Best HomeKit Motion Sensors iMore 2020
When it comes to smart home devices, saying "Hey, Siri," and turning them on is awesome. However, if you want to make things seem even smarter, a motion sensor is what you need. These sensors allow you to turn things on simply by walking into a room. If that appeals to you, then these are the best HomeKit-enabled motion sensors you can buy today.
- Best for Most: Philips Hue Motion Sensor
- Reliable: Eve Motion Smart Wireless Motion Sensor
- Compact: Fibaro FGBHMS-001 sensor
- Affordable: ONVIS Smart Motion Sensor
- For the outdoors: Philips Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor
- Emergency ready: Eton Blackout Buddy Connect
- Most convenient: Ecobee Switch+
- Cost effective: Aqara Smart Home Motion Sensor
- On hand: Ecobee Smart Sensor
No Philips Hue setup is complete without the Motion Sensor, which simply turns your Hue bulbs on when motion is detected. It's a glorious way to bypass Siri, and the lights will turn off when you leave the room (or stop moving for longer periods).
The Eve Motion Smart Wireless Motion Sensor is a HomeKit-enabled motion sensor that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with your HomeKit setup. It's powered by two AA batteries, which should easily last over a year.
This is the coolest-looking sensor on this list, with its blue cat's eye display that's either the Eye of Sauron or Mad-Eye Moody's enchanted fake eyeball. It detects motion, measures temperature, and light intensity, and it features an accelerometer to detect whether or not someone's trying to tamper with it.
Not only does the economically-priced ONVIS detect motion, but it also monitors temperature and humidity. No hub is required. Two AA batteries will power it for up to 15,000 hours.
The Philips Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor is the only one around that is capable of keeping your areas lit outside your home. This sensor mounts almost anywhere with flat and corner brackets included in the box.
Eton's Blackout Buddy Connect packs in tons of features in addition to its motion sensor. This handy helper also works as a flashlight, and it can automatically turn on when the power goes out.
The Switch+ from Ecobee is an all-in-one solution that includes motion, temperature, occupancy, light sensing, and of course, an in-wall light switch. This makes the Switch+ capable of being in the most convenient places in your home.
If you already have the Aqara Hub, the Smart Home Motion Sensor is the cheapest sensor around. These tiny sensors can mount just about anywhere, thanks to a swivel base that works on a wall, ceiling, or flat surface.
If you already own an Ecobee thermostat, chances are you have some of their smart sensors to go along with it. While they are made for reporting temperature, these sensors also report motion to HomeKit, and they can be used in automations, which is quite a pleasant surprise.
Find the perfect motion detector for you and your HomeKit
A smart motion sensor bypasses the need to ask Siri to turn lights on. It's perfect for saving energy, when you come home, or go up and down the stairs with your hands full.
We love the Philips Hue Motion Sensor because of how versatile, reliable, and well designed it is. By simply turning your Hue bulbs on when motion is detected, you're able to quickly get a sense of what's happening without you needing your phone in hand.
If you're on the hunt for a motion detector that's a little bit more compact and affordable, then check out the ONVIS Smart Motion Sensor. Simply peel and stick these sharp little sensors to the entrances around your home, and wait for a notification whenever one swings open.
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