The 7 Best Smart Hubs to Buy in 2018

Controlling digital locks, light systems, appliances or even the temperature can now be done directly on your smartphone or with the sound of your voice. And centralizing all of this technology is the smart hub. A smart hub offers users hundreds, if not thousands, of commands that are custom created for their exact needs. So whether you’re looking to turn up the music in the living room, shut off the lights in the dining room or turn up the AC in the master bedroom, a smart hub allows you to do it all from one simple place (so you’re not accessing tons of different apps). Need help finding the right one? Here’s our list of the best smart hubs on the market today.

Best Overall: SmartThings Hub

Samsung’s SmartThings Hub is an intelligent system that’s constantly receiving software updates, so the list of peripherals that can be used is well over 200 devices. Whether you want complex controls or simple commands, the available Android and iOS smartphone apps or the Amazon Echo allow the SmartThings Hub to control any device with radios for Wi-Fi, Z-Wave or ZigBee. Ultimately, this means control over connected Samsung Home appliances, the Ecobee thermostat, Philips Hue lightbulbs and so much more.

Setup is a snap, even if you’re not technically inclined, though it’s worth noting the Hub does require an Ethernet cable to function. Samsung’s SmartThings Hub app is incredibly intuitive and allows direct control over individually connected devices, as well as “routines” for preset device configurations. Measuring 4.2 x 4.9 x 1.3 inches, the Hub is compact enough to fit just about anywhere. Samsung ups the ante with the inclusion of its own SmartApps that integrate into the existing Hub with extra features such as turning on a smart power outlet when a door sensor is activated.

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