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SmartThings compatible devices – Top tech for your SmartThings System

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Best SmartThings compatible devices

You’ve decided to go for it and install SmartThings in your home. Wise choice. SmartThings, while the smart speakers are the most popular in the smart home world, is the best option for a system that’s reliable, expandable and robust.

SmartThings is compatible with the smart home protocols Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Wi-Fi. The latter can be achieved through IFTTT or cloud-to-cloud integration.

This setup is better than most Wi-Fi-based options because it allows you to control your lights locally (even if the Wi-Fi fails) and requires less battery replacement (WiFi is notorious for draining batteries).

There is also an almost infinite supply of compatible Zigbee and Z-Wave gadgets. You can outfit your home with anything from sensors, cameras, and locks to lights and even light bulbs. will make it all work together.

Sounds familiar? Samsung will be a major participant in Matter as well as . highlights to The Ambient the SmartThings history of working with different protocols.

SmartThings, which is owned by Samsung, has also begun to offer some interesting integrations that other platforms have not yet been able to match.

SmartThings is not a replacement for a smart assistant. It works well with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart homes, and gives these systems the much-needed Z-Wave/Zigbee boost. If you’re a Samsung fan, Bixby is also supported.

In this guide we covered all of the SmartThings devices, and here we will be looking at third-party devices that you can pair with your system.

We’ve only listed products that have an official SmartThings integration.

Arlo Ultra 2

Arlo is the best SmartThings compatible Camera

Price varies

Even if there are more third-party integrations available for SmartThings cameras, we would still choose Netgear Arlo.

Arlo offers a variety of cameras, including wired and wireless indoor and outdoor, battery-powered, waterproof, or weatherproof. This kit is a high-quality set with up to 4K resolutions and night vision. It also has the option of a local backup. SmartThings is compatible with the Ultra 2, even though the list of supported cameras does not include it.

SmartThings works with Wi-Fi and base station cameras. SmartThings can turn on and off cameras that are connected to a basestation, allowing you to schedule when they should be working.

Integration allows all your smart devices to work together. For example, if your Arlo camera detects motion, your Aeon Labs siren can trigger.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Best SmartThings compatible doorbell: Ring

Price varies

The Ring add-on to SmartThings does not mention that it supports the latest doorbells and cameras, but it does. The only device that isn’t supported is the Ring Alarm.

You can easily integrate your Ring cameras with your daily life once you have downloaded the Ring app. Motion detection can trigger other devices. For example, you could turn on a smart porch light to help the Ring doorbell see.

You can also have your device activate when someone presses the Ring doorbell. SmartThings also allows you to stream video footage, so that you can view all of your devices with a single application.

 

Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with SmartThings and the best smart thermostat.

$249 / PS219

The Nest Thermostat did not work with SmartThings for a long period of time. Google then made matters worse by killing the Works with Nest Program, which meant that third-party systems would no longer work.

There’s an official Nest SmartThings add-on that works with your Thermostat.

Nest Thermostat can be integrated into your home automation system to control heating temperatures and more.

Automations. You can automate your lights to turn off when Nest switches into Eco mode.

Ecobee SmartThermostat is an excellent alternative. It has Alexa and a presence sensor built in.

The best SmartThings compatible lock - August

SmartThings compatible August & Yale door locks

$199

From $229

There are now more options for smart door locks. You want a Z powered lock if you have a SmartThings house. This means less battery drain, greater reliability and better interoperability between your smart home.

Yale, Schlage, and Kwikset have a variety of smart replacement deadbolt door locks. We like the Yale Assure Lock SL, which is available with Z-Wave, or Zigbee. Most of these options are fairly basic. They can be locked and unlocked remotely, and they can connect to Routines.

yale compatible smart lock

 

The Smart Lock Pro will give you a lock that is more intelligent, including the ability to unlock the door as you walk up. You can also check the status of your front door, lock it or unlock it, and sync August with other devices via SmartThings. The WiFi Smart Lock is a smaller version of the August device.

The August smart lock is a retrofit. If you want a new lock that has August’s features, Yale, August’s sister-company, now offers a variety of Assure locks, and lever locks (for interior door) with August’s smarts integrated.

The Yale Linus is compatible with SmartThings and connects via Zwave (you will need to purchase the adaptor).

The best SmartThings compatible speakers - sonos and bose

Smart speakers compatible with SmartThings: Bose & Sonos

In our guide on setting up SmartThings, we covered how to connect Google and Amazon’s smart speakers. But, if your goal is to use high-end speakers then you should consider Sonos and Bose SoundTouch.

The speakers are more integrated than smart assistant speakers. You can add them to Routines to turn them on and off at specific times, or have them play audio files like doorbells or text-to speech announcements.

You can choose from a variety of audio tracks, such as “Front door open” or “Living Room on Fire”, and even select custom audio tracks like dogs barking when a motion sensor outside detects movement.

 

The best SmartThings compatible bulbs: Innr

Price varies

SmartThings will work with any Zigbee bulb or Z-Wave light. Our favorites include the Philips Hue and our pick for best smart lighting system, as well as the Sengled Element Plus range, starting at just $12.99. You can also choose from the Tradfri and Ikea Tradfri lines, as well as Lifx, TP-Link or Sylvania’s Smart+.

Innr is our top choice. Innr is a brand which offers many of the same features as the popular Hue but at a lower price. A basic color bulb costs only $29.99.

Innr’s Zigbee-based bulbs connected directly to SmartThings Hub. Both the bulbs and smart plugs worked flawlessly in our tests. The plug, which costs only $39.99/PS34.99 for two packs, also functions as a Zigbee Repeater.

Innr has a variety of options for bulbs – read our review to learn more – such as white bulbs, colored bulbs, bulb-shaped candles, filament bulbs and light strips. They also offer spotlights, recessed lighting, puck lights in kitchen cabinets, and more.

 

The Flic 2 is the best SmartThings compatible switch.

From $24.99 / PS24.99

Flic Button 2 has some of the best buttons and switches for controlling SmartThings. The tiny buttons can be placed anywhere you like, and are connected via Bluetooth to Flic Hub.

Flic buttons are now able to be used to control SmartThings Automations. Tap your button to start your bedtime routine automatically.

Flic is now more powerful than it was when first released. It can also be integrated with HomeKit, and launch Alexa Routines. This allows you to automate your home using just one device.

Aeotec Button is a native SmartThings button that connects via Zigbee to your SmartThings hub.

The best SmartThings compatible zigbee plug

SmartThings Compatible Smart Plug (Zigbee compatible): Innr

$34.99 / PS39.99 for a two-pack

Smart plugs are not only able to make dumb appliances smarter, but they can also act as repeaters of your Z-Wave devices and Zigbee ones. It’s therefore worth selecting a ZWave or Zigbee smart plug if you want to “plug in” any gaps within your system. If you are experiencing connectivity problems with some of your devices, a smart plug could be the solution. Zigbee is only available for Zigbee, and Z-Wave will be the same.

Ikea’s Tradfri Plug ($9.99/PS9.99) is another great option for Zigbee. You don’t even need to use the Tradfri Gateway in order to connect SmartThings.

 

Aeotec offers the best SmartThings compatible Z-Wave smart plug.

$55 / PS55

Aeotec Smart Switch 6 is our favorite Z-Wave switch. The price is high, but it is well made and the LED around the edge makes it a good visual indicator. It also won’t interfere with other outlets on the power strip.

The surge protector also monitors the power consumption, so you don’t have to worry about plugging in expensive equipment.

 

Aeotec is the best SmartThings compatible sensor.

$59.99 / PS59.99

Smart sensors make your smart home sing. They are small, battery-powered sensors that detect motion, temperature, vibration, and light levels. They can be used to link devices (open the doors and turn on) or for DIY security systems using SmartThings.

The market is flooded with Z-Wave sensor brands. SmartThings allows you to mix and match them according to your needs and budget. Our top pick is Aeotec.

Aeotec is a German company that has been innovating for years in the sensor market. We love the slimline contact sensor, which doesn’t protrude into your living space. But the best Aeotec devices are the multipurpose sensors. These all-in one devices are a bit pricey, but they cover everything (except for water and contact) that you may want to detect.

The MultiSensor 8 monitors movement, vibration, temperature and humidity. It also has an adjustable mounting arm and can be powered by USB cable.

The Aeotec triSensor offers the same mounting options and measures temperature, motion and light.

Best SmartThings compatible Samsung appliances

Samsung is not a third-party when it comes SmartThings but since these devices aren’t SmartThings-branded, we decided to include them in this article.

SmartThings integrates with smart appliances, making it one of the rare smart home ecosystems that does so. Alexa only has a few ovens and microwaves and Google’s smart range hood works with GE, but SmartThings can work with a whole line of appliances if they are Samsung-branded.

Samsung’s Wi-Fi enabled products include washing machines, dryers and air purifiers as well as vacuum cleaners, TVs and fridges.

This means that it will notify you via the SmartThings App of any problems, updates, or status. It can also be displayed on any screen connected to a SmartThings interface, such as Samsung’s Family Hub Fridge or a SmartThings television.

SmartThings allows you to control the Samsung Smart Oven, for example, by adjusting the temperature, time and power.

SmartThings Cooking allows you to create shopping lists, send settings to the range cooker or oven and follow recipes more easily.

Samsung Family Hub can also alert you via your Samsung Smart TV when the door is left open. Some products also have additional smarts. These are some of the best products to consider if you want an ultra-smart home:

 

Samsung’s Wi Fi-controlled washing machines feature a Laundry Planner, which allows you to schedule when the load will be finished cleaning and drying. This is useful when you have to leave in clean clothes.

You can input your load details, such as the color, material and dirt level, to get a laundry recipe that will recommend a cycle based on your load.

 

You can set the Samsung tumble dryer’s program automatically, based on your last load of laundry.

HomeCare Wizard is a feature that monitors all Samsung appliances connected to the internet. It makes recommendations via the SmartThings App on how you can take care of this expensive appliance. Bixby on your Samsung phone allows you to control the appliance via voice.

Samsung’s Cube air purifier works with the SmartThings application. SmartThings allows you to monitor the air quality and control it remotely. The Cube also has voice recognition for voice assistants.

 

Family Hub is the best SmartThings compatible fridge.

Buy now: Best Buy | $2,799

The Family Hub fridge, which was once the brunt of IoT jokes has made huge progress. Our review concludes that Samsung’s flagship smart refrigerator is a useful addition to any kitchen. Essential? Not yet. It’s not yet.

SmartThings is built into the refrigerator’s 21.5-inch screen. It allows you to control everything, from your groceries to your cooking and even your family. You can also get notifications, view your Ring doorbell’s live feed and control your devices from here. Bixby, the built-in voice assistant of your fridge, can be used to control all your devices using voice commands. For example, you could ask your fridge to turn your living room light on if that’s your thing.

You can get a personalized Alexa Morning Brief that includes the weather, top news and your calendar. Bixby can tell who’s asking, thanks to voice-ID technology. So each family member gets the information they need. The Family Hub allows them to see and hear all of this information.

 

SmartThings compatible Samsung smart TVs

Samsung smart TVs have SmartThings dashboards built-in, accessible through an app. The SmartThings App allows you to automate and control your TV. You can also view the channel guide and configure ambient mode settings.

If you want to know which Samsung Smart TVs work with SmartThings, check out this page.

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