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Smart Home System Ratings, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

With our smart home system ratings, you can cut through all of the sales hype and find value. You could spend hour upon hour sorting through the brands and the claims of the various manufacturers but we have already done the work.

World's Best Smart Home Controller

Our top pick is the ECHO PLUS from Amazon which gives you all of the amazing features of the ECHO as well as a built-in smart home hub. The system uses their ALEXA voice activated personal assistant which can control virtually any smart appliance or system in the home. You can also make free audio calls to the USA, Mexico, and Canada. For a limited time, the units will be shipped with a free PHILIPS HUE light bulb.

2GIG ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from NORTEK SECURITY & CONTROL. The GOCONTROL uses Zwave and has full voice response. The system can control security, hvac, appliances and lighting but must be installed by licensed dealers which makes it far more expensive.

ADT ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This system requires professional installation and monthly monitoring fees. It has limited use compared to other brands but the system has biometric voice recognition technology so that it will only respond to your own voice.

AT HOME ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Their integration gateway requires professional installation and is available in the Middle East and Africa.

BELKIN ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The WeMo home automation system has a limited number of partners. The systems and components can be purchased directly through their website.

CONTROL 4 ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These hubs require professional installation. They partner with a variety of product manufacturers but use basic technology.

CRESTRON ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand requires professional installation and payment of monthly fees.


This system uses the home's existing wiring but requires professional installation.

EATON ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The XCOMFORT is an RF system where the HOME MANAGER has limited abilities.

ECHO PLUS ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The ECHO PLUS from Amazon gives you all of the amazing features of the ECHO as well as a built-in smart home hub. The system uses their ALEXA voice activated personal assistant which can control virtually any smart appliance or system in the home. You can also make free audio calls to the USA, Mexico, and Canada.

ELAN ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The g! controllers are sold through dealers and so are more expensive but they have many features. The brand is a part of NORTEK SECURITY AND CONTROL.

ELK ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The M1 systems are basic and are sold through distributors.

e-Q3 ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made and sold in Germany. The HOME MATIC controller uses radio frequency technology but only works with their devices.

FIBARO ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The HOME CENTER 2 is a simple plug-n-play device but it is not widely available yet.

HOMESEER ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The HOME TROLLER ZEE is a basic system that works with a variety of devices. They can be purchase online through the manufacturer's store but are more expensive than some of the comparable brands.

HOMEY ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is not available yet except for pre-orders. The hub will use voice activated command technology.

INSTEON ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand uses dual band control for more reliable operation. This is where the signals are sent using wireless technology as well as the home's electrical wiring. The system works with the APPLE HOMEKIT, Amazon Echo, and NEST thermostat. They can be purchased directly through their website and are reasonably priced.

LEVITON ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The OMNI can control security, energy, and entertainment but requires professional integration.

LOGITECH ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

The Harmony Home Hub works with a variety of sensors. The unit is reasonably priced and simply turns your smartphone into a remote control for your entire home.

LOWES ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The IRIS control offers different kits for security, comfort, lighting, etc. The latest 2.0 version is much easier to use and the upgrade is free to existing customers. The basic monthly service is free while the premium service is fee based.

LOXONE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Their "miniserver" is a relatively expensive hub.

LUTRON ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Their smart bridge is relatively expensive and requires professional installation. The hub does not control as many types of devices as other brands.

MEDIACOM ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Their HOME CONTROLLER is designed mostly for security applications with limited functional use as a real smart home controller. The components are pricey and they require a monthly fee.

nCUBE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These hubs are made and sold in the U.K. They can be installed easily by homeowners and support a wide range of devices.

NEST ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

NEST LABS is a part of GOOGLE and the Nest Learning Thermostat is replacing the first generation of smart home controllers. Through their Works With Nest program, more and more devices in and around the home from your car to you refrigerator are working with this thermostat. Although it is relatively expensive and not as functional as some of the other controllers, it is on the cutting edge and the developers are gaining quickly.

NETTHINGS ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These controllers provide real time energy monitoring and control of the home's heating system. The system uses multiple radio protocols but has limited uses in the home right now.

NEXIA ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand can use either their NEXIA BRIDGE or a premium thermostat from Trane or American Standard. The thermostats are only available through authorized HVAC dealers and the service requires a monthly fee and has limited functions.

PANASONIC ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Their SMART HUB uses wireless control and is easy to set up. They are mostly for home security but can also control electric outlets. They can be purchased directly through their website but they are relatively expensive.

RTI ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is sold through dealers and can control entertainment systems as well as lighting, climate, and security systems. Their website is not much help.

RWE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These systems are made in Germany and offer a variety of packages for the home. They can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's website.

SmartThings ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This hub is relatively inexpensive and can be installed by the average homeowner. The system works with many brands of devices and is a part of Samsung Electronics.

STAPLES ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

The CONNECT hub is compatible with many devices and they offer various starter kits. They are inexpensive and can be purchased directly through their website or in stores.

VANTAGE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of LEGRAND. The INFUSION controllers support both wired and wireless controls. The system is installed by professionals and their website is not much help.

VERA ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers a variety of packages to fit the needs of your home and family. They are more expensive than some of the other brands but they do not charge monthly fees.

WINK ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This brand offers a low-cost do it yourself option for homeowners. The controller works with many brands of devices.

ZIPATO ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The ZIPABOX uses both wired and wireless technology for flexibility. The system is easily expandable and supports zigbee, Zwave, and KNX protocols. The brand is from TRI PLUS GRUPA and the systems are only sold through dealers.

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