Lutron's Serena, our pick for best smart shades, shown installed on four sunny windows in a room with a dark wood desk, white chair, and striped rug. A low stone wall and green trees are visible outside the windows.

The Best Smart Window Shades

Our pick

Lutron Serena Shades

Lutron Serena Shades

The best smart shades

Responsive, quiet, and of excellent quality, these custom-made shades can be controlled using automated smart-home controls like Schedules, geofencing, and Scenes. They are also the most widely compatible with smart-home platforms.

Buying Options

Buy from Lutron
$566 from Home Depot

Easy to install, simple to set up, battery-powered, and custom-made to fit your windows, Lutron’s Serena Shades are the best self-install smart shades we tested. They work with every major smart-home system and all of the voice assistants, when paired with Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge (a small device that plugs into your Wi-Fi router and lets you control your devices remotely; it’s the same one that connects Lutron’s Caseta smart light switches). But the Serena Shades are expensive, at least $100 more than the closest competition for the size of shade we tested, and nearly three times the price of our budget pick, IKEA’s Fyrtur. But if you want the nicest-looking, smartest window coverings that you can install yourself, Lutron Serena Shades are hands down the best choice.

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Runner-up

Tilt MySmartRollerShades

Tilt MySmartRollerShades

A good but less-brainy smart shade

More affordable and solar-powered, Tilt’s MySmartRollerShades are custom-made. And they offer scheduling and built-in routines in a nice app that doesn’t require any additional smart-home devices. But these shades work only with Amazon Alexa.

Buying Options

$400 from Tilt

If you don’t mind a more modest selection of fabrics and styles and don’t need deep smart-home integration, Tilt’s MySmartRollerShades are a good option. They are easy to install and to control with the Tilt app (if noticeably slower than our top pick), and they come in a decent, if limited, selection of colors and styles. The simple ordering process is a refreshing change: Every shade is the same price, no matter the size or style. These shades run on rechargeable batteries that connect to an included solar panel. But there’s no remote control, aside from the app, and the only smart-home integration is with Amazon Alexa.

Budget pick

IKEA Fyrtur

IKEA Fyrtur

Low price, but limited options

These shades come in just one color and in fixed sizes. But they’re a fraction of the cost of our other picks, and they work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Buying Options

$150 from IKEA

If your window openings fit one of the eight available sizes of IKEA’s Fyrtur shades (ours didn’t) and you like the industrial exposed hardware and gray blackout fabric look (we do!), then these inexpensive smart shades are a great, budget-friendly option. These shades can be controlled using Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, as long as you buy IKEA’s $35 Tradfri internet gateway—a small device that wirelessly connects your shades to your home Wi-Fi network. The Fyrtur shades are well made, and in our testing they worked reliably. And the replaceable, rechargeable battery is at 80% after four months of daily use. That said, the included remote is a bit finicky, and installation and setup can be just as frustrating as it is when you’re putting together an IKEA cabinet. But considering the reasonable price for these shades, we think it’s hard to complain. If the installation challenge is daunting or you’re considering the YouTube videos that show you how to “hack” Fytur shades so they fit your window, we’d say skip the heartache—there are better options.

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Our pick

Lutron Serena Shades

Lutron Serena Shades

The best smart shades

Responsive, quiet, and of excellent quality, these custom-made shades can be controlled using automated smart-home controls like Schedules, geofencing, and Scenes. They are also the most widely compatible with smart-home platforms.

Buying Options

Buy from Lutron
$566 from Home Depot

Runner-up

Tilt MySmartRollerShades

Tilt MySmartRollerShades

A good but less-brainy smart shade

More affordable and solar-powered, Tilt’s MySmartRollerShades are custom-made. And they offer scheduling and built-in routines in a nice app that doesn’t require any additional smart-home devices. But these shades work only with Amazon Alexa.

Buying Options

$400 from Tilt

Budget pick

IKEA Fyrtur

IKEA Fyrtur

Low price, but limited options

These shades come in just one color and in fixed sizes. But they’re a fraction of the cost of our other picks, and they work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Buying Options

$150 from IKEA

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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