Best HomeKit Accessories iMore 2021
HomeKit is Apple's home automation platform, and it lets you control compatible light bulbs, smart plugs, thermostats, cameras, smoke detectors, door locks, and more with a tap of your iPhone or with your voice. Better still, it does so in a way that ensures privacy and security for your network and your home. HomeKit accessories are hitting the market all of the time, so here are our picks for the best HomeKit accessories that you can buy today.
- Lights on: Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit
- Switch things up: Lutron Caséta Wireless Deluxe Smart Start Kit
- Get smart: Wemo Mini Smart Plug
- Total control: Wemo Wi-Fi Outdoor Smart Plug
- Keep an eye on things: Logitech Circle View
- Push it: Eve Button
- Keep your cool: ecobee SmartThermostat
- Adjustable security: Eve Door & Window
- Completely invisible: Level Lock
- Automate it: Eve Motion Sensor
- Stay hydrated: Eve Aqua
- New for 2020: Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip
Lights on: Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter KitStaff Favorite
This starter set from Philips Hue contains three white light bulbs compatible with any current light fixtures using an E26 screw base. Also included is the Philips Hue bridge, which connects to your home router to enable HomeKit support and opens the doors to a whole world of Hue accessories like remotes and lamps.
Switch things up: Lutron Caséta Wireless Deluxe Smart Start Kit
The Caséta starter kit includes everything you need to get started with fast and reliable HomeKit lighting. Inside the box is the Caséta hub, two in-wall dimmer switches, and two Pico Remotes. The wireless dimmer is incredibly easy to install, and it doesn't require a neutral wire making it compatible with most homes.
Get smart: Wemo Mini Smart Plug
Belkin's Wemo Mini Smart Plug is the quickest way to start your HomeKit journey. This tiny device plugs into any electrical outlet and instantly turns anything attached smart. You can control devices such as coffee makers, lamps, air purifiers, fans, and more with your voice or through a simple tap.
Total control: Wemo Wi-Fi Outdoor Smart Plug
The Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug gives you total control over your lights, holiday decorations, and other outdoor devices. Featuring two weather-resistant outlets, you can set schedules and control two devices together from anywhere using the app or your voice with Apple HomeKit and Siri.
Keep an eye on things: Logitech Circle View
The Circle View is one of the most flexible cameras around with its ability to work indoors and out. The Circle View includes staples like 1080p video, two-way audio, notifications, and night vision. Plus, Logitech's camera also supports Apple's HomeKit Secure Video feature, which utilizes iCloud for storage.
Keep your cool: ecobee SmartThermostat
ecobee's SmartThermostat one-ups the popular Nest thermostat line by including a handy remote sensor in the box. This sensor enables the thermostat to adjust according to the room you care about the most, not where it resides. The SmartThermostat also has Alexa inside, great for controlling non-HomeKit accessories.
Adjustable security: Eve Door & WindowStaff Favorite
The Eve Door & Window sensor is a flexible sensor that uses a clip in spacer system for installation. This allows the magnetic portion of the package to sit in the perfect position, perfect for uneven walls, doors, or trim. The Eve Door & Window connects to HomeKit using Bluetooth, making it quick to pair and is ready to guard your home in no time.
Completely invisible: Level Lock
The Level Lock is an entirely invisible solution that hides everything inside of your door. This design allows you to keep your existing hardware and original keys, making it perfect for renters. Level's Lock is also effortless to install, and since it uses Bluetooth, you can be up and running in a matter of minutes.
Automate it: Eve Motion Sensor
When combined with HomeKit, the Eve Motion Sensor can automate every accessory category, including fans, plugs, and even speakers. This completely wireless sensor sports an IPX3 water resistance rating, so it works both indoors and out, creating tons of automation possibilities.
Stay hydrated: Eve Aqua
The Eve Aqua attaches to a hose spigot and delivers water anywhere you desire. The Aqua works with sprinklers, drip irrigation systems, and more, as long as it has a hose fitting. A built-in Bluetooth radio allows the Aqua to connect directly to your HomeKit hub or iOS device without a separate app.
New for 2020: Nanoleaf Essentials LightstripStaff Favorite
This kit features an 80-inch LED light strip that includes a controller and power supply. Through the Nanoleaf or Home app, or by using your voice, customize the lights to match your mood, or take advantage of the adaptive lighting feature. With the Nanoleaf Schedules option, wake up natural to sunrise colors. Pair with a HomePod mini with Thread connectivity for faster response times and greater range than Bluetooth alone.
Nice breeze: Hunter Symphony Wi-Fi Ceiling Fan
Available in three finishes, this stunning 54-inch, three-blade fan with Whisper Wind motor technology is quiet even at the highest speeds. In addition to turning it on via voice, you can control the lights, fan speeds, and even reverse rotation within the Home app or Siri.
Flood insurance: Fibaro Flood Sensor
This truly wireless sensor alerts you if it detects water, which could mean the difference between a small repair and a massive cleanup job. The Fibaro Flood Sensor also monitors an area's temperature and is viewable in the Home app and with Siri.
Open up: Meross Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener
The Meross Garage Door Opener puts an end to the days where you are left wondering if you closed the garage door before heading out. Using Siri or the Home app, you can check on your door's status and operate it remotely with a tap. HomeKit also provides notifications each time it opens or closes for extra security.
The best of the best
Having the best HomeKit accessories in your home enables the ultimate in smart home convenience. Since HomeKit accessories reside under one roof, the Home app, you can do a lot more than control your home with your phone, though. You can create scenes that can dim your lights, turn on the TV, and close the blinds with one tap on movie night, or your door can unlock when you arrive home through automation.
Are you looking for an easy way to enter the HomeKit ecosystem? The Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit starter kit gets our recommendation, as it only requires screwing in a light bulb along with pairing it with its included bridge. This starter kit also opens the door to other devices within the Hue product line, including remotes, lamps, and more.
Want to take your lighting to the next level? Check out the Lutron Caséta Wireless Deluxe Smart Start Kit, which keeps things simple with replacing your existing light switches, removing the need to have to train others how to operate the lights in your home. Want to go the in-wall switch route but do not know where to start? Check out our guides for Everything that you need to install a light switch, as well as How to install a HomeKit light switch.
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