It’s time for Apple to get back into the smart home in a big way

Apple’s current strategy in the home tech market is a bit murky. It launched the HomePod and Apple TV 4K in 2017, and HomeKit support seems to have become much more widespread lately, but it also killed the AirPort line of products and has stood by as competitors like Google …

Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

The concept is simple: A smoke alarm that tells you there’s a fire nearby is a great, but a smoke alarm that tells you there’s a fire no matter where you are is even better. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are one of the most useful categories of …

Ecovacs Deebot 711 robot vacuum review: Housekeeping help you can trust

If staying on top of housekeeping was your New Year’s resolution, the Deebot 711 could help ensure you don’t throw in the dustbin by the middle of February. Ecovacs latest robot vacuum is a diligent cleaner with a several advanced features, including a stellar navigation system that plots the most …

Sense energy monitor review: Your patience will be rewarded with great insight into your home’s electricity use

Sense is a bright-orange box that sits in your electrical breaker box and gives in-depth insight into your home’s entire power usage. The whole system is quite clever and—thankfully—free of any monthly charges. But it learns very slowly, and that’s likely to frustrate you. Sense works by electromagnetically listening to …

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Vacuuming is one of the most loathed household chores. While it doesn’t come with the ick factor of cleaning the toilet or the tedium of dusting, pushing and dragging a noisy, cumbersome vacuum is its own kind of torture. No wonder most of us only break it out the bare-minimum-recommended …

Electrolux Pure i9 review: This robot vac is a few features short of justifying its price tag

We’ve seen circular robot vacuums and D-shaped robot vacuums, but the Pure i9 is the first triangular one we’ve encountered. Electrolux has trademarked the design Trinity Shape, and it facilitates better cleaning of the corners, baseboards, and other edges in your home. It also reduces the vacuum’s footprint: the Pure …

Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

CES 2019 has been ground zero for a dizzying array of connected devices—and if we’re being honest, we only saw a fraction of what the show has to offer. It’s just that big. But we did track down most of the new product releases in TechHive’s wheelhouse, and now we’re …