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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We're going to climb out on a limb and say HomeKit Is finally ready for primetime. At the ripe old age of 7, the smart home system from Apple has officially come of age and the list of HomeKit compatible devices is expanding at a rapid rate.

Powered by a plethora of new devices (thanks to the Cupertino company's shift away from its earlier, limiting hardware requirements), an affordable smart speaker, and the coming of Thread/CHiP, HomeKit is poised to go big in 2021.

Plus, more choice means more price points, and now you can even find budget HomeKit options in most categories. Not only that but HomeKit has finally filled in almost all the most important categories, with just one or two outstanding (we're looking at you, robot vacuums).

All of this has made it much easier to unify your smart home with Apple HomeKit, putting your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and in control of everything from smart thermostats to connected light bulbs and more.

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 July 2021 update, we've added details on lots of new HomeKit devices, as well as new categories such as video doorbells.

How to choose HomeKit devices

If you're an existing Apple user who wants to be part of the HomeKit smart home revolution, the first thing you'll want to know is what works with it 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 hardware-based HomeKit capability also use 'HomeKit edition' as an identifier.

Newer products are getting software updates to be compatible and, as such, might not even mention HomeKit on the box. You can see a full list of compatible products on Apple's support site, here.

Essential reading: Apple HomeKit: Everything you need to know about living in an Apple Home

To get the most out of HomeKit you'll need an Apple HomeKit hub for full functionality – more on that in our HomeKit explainer.

While it might all seem a bit overwhelming, in fact Apple's HomeKit is the easiest smart home system to use - as long as you're an iPhone user.

So, if you're ready to jump on board check out our list below of the best Apple HomeKit devices – and be sure to bookmark and come back often, as we'll keep things updated as time goes on.

Best HomeKit smart home hubs

While a smart home hub isn't strictly essential for HomeKit - you can control many devices just from your iPhone - adding one to your set-up gets you remote access and more control over Automations, and for serious smart home you're going to need a hub.

Guide: Setting up a HomeKit Hub

There are two hub options for your Apple home (three including an iPad, but we don't recommend that as your primary hub). You can use one, or all three if you like, as HomeKit will take care of which is in charge.

homepod mini

Apple HomePod Mini

Buy now: Apple | £99

If you're looking for the top HomeKit-compatible smart speaker, the HomePod mini is the only and the best choice.

A smaller, rounder and - crucially - more affordable follow up to the original HomePod that went live way back at the beginning of 2018, the Mini is an all-around smart speaker that leverages Siri to control your other HomeKit devices and have Apple Music or Spotify play your tunes.

Even if Apple hadn't discontinued the HomePod, we'd still recommend the Mini both because it's cheaper and because it also packs in a Thread Radio.

Thread is the new smart home mesh network that promises to make it easier for all sorts of devices - from lighting to thermostats - to work together. It's going to be a big deal and the HomePod Mini is the first smart home hub to come rocking Thread capabilities. That's a massive plus point.

Another great feature of the Mini is Intercom. A major update across the whole Apple platform you can now use Siri to broadcast Intercom messages throughout your house, on all Apple devices.

Read more about the little big Apple in our HomePod mini review.

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K

Buy now: Amazon | £179

The Apple TV is a great streaming box, yes, but it also works as a HomeKit hub. And as we've mentioned 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.

As we've said you can have two or more HomeKit Hubs in the same house - it's actually a good idea as it helps extend the Bluetooth-connectivity a lot of HomeKit devices rely on further around your house.

We'd recommend adding an Apple TV as one because it's the closest Apple has to a smart display, like the Nest Hub or an Echo Show.

You can view live video from your HomeKit cameras on an Apple TV using Control Center or by asking Siri. And, if you're watching TV when someone presses your HomeKit doorbell, you'll get a live feed on the screen.

Alongside all 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.

Check out our comprehensive Apple TV 4K review here.

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, Nanoleaf, Ikea Tradfri, and Lifx, as well as some smaller names.

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Philips Hue

Buy now: Amazon | From £48.99

Hue and HomeKit work together seamlessly. All Hue's lighting products will show up in your Home app, as long as they're connected to your Hue bridge.

Once paired you can control your lights with your voice and add them to HomeKit automations. And because the communication is bridge-to-bridge, it's all done locally, no cloud involved, making it super snappy.

Hue also works with HomeKit Adaptive Lighting; which arrived as part of the iOS 14 update. This is a feature that can change the color temperature of smart lighting at different times of the day, emitting warmer colors in the morning, cooler ones halfway through the day to help energize you, and at night automatically lowers the light to help you wind down.

These adjustment happen automatically - you don’t need to fiddle with settings each time you turn on a light, just enable Adaptive Lighting in the Home app.

And it's not just bulbs that can get it on the HomeKit party. Hue accessories like motion sensors and dimmer switches show up in the Home app, too, letting you use these devices to trigger HomeKit automations and other non-Hue HomeKit devices. All this makes the Hue smart lighting one of the best options when creating a HomeKit home.

Get more details in our in-depth Philips Hue guide.

Lifx bulbs


Buy now: Amazon | From £44.99

If you've wanted to jump into smart lights but didn't want to deal with hubs or pay the Philips Hue premium, Lifx's WiFi bulbs come with HomeKit support, so you can control them from Siri or the dedicated Home app, no hub-needed.

We've tested the Lifx Mini, although Lifx has a wide range of lighting all HomeKit compatible, and it's a solid performing bulb with every integration under the sun. However, Wi-Fi can be flaky, and if that's an issue in your home, our next pick is the one for you.

Nanoleaf Essentials HomeKit thread compatible

Nanoleaf Essentials

Buy now: Nanoleaf | From £17.95

Nanoleaf is best know for its pricey modular, color-changing smart lighting panels that you can stick to your walls and windows to make beautiful lighting designs, and which are compatible with HomeKit (tapping each panel can even trigger HomeKit automations).

But it's the new, affordable Essentials line - The Nanoleaf Essentials Bulb (A19/A60) for $19.99 and the 80 inch/2m Essential Lightstrip for $44.99 - that will really appeal to HomeKit users.

Full-color, smart LED lights, both have Thread connectivity built-in, so there's no need for a hub and no need for WiFi. The Thread radio makes these lighting options an excellent choice if you have a HomePod Mini as they respond almost instantly to any Home or Siri commands.

Get the low-down on these snappy smart lights in our full Nanoleaf Essentials review.

Best HomeKit smart thermostats

With Ecobee, Honeywell and Tado thermostats on board with HomeKit, the big omission here is Google Nest's Thermostat, but that's not likely to change anytime soon. Still, if you want to control your home's climate with Siri there are some great options.

Best HomeKit thermostats - Ecobee

Ecobee SmartThermostat

Buy now: Amazon | From $169

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 have room sensors that detect motion and temperature.

These sensors not only optimize the temperature in specific locations but they also show up as temperature and motion sensors in the Home app, so you can use them to trigger automations.

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.

Read our take on this the 5th generation Ecobee here.

Honeywell Lyric T5

Honeywell Lyric T5

Buy now: Amazon | $149

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.

The new Honeywell Lyric T9 adds room sensors, like Ecobee, however HomeKit compatibility, while announced, has yet to materialize.

tado radiator valves

Tado Smart Thermostat

Buy now: Amazon | £89.99

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 everything up for you. This works well, but is not so useful if you're staying local.

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

Have a read of our comprehensive Tado smart heating review.

Best HomeKit smart door locks

With a smart door lock you can have your door unlock when you walk up to it using HomeKit's geofencing capabilities (although you will need to give it permission first on your iPhone or Apple Watch) and add it to HomeKit automations so it locks when you tell Siri "Good night."

Plus, you can control it remotely when you're away from home. Unless a lock has built-in Wi-Fi or its own bridge, you'll need HomeKit hub for locking/unlocking remotely when you’re away from home.

august smart lock works with apple home

August Wifi Smart Lock

Buy now: | From £230

The August Wifi Smart Lock is a completely redesigned version of its iconic smart lock and continual Ambient Top Pick, the August Smart Lock Pro.

At almost half the size and 20% slimmer, it still sports August's signature auto-unlock feature, and of course supports HomeKit so you can add the lock to Automations and use Siri to lock or unlock with your voice.

This lock attaches to your existing deadbolt, making install a cinch. And despite its smaller size, the lock packs an extra feature - integrated WiFi, so there's no need for an extra bridge or smart home hub to control it when you're away from home.

If you'd rather just stick to Bluetooth control when you're nearby, you can. There's also the option of adding a bluetooth keypad for an extra $60

Read our full August Wifi Smart Lock review here.

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Level Touch

Buy now: Amazon | From $329

The Level Touch is a complete deadbolt replacement that looks like any regular lock and unlike any other smart lock. It has a small, svelte thumb-turn on the inside and all of the smarts - including the battery - are inside the bolt itself. Clever stuff indeed.

The lock is a Bluetooth device; add in an iPhone and Apple HomeKit Hub and you can control it remotely when away from home, or with your voice using Siri.

The Level Touch has six different unlocking mechanisms; the only option missing is a keypad - which would rather ruin the whole ultra-minimal design aesthetic. If sleek styling is your thing, this lock will fit your smart home to a T.

Read our full Level Touch review here.

Kwikset Premis

Kwikset Premis

Buy now: Amazon | $169

If you prefer a smart lock that screams high-tech, consider the Kwikset Premis Contemporary HomeKit smart door lock. With a neat, modern design and digital touchscreen, this is one of the better-looking traditional smart locks.

What we like most about the Premis though is it 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 your Apple Watch.

Read our full Kwikset Premis review here.

Best HomeKit smart security cameras

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

The big difference here is HomeKit compatible and/or HomeKit Secure Video. The former just lets you view a live feed and add your device to automations, whereas Secure Video is a way to store and view recorded footage as part of your iCloud plan. It also gives you extra HomeKit features, such as facial recognition and activity zones.

Read our HomeKit Secure Video guide to find out more.

arlo homekit

Arlo Ultra

Buy now: Amazon | £449.99

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. (well, other than possibly the Arlo Ultra 2, which we're currently testing).

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 available 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 set up rich notifications that can include video clips you can play right from the lock screen.

But there's no HomeKit Secure Video on any Arlo cameras, so you will have to pay for Arlo's Smart service to get notifications for people/animals/vehicles and packages.

Read our Arlo Ultra review for more on these top security cameras.

Logitech circle view

Logitech Circle View

Buy now: Amazon, | $159.99

The Logitech Circle View is a wired indoor/outdoor camera with HomeKit Secure Video on board. In fact, this is only a HomeKit camera, it doesn't even have its own app.

Instead, assuming you have an iCloud plan, you get all the HSV features, including 1080p HD live streaming, recorded videos accessible for 10 days, motion alerts (including smart people, animal, and vehicle alerts), customizable motion zones, two-way audio, and rich notifications.

The camera itself is a nice piece of hardware, with a whopping 180-degree field of view, IP64 weatherproofing, a super flexible mount and a nice long cable (the plug is indoor-only).

In the Home app the Circle View also shows up as a LUX sensor and a motion sensor, letting you use triggers from those to set off Automations.

Check out our full review of the Logitech Circle View for more.

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Ecobee SmartCamera

Buy now: Amazon, | $129

The Ecobee SmartCamera has more features crammed into its elegant oblong form than a Sunday Matinee.

A 1080p Full HD indoor camera with a 180-degree field of view and a digital pan/tilt/zoom capability, an Alexa smart speaker, a HomeKit Secure Video camera, and a security system all in one, the Ecobee SmartCamera is an impressive device.

It also looks really good, has an innovative, stylish mounting system, and works with Ecobee's thermostats - able to use its sensors as extra motion detectors.

Plus, it's the centerpiece of a DIY home security system (completely DIY - there's no professional monitoring on offer), pair it with Ecobee's SmartSensors, which are motion/contact/temperature sensors in one, and you can keep a digital eye on your entire home while you're away.

Read our full Ecobee SmartCamera review for the deep dive.

Eufy HomeKit security camera

Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt

$51.99, | Amazon

Eufy's Indoor Pan & Tilt 2K cam is one of the smartest, most useful indoor cameras we've tested and for the price, it can't be beaten. Plus, it's fully HomeKit and HKSV compatible.

Although one of the cheapest security cameras, the Eufy indoor Cam 2K Pan and Tilt is also one of the most feature-packed, with automatic Pan and Tilt - tracking and following subjects as they move around, effectively delivering a full 360-degree field of view.

As its name suggests, this model has a 2K resolution on offer, but if you use it through HomeKit it's downgraded to 1080p (a HomeKit condition).

Read our full Eufy Indoor Cam 2k Pan and Tilt review.

Best HomeKit smart video doorbells

The newest entry into the HomeKit devices category line-up, video doorbells offer an easy way to keep an eye on your front porch, deter package thieves, or just be supremely lazy and talk to your visitor from the comfort on your couch. With HomeKit, video doorbells can display their feed on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

logitech homekit doorbell

Logitech Circle View Doorbell

Buy now: Logitech | $199

With 1080p HDR video, a 5 megapixel sensor, a 160-degree diagonal field of view, and color night vision (thanks to a 4000K LED light strip), this doorbell has a lot on offer. Throw in a square 3:4 aspect ratio to see visitors from head-to-toe, full duplex, two-way audio and the only consumer doorbell to support HomeKit Secure Video and you've got a winner.

HomeKit Secure Video gets you motion-activated recordings stored in the cloud, motion zones, smart notifications based on people, vehicles, and animals, and facial recognition using your Apple Photos library, but you will need an iCloud plan ($2.99 or higher) and a HomeKit hub on hand.

Like its camera counterpart, the Logitech Doorbell doesn't have its own app, everything is routed through the Apple Home app. We love its speedy notifications, zero lag time, clear, high-quality audio and video, and excellent smart alerts.

Read our full Logitech Circle View Doorbell review here.

Netatmo smart video doorbellNetatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Buy now: Netatmo £279

If you don't want to pay any monthly fees - even for iCloud - then the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, which has local storage and works with HomeKit (although not HSV, yet) might suit you better.

It's a bit more expensive, but what you get is what you pay for, there are no ongoing charges and you can always view your recorded footage.

Sporting a very stylish silver/black design, the Netatmo doorbell has 1080p resolution, and a vertical 9:16 portrait aspect ratio, which makes sense, as you get to see all of a person. There’s a 140-degree field of view, and IR night vision.

It has its own app, which you can use to get smart alerts for people (it doesn't alert you to animals, vehicles or other motion) and where you can add activity zones. A neat feature of the Netatmo is that it sends multiple notifications in quick succession when someone presses your doorbell, making it less likely you'll miss a visitor.

You can see our in-depth review of the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell here.

Best HomeKit smart light switches

Control your lighting through HomeKit without buying a whole load of new smart 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 | $79

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.

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, and there's no dimming function.

Check out our review of the Ecobee Switch+ here.

lutron smart dimmer switch

Lutron Caseta Dimmer

Buy now: Amazon | from $64.99

This HomeKit-enabled Dimmer Switch lets you chat to Siri to control your smart bulbs, and we think it's one of the best dimmer switches out there. Plus, it's accompanying Pico remote can be programmed to trigger scenes and act as a second wall switch.

You will need the Caseta bridge to connect to HomeKit (you can buy it bundled with a switch for under $100), but once you're hooked in you can create scenes and schedules, as well as set up geofencing for when you leave and enter the house.

The Caseta line also includes smart shades (Serena), and works with just about everything: HomeKit, Google Assistant, Sonos, SmartThings, IFTTT, it even integrates with Sonos and some smart thermostats.

eve light strip homekit version

Eve Light Switch

Buy now: Amazon | $49.95

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.

Eve has announced plans to release a Thread-enabled version of the light switch soon, so we would probably wait for that one if you can.

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.

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Eve Energy

Buy now: Amazon | From £44.95

With a much slimmer design than the original model, the fourth gen Eve Energy is a top pick for our HomeKit-enabled smart plugs. In addition to being able to use Siri, schedules and automations to control whatever's plugged in to this diminutive outlet, Eve Energy has energy monitoring built in, so you can track how much power you're using.

But the real bonus here is that the new Eve Energy smart plug is Thread-enabled. This means you can have mains-powered Thread repeaters throughout your home, helping extend your smart home network's reach and reliability.

For more on the power in this plug read our Eve Energy review.

Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

Buy now: Amazon | $24.99

The successor to the Wemo Mini, the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug also works with HomeKit and is even more compact than its predecessor, 45% mini-er, says Belkin.

Naturally, you can control your device from anywhere, and even use your voice assistant (it supports all three) should you not want to pull out that Home app.

What makes Wemo great is that it's so mini, easily fitting into your outlets, two will sit on top of each other no problems, and the new plug doesn't overhang your outlet cover at all. It's cheaper than the Eve as it doesn't have energy monitoring, so if you don't need that feature this is a nice option, plus you can pick up a 3-pack for the same price as one Eve Energy.

Meross HomeKit Smart Power Strip

Meross Smart Power Strip

Buy now: Amazon | £39.99

A three-socket, four USB smart power strip (four sockets in the UK), this Meross device is an excellent, inexpensive way to put a whole suite of electrics (such as your entertainment system or home office setup) under HomeKit's power.

Each outlet can be controlled individually in the Home app, while the USB ports show up as one device. Meross is a new player in the HomeKit game but the Chinese company has a number of inexpensive products that work with the Apple smart home.

See more of them in our Meross smart home devices review.

Best HomeKit smart security systems

Getting your home alarm system singing and dancing with Apple's smart home ecosystem is still a limited affair. There are only a couple compatible options and Abode is far and away our favorite here.

abode security works with homekit

Abode Smart Security

Buy now: Amazon, | From £299

With HomeKit integration you can control this DIY security system entirely through the Home app, including setting up automations and geofencing to arm and disarm, and view video (no HomeKit Secure Video though).

All your Abode motion sensors, window and door sensors and cameras will show up in HomeKit, allowing you to use them to trigger automations and scenes. You can also use Siri for voice control. The professional monitoring part is only done through the Abode app, however.

Read our full review of Abode Iota and Abode Essentials here.

Best HomeKit smart home sensors

Sensors hang around your home sniffing out danger, motion, temperature, air quality, and whether your doors and windows are open or closed. While 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 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 favorite 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 redesigned Onelink resembles that of its more expensive brother, but there's no built-in Alexa / AirPlay 2 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.

The Onelink smoke alarms come in battery-powered or wired versions and will also send alerts to your phone when it detects smoke or CO. From here you can deactivate the alarm if you're on your WiFi network.

Read about both models in our Smart Smoke Detector guide.

eve 2 HomeKit temperature sensor

Eve Room 2

Buy now: Amazon | £89.95

The second-generation Eve Room air quality monitor comes with a spiffy aluminum design and a 1.54-inch e-ink display, that shows you the temperature, air quality and humidity in your room.

Fully HomeKit compatible, it can work off 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 rely on Siri to find out your air quality.

fibre homekit sensor

Fibaro Motion Sensor

Buy now: Amazon | £50

Looking a lot like the Eye of Sauron, Fibaro's top motion sensor detects movement and doubles up as temperature sensor. It's also teeny tiny, making it easy to install anywhere you need some motion detected. Stick one by your bed and have your lights turn on when your feet hit the floor.

With HomeKit you can have alerts 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 tech racchio

Rachio 3

Buy now: Amazon | $229

The Rachio 3 was the first smart sprinkler controller to get HomeKit support. So, now 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.

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Eve Weather

Buy now: Eve Home | $69.99

The Eve Weather is a temperature, humidity, and local weather sensor in one. The IPX3 water-resistant device can be installed outside to monitor your local weather, track temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.

Pop it in your backyard and ask Siri in the morning what the weather's like outside and you'll get your very own hyper-local weather report.

Plus, it's Thread-enabled, so the Bluetooth range problems that plagued its predecessor, Eve Degree, will hopefully be mitigated. We've yet to test the device, but will have a full review soon.

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

MyQ Garage Door Controller

Buy now: Amazon | $29.99

"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.

For HomeKit compatibility you will need to buy the MyQ Home Bridge, which at $69 costs more than the controller. And while it's not the only HomeKit door opener available - Meross has one ($50) and Tailwind ($60) has HomeKit integration in Beta testing - it is the one most likely to work with your garage door if you have a Liftmaster or Chamberlain model. Which you probably do.

Find out more in our guide to The best smart garage door openers.

hue outdoor HomeKit light

Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting

Buy now: Amazon | From $127.99

Outdoor lighting is an excellent smart home feature, especially if you want to impress your mates. 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.

Hue's 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. Hue's line of outdoor lighting is extensive - and expensive - but a darn pretty way to spruce up your curb appeal.

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