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The best Samsung SmartThings devices: Going all in on Samsung's ecosystem
If you’ve decided Samsung’s the way to go for your smart home — probably because you have one of their phones or appliances — we’ve put together a list of the best Samsung SmartThings devices you can find. The platform isn’t hugely supported, but there’s still a range of compatible accessories, whether you want a few bulbs or a completely decked-out ecosystem.
See also: Your guide to Samsung SmartThings
The best Samsung SmartThings devices:
Editor’s note: This list of the best Samsung SmartThings devices will be regularly updated as new devices launch and others are phased out.
1. Samsung SmartThings Hub
Moreso than most platforms, SmartThings benefits from hubs. You don’t strictly need one, but they let you pair Zigbee or Z-Wave accessories, link with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and ensure that at least some automations will work when internet access is down.
Some Samsung devices (like their TVs) can operate as hubs, but if that’s not an option, you might consider tracking down Samsung’s third-generation SmartThings Hub. Scarcity has grossly inflated its price, but it’s the only official option, at least until the company’s Home Hub debuts later in 2022.
2. Philips Hue smart bulbs
There are plenty of solid smart bulbs on the market, but the Philips Hue lineup is probably best for SmartThings users. It’s available everywhere, and comes in a range of form factors that fit every conceivable fixture and use case. Critically the lights can pair straight to a SmartThings hub, which means you don’t have to spend extra on a hub from Philips.
Newer Hue bulbs feature Bluetooth connectivity as an alternative. Note that broadly speaking, Hue lights are divided into White, White Ambiance, and White and Color Ambiance models. The last is pretty self-explanatory, but the difference between White and White Ambiance is that the latter offers “shades” of white, from orange-tinged warm tones through to bluish cold ones.
3. Sengled Smart Light Bulbs
Sengled’s lights are basic, but more affordable than brands like Philips while still getting the job done. This four-pack of soft white bulbs costs over $5 less than its Philips equivalent, which can be a big deal if you have to buy multiple packs. You will, of course, have to spend more with any company to get color-changing technology.
4. Sonos Move
Sonos is known for offering high-end, multi-platform speakers, and the Move is no exception. As its name suggests the speaker is designed to be used both inside and outside of the home, switching from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth when you’re on the go. It’s drop-resistant and IP56 waterproof, with a battery good up to 11 hours.
To recharge, you sit the Move on a wireless charging base. Some features are dependent on Wi-Fi, such as Sonos’ Trueplay automatic tuning, and connections with Alexa and Google Assistant.
5. Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug is simple and affordable. Like any smart plug, it lets you turn “dumb” appliances into smart ones, the only requirement being that they benefit from a simple on-off toggle. That includes things like fans, heaters, dehumidifiers, or conventional lamps.
Another great alternative, and possibly preferable, is the Kasa Smart Plug Mini. It’s usually a little cheaper and works just as well, it’s just not specifically targeted at SmartThings.
6. Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is probably the most popular device of its kind, making it an easy pick among the best Samsung SmartThings devices. It’s easy to use and understand, and as its name implies, you can let it learn from your habits if you don’t feel like creating a manual schedule. It’s not cheap, but it can easily pay for itself by making heating and cooling more efficient.
7. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
A great way to bolster home security is a video doorbell. One market leader is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which offers features like 1080p resolution, motion detection, and dual-band Wi-Fi. It’s also deeply integrated with Alexa, Ring being an Amazon brand.
This particular model has to be hardwired, but that means never having to recharge a battery, and you’ll get to hear your regular analog chime. The only serious drawback is the need for a Ring Protect subscription if you want to record video instead of just stream live.
8. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
If a doorbell isn’t enough surveillance, the Ring Stick Up Cam can work wirelessly inside and outside of the house, with standard features such as night vision and two-way audio. Like the Video Doorbell Pro, you’ll need a Ring Protect plan to record footage.
There are potentially better security cameras for you, but we believe this one offers good bang for your buck. Check below for some of the alternatives out there.
9. Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave
The Yale Assure Lock SL works with Z-Wave hubs, including ones made for SmartThings. You can remotely lock and unlock, set multiple PINs, and track access notifications. It also works with Alexa, and supports appropriate voice commands.
Related: The best smart locks
10. Amazon Echo speakers
You may have noticed a trend here. Most of the best SmartThings devices also support Alexa, which Samsung wisely decided to build links with. If you want to take full advantage, there’s a wide array of Amazon Echo speakers, not to mention third-party devices (like the Sonos Move) that have Alexa integrated.
More options: The best Alexa speaker you can buy