In 2015,the first HomeKit productswith Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone”) certification went on sale or up for pre-order. The certification ensured that these smart-home devices came withan authentication chip and had undergone rigorous testing to get Apple’s official seal of approval.
Apple’s HomePod speaker functions as a hub with Siri built in. Previously, an Apple TV was needed to control devices remotely and interactions took place through an iPhone or iPad. Many HomeKit devices are also compatible with Amazon speakers and Google Home devices, so you can use voice control with a variety of speakers.
Below is alist of some of the best HomeKit-compatible devices. We should note that this isn’t a complete list, as several companies have announced products with HomeKit integration that are not on the market quite yet. We’ll update this list as more become available.
Lutron: Control your lights with Lutron’s numerous bridges and kits.
Products: Smart Bridge($80), Casta Wireless In-Wall LightDimmer with Remote($59), Casta Wireless Plug-In LampDimmer with Remote($50), Casta Wireless Smart LightingIn-Wall Dimmer Kit($176)
Philips Hue:Whether you want colorful or white lights, Philips Hue has lots of lighting options.
Products: Starter kit($200), Philips Hue Bridge ($60), Extension bulb ($50), Lightstrip Plus($90), Tap Switch($50), Hue Go($80)
iDevices: Plug anything into the company’s indoor or outdoor switch to make the device smart, and control your climate with the thermostat.
Products: iDevices Switch($50), iDevices Outdoor Switch ($80), and iDevices Thermostat($130)
Elgato: A variety of Elgato’s Eve sensors will give you all kinds of information about what’s going on inside your home.
Products: Door & Window($40),Energy($50), Weather($50), Room ($80), Motion ($50)Thermo (59, not available in the U.S.)
Fibaro: This flood sensor is outfitted with water-detecting probes and an ambient temperature sensor.
Products: Fibaro Homekit-enabled Flood Sensor($70), Fibaro Homekit-Enabled Motion Sensor ($70) Fibaro Homekit-Enabled Door and Window Sensor ($60)