Iris by Lowe's (second generation) review: Good features, diverse ecosystem

Lowe's is building a second level on its solid connected-home foundation, and making intriguing promises for future expansion.

Iris family of products
At a Glance
  • Lowe's Iris by Lowe's (second generation)

    TechHive Rating

    Note: This review score was revised on April 6, 2016. Lowe’s has taken a good connected-home system and improved it by making it easier to use, expanding its ecosystem, and making its free service plan...

At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    Note: This review score was revised on April 6, 2016. Lowe’s has taken a good connected-home system and improved it by making it easier to use, expanding its ecosystem, and making its free service plan more complete. But it has yet to deliver on one important new feature.

    MSRP: Iris Smart Hub: $50; Iris Security Pack: $79; Iris Automation pack: $109; Other components: Prices vary

    Pros

    • Easy to set up and use
    • Impressive collection of supported devices
    • Smart hub supports all the most important protocols

    Cons

    • Hub doesn't recover from broadband disruption well
    • No professional monitoring option

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