.Manufacturers continue to produce Alexa-enabled products, but they are not the only option for home automation. Apple is also improving HomeKit and increasing the number of HomeKit enabled devices. There are many excellent HomeKit compatible products. We have compiled a list with the top HomeKit-compatible products.
Best HomeKit-compatible devices at a glance:
- Best smart thermostat: Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control
- Most compatible smart thermostat: Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostat
- Best lock for Homekit: August Wi-Fi (4th Generation) Smart Lock
- Best touchscreen lock: Yale Assure Lock
- Best deadbolt for HomeKit: Kwikset Premis
- Best HomeKit lightbulbs: Philips Hue Smart Hub
- Best compact lightbulbs: LIFX A19 LED Bulbs
- Most customizable lights: Nanoleaf LED Lightstrip
- Best starter light switch: Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit
- Best HomeKit wall outlet: Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug
- Best Power Meter: Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter
- Best garage door opener: myQ Smart Garage door opener
- Best water sensor: Fibaro Flood Sensor
- Best weather station: Eve Weather
Best smart thermostat: Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control
The Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control ties into your existing HVAC system to control your household cooling and heating. The package also includes a SmartSensor, which you can place in another area to adjust the temperature. The Follow Me Mode is a highlight. It tracks the temperature in your room and adjusts it accordingly. It can also track your home and away times. This information is used to learn your schedule and adjust the thermostat for you. The Ecobee SmartThermostat works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit and Google Home.
Most compatible smart thermostat: Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostat
A less expensive but equally capable option is the Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostat. The simple interface of the T5+ Smart Thermostat allows you to control your cooling and heating systems. You don’t need to wire anything special, as the model comes with a power adapter. The touchscreen interface allows you to control the unit remotely from a smartphone or tablet. The integrated geofencing system manages the temperature of your home by following your smartphone’s movements. The thermostat can detect when you are away from home and when you return, and adjusts the heating and cooling accordingly. Although it’s small, it makes it so much easier to enter a home that’s not too warm or too cold.
Best lock for Homekit: August Wi-Fi (4th Generation) Smart Lock
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock (4th Generation) makes it possible for you to do things like track who is coming and going, give access to specific people, or lock and unlock your door remotely. It attaches to an existing deadbolt so that you don’t need to buy new house keys. It’s compatible not only with Alexa or Google Assistant but also with Apple HomeKit.
Best touchscreen lock: Yale Assure Lock
Tired of searching for your house keys after a long day at work? Yale Assure Lock has a touchscreen keypad that allows you to replace your key and unlock your door using a unique passcode. If you upgrade theYale Assure Lock (models YRD246 or YRD256) with a Yale iM1 Network Module, it’ll be compatible with Apple HomeKit, as well.
Best deadbolt for HomeKit – Kwikset Premis Smart Lock
Another great option is the Kwikset Premis Smart Lock. You can use it as both a keypad or a standard key for backup. You can even use your smartphone to unlock the door if you want ultimate convenience. Premis Smart Lock allows you to remotely unlock your door when you’re away from home. It’s compatible with Apple HomeKit, as well as most other home automation systems.
Best HomeKit lightbulbs: Philips Hue Smart Hub
Of all the HomeKit lighting solutions, the Philips Hue Smart Hub is at the top of the list. Just say “Hey Siri ” and you can control all of your Philips Hue lighting. You can adjust smart dimmer switches and turn on/off motion sensors.
Best compact lightbulbs: LIFX (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulbs
LIFX (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulbs are another great HomeKit-compatible option. Delivering 800 lumens, they’re about as bright as a 60-watt incandescent bulb and they’re energy-efficient at only 9-watts of energy consumption per bulb. With billions of colors, multiple shades of white, and no hub required, the LIFX A19s offer a lot in a compact-sized bulb.
Most customizable lights: Nanoleaf Essentials Bluetooth & Thread Smart LED Lightstrip
Most people have a single bright lightbulb in the center of their room, but sometimes that just won’t cut it. Sometimes accent lighting is needed or you may need to lighten a dark corner in your room. The Nanoleaf Essentials Bluetooth and Thread Smart LED Lightstrip is the perfect solution for all of these situations. You can get the perfect amount of light and the right color to suit your mood. You can also change the colors and sync them with your favorite videos or movies. These features can be controlled via Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa.
Best starter light switch: Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit *The Lutron Caseta Smart Start Kit has everything you need for a smart home. This smart hub, 3-pole dimmer remote, and dimmer switch are all you need to get started. The kit can be used to adjust the lighting in your living room, kitchen, or other areas.
Best HomeKit wall outlet, Wemo Wi–Fi Smart Plug
“Hey Siri! Turn off the fan.” Your outlets can be controlled by voice using the Wemo Smart Plug. This control can be used to turn on/off a fan or lamp. You can also schedule your outlets to turn on/off lights when you return from work, or to make sure that a fan does not turn off while you sleep.
Best power meter: Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter
The Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter now only lets you control your plugged-in device with your phone or voice through Apple HomeKit. The meter tracks the power used by your device, helping you to conserve energy and lower electricity costs.
Other Apple HomeKit-Compatible Devices
Best garage door opener: myQ Smart Garage door opener
Smart home accessories go beyond light switches and security cameras. These accessories can be used to control all aspects of your life. Chamberlain’s myQ smart garage opener can be connected to both your garages. Are you going to work but forgot to close the door? The high-tech garage opener allows you to open the door from any place. You can also schedule the opener to close your garage door at night. You will need the myQ Home Bridge in order to use it with HomeKit.
Best water sensor: Fibaro Flood Sensor
Never let a burst pipe or a flooded basement get out of control with the Fibaro Flood Sensor. The sensor sounds an audio and visual alarm when there is a leak. Your smartphone can also be alerted by the sensor. Because it is connected, you can set the Fibaro Flood Sensor up to trigger another HomeKit product. If the sensor detects a leak you can have your HomeKit lights turn red to indicate that there is a leak.
Best weather station: Eve Weather
Not all smart home devices are designed to protect you or your house. Some devices can be just plain fun. Eve Weather, a HomeKit-enabled weather station, can be connected to a smartphone without the need for a gateway or bridge. The weather station tracks temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and outdoor temperature. You can use “Hey Siri”, to determine if it is cold or raining outside so that you can dress accordingly.
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