though not technically a true “smart lock” because it doesn’t connect to the internet, the Eufy Security Smart Lock Touch still adds plenty of features to your door, including a fingerprint scanner, a keypad for PIN codes, and app control when your phone is in Bluetooth range. It also performs quite well in our tests, especially against brute-force attacks, such as kick-ins and lock picking. And if you want to connect the lock to WiFi, Eufy now sells a $70 WiFi bridge for the lock to control it remotely and via digital assistants. Note: Though this is still a discounted price, it was $40 cheaper on the first day of Prime Day, so it could drop back to that price during a future sale. But if you need it now, it's still a decent deal.
CR's test results: Eufy Security Smart Lock Touch
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen.) Smart Speaker
Unlike smart speakers with larger touch screens designed for the kitchen, this 7-inch model belongs in the bedroom, according to Google. It doesn’t have a camera, but it does have a sleep tracking function, which can be turned off, for those who are concerned about privacy. Our testers also found flaws in the sound: The bass has little impact, the midrange is grainy and congested, and the highs have an unpleasant papery quality.
CR’s test results: Google Nest Hub (2nd generation) smart speaker
Ecobee Smart With Voice Control EB-STATe5-01 Thermostat
The Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, the company’s latest model, features Amazon Alexa built in for voice control and comes with a remote temperature sensor (typically $40) that you can place in another room for more balanced heating and cooling. In our tests, it scores very well for manual operation (thanks to its slick touch-screen interface) and its array of smart features. In addition to Amazon Alexa, this thermostat also works with Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting it to work with any other connected devices in your home.
CR's test results: Ecobee Smart With Voice Control EB-STATe5-01 thermostat
Honeywell Home T5 Smart Thermostat
The Honeywell Home T5 smart thermostat is a great option for shoppers who want a smart model without the premium price. This thermostat is available for almost half off its list price, making now a great time to buy. It performs quite well in our tests for manual operation and smart features, and is compatible with all the major smart home systems, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.
CR's test results: Honeywell Home T5 RCHT8610WF thermostat
Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell with Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen)
The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell is a top performer in our tests and a compelling alternative to models from Google Nest and Ring. It receives high scores for video quality and data security in our tests, but it's a tad slower than the competition at notifying you of visitors. Still, it’s a great option if you need a battery-powered doorbell. It usually lists for $200, but this deal gives you the doorbell for $40 less and adds an Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) smart speaker, which you can use to see who’s at the door. If you’re not interested in the speaker, you can also get the doorbell by itself for just $149.99. It's also worth noting that this bundle was $90 less during Prime Day.