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Past articles by Rachel:

5 Smart(ish) Things to Help You Wake Up Easier

No one really enjoys waking up, but using smart-home devices can certainly help you rise, shine, and streamline your morning routine. → Read More

Save $100 on the Roomba i3+ EVO, the Perfect Lazy-Person Robot Vacuum

Is there anything wrong with not wanting to actually touch dirt? A self-emptying robot vacuum like the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO is the squeamish cleaner’s upgrade. → Read More

Why We Don’t Trust Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video—and You Shouldn’t Either

Apple’s cloud service for security cameras has so many great features (including the price)—but we don’t recommend it for most people. → Read More

4 Design-Friendly Smart Lighting Styles to Personalize Your Home

There’s more to smart lighting than basic bulbs and wall switches. These design-centric smart lights are easy to install and will enhance your living space. → Read More

How Mesh Wi-Fi Networks Can (and Can’t) Make a Better Smart Home

Mesh networks can give your home’s Wi-Fi a much needed boost—but can sometimes create problems for some smart-home devices, too. → Read More

These Smart Home Devices Can Enhance Independence for People With Disabilities and Mobility Needs

The smart home isn’t just nifty gadgets: For those who have accessibility challenges, smart devices can be empowering and enable independent living. → Read More

The Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

We all scream for ice cream—but when it comes to ice cream sandwiches, these choices had us screaming the loudest. → Read More

A $50 Smart Gadget Transformed How I Do Laundry

I was skeptical, but this $50 gadget instantly upgraded my dumb dryer and transformed the way we do laundry. → Read More

How to Secure and Protect Your Smart Home

A few simple steps will go a long way. → Read More

Smart Lights Are the Easiest Way to Transform Your Home

Smart lighting is arguably the easiest smart-home gear to install and use, yet has the power to transform your home—inside and out. → Read More

The Smart Home Devices the Wirecutter Staff Uses

Our smart-home staffers aren’t the only ones who love their gadgets. Here are the most loved connected-home devices from the Wirecutter staff. → Read More

7 Easy Smart Home Essentials for Renters

You don’t need to own your house to enjoy the magic and convenience of smart-home devices. These affordable devices allow any renter to smarten their place up. → Read More

The Smart-Home Devices Our Expert Actually Uses at Home

Our smart-home writer tests, researches, and recommends a lot of different smart devices, but these are the ones she uses in her own home. → Read More

Why a Professionally Monitored Security System Is Usually the Best Option

When getting a home security system, most people should opt for professional monitoring. Here’s how to decide. → Read More

The Best Smart Home Devices to Help Seniors Age in Place

Most seniors plan to “age in place” at home instead of a facility. Smart-home devices can help, making it easier for you to assist while ensuring they’re safe. → Read More

I Tried 6 Popular Anti-Snoring Devices. Here’s How They Did.

Plenty of devices promise to stop your snoring. We found only a few that actually seem to work. → Read More

How to Use Smart Lights to Help Your Kids Get to Bed (and Stay Asleep)

Bedtime shouldn’t be a fight. Instead of picking your battles, automate them—with one of these smart-lighting sleep solutions. → Read More

Why Your Brand-New Smart Home Devices Won’t Work, and How to Fix Them

Smart home devices are a great gift—unless you run into tech troubles. Rest easy: Here are the solutions to the most common issues we’ve encountered. → Read More

How to Stop Package Thefts This Holiday Season

Worried that a Grinch is scoping out your stoop? We have several suggestions to foil porch pirates this holiday season. → Read More

Seeing the Light: When to Use a Smart Bulb, Switch, or Plug

Smart lighting is easy. Picking out the best smart lighting for your needs isn't. We show you when it’s best to choose smart bulbs, plugs, or in-wall switches. → Read More