This is a system that takes full advantage of home automation's immense potential. The sensors are designed to be as useful and as usable as possible, and beyond those, you'll have the option to add a great number of different third-party devices to your system, since the hub at the heart of the SmartThings setup uses both Z-Wave and ZigBee. By supporting those two wireless standards, SmartThings is compatible with everything from to . You'll also enjoy (If This Then That), meaning you'll be able to use your sensors to trigger other IFTTT-friendly smart devices like the or bulbs (not to mention integration with apps like Twitter, Google Drive, and Foursquare).
I was eager to learn whether SmartThings delivers on its promise of making the Internet of Things more accessible, so I installed and tested out one of the kits for myself. Setup was a relative breeze, and for the most part, the sensors I tested worked extremely well, never failing to do whatever I automated them to do. The (free on and iOS devices, but not available for BlackBerry or Windows Phone users) was a worthy little control center, though at times I found it a bit cluttered and confusing. Overall, I liked what I saw from SmartThings, and would have no hesitations recommending its products to just about anybody with an interest in home automation.
It's a similar experience to installing an or a , though it's worth pointing out that the SmartThings Hub costs a little less than the Insteon Hub, and a lot less than the $299 Revolv Hub. It's also worth noting that SmartThings and Revolv do a much better job than Insteon does of guiding you through the setup process with their respective apps (Revolv's app goes even further, offering detailed, automated help for the installation of third-party devices).