The best Apple HomeKit ready products for your smart home

We round up the hottest HomeKit tech
Apple HomeKit ready tech top picks

Apple's HomeKit is set to unify the smart home, putting our iPhones and iPads in control of everything from smart thermostats to connected lightbulbs and more. It's the tech in the background that lets all your gadgets talk to each other.

It's all integrated into Home, a dedicated app that arrived with iOS 10, making it easier than ever to control all of your HomeKit enabled devices from one place.

Essential reading: Apple HomeKit essential guide

If you're an existing Apple user who wants to buy into the HomeKit smart home revolution then it can be a little hard to find which companies have opted in, and which have not (18 companies have at the moment). HomeKit enabled accessories and devices are can be sold with a "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge which helps.

Check out our list of the biggest names to sign up – and we'll keep things updated as time goes on...

Philips Hue

Why would you want purple lighting in the bedroom and fuschia in the living room? Because you can, of course. Colours and brightness can now be controlled within the Apple ecosystem through Siri and, if you're an existing Hue user, it's simple to port all the info needed from your old bridge.

If you're new to the game, there is a white and colour ambiance starter kit containing the bridge and three A19 bulbs.

From $59.99, meethue.com | Amazon

Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat

Honeywell announced a new version of its smart thermostat at CES 2016. The new Lyric is identical to previous models but adds HomeKit support - you can set the temperature from your iPhone, get alerts when it needs maintenance and there's geofencing so the Lyric will know when you enter and leave your house.

These types of functions can be integrated with other HomeKit devices and the smart thermostat is compatible with Samsung's SmartThings too. This is your answer if you like the look of Nest but you're sure you want a HomeKit home.

$199, yourhome.honeywell.com | Amazon

Hunter Symphony and Signal ceiling fans

CES also saw the news that Hunter's new Wi-Fi enabled Symphony and Signal ceiling fans will work with Apple HomeKit.

That means Siri control, as ever, and integration with other HomeKit products including creating scenes for fans and smart bulbs as you move from room to room in your house or get ready for bed.

$329/$379, hunterfan.com

Elgato Eve Home Monitoring

Knowing your home isn't just about how to get that toilet flush with the 'knack' to work. Nothing escapes the attention of the Elgato Eve range, which consists of four separate sensors (room, weather, energy, door and window) that will grant you immediate access to your house's humidity levels, air quality, and temperature – and even the air pressure outside.

Elgato's smart, energy monitoring plug and light switch are also be HomeKit compatible though its smart bulbs don't yet support Apple's standard.

$79.95 for Eve Room, elgato.com | Amazon

First Alert ONELINK Wi-Fi

Nest kind of has the smart smoke and CO detecting market tapped up but don't discard First Alert if you're looking for some automated HomeKit compatibility.

The alarm, which replaces your current wired device (a battery powered version is also available) will alert you with notifications in the event of a smoke or carbon monoxide emergency and the HomeKit integration means you can run tests and alter mood lighting directly from your iPhone.

$119.95, firstalert.com | Amazon

August Smart Lock

This clever lock uses a Bluetooth connection with your device to open up as you approach. It also works with a key, if your phone runs out of battery.

iPhone owners can use Siri to lock and unlock doors using voice commands. It also works with Apple Watch, so you can use your wrist worn device to lock the door, view your activity log, and receive instant notifications.

August has made some pretty big changes on the software front adding a new Access mode offering a list of companies that take care of stuff at home for you while you are away.

From $199, august.com| Amazon

Ecobee3

You're going to need a little bit more effort in to set up this thermostat from the Canadian home automation company because it comes complete with a number of remote sensors that fulfils the product's 'Follow Me' option. If they detect motion, the thermostat will take a temperature reading from that room and decide if it needs cooling down or warming up, according to your heating history since installation. Currently, US only.

$249, ecobee.com | Amazon

iDevices Outdoor Switch


Your friends might be on top of home automation behind closed doors but what about outside? This is the first rain-tight smart plug to give options for those who want to have Siri-contolled lights this Christmas, or maybe get the outdoor party started while still plating up in the kitchen.

Plug it into the energy sapping 8-foot high Santa in the garden and you'll never have to worry about being bankrupted if you forget to turn him off when you're away from home. Currently, only available in the US.

$59, idevices.com | Amazon


Shop for recommended smart home tech on Amazon

Nest thermostat
Nest thermostat
$249
Philips Hue starter kit
Philips Hue starter kit
$199.99
Canary smart cam
Canary smart cam
$166.94
Withings smart scales
Withings smart scales
$146.58

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15 Comments

  • JCFord says:

    got excited when I saw the Philips hue lighting bridge listed above at only £49 but the link goes through the to actual price of £149 - dam you typo! :-)

  • p.lamkin says:

    The Bridge is £49. 

    • JCFord says:

      but the Amazon link goes through to the starter kit which is £149. It's not clear.

  • Vacooley says:

    Chamberlain MyQ products are not HomeKit compatible today. 

    • ctp says:

      Thanks for the heads-up. Guess it's still pretty hard to get that garage door opener onto HomeKit ... even though it should really be one of the most interesting applications...

      • ShaLor says:

        Yep, I contacted Chamberlain yesterday and asked when HomeKit compatibility will be coming to their products.  They replied "At this point we do not have a time line when that will be available."

        Does anyone know of a different garage door opener that IS home kit compatible?

        • Slacker says:

          Get yourself a $40 Raspberry Pi and install HomeBridge. The instructions are pretty simple and it works with any of the My Q products, Chamberlain or Lilftmaster.

          Lifemaster will never have a Homekit compatible door opener. That is my personal opinion. They will lie about it coming soon though!

    • phatterry says:

      Thank you for that! 

  • nicknewlin says:

    The Insteon hub linked to on Amazon is NOT HomeKit compatible. The HomeKit version is the Hub Pro, which Amazon currently isn't selling due to customer complaints and issues – it is only available from an online retailer owned by Insteon's parent company.

  • Supernitin says:

    Whithings Home is NOT a Homekit compatible product. 

  • sjensen97219 says:

    Check your facts!  At least two of the products are not HomeKit compatible!  Who wrote this article?  I'm tired of reading articles that are just wrong and even when the errors are pointed out they go uncorrected.   I can write articles about stuff I wish was true, that would be sure to get a lot of reads.  If I did my job this way I would get fired.

  • jasleinstein says:

    anyone know how scheduling works with these devices? For example if I want the iDevices switch to turn on my yard lights everyday at sunset what device remembers the schedule? Can HomeKit on Apple TV bridge act as a scheduler? One would not want to depend on a iPhone/Pad app to be available 24 x 7 to runs lights and things AND if one is traveling away from the house, it would be crazy to think the iPhone app could reliably connect back to the home to turn on the lights. Any one know? thanks

    • EricCantu says:

      you can set either your appletv or an iPad to be the home hub so that all scheduled automations go on without a hitch whether your phone is off or if you're out of town. Appletv is recommended because the hub needs to remain always on and always connected to the home wifi network. All automations work through the hub and you are able to check the status and make changes from wherever you are through your iPhone for example. It's really great. 

  • LogicallyHank says:

    Why do you have the MyQ listed? It is not Homekit compatible and likely will never be without an additional hub. Their official PR has indicated this as well.

  • Phreak says:

    Don't forget the Lutron Caseta line, it's also HomeKit compatible.. Been using it for almost 8 months and works pretty flawless.. Adding switches little at a time..

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