The Best HomeKit Products You Can Buy

Apple's smart home platform, HomeKit, has grown significantly since its 2015 launch, and there are now dozens of HomeKit products on the market that include everything from lights and smart outlets to thermostats, fans, cameras, and locks.

There are so many HomeKit products available that you can essentially outfit an entire house with smart accessories, but it can be tough to figure out the best HomeKit products if you're new to the ecosystem. In our latest YouTube video, we've rounded up several of our favorite HomeKit products.

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Our video encompasses several product categories, including smart locks, connected lights, smart outlets for adding HomeKit functionality to any appliance or device, thermostats, buttons for easier control, and more. Products mentioned in the video are listed below with prices and purchase links:
HomeKit products are designed to allow all of your devices to be controlled via the Home app and through Siri commands. The platform includes scenes, automations, triggers, and more, allowing for you to automate the smart home products you own.


You can control HomeKit devices using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but we wanted to give a special shoutout to the HomePod, Apple's smart speaker. The $349 HomePod speaker has built-in Siri capabilities and an exceptional microphone, plus it serves as a Home hub, making it a great method of control for your HomeKit devices.


HomeKit functionality may expand significantly in the near future, thanks to iOS 11.3, which introduces software authentication so existing products can be updated with HomeKit support. Prior to iOS 11.3, special hardware was required, with companies required to add a chip to an accessory to introduce HomeKit support. With that limitation lifted, HomeKit adoption may see rapid growth.

Do you have favorite HomeKit products we didn't mention in the video? Let us know in the comments.

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9 months ago
I’ve been outfitting my house with Leviton Decora Smart light switches and dimmers. I think it’s a lot more convenient to do light switches instead of the lights themselves; you don’t need to use an app if you don’t want to as the physical switch still works, you can replace the light bulbs at will, and they’re easy to wire in as you replace existing light switches. The only downside is that they can be hard to fit inside the wall box; if you’re putting a new one in, do yourself a favor and get the extra-deep boxes.
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9 months ago

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Do you have favorite HomeKit products we didn't mention in the video? Let us know in the comments.

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Schlage Sense deadbolt is outstanding.

Lutron Caseta switches have been rock solid for me.

The Logi Circle 2 (wired) camera is also very good.
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9 months ago
As is the case with most Apple products I own, Siri is the weakest link. Trying to control HomeKit stuff with Siri is a mediocre experience, at best; and it can be downright infuriating if I've already been having a bad day.

Trying to control HomeKit devices with Siri on my Apple Watch (Series 2) is often an exercise in futility. Usually at least once a day, I'll summon Siri only to feel my wrist vibrate while I'm in the middle of the command and the screen will say, "Sorry, I didn't get that." Last night, Siri interrupted me on the watch no fewer than three times while I was saying 'Good night' to tell me that it 'didn't get that'. Usually at least once a week, Siri on my watch will say that some or all of the HomeKit devices I've issued the command for aren't responding. Meanwhile, I'll take my iPhone out of my pocket, summon Siri on it, and it will "magically" be able to control my HomeKit devices on the first try.

The issue with Siri's seeming lack of HomeKit connectivity isn't only related to the watch, but I experience it most on the watch. I've also experienced the same issue on my iPhone, though, where it will say that my devices aren't responding the first time, but if I simply summon Siri again and repeat the same command, it works the second time. All that to say, I hope Apple improves HomeKit reliability and Siri reliability in iOS 12/watchOS 5.
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9 months ago

Schlage Sense deadbolt is outstanding.


Ditto! Love mine.
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9 months ago

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Apple's smart home platform, HomeKit ('https://www.apple.com/ios/home'), has grown significantly since its 2015 launch, and there are now dozens of HomeKit products ('https://www.apple.com/ios/home/accessories/') on the market that include everything from lights and smart outlets to thermostats, fans, cameras, and locks.

There are so many HomeKit products available that you can essentially outfit an entire house with smart accessories, but it can be tough to figure out the best HomeKit products if you're new to the ecosystem. In our latest YouTube video, we've rounded up several of our favorite HomeKit products.

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Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel ('//www.youtube.com/user/macrumors?sub_confirmation=1') for more videos.

Our video encompasses several product categories, including smart locks, connected lights, smart outlets for adding HomeKit functionality to any appliance or device, thermostats, buttons for easier control, and more. Products mentioned in the video are listed below with prices and purchase links:

* August Smart Lock Pro ('http://august.com/products/august-smart-lock/') ($220 ('https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-Pro-generation/dp/B0765JNS2D'))
* Yale Assure Lock with iM1 Network Module ('https://www.yalehome.com/en/yale/yalehome/residential/yale-real-living/assure-lock/im1-network-module') ($200 ('https://www.amazon.com/Yale-Assure-Lock-Free-Touchscreen/dp/B075RW167K'))
* Philips Hue Lights and Hue Tap ('https://www2.meethue.com/en-us/friends-of-hue/apple-homekit') ($134 for a Hue White Starter Kit ('https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Ambiance-Starter-HomeKit-Assistant/dp/B07353SKDD/'), $49 for Hue Tap ('https://www.amazon.com/Philips-473363-Dimmer-Switches-White/dp/B079P5H2WG'))
* LIFX ('https://www.lifx.com/products/lifx-mini-white') (Starting at $25 ('https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=HomeKit+LIFX&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AHomeKit+LIFX') for LIFX Mini White)
* Nanoleaf Light Panels ('https://nanoleaf.me/en/consumer-led-lighting/products/smarter-series/nanoleaf-light-panels-smarter-kit/') ($230 ('https://www.bestbuy.com/site/nanoleaf-aurora-rhythm-smarter-kit/6039500.p?skuId=6039500'))
* Sensi Touch Thermostat ('https://sensicomfort.com/products/touch-thermostat') ($150 ('https://www.amazon.com/Emerson-Thermostat-Touchscreen-Display-ST75/dp/B01N3CEUDH/'))
* Ecobee4 Thermostat ('https://www.ecobee.com/ecobee4') ($250 ('https://www.amazon.com/ecobee4-Thermostat-Sensor-Amazon-Built/dp/B06W2LQY6L'))
* iDevices Switch ('https://store.idevicesinc.com/idevices-switch/') ($30 ('https://www.amazon.com/iDevices-Switch-Energy-Monitoring-Required/dp/B00U31IO3Q'))
* Logitech Pop Smart Button ('https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/pop-smart-button') ($60 ('https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Button-One-Touch-Control-Devices/dp/B071GR172S'))
* Elgato Eve Button ('https://www.elgato.com/en/eve/eve-button') ($50 ('https://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Eve-Button-Connected-technology/dp/B0789FGSJ9'))

HomeKit products are designed to allow all of your devices to be controlled via the Home app and through Siri commands. The platform includes scenes, automations, triggers, and more, allowing for you to automate the smart home products you own.



You can control HomeKit devices using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but we wanted to give a special shoutout to the HomePod, Apple's smart speaker. The $349 HomePod speaker has built-in Siri capabilities and an exceptional microphone, plus it serves as a Home hub, making it a great method of control for your HomeKit devices.



HomeKit functionality may expand significantly in the near future, thanks to iOS 11.3, which introduces software authentication so existing products can be updated with HomeKit support. Prior to iOS 11.3, special hardware was required, with companies required to add a chip to an accessory to introduce HomeKit support. With that limitation lifted, HomeKit adoption may see rapid growth.

Do you have favorite HomeKit products we didn't mention in the video? Let us know in the comments.

Article Link: The Best HomeKit Products You Can Buy ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/10/best-homekit-products/')


I'm not sure how the Lutron Caseta isn't on this list -- it isn't just the best HomeKit product I own, it's also the best smart home product period that I use. My 4600 sq. ft. house is outfitted with dozens of them. Telling Siri to 'turn off the lights downstairs' is the greatest feature ever.
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9 months ago

I'm not entirely sure, honestly. I don't know the nitty gritty details of how it works, just that companies who are interested in implementing support for HomeKit no longer necessarily need to use the physical chip.

Really wish Nest would integrate although I’m not holding my breath.
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9 months ago

That's what a wire nut is for.


Thanks for the helpful suggestion. :rolleyes: Yes, for the past thirty years wire nuts have been my first choice when there's plenty of wire in the box to work with.

Sometimes in old wiring there isn't enough accessible ground wire to put a wire nut onto. That's where those come in handy. It's a lot easier than tearing into drywall to extend the romex.
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9 months ago
Sorry to add another downer.
I think if companies like Ring are going to ask for too expensive subscriptions to record snippets of video, instead of allowing users to choose our own service, the less people are going to want expensive IOT cameras, too. AppleKit or otherwise.
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9 months ago

I’ve been outfitting my house with Leviton Decora Smart light switches and dimmers. I think it’s a lot more convenient to do light switches instead of the lights themselves; you don’t need to use an app if you don’t want to as the physical switch still works, you can replace the light bulbs at will, and they’re easy to wire in as you replace existing light switches. The only downside is that they can be hard to fit inside the wall box; if you’re putting a new one in, do yourself a favor and get the extra-deep boxes.


I have had trouble with switches because I have an older home (nicely remodeled), but the original electrical took short cuts so few of my switches have a neutral wire witch is required.

I found some very cheap wifi only switches that you can wire directly into the light fixture, but of course they are non HomeKit compatible so I have to use Alexa to control them.
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9 months ago
How about adding the August Smart Lock Pro, the Schlage Sense locks and the August Doorbell Camera Pro (works with HomeKit)?
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