Shouting "Hey Siri!" to bring HomeKit light bulbs to life is truly magical. But if you want to put your home on autopilot, then you need one of the best HomeKit motion sensors. HomeKit motion sensors can turn on your lights automatically when you enter a room — perfect for those times when your hands are full. HomeKit motion sensors can also keep you aware of all of the action in the home with timely notifications from the Home app. If that appeals to you, these are the best HomeKit motion sensors you can buy today.
The best HomeKit motion sensors to put your home on autopilot
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+ 180 degree detection
+ Battery powered
The Eve Motion Sensor utilizes Bluetooth and Thread to communicate with your HomeKit home with minimal setup. Eve's sensor can detect motion up to 30 feet away and boasts an onboard light sensor for precise automation. This wire-free sensor runs on two AAA batteries and works indoors and out, thanks to an IPX 3 weather-resistance rating.
Best for outdoors
Best for outdoors
+ Easy to interconnect with other Hue products
+ Integrated dusk-dawn sensor
+ Works outdoors
While Philips Hue lights get all of the attention, our hands-on time with the Hue Motion Sensor leads us to proclaim it as being our "favorite Hue product." The Hue Motion Sensor turns on your bulbs and more at lightning-fast speeds and features temperature and light level monitoring. It's a glorious way to bypass Siri, and the lights will turn off automatically when you leave the room, saving energy and money.
Best on a budget
Best on a budget
+ Works on the Zigbee standard
+ Massive battery life
+ Positionable after fitting
If you already have one of Aqara's Zigbee 3.0 Hubs in your home, then the Motion Sensor P1 is the cheapest HomeKit option on the market. This tiny sensor features an extra-long, five-year battery life and can mount just about anywhere with a swivel base that works on a wall, ceiling, or flat surface.
+ Looks different
+ Color changes depending on temp
Fibaro's HomeKit motion sensor is one of the most unique around with its stunning eyeball-like design. This sensor detects motion and measures temperature and light intensity. It also features an accelerometer that detects whether or not someone's trying to tamper with it, protecting your investment and your home.
Best for compatability
Best for compatibility
+ No hub required
+ Multi-purpose sensors
+ Native HomeKit support
The ONVIS Smart Motion Sensor goes above and beyond its name with additional onboard temperature and humidity sensors. All three sensors are added instantly to HomeKit with just a scan of the pairing code through Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, all without a separate app or account registration.
Best for doors and windows
+ Detects open windows and doors
+ Controls thermostat directly
+ Simple to fit
The ecobee SmartSensor for Doors and Windows perfectly complements the ecobee Smart Thermostat. In our review, we loved how these sensors capture motion and open and close events as they attach directly to your doors and windows. Installation is as simple as a peel and stick, and of course, you can use them in HomeKit automation for even more magic.
Make your home truly smart with the best HomeKit motion sensors
Even if you're just getting started with HomeKit, the best HomeKit motion sensors enhance your smart home security and convenience through automation and notifications. Just by walking through the door, your home can spring to life by turning on your HomeKit light bulbs, setting the perfect temperature on your HomeKit thermostat, and firing up your favorite tunes on the HomePod. Need a cooling breeze to flow through your home? Combine one of these smart sensors with one of the best HomeKit ceiling fans — you get the picture, the potential is new limitless.
We love the Eve Motion Sensor as it combines simple Bluetooth and Thread setup, reliable performance, light sensing, and weather resistance into an affordable package that works indoors and out. This versatile sensor works right out of the box with the Home app making it ready to go in seconds, and through the Eve for HomeKit app, you can view a history of all of the motion events in your home.
Have some Philips Hue light bulbs in your home? Then the Philips Hue Motion Sensor is the way to go. This motion sensor is fast, ultra-reliable, and lasts for months with excellent battery life. By simply turning your Hue bulbs on when motion is detected, you can quickly get a sense of what's happening without you needing your phone in hand.
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Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.
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