Five of the best
The best gadgets for starting to build your smart home
Elgato Eve Door & Window £31
This little sensor is an affordable way to keep an eye on your doors and windows. It works with Home, and can warn you whenever a door or window is opened, but you’ll need an Apple TV for remote control when you’re away from home. Hive Active Heating £249
There are several smart thermostats that provide their own iOS app, but few currently work with Home too. Hive (owned by British Gas) is still working on its HomeKit update, but meanwhile it’s still one of the best UK smart thermostats. Nanoleaf Smart Ivy £80
The black light bulbs in Nanoleaf’s Smart Ivy kit look a bit odd. However, they work well and are currently Philips’ only real rival when it comes to HomeKit support. The Ivy Smarter Kit includes two bulbs and a hub for your router for just £80. Philips Hue White Ambiance £100
The popular Philips Hue range includes various types of smart lights and bulbs, but the new White Ambiance Starter Kit is a good place to start. It includes two bulbs, a dimmer switch, and a Hue Bridge to provide HomeKit compatibility. Withings Home £170
The popular Withings Home security camera should get its HomeKit update before Christmas. It has an HD camera and a microphone for motion and noise detection. You can store video online for 48 hours; storing longer requires a subscription.