Best Cyber Monday Smart Home Deals

We've found the best discounts you can still get on top-rated smart thermostats, video doorbells, security cameras, and more

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If you’re in the market for a security camera, a video doorbell, a smart thermostat, or another smart home device, there are still plenty of options now that Cyber Monday is officially over. While supply issues are plaguing appliances and other electronics, smart home gear appears to be readily available this holiday shopping season.

But not every deal is worth your money. That’s why we reviewed the ads and compared them with our ratings of smart locks, security cameras, security systems, smart thermostats, video doorbells, and more. We’ll update this list as we find more deals on top-rated products. CR members can click on each model name to see detailed ratings and reviews. The deals are listed in alphabetical order, by product type.

Smart Locks

The August Smart Lock is a retrofit model, meaning it replaces only the interior thumb-turn side of your home’s deadbolt. (The benefit of this solution? You can keep your current house keys and let the exterior side of the deadbolt continue to match your front door’s knob or handleset.) This August model does quite well in our tests, especially when it comes to its ease of connectivity and many convenience features. Those features include auto-lock, auto-unlock, an access log to track who comes and goes, and electronic keys for guests. This deal includes the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, normally $79 on its own, which adds remote control via the August app and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

CR’s test results: August Smart Lock AUG-SL04-M01-S04

The retrofit August Smart Lock Pro offers a ton of smart features, including auto-locking and auto-unlocking, voice and app control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings), access logs, electronic keys, a door sensor (to tell whether the door is closed, not just locked), and compatibility with Z-Wave Plus smart home hubs. This deal includes the August Connect WiFi adapter, $79, which adds remote access features and third-party voice/app control to the lock’s repertoire. It earns top scores for convenience in our tests and is very easy to set up. If you’d like to use PINs with this lock, August sells a separate wireless keypad for $60.

CR’s test results: August Smart Lock Pro AUG-SL-CON

Interested in a smart lock, but tired of hubs and dongles? The August WiFi Smart Lock is one of a growing number of smart locks that connects directly to WiFi, no hub needed. This August is also a retrofit model, meaning it replaces only the interior side of your deadbolt, so you can keep your existing keys. It performs quite well in our tests, including for its ease of remote access and convenience features. Those features include auto-locking and auto-unlocking, voice and app control (via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings), access logs, electronic keys, and a door sensor.

CR’s test results: August WiFi Smart Lock AUG SL05-M01-G01

The Kwikset Halo Touch is one of a growing number of smart locks with built-in fingerprint scanners, allowing you to lock and unlock your door with just a tap. Better yet, it will hold up well when under attack from a burglar because it scores highly in our tests for kicking and lock picking. Its only weakness is attack from a cordless drill, but that’s common among most smart locks. In addition to its fingerprint scanner, this smart lock features auto-unlocking, electronic keys for letting in guests, remote app control (thanks to its built-in WiFi), and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Home Depot has this lock on sale for around $200, which includes a matching door lever. The lock by itself normally costs $249.

CR’s test results: Kwikset Halo Touch 959 CNT FPTR WIFI 15

Smart Security Cameras

For a higher-end camera, consider the Arlo Pro 4. Like the Arlo Essential, the Pro 4 connects directly to WiFi (no need for a hub), and features a built-in spotlight for color night vision, a rechargeable battery, a siren, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. In our tests, it offers great response time for alerts, robust data security, and plenty of smart features. Its only flaw is that its video quality doesn’t match its claimed 2K resolution. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as person, package, vehicle, and animal detection) require an Arlo Secure subscription. By itself, the Arlo Pro 4 lists for $200, but you can get a three-pack of the camera for the price of just two Pro 4 cameras. Best Buy has the best deal, though, throwing in an extra rechargeable battery and a two-battery charging dock at no additional cost.

CR’s test results: Arlo Pro 4 VMC4050P-100NAS

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Arlo’s smart floodlight camera sets itself apart from other models in design alone. The sleek device doesn’t immediately give itself away as a security cam, and because it runs on a rechargeable battery, you won’t have to worry about pesky wires. The camera records a 160-degree angle in 2K (with high dynamic range, or HDR), though our tester found that the quality wasn’t quite as sharp as 2K ought to be. It also has two-way audio and color night vision. You have to pay for a subscription if you want motion detection alerts, though, and we found that setup was a little troublesome, resulting in a call to customer service to get things running smoothly. Amazon is selling the camera for $86 off; Costco is selling it for $70 off and including a free solar panel charger, worth $60.

CR’s review: Arlo Pro 3 floodlight camera

Interested in an affordable set of wireless security cameras? Amazon is selling a three-camera starter kit of the Eufy Cam E for almost $100 off. This camera does well in our tests, in part due to its stellar video quality. Its base station also comes with a 16GB microSD card to store your recordings locally. Other features include monitoring zones, geofencing, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

CR’s test results: Eufy Cam E

The Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 retails for $40 and outperforms cameras that cost twice as much. Amazon is selling a two-pack of this camera for about $60, essentially giving you a second camera for just $20. Its features include a microSD card slot for local storage, person detection, pet detection, crying detection, optional 24/7 continuous recording, and voice/app control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant.

CR’s test results: Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24

Smart Security Systems

Our tests show that SimpliSafe simply makes one of the best home security systems you can buy. The system receives high scores across the board, but it stands out in particular for its ease of setup, motion detection, and array of essential security features. The system also offers optional professional monitoring, where trained dispatchers notify you and police when your alarm goes off, for a monthly fee. A number of different system bundles are currently on sale at Amazon. They all vary in the number of sensors and security cameras they include, so it’s worth checking out each bundle to find the one that best suits your needs. We think the nine-piece bundle for $180, linked above, represents the best value, but Amazon also has five-piece, eight-piece, 10-piece, and 12-piece bundles for sale. But Costco has the best deal on a SimpliSafe kit, a 10-piece bundle for $130.

CR’s test results: SimpliSafe The Essentials SS3-01

Smart Sprinkler Controllers

The Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller will give any home sprinkler system a water-saving upgrade, thanks to its ability to factor weather forecast data into its programming. We tested the eight-zone version of this controller, which earned high marks for weather responsiveness and its ease of WiFi setup. We expect the 12-zone version on sale at Costco to perform similarly. This controller also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings, allowing you to connect it to other smart home devices and control it with your voice.

CR’s test results: Rachio 8ZULW-C

Smart Thermostats

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is unusual in that it doubles as a smart thermostat and a full-featured voice assistant on your wall. You have a choice in voice assistants, too. You can use either Amazon Alexa or—provided you own an Apple HomePod smart speaker—Apple Siri. In our thermostat tests, this model offers great automation of heating and cooling, and is very easy to manually control. It also comes with a wireless remote temperature sensor to balance heating and cooling in other areas of your home. Other features include an occupancy sensor to tell whether people are home, vacation scheduling, a touch screen, and app and/or voice control via Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings.

CR’s test results: Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control EB-STATe5-01

This smart thermostat from Honeywell does a great job of automating your heating and cooling, and it comes with a wireless remote temperature sensor for more precise temperature control throughout your home. It also offers a number of other features, including geofencing, a built-in occupancy sensor, a touch screen, vacation scheduling, and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. Additional temperature sensors cost $40 each or $75 for a two-pack and are available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Honeywell Home.

CR’s test results: Honeywell Home T9 RCHT9510WF

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the top-rated models in our ratings, thanks to its impeccable automation skills. It also offers a ton of smart features, including an occupancy sensor, geofencing, and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. The thermostat is on sale for $70 off at a number of retailers, but Costco is also including a free wireless remote Nest Temperature Sensor, worth $39. The sensor can be placed in another room away from the thermostat to better balance heating and cooling throughout your home. One note: If your current thermostat lacks a C-wire, you might also need Google’s wiring adapter to complete installation. It’s sold separately for $25 at Amazon, Best Buy, Google, and Walmart.

CR’s test results: Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Smart Video Doorbells

Want a battery-powered video doorbell that isn’t made by Amazon or Google? This Arlo model is a great alternative. In our tests, it receives high scores for its video quality and data security, but we found it to be a bit slow when it comes to its response time for alerts and loading live video feeds. Its features include a rechargeable battery, optional wiring contacts to wire it to a home’s doorbell circuit, high dynamic range for clear video in brightly lit or dark spots, and voice and app control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as person, package, vehicle, and animal detection) require an Arlo Secure subscription.

CR’s test results: Arlo Essential Video Doorbell (Wire-free) AVD2001-100NAS

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

While the Google Nest Doorbell (battery) hasn’t made it into our labs yet, it did impress us in our first-look evaluation with its clear, crisp audio and speedy load times. It’s also one of few video doorbells to give you monitoring zones, object recognition (of people, packages, animals, and vehicles), and 3 free hours of cloud video storage without a monthly subscription. The doorbell works with Google Assistant only (Alexa users are out of luck) and has the option to be wired to a doorbell circuit for continuous power. Cloud video storage and additional features (such as face recognition) require a Google Nest Aware subscription.

CR’s review: Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

The Google Nest Hello, recently rebranded as the Google Nest Doorbell (Wired), is older than its battery-powered sibling, but it’s still one of the best doorbells you can buy. In our tests, it earns high marks for its video quality, response time, and data security. Its features include high dynamic range, geofencing, person detection, unusual sound detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, recorded messages for when you can’t answer the door, and a rolling 3 hours of motion-triggered snapshots (not video clips). Cloud video storage and additional features (such as package detection) require a Google Nest Aware subscription.

CR’s test results: Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is the cheapest model in Ring’s lineup at just $60, but the doorbell is on sale for $42, making now a great time to give your front door an upgrade. In our tests, this bell receives high scores for its video quality and data security, but we found its response time and free feature set a bit lacking. The latter mainly includes monitoring zones and voice control via Amazon Alexa. And while this doorbell needs to be wired for power, it will not ring your home’s existing doorbell chime.

CR’s test results: Ring Video Doorbell Wired

More Smart Home Deals

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control

Do you often forget to close your garage door? If so, you might want to consider giving it an upgrade with a Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control. This affordable little gadget connects to your garage door motor and allows you to remotely open and close your door, see its open/close status, and schedule it to automatically close if it’s left open. The device also works with the Amazon Key in-garage delivery service, which allows Amazon drivers to leave packages in your garage to keep them safe from porch pirates. The service is free for Amazon Prime members. In our evaluation, both the Chamberlain device and the Amazon Key service worked flawlessly. The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control is currently $10 off, and Amazon gives you a $30 store credit toward your first Key delivery, essentially making the device free.

CR’s review: Amazon Key and Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Control

Twinkly Strings and Music Adapter

To make your holiday light display really pop this year, consider the Twinkly Strings and Music Adapter. We tried out these lights last year and found them to be a fun way to put on an elaborate light show set to the music of your choice. The lights connect to WiFi, so you can customize them from your smartphone, but they also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. Best Buy is selling a bundle of a 600-light set and the Twinkly Music Adapter for $50 off its usual list price.

CR’s review: Twinkly Strings and Music Adapter


Home Content Creator Daniel Wroclawski

Daniel Wroclawski

I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).