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The "home of the future" has been promised for decades, but smart home devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat and Amazon Echo are finally making it a reality. By 2025 it's estimated that there will be more than 70 million smart homes in the U.S., and yours might very well be one of them. 

Here at Consumer Reports, we put these products through rigorous tests, such as analyzing the sound quality of smart speakers, judging the cleaning capabilities of robotic vacuums, and evaluating the data security of cameras and doorbells to help you avoid hacks.

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The result of all that work? Our in-depth ratings for smart speakerswireless security camerasvideo doorbellsDIY security systemssmart lockssmart thermostatsrobotic vacuums, and smart sprinkler controllers.

Below, CR members with digital access can see the very best products across all the smart home devices we test. You can see even more CR-tested products in our ratings charts by clicking on the links above.

For help choosing the right connected device for your home, see our free buying guides for smart speakershome security camerasDIY security systemsdoor locksthermostatsvacuums, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. And if you're looking for more on how to put these devices to work, check out our exhaustive smart home toolkit.

Best Smart Speakers

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Versatility
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Best Wireless Security Cameras

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Video quality
Data privacy
Data security

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Video quality
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Best Video Doorbells

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Video quality
Data privacy
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Video quality
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Data security
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Best DIY Home Security Systems

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Security essentials
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Best Smart Locks

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Ease of remote access
Convenience
Security add-ons

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Security add-ons
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Best Smart Thermostats

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Automation
Manual operation
Smart IQ

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Automation
Manual operation
Smart IQ
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Best Robotic Vacuums

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Bare floors
Carpet
Navigation

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Bare floors
Carpet
Navigation
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Best Smart Sprinkler Controllers

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Weather responsiveness
Convenience
WiFi

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Weather responsiveness
Convenience
WiFi
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Best Water Leak Detectors

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Leak detection
Convenience

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Leak detection
Convenience
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Best Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Flaming fires
Smoldering fires
High CO levels

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Flaming fires
Smoldering fires
High CO levels
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