The best Apple HomeKit devices: Compatible smart lights, plugs, thermostats, cameras, sensors and more

Living in an Apple Home: Top HomeKit-friendly products for your smart home

The best Apple HomeKit products
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Apple HomeKit is booming. The Cupertino company has made it easier than ever for smart home companies to get their products working with HomeKit in newer versions of iOS, and the list of compatible devices is growing fast.

That's a great thing, as Apple HomeKit wants to unify your smart home, putting your iPhone, iPad and Siri in control of everything from smart thermostats to connected light bulbs and more.

It's the tech in the background that lets all of your gadgets talk to each other, and everything is controlled from one place: Home, a dedicated app that makes it easier than ever to get started.

And what's more, changes made back in iOS 11 mean there are even more HomeKit devices available, as backwards compatibility is now an option for companies with existing products. In 2020, we're expecting HomeKit to really pick up the pace.

Update: This guide was first published way back in 2018, but we keep it updated with the latest and greatest Apple Home friendly smart home kit. In our October 2020 update, we've included the details on all of the brand new HomeKit devices, as well as giving a bit more info on HomeKit Secure Video and the new HomeKit features that landed with iOS 14, such as Adaptive Lighting. Oh yeah - and there's the small matter of the all-new HomePod Mini, as well.

How to choose HomeKit devices

If you're an existing Apple user who wants to be part of the HomeKit smart home revolution, you'll need to know what works and what doesn't.

HomeKit accessories and devices are sold with a 'Works with Apple HomeKit' badge. Some older devices that rely on Apple's old hardware-based HomeKit capability also use 'HomeKit edition' as an identifier, while newer products are getting software updates and, as such, might not even mention HomeKit on the box.

What's more, you'll need an Apple HomeKit hub for full functionality – more on that in our explainer.

All of this can make jumping into HomeKit a bit of work. For some help with getting started, check out our list below of the best Apple HomeKit devices – and we'll keep things updated as time goes on.

Best HomeKit smart home hubs

Best Apple HomeKit smart home hubs

Apple HomePod

Buy now: Apple | $299

If you're looking for the top HomeKit-compatible smart speaker, there really is no alternative to Apple's own HomePod. Siri hosts proceedings, allowing you to control your other HomeKit devices and better leverage Apple Music or Spotify to play your tunes. It also works as a HomeKit hub – something you'll want to have if you're serious about building a HomeKit house. A hub isn't strictly essential, but it means you can control devices remotely.

Read this: The best smart home hubs

There's no doubt that the Cupertino giant has created a fantastic sounding speaker, but it's still pretty half-baked when it comes to smarts.

Siri isn't a patch on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in terms of features and performance, but that doesn't mean it will always lag behind. If you're an Apple fan looking to build out a HomeKit ecosystem, it's your only choice – and to its credit, Siri is always improving as a smart home controller.

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Apple HomePod Mini

Buy now: Apple | $299

A smaller, rounder and - crucially - more affordable follow up to the original HomePod that went live way back at the beginning of 2018.

Apple's latest smart speaker, with a $99 price-tag, goes head-to-head with the likes of the 4th-gen Amazon Echo and the new Nest Audio.

But, in terms of HomeKit, it actually outperforms its older sibling as it also packs in a Thread Radio.

Apple joined The Thread Group, a group of companies that support a mesh network standard called Thread, back in 2018. The goal of the Thread standard is to make it easier for all sorts of devices - from lighting to thermostats - to more easily work together.

apple tv HomeKit hub

Apple TV 4K

Buy now: Amazon | $179.00

The Apple TV is a great streaming box, yes, but it also works as a HomeKit hub. And as we've mentioned twice already, a hub is key to the full HomeKit experience. Only the 4th-gen and 4K versions of Apple TV are HomeKit-ready - so make sure you have the right one.

Alongside this you've got a great little streamer, especially if you go for the 4K model. Apple's TV box is well fed with all the major services and the biggest library of Dolby-supported movies right now.

Best HomeKit smart lighting

Lighting is a good place to start in any smart home and Apple HomeKit works with smart bulb systems like Philips Hue, Ikea Tradfri, C by GE, and Lifx, as well as some smaller names.

Best HomeKit lights

Philips Hue

Buy now: Amazon | From $69.90

Why would you want purple lighting in the bedroom and fuchsia in the living room? Because you can, of course. Colors and brightness can now be controlled within the Apple ecosystem through Siri and, if you're an existing Hue user, it's simple to port all the info needed from your old bridge.

If you're already got Hue, you'll need to pick up the new HomeKit Upgrade bridge, otherwise go for the HomeKit compatible starter kit. Then you can also add a Lightstrip, Downlight or Hue Go to the mix.

lifx works with HomeKit


Buy now: Amazon | From $39.99

If you've wanted to jump into smart lights but didn't want to deal with hubs or pay for Philips Hue, Lifx's bulbs come with with HomeKit support, so you can control them from Siri or the dedicated Home app.

You won't have to buy any of the new bulbs, either, as this is all done via software update. You can check out Lifx's complete lineup of compatible bulbs on its website, which include the Ambient-recommended Lifx Mini.

eve light strip HomeKit adaptive lighting

Eve Light Strip

Buy now: Amazon | $79.99

HomeKit specialist Eve has announced that it is bringing Apple’s HomeKit Adaptive Lighting to its popular Light Strip, as part of a new firmware update.
Eve claims that its smart LED strip is the first product to make use of HomeKit Adaptive Lighting; unveiled by Apple in June as part of the iOS 14 update, HomeKit Adaptive Lighting is a feature that can change the color temperature of smart lighting at different times of the day..

Over the course of a day, the LEDs will emit warmer colours in the morning and cooler colours halfway through the day. At night it automatically lower blue light in order to improve people’s sleep.

These Color temperature adjustment happens automatically - you don’t need to fiddle with settings each time you turn the Light Strip on, you simply enable Adaptive Lighting in the Home app.

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Nanoleaf Light Panels + Canvas

Buy now: Amazon | From $199.99

Nanoleaf Light Panels is a modular smart lighting system that you can stick to your walls and windows to make beautiful designs. It comes as a set of triangles which will glow and/or flash whatever colors you wish and, just to top it all off, it's entirely voice controlled. Buy a starter kit and add panels as you go. Not a fan of triangles? The Nanoleaf Canvas offers square panelling instead, or you can go for the new hexagon models.

Here's where HomeKit comes in: you can use Siri (or Alexa) to control your lights with your voice, plus the dodecahedron remote can be used with Nanoleaf lighting and other HomeKit gadgets.

Best HomeKit smart thermostats

With Ecobee, Honeywell and Tado thermostats on board with HomeKit, the big omission here is Google Nest, but that's not likely to change anytime soon.

Best HomeKit thermostats

Ecobee SmartThermostat

Buy now: Amazon | $246.99

Ecobee should be your first stop if you're in the market for a HomeKit thermostat. Its range of smart thermostats does everything you'd expect – geofencing, smart Home/Away, easy scheduling with an app – plus they come with a room sensor that detects motion and temperature.

These sensors (you can pair multiple ones) can optimise the temperature in specific locations and "follow" you around your home, making sure the temperature is how you like it whichever room you're in.

On top of all that, the Ecobee SmartThermostat has Alexa built in, so you can control it using Siri on your phone or using Alexa right on the device. If you don't feel the need for another voice assistant in your house, the Ecobee 3 Lite has all the same features, just no Alexa, and for a lot less.

honeywell homekit

Honeywell Lyric T5

Buy now: Amazon | $246.99

The Lyric T5 is a nice, inexpensive HomeKit-compatible thermostat that integrates with the Home app so you can set the temperature, tie it into automations, and enable geofencing so the Lyric will know when you enter and leave your house. It can also be integrated with other HomeKit devices, such as Honeywell's Lyric smart cameras and security systems, plus the smart thermostat is compatible with Alexa too.

The new Lyric T9 adds room sensors, like Ecobee, however HomeKit compatibility isn't coming until later this year.

tado radiator valves

Tado Smart Thermostat

Buy now: Amazon | $113.99

Tado's Smart Thermostat, its wireless receiver and its Smart Radiator Thermostats all work with Apple HomeKit. The additional radiator valves mean you can set up zones around your house and Tado puts a big emphasis on geo-location so that as you get closer to home, its system starts to warm your home up so it's ready. This works well, but is a problem if you're staying local.

The app is clean and easy, the set-up can also control your hot water and Tado is ecosystem agnostic, so pretty future-proof too.

Best HomeKit smart door locks

No one wants keys anymore, and with a smart door lock you can have your door unlock when you walk up to it, thanks to HomeKit's geofencing capabilities (although you will need to give it permission first, just in case someone else has your phone). Integrated into HomeKit automations you can have your door lock when you say good night, and control it remotely when you're away from home.

august wifi homekit lock

August Wifi Smart Lock

Buy now: | From $249

The August Wifi Smart Lock is a completely redesigned version of its iconic smart lock, which is almost half the size and 20% slimmer than the August Smart Lock Pro.

Despite its smaller size, the lock packs an extra feature - integrated WiFi, so there's no need for a bridge or smart home hub to control it when you're away from home. The WiFi feature is optional however, if you'd rather just stick to Bluetooth control when you're nearby.

You still get August's signature auto-unlock feature, where your door will automatically unlock itself as you approach, along with all the other features that make August the most fully-featured smart lock on the market, including auto-lock settings and DoorSens that tells you if your door is open or closed before you lock it.

kwikset homekit smart lock

Kwikset Premis

Buy now: Amazon | $199

If you want the outside of your door to look as tech-savvy as the inside of your home, consider the Kwikset Premis Contemporary HomeKit smart door lock.

Probably the best-looking HomeKit compatible smart door lock on the market, the Premis gives you multiple ways to access your home – key, touchscreen keypad, app or HomeKit geofencing. It also integrates with Apple's Home app to add it to scenes and automations, plus you can control it with your voice and even your Apple Watch.

Best HomeKit smart security cameras

The list is growing when it comes to HomeKit compatible smart security cameras – Netatmo, Arlo, Elgato, D-Link, Eve and Logitech are all present and correct.

However, make sure you know the difference between HomeKit compatible and HomeKit Secure Video. Rather than just offering basic controls and feeds, Secure Video is a way to store that footage on Apple's servers with the peace of mind that it won't be seen by prying eyes – not even Apple's. When footage is captured, it gets encrypted end-to-end and is then fired into the iCloud, where it will stay – securely. Once there, only you and anyone you invite to view will be able to see it.

Read our HomeKit Secure Video guide to find out more.

arlo homekit

Arlo Ultra

Buy now: Amazon | $399.99

Arlo has brought HomeKit integration to several of its camera, but if you have the money for it, there's no smart security camera better than the Arlo Ultra right now.

The Ultra brings 4K to the party while being 100% wireless and weatherproof for outdoor use. The detail in the picture is truly incredible, with great low-light and night vision modes to boot. Motion/sound alerts, two-way audio, local microSD recording are all availably for free, but other key features like people/animal detection and smart action areas are behind a paywall.

With HomeKit integration, you'll be able to see your cameras and their live feeds in the Home app, as well as being able to set up rich notifications that can include video clips. It's not HomeKit Secure Video though.

logitech circle view homekit secure video

Logitech Circle View

Buy now: | $159.99

The Logitech Circle View comes with HomeKit Secure Video; the first Logitech camera to do so.

The encryption happens on the local device before being sent to the cloud, meaning Apple can't get into it even if it wanted to. The local device is your HomeKit hub, be it a HomePod, iPad or Apple TV. The other thing that happens to the footage, before the footage firing it into the big iCloud in the sky, is that it's analysed. This determines the difference between people, pets, or cars before encrypting and storing it.

On the downside, the previous Logitech home security camera, the Circle 2, offered the choice of Alexa or Google Assistant integration but with the Circle View, it's an Apple only affair.

Best HomeKit smart light switches

Control your lighting through HomeKit without buying a whole load of new light bulbs by installing a smart light switch. These require some wiring, but for larger rooms such as living rooms and kitchens, are a more affordable way to bring Apple's smarts into your home.

ecobee smart switch

Ecobee Switch+

Buy now: Amazon | From $79.00

Ecobee's smart switch is crammed with so many features, it can be overwhelming. But we mean that mostly in a good way. Its big thing is that it comes with Alexa built in, but it also has full HomeKit integration. So you have a choice, or hey, maybe you want to use both side by side – that works too. Google Assistant is an option, but it's not built in like Alexa is.

The Ecobee Switch+ is one of the more expensive options, but you're getting some great features for the price, including a motion sensor that turns lights on when you enter a room, and off when you leave. Just be aware that it won't work with a three-way switch – single switch setups only.

lutron smart dimmer switch

Lutron Caseta Dimmer

Buy now: Amazon | $159.90

This HomeKit-enabled Dimmer Kit lets you chat to Siri to control your smart bulbs, and we think it's one of the best dimmer switches out there. You will need the Caseta bridge to connect to HomeKit, but once you're hooked in you can create scenes and schedules, as well as geofencing when you leave and enter the house.

The Caseta line also includes smart shades (Serena), and works with just about everything: HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, Logitech remotes and Honeywell thermostats, so you don't need to worry about locking yourself in to one smart home system.

eve light strip homekit version

Eve Light Switch

Buy now: Amazon | $49.35

The Eve Light Switch is not the most innovative light switch on the planet, but if you're hunting for a HomeKit compatible switch it's a solid bet. It doesn't require a hub and you'll get a good number of features, such as Siri voice control and the Home app to set schedules, scenes and automations.

Best HomeKit smart plugs

For those dumb devices in your home, a smart plug is a great upgrade. Plug TVs, curling irons, lamps, the kettle and portable heaters into these HomeKit-compatible plugs and you can control them with your voice using Siri, schedule them to turn on or off at a certain time, and control them remotely using the Home app.

Plus you can integrate them into Apple's automations, so the kettle can pop on every morning when you get out of bed. Check out our guide to the best uses for smart plugs for more inspiration.

eve smart plug

Eve Energy

Buy now: Amazon | From $49.95

With UK and US versions available, the Eve Energy is a top pick for our HomeKit-enabled smart plugs. The units connect to the Eve app, and work via Wi-Fi, so there's no actual need to go out and buy the Eve hub.

You get Siri and schedule control of the plug itself, and there's energy monitoring built in as well. Our only major complaint is that it has to connect to a HomeKit hub using Bluetooth, so it has to be in range to work. Eve does sell an extender, but it's an annoying workaround.

demo homekit smart plug

Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Buy now: Amazon | $23.99

Wemo's Mini Smart Plug is one of the few devices to get updated with HomeKit support via software, and we couldn't be happier. The Smart Plug also works with Google Assistant and Alexa.

Naturally, you'll be able to control your device from anywhere, and even use your voice assistant should you not want to pull out that Home app. The best feature, however, may be how small it is. The Mini Smart Plug doesn't take up much space, so you won't have a problem slipping it behind couches or whatever else you put in front of your wall outlets. And bonus: it's small enough to not block the second outlet.

The best Apple HomeKit compatible devices: Lights, plugs, thermostats & more

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2

Buy now: Amazon | $59.95

Offering two outlets (that can be controlled individually) and support for HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant, the Smart Outlet 2 is large and in charge. It may be bulky, but it doesn't skimp on features, with smart energy monitoring included.

The other downside is that it's more expensive than other single-outlet HomeKit plugs, but if you have space for it, you can do a lot worse than the ConnectSense.

Best HomeKit smart home sensors

Sensors hang around your home sniffing out danger (smoke detectors, leak sensors), motion, temperature, air quality, and whether your doors and windows are open or closed. Not the sexiest of smart home devices, they are probably the most useful, especially when connected to a smart home system like HomeKit.

When your smoke detector goes off it can tell HomeKit to turn all the lights on and unlock the doors. A motion sensor can tell you if your child got out of bed before they were supposed to, and turn a light on so they can find their way to the bathroom. A door/window sensor can shut off your heating when someone opens a window. Here are some of our favourite HomeKit sensors:

onelink homekit smart smoke

First Alert Onelink Smoke & CO

Buy now: Amazon | $119.99

The Safe & Sound is First Alert's fanciest smart smoke and CO detector, but we'd recommend the Smoke & CO version to save yourself a few bucks.

The new design resembles that of its more expensive brother, but there's no built-in Alexa / Bluetooth speaker. Using HomeKit you can set up smart home routines that react to your alarm, like having the lights flash, unlock the front door and circulating the HVAC fan.

You also get remote phone notifications if the system detects something wrong in your home – which you won't actually get with the more premium model.

The best Apple HomeKit compatible devices: Lights, plugs, thermostats and more

Eve Room 2

Buy now: Amazon | $99.95

The second-generation Eve Room air quality monitor comes with an all-new aluminum design and a 1.54-inch e-ink display, and it's keeping that sweet HomeKit support too. That display will tell you the temperature, air quality and humidity.

It can work with its rechargeable battery, or you can just plug it in and leave it in a select room and never worry about it again. There are touch controls on the device, but you can also simply rely on Siri to find out your air quality.

fibre homekit sensor

Fibaro Motion Sensor

Buy now: Amazon | $69.99

Looking a lot like the Eye of Sauron, Fibaro's top motion sensor detects movement and also doubles up as temperature sensor – stick one by your bed and have your lights turn on when your feet hit the floor.

With HomeKit you can have alerts will pop up on your iPhone when motion is detected and you can also integrate motion detection into HomeKit automations.

onvis motion sensor

Onvis Motion Sensor

Buy now: Amazon | $25.99

An inexpensive HomeKit motion sensor, Onvis is a decent device for sticking in a room to trigger lights or other HomeKit automations, and it also has a temperature and humidity sensor built in.

It's quite big, but for less than $30 you get a lot of sensing and you could stick these all over your house to trigger lights and scenes based on your movements alone.

Best HomeKit kit for the garden

Best HomeKit garden

Rachio 3

Buy now: Amazon | $222.13

The Rachio 3 has been out for a while now, but it's only recently got around to adding HomeKit support. So if you're walking in your garden and suddenly get sprayed, you can quickly ask Siri to turn off the sprinklers.

The smart sprinkler control system will let you manage your home irrigation in two versions: 8 zones and 16 zones. You can set your own watering schedules on your phone, or let it create one for you, and it links up with local weather reports to make sure your lawn gets fed the right amount of water.

The best Apple HomeKit compatible devices: Lights, plugs, thermostats & more

MyQ Garage Door Controller

Buy now: Amazon | $48.61

"Hey Siri, open the garage door." With the MyQ garage door controller plugged into your existing garage door opener you can say those six magic words and life will seem so much simpler. Yes, you can use the remote control on your visor but this is just cooler, plus you can check on your door's status from anywhere, and even have HomeKit close the door automatically for you when you drive away.

Read this: The best smart garage door openers

For HomeKit compatibility you will need to buy the MyQ Home Bridge, which at $69 costs more than the controller, but it's the only HomeKit door opener available, so it's your best choice for a smart garage.

The best Apple HomeKit compatible devices: Lights, plugs, thermostats & more

Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting

Buy now: Amazon | $127.99

Your friends might be on top of home automation behind closed doors but what about outside? Light up your back yard with a voice command, or have everything illuminate as you pull into the driveway, thanks to HomeKit's geofencing capabilities paired with Philips Hue's line of outdoor lighting.

HomeKit-compatible outdoor motion sensors can also trigger lights like these Calla path lights to turn on one by one as you walk along, and then have already turned all the interior lights on before you open the door. Signify has just launched a bunch of new outdoor lights too, all of which are HomeKit-ready and worth a look.

Best HomeKit smart security systems

Getting your home alarm system singing and dancing with Apple's smart home ecosystem is becoming easier all the time thanks to more brands getting HomeKit certification.

abode security works with homekit

Abode Smart Security

Buy now: Amazon, | From $199

If you’re looking for a DIY smart home security system your options have never been better. But if it’s the “smart” part of a smart home security system that’s important to you, then the Abode Smart Security system should be top of your list.

With HomeKit integration you can control your system entirely through the Home app, including setting up automations and geofencing to arm and disarm, and view video (no HomeKit Secure Video though). With HomeKit you essentially get all the benefits of the paid-for Abode features without having to pay.
All your Abode motion sensors, window and door sensors and cameras will show up in HomeKit, allowing you to add them to automations and scenes. You can also use Siri for voice control.
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