From a booming portable speaker to a solar backyard lantern, here is everything you need to raise your home’s IQ this season
Nena Farrell and Matt Bean
– November 20, 2019
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Best Light Bulb: Philips Hue Filament
Many smart bulbs look like they belong in the future. This Edison-style bulb locks in the vintage feel with exposed filaments and smart tech in the bulb’s base.
Hue Filament, $25 from Philips
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Best iPhone Accessory: Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition
No more tangled cords. This sleek unit wirelessly powers up multiple gadgets in one fell swoop.
Base Station Apple Watch Edition, $140 from Nomad
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Best Smart Lamp: Conway Electric Jax Touch Smart USB Task Lamp
Tap the brass button and this smart lamp will cycle through its illumination modes; plus, it packs multiple USB ports.
Jax Touch Smart USB Task Lamp, $245 from Conway Electric
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Best Smart Speaker: Sonos Move
Sonos has gone Bluetooth with the fully portable Move. It’s water-resistant, syncs with your home Sonos system, and delivers deep, rich sound.
Move, $399 from Sonos
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Best Gaming Device: Oculus Quest
This all-in-one VR headset saves space and simplifies set-up. Thanks to a motion-tracking system, it allows you to act out your inner tennis pro or Darth Vader.
Quest, $400 from Oculus
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Best Outdoor Lighting: Les Jardins’ Boheme
The beautiful design of these outdoor lanterns makes them ideal for any yard, with a solar panel on top to charge during the day.
Boheme, $99 from Les Jardins
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Best Travel Accessory: Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones
The same cacophony-killing noise tech in the over-ear cans, but sized for your pocket.
WF-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones, $228 from Sony
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Best Control: Brilliant Smart-Home Control
Swap out your regular light switch and install this smart hub to control your lights and more from one compact spot.
Smart-Home Control, Starting at $299 from Brilliant
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Best Screen: Canvas II
Bring your fine art (and favorite photos) to life with this smart digital canvas by Meural. Our team already loved the original, and the new screen has two different sizes, four different frame finishes, improved Wi-Fi connectivity, and better energy efficiency.
Canvas II, Starting at $399 from Meural
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Best Assistant: Google Nest Hub Max
The new Google Nest Hub Max upgrades an already fantastic product with a larger screen, a camera, and bigger sound. And it retains two of our favorite features from the first generation: It makes a great digital photo frame that syncs with your Google Photos as well as a bedside alarm clock.
Nest Hub Max, $229 from Google
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Best Dimmer: Lutron Aurora Smart Dimmer
Lutron’s Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer pops over your existing light switch and allows you to easily dim and control Philips Hue smart bulbs at the switch, with an app, or by voice control.
Aurora Smart Dimmer, $38.22 from Amazon
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Best Shade: Somfy Zigbee 3.0 Connected Shades
Somfy’s newest smart shades (announced at CEDIA Sept 2019) let you control both your privacy and the temperature of your home with Zigbee home networking technology. Program them to open or close depending on the time of day to keep your home cool or to give the plants a dose of sun at just the right time.
Zigbee 3.0 Connected Shades, $TBA from Somfy
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Best Smartphone for Photos: Apple iPhone 11 Pro
In a major upgrade from previous built-in cameras, the iPhone 11 Pro comes with a night mode that prevents blurred shots.
iPhone 11 Pro, $999 from Apple
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Best Binoculars: Maven B.3
These ocular extenders help spot birds or catch the end zone.