There are a slew of smart home products available on the market today - but this list identifies seven products that are gaining popularity by performance.

I'm not ashamed to admit it—I love smart home tech. It has the potential to drastically improve our homes, and how we live in them. Just imagine what your home could do for you if your thermostat could talk to your phone, or your security camera could talk to your lights.

Yet more often than I like to admit, smart home tech can be disappointing. It doesn't always "just work," as many devices claim. Smart switches will randomly stop responding. Smart thermostats can lose their WiFi connection. And initial setup won't always go as smoothly as promised.

Luckily, I've tested and lived with dozens of smart home products. I even recently outfitted a home with 60 (yes, 60) smart home devices. And I can tell you that there are fantastic smart home products out there! You just have to know which ones to buy. So I've put together a list of my favorite smart home products that just might change how you live in your home.

  1. Ring Video Doorbell
  2. Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Controller
  3. Amazon Echo Dot
  4. LIFX A19 Smart Bulb
  5. Switchmate
  6. Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat with Remote Sensor
  7. Samsung SmartThings Hub
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