Best Apple HomeKit Devices From Consumer Reports' Tests

Top-rated security cameras, smart locks, smart thermostats, and more that work great with Apple’s smart home ecosystem

An Apple HomePod surrounded by Apple HomeKit compatible devices.
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Compared with rivals Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which each support tens of thousands of smart home devices, Apple HomeKit is more limited.

“There are fewer devices available in the HomeKit ecosystem, so finding something that offers the functionality you want might be more difficult,” says Bernie Deitrick, one of CR's multiple test engineers for smart home products.

We've got you covered. To help you find the best HomeKit-compatible smart home devices, we rounded up the top-performing models, based on hundreds of hours of testing, from our ratings of smart speakerssecurity camerassmart thermostatssmart locks, and smart sprinkler controllers.

HomeKit, which consists of Apple’s Home app and Siri digital assistant, allows you to integrate different smart home devices: Tell Siri “good morning” and have it turn on the lights, raise the blinds, and start playing your favorite morning playlist.

If you’re considering a device you don’t see here, check our ratings to see if they work with Apple HomeKit and how well they perform in our tests. For step-by-step instructions on connecting your devices, find out how to use Siri to control your smart home.

Best Wireless Security Camera
Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P
Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P

    Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P

    CR’s take: The Arlo Pro 2 offers superb video quality and receives great data privacy and data security scores from CR’s Digital Lab. It’s also the only model in our rankings that earns a Smart IQ rating of Excellent, meaning it offers a lot more smart features than the competition.


    You get voice control, a siren, and a generous rolling seven days of free storage for video clips triggered by motion and audio. With an Arlo Smart subscription, you get more video storage as well as more sophisticated detection features that let your camera tell the difference between a passing car and a delivery person.


    Certain plans also include an e911 feature, which allows you to contact your home's local 911 dispatcher from the Arlo app, even if you’re on the other side of the country. The Arlo Smart plans range from $3 to $15 per month depending on the number of cameras you have and whether you want the e911 feature.


    You can also subscribe to 24/7 continuous video recording (CVR) plans for $10 to $20 per month per camera. The CVR plans do not include the Arlo Smart features, so you will have to subscribe to both services if you want all of these features. 

    Best Smart Thermostat
    Honeywell Home T5+ RCHT8612WF
    Honeywell Home T5+ RCHT8612WF

      Honeywell Home T5+ RCHT8612WF

      CR’s take: The Honeywell Lyric T5+ offers lots of utility, with a touch screen, vacation scheduling, and geofencing (which uses your smartphone’s location data to tell whether you’re home and adjust the temperature accordingly). It receives a Very Good rating for automating the heating and cooling of your home and its manual controls are very easy to use.


      One major plus is that the T5+ can be installed even if you have an older thermostat that’s missing a C-wire (most smart thermostats require this so they can receive a constant power source). The T5+ comes with a special power adapter so you can install it (not all smart thermostats offer such adapters).

      Best Smart Lock
      August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON
      August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON

        August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON

        CR’s take: The August Smart Lock Pro is one of only two locks in our ratings to earn an Excellent rating for Smart IQ because of its impressive array of features, including electronic keys, an access log, remote control, remote alerts, and voice control. However, the remote features and voice control via Apple HomeKit require an August Connect WiFi adapter, $79, to connect the lock to the internet.

        This lock is a retrofit product, meaning that it only replaces the part of the lock that’s on the interior side of your door. The exterior part of your deadbolt will remain on the door. This means you can still use your keys, but also lock and unlock the door from your smartphone app. Since the August is a retrofit model, how well it withstands kick-ins or drilling is dependent on the deadbolt you have.

        Be sure to check August’s compatibility list to see whether it will work with your lock. 

        Best Smart Sprinkler Controller
        Rachio 8ZULW-C
        Rachio 8ZULW-C

          Rachio 8ZULW-C

          CR’s take: The Rachio 3 8ZULW-C is a solid sprinkler controller with an Excellent rating for WiFi setup and a Very Good rating for weather responsiveness. It receives only a Good rating for convenience, though, because the wiring instructions are unclear, and it lacks a backup battery and weatherproof casing.

          This particular model works with up to eight sprinkler zones; a 16-zone version is also available for larger systems. In addition to app controls, this Rachio also features manual controls on the device itself and voice control via Apple HomeKit. A weatherproof enclosure is sold separately for $29. 

          Best Smart Speaker
          Apple HomePod
          Apple HomePod

            Apple HomePod

            CR’s take: If you want to control your HomeKit devices without fumbling for your iPhone or iPad, you’ll want to get an Apple HomePod smart speaker. The speaker features Siri and offers terrific sound quality, receiving a rating of Very Good in our tests. It’s not as versatile as competing smart speakers though, as it only works with one music streaming service (Apple Music, of course) and it lacks audio ports and a microphone mute button. 

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