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The Best Home Automation Systems (2020 Reviews)

Home automation systems are devices that allow homeowners to monitor and control their home from remote locations. They are either programmable devices such as thermostats and sprinkler systems, or automation systems that can control all the devices in your home network. By connecting smart devices to a home automation system via WiFi, you can control your smart home devices across all platforms. From opening windows in the living room to opening garage doors—all the way down to adjusting lighting and temperatures—a home automation system can perform one of these functions or more depending on its features.

We reviewed dozens of home automation systems to identify the best of the best. Because home automation systems let you manage your home with the least amount of time and effort, you might be interested to install them in your own home. Fortunately for you, we’ve already looked into which system fits for what need. Find the automation system that suits your lifestyle by checking out the features or prices of each item on the list, then check them out on Amazon.

Additionally, we have put together a helpful article of How to Automate Your Home From Anywhere. For more cameras, see our list of The Best Outdoor Security Cameras.



Canary delivers a complete security system with just one device. Its 1080p HD Camera and intelligent video notifications are designed to provide you with a reliable update on the everyday activities in your home.


Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

You’ll be able to control this thermostat from the touchscreen or from the system app on your smart phone, from wherever you have an internet connection.

The Kasa Smart WiFi Plug by TP-Link – Smart Plugis an intermediary of a sort that you’ll plug into an outlet then plug the power cord of your lights, appliances, televisions, and more into it. You’ll control the power to the power cord through the plug allowing you to control when its lights off time in your child’s room (for real, and not just when they promise it), and you’ll be able to turn off those lights without the slightly more expensive smart light bulbs.

You can plug in virtually any appliance or system in your home to this smart plug and then control it remotely from your phone. That means you’ll be able to control your lamps, your TV, your radios, even the fans in your bedroom, to have air circulating before bedtime without even being home.

You’ll love the numbers behind this plug, too. With over 14,000 customer reviews on Amazon and an overall rating of 4.3 stars, there’s a strong likelihood that you, too, would be one of the vast majority of satisfied customers, should you purchase this. But by far the best part of this home automation system is the price: You can get one for under $15!

Logitech Harmony Home Control

Logitech Harmony Home Control integrates and controls all devices via the Harmony remote or mobile app. It delivers top-notch home automation via one-touch experiences such as ‘welcome home’ or ‘good night.’ It is compatible with Amazon Alexa for voice controls.

WeMo Light Switch

WeMo Light Switch offers intelligent lighting. Once it’s installed in your circuit, you can control all lights at once or schedule them to turn on or off at specific times of the day.

The TECKIN Color Changing Smart WiFi Light Bulb will let you control the mood of the room automatically by creating themes or brightness to reflect your whims. You’ll be able to control it via the Smart Life app or sync it with your Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or IFTT – no additional hub required. You can verbally turn the lights off while holding a birthday cake without worrying about dropping the cake or the candles burning out while the birthday girl waits.

If you’re looking to convert your home into a “smart” one, you may want to update your thermostat or your security system for the most practical applications, but don’t fool yourself. The absolute first and most impressive smart home system is your lights. If you can update your home’s lights to reflect your mood or the time of day, you’re going to feel as smart as your home is. There’s certainly something to be said for the impressing your guests factor – no other automation has quite the effect that the lights on command does.

If you needed more to sway you on your purchase, keep in mind that on Amazon, these lights have over 1,300 customer reviews and an overall rating of 4.3 stars. And for color light bulbs that are just over $10 each, why even bother resisting the temptation?


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December 5, 2020