For those who love simplicity, Apple's HomeKit platform now has a full ecosystem of compatible devices covering nearly every category of today's smart home. HomeKit products have the distinction of being some of the most secure home automation products on the market due to Apple's strict encryption requirements, making it an easy choice for those concerned about privacy and security.
To get started with HomeKit, all you need is a recent iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and one or more devices from the categories below. And then you can start saying "Hey, Siri...it's movie time!" and your home automation wishes will magically come true! (Oh, and you can mix and match products as you like…they all work with HomeKit.)
This page is updated regularly, most recent update: November 15, 2018. This guide showcases products that will work in many parts of the world, some of which are U.S.-only. Look for additional country/region links to localized versions.
Smart light bulbs and other kinds of smart lighting are the easiest way to start automating your home. Just screw them in or plug them in, link them up to your iOS device and you're up and running! In the past, most smart lighting has required a hub or bridge device to operate, which usually meant buying a starter kit...but some of today's offerings run independently.
Elgato Eve Flare [240/B]
Portable color-changing globe light, 6 hour battery run-time. Europe-only at launch.
Koogeek Smart Bulb [120/240]
The first no-hub-required HomeKit smart, color-changing LED bulb in an unusual design. (US-UK)
Known for super-bright light and rich colors, LIFX has a variety of bulb shapes & sizes, some even with night vision-enhancing IR LEDs. LIFX "Z" special effect light strips now work with HomeKit.
(US-EU-UK) Our Reviews
LIFX Tile | LIFX Beam [120/240/A/C/G/I/S]
New square color-animated tiles that can be arranged to create "light as art". LIFX Beams are 12" long, thin "light beams" that can be made into interesting geometric shapes.
Philips Hue [120/240/HUB/A/C/G/I/S/W]
Wide variety of smart lighting devices from a well-known company, works with nearly all systems. (US-EU-UK) Our Reviews
Sylvania SMART+ 
Smart lighting line ranging from A19 and BR30 color-changing smart bulbs to old-fashioned "Filament-style" bulbs to smart plugs and more.
Like smart lighting, these are also super-easy ways of automating existing lights and appliances. It couldn't be simpler than plugging in a smart "outlet" into an existing outlet, and then plugging-in the thing you want to control. Done and done!
Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug [120/A/G/I]
Compact design. First non-HomeKit device to get HomeKit via software update.
ConnectSense Smart Outlet 
2 separately-controlled outlets, 2.4A USB port, energy monitor
iDevices Outdoor Switch [120/A/G]
2 outlets, single control, energy monitor
iDevices Socket [120/A/G]
Dimmer, multi-color night light, E26/27 bulbs
iHome iSP6 Smart Plug [120/A/G/S/W]
Basic on/off functionality
Incipio CommandKit Smart Outlet 
Incipio CommandKit Smart Socket 
Dimmer, for E26/27 bulbs
Koogeek Smart Outlet P2 [120/A]
Energy monitor, night light
Koogeek Smart Power Strip 
3 separately-controlled outlets, 3 USB ports
Opro9 iu9 Smart Outlet [120/240]
OPSO Smart Outlet 
First HomeKit smart outlet for China
Parce Plus Smart Outlet 
Energy monitor (EU)
WIFIPLUG HOME Smart Outlet [240/A/G/I]
Energy monitor, "world's smallest smart outlet" (UK)
If you're interested in controlling existing lights, ceiling fans and other wired-in devices, you can opt to replace existing wall switches and dimmers with smart ones. You'll gain remote control, scheduling and all the other HomeKit conveniences.
Elgato Eve Light Switch [120/B]
Basic on/off control
Fibaro Single Switch [120/240/B]
Tiny, unique device can be wired into wall boxes or other locations for in-line switching of lights and other devices.
iDevices Wall Dimmer [120/A/G]
3/4-way compatible, adj dim range
iDevices Wall Outlet [120/A/G]
2-outlet control, energy monitor
iDevices Wall Switch [120/A/G]
Koogeek Dual-Switch 
Energy monitor, two switches in one device
Koogeek Dimmer 
Koogeek Switch 
Leviton Decora Smart Dimmer 
Multi-way compatible, adjustable fade rate
Leviton Decora Smart Switch 
Wemo Wi-Fi Dimmer [120/A/I/G/N]
No hub required, touch-sensitive, nightlight, works with multiple types of lighting
(Most devices in this category require a neutral wire for proper installation and operation.)
Smart locks and home security cameras are very popular right now in home automation. And, trust us, once you install a smart lock and let it unlock for you when you arrive home, you'll never know how you lived without one! Some locks, like Friday and August, just replace the inner portion of the lock and are great for renters. Others replace the entire deadbolt assembly, sometimes requiring a re-key but offering features like an outside touchscreen for code entry.
D-Link Omna 180 Camera
Motion alerts, 180° view, night vision,
local recording storage only, indoor use only.
Friday Smart Lock [B]
Converts existing lock, "smallest smart lock"
Sesame Smart Lock [A/B/G/I]
Knock-to-unlock, 18-month battery life, multiple finishes and small size. Open Sesame!
Schlage Sense [B]
Replaces lock, touchscreen, tamper alarm
Yale Assure Lock SL [B]
Replaces lock, interchangeable network modules
OK, we'll admit, the Nest thermostat essentially launched the modern smart home industry. Sadly, it isn't HomeKit compatible. But don't fret, there are many sleek and sexy smart thermostats that are! Options like the ecobee3 and ecobee4 even come with a remote sensor to help heat or cool your home more intelligently. Pretty cool!
Bryant HouseWise Wi-Fi Thermostat [A]
Dealer-only, Perfect Humidity technology
Carrier Cor Thermostat [A/W]
Dealer-only, Hybrid Heat technology
DeLonghi MDH Heater 
Multi-Dynamic Technology (Japan)
ecobee3 Lite [A/C/G/I/S/W]
Basic smart thermostat
With remote multi-sensor
ecobee4 with Alexa [A/C/G/I/S/W]
With Alexa on-board and remote multi-sensor
GE Smart Room Air Conditioner (120/A/G)
Has Wi-Fi onboard, comes with handheld remote.
Heatmiser Neo 
Upgraded Heatmiser hub enables HomeKit support
Honeywell Lyric Round [A/C/G/I/S]
Classic round design thermostat
iDevices Thermostat [A]
LCD screen, classic push-button controls
UK maker of underfloor heating systems, thermostats and renewable energy systems. neoHub+ add-on works with HomeKit
Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat [A/G/W]
Humidity sensing, standard-size footprint
Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat [A/G]
Touch display, adjustable backlighting
Might it be time to spin out that old ceiling fan? Hunter, a leader in ceiling fans for over a century, makes a great line-up of HomeKit-compatible fans. They're great options if you're not up to retrofitting your existing ceiling fan, to be sure!
Hunter SIMPLEconnect Ceiling Fans [120/A/G]
Dimmable LED lighting, variable-speed motor,
energy efficient components.
Nickel, white and bronze finishes in a low-profile design and integrated frosted light globe.
Dark wood and metal finish, sweeping blade design, textured/clear light canopy
Dark wood, chrome finish, classic blade design,
frosted light canopy
White, sleek modern design with upturned blade tips and frosted light canopy
Lutron Serena Shades [HUB/A/G/I/S/W]
Multiple styles and colors to choose from,
integrate directly with Lutron Caseta system.
Soma Smart Shade Controller [HUB/A/B]
Controls existing shades and curtains, solar panel included for auto-recharging.
If you've never experienced having music play throughout your home with just a voice command, you're seriously missing out. Today, AirPlay 2 makes sending audio to multiple speakers even easier and more reliable than ever. And, you can send separate audio to different groups of speakers. AirPlay 2 speakers and systems now appear in Apple’s Home app for easier monitoring and control.
NOTE: The speakers above (except HomePod) have been mentioned as having upcoming AirPlay 2 capabilities and will most likely be updated through a software update. These products are currently available on the market and can be purchased in advance of their AirPlay 2 feature rollouts.
Detecting smoke and carbon monoxide in the home is important, of course. But ensuring that you get an alert about it if you're away from home is even more important. Be notified immediately on your iOS device if there's a problem at home with one of these detection devices from First Alert.
First Alert Onelink
Carbon Monoxide Detector 
Also monitors temperature and humidity, LED light ring shows easy-to-see status alerts. Tabletop.
Just like detecting fires early, being able to detect improper air quality and water leaks is equally important. Especially for vacation homes in cold climates...burst pipes can easily cause thousands of dollars of damage incredibly quickly. These sensors run on Bluetooth, with batteries that last months at a time and alert you when they need replacing.
iHome 5-in-1 Smartmonitor [120/240]
Monitors motion, temperature, humidity, ambient light and sound. Powered via micro-USB.
While you might not think of it as part of the smart home, the great outdoors (i.e., your backyard) deserves special attention, too. If you're feeling that the grass or the flowers need just a little bit of extra watering at the moment, giving them a nice sprinkling is just a "Hey Siri" or app button press away!
Orbit has promised a HomeKit-enabled B-Hyve sprinkler timer and hose faucet controller but does not yet have compatible products in stores or online. We'll post information and links once it becomes widely available.
While commanding your HomeKit home via Siri and apps is really cool, sometimes there's nothing like having an actual physical button to press when you need to get something done and voice or apps don't make sense. These buttons are great to put right where the control makes sense, like activating smart lighting or appliances on smart outlets.
There are many HomeKit-compatible products that have been promised by manufacturers like LIFX, Netatmo, Canary, Ring, GE, Kuna and others...but they haven't quite hit the market yet. Some companies are re-evaluating existing product plans due to Apple's announcement this summer that it will be easier to make devices HomeKit compatible, while maintaining the high security and privacy standards. We'll keep you updated and add to this guide as new products hit the market.