Smart home control
Setting up your smart home is easier than ever, but choosing the right smart home system to unify your devices and get them talking together is a huge factor.
Apple, Google and Amazon are the major players in the smart home arena now, with their smart speakers, ecosystems and voice assistants on hand to not only make controlling your connected tech easier, but to make home automation a doddle.
How to choose a smart home ecosystem
And while these systems are synonymous with the voice assistants used to control them, there’s a lot more going on under the surface. These ecosystems gel your devices together, so you need to factor in compatibility (how many devices are supported by each program, and the range of features on offer.
The good news is you don’t really need to choose a smart home system and stick with it. This isn’t iOS versus Android, or PC versus Mac, all over again – you’ll find smart home kit that works with multiple ecosystems and you’ll even find native devices from one major platform that sync up and plays nicely with rival systems.
Confused? You needn’t be. When buying smart home gear just look out for the ‘Works with…’ sticker on the box of the smart home tech you’re splashing the cash on to see if it will slot into your existing home setup.
And, if you’re starting from scratch – or thinking of jumping platforms – read on for our guide to the biggest and best smart home ecosystems. What’s more, check out our guide to the best smart home hubs for everything you need to know about bringing your ecosystems together.