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The Best Smart Home Sensors for SmartThings

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Our pick

Fibaro Motion Sensor (Z-Wave Plus)

Fibaro Motion Sensor (Z-Wave Plus)

The best motion sensor

The coolest looking, most functional motion sensor we tested. It also monitors temperature, light, and vibrations—in a small size.

Buying Options

$40* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $60.

The most expensive device we tested, Fibaro’s Z-Wave motion sensor has a 23-foot range and adjustable motion sensitivity to tailor it to your home. It houses 4 sensors—motion, temperature, light, and vibration—and its versatile design allows for simple and discreet installation nearly anywhere. A large, configurable LED provides an extra layer of information without your needing to open an app.

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Our pick

Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

The best contact sensor

An inexpensive, good-looking contact sensor—it detects when a window or door opens—and one of the smallest models we tested; it also senses temperature and vibration.]

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon
$30 from Dell
$20 from Lowe’s

At $20 as of the time of writing, the tiny Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor (Zigbee) does a lot for very little. Its main purpose is as a contact sensor, so you can easily stick these slim sensors anywhere and they’ll detect when a door, window, or drawer is opened or closed. It also has temperature and vibration sensors inside, so it can alert you or act as a trigger to other smart devices if a room or area is too hot or too cold. That makes it extremely versatile: you can just as easily keep tabs on the doors and windows of a rental property as a precious liquor cabinet.

Our pick

Aeotec MultiSensor 6 (Z-Wave Plus)

Aeotec MultiSensor 6 (Z-Wave Plus)

The best temperature sensor

This versatile sensor monitors light, motion, humidity, UV, and vibration, making it apt for controlling a thermostat or monitoring a sensitive space.

Buying Options

$60 from Amazon

Aeotec’s MultiSensor 6 does it all (except let you turn off its piercing LED light). It’s a good motion sensor, like the Fibaro and Samsung sensors, but it’s our pick as a temperature sensor because it can be powered by USB cable, unlike the others, and the included adjustable mount allows for consistent performance, making it the best, most fail-safe option for monitoring spaces where temperature is critical, such as a crib room or a wine cellar.

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Our pick

Fibaro Motion Sensor (Z-Wave Plus)

Fibaro Motion Sensor (Z-Wave Plus)

The best motion sensor

The coolest looking, most functional motion sensor we tested. It also monitors temperature, light, and vibrations—in a small size.

Buying Options

$40* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $60.

Our pick

Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

The best contact sensor

An inexpensive, good-looking contact sensor—it detects when a window or door opens—and one of the smallest models we tested; it also senses temperature and vibration.]

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon
$30 from Dell
$20 from Lowe’s

Our pick

Aeotec MultiSensor 6 (Z-Wave Plus)

Aeotec MultiSensor 6 (Z-Wave Plus)

The best temperature sensor

This versatile sensor monitors light, motion, humidity, UV, and vibration, making it apt for controlling a thermostat or monitoring a sensitive space.

Buying Options

$60 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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