Smart devices can be really cool on their own but they become even better and even more helpful when you integrate them with all the other smart devices in your home.
When integrated, your smart devices can talk to each other and coordinate with each other to completely automate many of those tedious daily tasks that take up too much of our precious time.
In order to do that, you need to get smart devices that are compatible with each other and then connect them together via a central home automation controller or hub. The best home automation controller for you will depend on what you need and the kind of smart devices you own.
If your devices aren’t all working on the same system like Z-wave or ZigBee, you will need to look for controllers or hubs that can integrate multiple systems. With that in mind, let’s talk about our favorite 3 home automation controllers on the market right now.
The SmartThings Hub is made by Samsung. It allows you to connect all your devices together, supporting Z Wave, ZigBee and WiFi connected devices and the hub allows you to control all of them from your Android, iOS, and even Windows smartphone or tablet from a single SmartThings app.
This is especially helpful considering a lot of devices will come with their own dedicated app which can take up a lot of space on your phone and be a little annoying to navigate.
For that kind of inclusivity and versatility, it is surprisingly affordable and super easy to install and set up. The number of devices you can choose to incorporate into it is extremely large since you aren’t restricted to just one kind of system.
Icontrol Networks Piper NV
This hub from piper only works with Z-wave devices. However, that is not such a drawback considering Z-wave has over 1,000 different devices that are compatible with it.
What makes this hub really stand out is that it doubles as a high quality security camera. The high resolution camera has a 180 degree range thanks to its tilt and pan abilities. It also has night vision and can record video.
Plus, it features both motion and sound detection and also monitors temperature, humidity, and light. Basically, it is an all-in-one security system as well as a hub. So you get more out of the device.
Wink Connected Home Hub
The hub from Wink stands out for being the best quality for your money. It is extremely affordable as far as hubs go and is compatible with ZigBee, Z Wave, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Lutron, and Amazon Echo.
This makes it the most versatile hub on our list. The only reason it isn’t our exclusive top choice is that there are still some bugs to be worked out. It can be a bit difficult to connect new devices to it. Otherwise, it is a definite favorite and will only improve once those bugs are fixed.
Choose the best one for you by looking at the products you currently own. What systems do they run on? If they are all Z-wave, we recommend the one from Piper. If they operate on a lot of different systems, we recommend either the SmartThings or the Wink.