Christopher NullFreelance Contributor, TechHive

Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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Leviton Decora Smart Zigbee 3.0 Plug-in Dimmer review: Not enough features for the price

Certified for use with Alexa and Xfinity Home, but decidedly unimpressive otherwise.

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Level Touch review: This smart lock opens to your touch

This top-shelf smart lock commands a top-shelf price, but it's not the best choice for Android users.

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YoSmart YoLink Hub review: A robust, long-range solution for smart home control

With real-world range of more than 300 feet indoors and 1,000-plus feet out, this LoRa-based hub works in situations where better-known technologies won’t.

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C by GE Smart Plug review: A simple Wi-Fi plug in the widening C by GE ecosystem

This on/off plug ties in well with C by GE in-wall switches, bulbs, and other smart lighting products.

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C by GE 3-wire Smart Dimmer review: You won’t need a neutral wire to install this Wi-Fi dimmer

Even better, numerous C by GE products—smart bulbs, switches, and plugs—can work together, no matter what your wiring looks like.

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C by GE 4-wire Motion Sensing+Dimmer review: GE stuffs this smart switch full of features

But do motion sensing, light sensing, and dimmer features justify the hefty price tag?

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Orbit B-hyve XR sprinkler timer review: One of the best smart irrigation systems

It’s not perfect, but the B-hyve XR is both flexible and reasonably priced.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

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Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

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X-Sense Mini wireless interconnected smoke detector review: This tiny alarm networks with up to 24 others

It’s not a “smart” smoke alarm, per se, but it does offer solid protection on a budget.

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Yardian Pro smart sprinkler controller review: This stylish watering system has a steep learning curve

Usability isn’t this smart irrigation system’s strong point, but it gets water where it needs to be in your landscaping.

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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

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Peace by Hampton smart plug review: This ultra-cheap smart plug offers no surprises

This Best Buy exclusive hits the market at about $9.50 a pop (in a $18.99 two-pack; they're $9.99 each if purchased individually).

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Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) review: Good sound, plus a Zigbee smart-home hub for the win

If you can forgo Z-Wave smart-home devices, this is the smart speaker to buy (but that calculation could change soon).

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Braumm Smart WiFi Outdoor Outlet review: This undercooked outlet isn’t worth your trouble

This inexpensive outdoor plug is no smart-home bargain.