Best smart home products of 2020 – Bestgamingpro

Nationwide stay-at-home orders prompted many of us to upgrade our homes with comfort, convenience, and security devices this year. And the smart home industry was all too happy to help us indulge those instincts. But not every product on this list was introduced in 2020. We’re not going to avoid recommending a great product just because it hit the market earlier than January 1, 2020.

We have more than one product in some categories, differentiated by price or feature set. And since smart speakers are as important for entertainment as they are for smart home control, you’ll find them on our best home entertainment product list, too.

Now for our picks:

Best DIY home security system: Ring Alarm (2nd Gen)

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The second-generation Ring Alarm isn’t the best overall smart home system on the market (see Samsung SmartThings, below), but if home security is your focus, this is the system to buy. An eight-piece starter kit costs just $200, and it includes enough devices to protect a small to medium-sized home.

Our recommendation assumes you’ll also sign up for Ring’s super-affordable professional monitoring option, which will summon first responders—police in the event of a break-in, fire or an ambulance as appropriate for the emergency—for just $10 per month. And that fee includes cloud storage for an unlimited number of Ring home security cameras.

Best overall smart home system: Samsung SmartThings

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The basic system hasn’t changed much since 2018, but Samsung SmartThings remains the best general-purpose DIY smart home hub you can buy. It’s supports all the most common technologies and protocols, including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave; there’s strong support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; and you’ll encounter an ever-broadening array of compatible third-party products.

SmartThings is not, however, the best solution for professionally monitored home security (see Ring Alarm, above).

Best budget smart speaker: Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

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The latest version of Amazon’s ubiquitous and inexpensive Echo Dot smart speaker has arrived, and it boasts slightly improved sound and a spherical makeover. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same Echo Dot. But given Alexa’s unmatched smart home capabilities, including the new Alexa Guard feature that keeps an ear out for breaking glass and other suspicious sounds, that’s a good thing.