Best HomeKit devices for renters 2022

Philips Hue Lighting in a household setting
Philips Hue Lighting in a household setting (Image credit: Philips Hue)

If you're a renter, you've probably experienced a bit of smart home envy when you hear about the wonderful ways homeowners have made their lives better with HomeKit-supported doorbells, locks, garage door openers, ceiling fans, and the like. Just because you rent doesn't mean you can't join in on the reindeer games. Here are some of the best HomeKit devices to make your home smarter without making your landlord mad.

These won't make your landlord angry

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HomeKit functionality opens the door to scenes, automations, and Siri — and renters can join in on the fun with a wide variety of devices that are landlord-friendly. Whether it's smart light bulbs, locks, or plugs, plenty of options are available that do not require an electrician or changing fixtures.

Want a simple way to add some smarts to a small appliance, fan, or lamp? Check out the Wemo Smart Plug V3, a cost-effective solution that is easy to set up and small enough to allow two devices to plug into the same outlet.

Looking for lighting that's compatible with HomeKit and doesn't require you to replace your existing light switches? The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit has our recommendation as it only requires you to install light bulbs into your existing fixtures. This Philips Hue line is notable for its reliability and responsiveness, and additional accessories such as a dimming remote can be added after you have the starter kit set up.

Whichever devices you choose, these HomeKit accessories are sure to be a hit in your home and do so without having to worry about whether or not your landlord approves.

Pro tip: You can make almost any smart device compatible with Apple HomeKit with a home bridge. Check out our review of the HOOBS Starter Kit that will make a video doorbell and thousands of other devices work with HomeKit.

Jodi Owan works behind a keyboard and a camera. She's a freelance writer for iMore, Android Central, and Windows Central.