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Top 6 smart home products that support Matter

The issue is arguably the biggest thing to happen to smart homes since their inception. The interoperability feature allows devices from different ecosystems to interact with each other, giving you the freedom to shop for your favorite products regardless of the manufacturer. Unfortunately, not all devices have offered support for Matter — and not all will.

Matter only supports a handful of high-profile products as of today, though dozens more are expected to add the functionality in the coming months. For now, here are the top five Matter-enabled smart home products. For a complete list, head over to the official Matter website.

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Echo point with clock (fifth generation)

Positives

  • Built-in fingerprint

  • Greatly improved sound quality

  • The watch shows more useful information

  • New temperature sensor

  • Wi-Fi features added

cons

  • It only works as a Wi-Fi booster if you’re already on Amazon eero

Amazon recently introduced Matter support for a slew of devices, but the Echo Dot with Clock is arguably one of the most exciting. Available for just $60 (and often on sale), the Dot is a surprisingly good smart speaker. Not only does it look good, but the streamlined HUD lets you quickly check the time or get the current weather forecast. Take a look at it and the availability of various color options, and it’s easy to see why the Echo Dot with Clock is one of the best smart speakers out there.

The all-new Echo Dot (5th generation, 2022 release) with Watch

Echo point with clock (fifth generation)

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Nest Hub (2nd generation)

Positives

  • Accurate sleep tracking

  • Tons of data about your sleep

  • Pricing starts at $100

cons

  • Few new features over the previous model

Just like Amazon, Google has pushed a Matter update for many of its devices towards the end of 2022. Included in that wave of updates is the Nest Hub, which gives the popular smart display the ability to interact with other Matter devices. The Google Assistant is as powerful as ever, and the vibrant 7-inch screen lets you stream your favorite shows, load the calendar, play music, or get a quick tutorial on how to make a new dish.

Google Nest Hub (2nd generation)
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Echo Show 15

Positives

  • Huge 15.6 inch screen

  • The widget’s functionality makes it easy to see tasks, smart home, and more at a glance

  • Various routing options

  • Visual ID exchange between users

cons

  • It lacks customization and customization options

  • The program crashes without explanation

Need something a little bigger than your standard smart display? Check out the Amazon Echo Show 15, which has an impressive 15-inch display and fully supports Matter. It’s a little pricey, but you won’t find many other products like the Echo Show 15 (not to mention one that also supports Matter).

Amazon Echo Show 15
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Door and window sensors from Eve

Positives

  • easy to use

  • Tons of versatility

  • Stylish design

Now that Eve’s Door & Window Sensor supports things, it’s never been easier to keep your home secure. In addition to knowing if your doors (or windows) are open or closed, you can trigger different events based on their status — like turning on the lights or turning off your oven. You’ll need to join the early access program to take advantage of the features, but that’s a minor inconvenience for a lot of neat smart home technology.

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Door and window sensors from Eve

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Apple HomePod mini

Positives

  • Algorithmic audio improves the experience

  • Mid highs and clean sound

  • The small size makes it stand apart

  • It is the most affordable HomeKit home center

cons

  • Siri lacks the advanced intelligence of its competitors

  • Short power cord

Another entry on this list, another smart speaker for discussion. This category of products has been extensively updated to support Matter, serving as central hubs for most smart homes. The Apple HomePod mini rounds out the big three (Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri), giving you the option to use any ecosystem as the hub of a Matter-connected smart home. Siri may not be quite as versatile as the competition, but iOS fans will no doubt be happy to have the new functionality that Matter has to offer.

Apple HomePod mini
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HomePod

Positives

  • Great sound quality

  • Incredible bass performance

  • Impressive surround sound

  • Wireless plug and play

  • Stylish design

cons

  • Limited connectivity options

  • There is no direct playback of Spotify

Take everything that makes HomePod mini so great, mix them together with a bigger design and better speakers, and you build the new HomePod. The newest member of Apple’s smart home family offers full support for Matter, making it a great central pillar for anyone putting together a connected network of devices. Beyond Matter, you’ll benefit from High-Resolution Audio powered by a 4-inch high-fidelity woofer, five tweeters, and spatial audio along with room sensing to optimize performance based on your home’s acoustics. It’s not cheap, clocking in at $299, but few Matter products are as powerful and versatile as the HomePod.

Apple HomePod 2023

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