List of Best Samsung Smartthings Compatible Devices for Your Smart Home

Samsung’s smart home platform, SmartThings, helps you to access all of your home’s connected gadgets. Set your thermostats, keep an eye on your house with surveillance cameras and video doorbells, automate lighting with connected bulbs and switches, and keep an eye on your sprinkler system all from one smartphone.

If you want to use voice control to work the devices, you can use Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant that’s built into its smartphones.

While Samsung’s smart home ecosystem isn’t as large as Amazon’s or Google’s, it still supports over 5,000 products. Almost all of the most common smart home brands are represented, including Arlo, Nest, Philips Hue, Ring, Sonos, and Wemo.

Certain devices require a Samsung SmartThings-compatible hub, a separate $120 device that connects third-party devices to the system. Samsung has been working on getting devices to hook up to SmartThings via Wi-Fi, though, so you should see more and more options that don’t require the separate hub.

We rounded up the top-performing products from our ratings of smart speakers, surveillance cameras, smart thermostats, smart locks, smart sprinkler controls, and more to help you find the right SmartThings-compatible smart devices for your house.

List of Best Samsung Smartthings Compatible Devices

Best Samsung-Compatible Smart Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

In our smart thermostat rankings, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat takes one of the top slots. It gets an Excellent rating for automating your heating and cooling, and it comes with a slew of smart features including an occupancy sensor (which allows it to change the temperature depending on whether people are present in a room) and geofencing (which adjusts the temperature when you leave home).

One caveat: That the manual controls aren’t the easiest to use.

Best Samsung-Compatible Wireless Security Camera

Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P

The Arlo Pro 2 has excellent video quality, and Arlo cameras are the only ones in our rankings that have an Excellent Smart IQ rating. In comparison to the competition, they have a siren, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, a rechargeable battery, and a rotating seven days of free storage for motion- and audio-triggered video clips (a per-day fee applies).

The Pro 2 also receives a great data security score, which means it will hold up well against hackers, but its data privacy could be better. (See this article on our security camera data privacy and security tests for more information.)

The Arlo Pro 2 has excellent video quality, and Arlo cameras are the only ones in our rankings that have an Excellent Smart IQ rating. In comparison to the competition, they have a siren, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, a rechargeable battery, and a rotating seven days of free storage for motion- and audio-triggered video clips (a per-day fee applies).

Free video storage: 7 days
Optional subscription costs: 30 days of cloud video storage for $3 per month for one camera or $10 per month for five cameras; 24/7 continuous video recording for $10 per month per camera for 14 days and $20 per month per camera for 30 days.

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Best Samsung-Compatible Smart Lock

Yale Assure YRD256-CBA-619

The August smart lock platform is used by the Yale Assure YRD256-CBA-619. Its smartphone app is almost similar to August’s, with the exception of Yale branding. That means it has many of the same features as August smart locks, such as remote control, an access log, voice control (via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant), electronic keys, and a door open/close sensor, among others.

This lock also comes with Yale’s version of the August Connect Wi-Fi adapter, $79, which you need in order to use all those features. In our tests, the Yale Assure YRD256-CBA-619 receives a Very Good rating for its resistance to drilling. It’s also effectively impossible to pick because it’s keyless, and it’s very resistant to kick-ins as sold.

Best Samsung-Compatible Robotic Vacuum

Samsung POWERbot R7040

It’s no surprise that the Samsung R7040 robotic vacuum works with SmartThings. In our tests, the little bot earns an Excellent rating for bare floors and carpet cleaning. Our testers also found it easier to use than other models from the manufacturer.

You can update the status of the bot, schedule it, and browse its cleaning history using Samsung’s SmartThings software. This Samsung app also allows users to erase or submit the data that the bot gathers, which is a plus, but it only receives a middle-of-the-road Good ranking in our data privacy reviews.

(However, no robotic vacuum cleaner brand receives a better than a Good rating.) It receives a Very Good rating in our data protection tests, which determine how well a robot protects your data. (For more detail, see this article about our robotic vacuum data privacy and protection tests.)

Samsung robotic vacs aren’t as reliable as Eufy or iRobot (which earned an Excellent and a Very Good reliability rating, respectively, in our CR member surveys); they earned just a Good rating. So compared with these other two brands, there’s a greater chance they will break over time. Samsung bots also got a Good rating for owner satisfaction, which is lukewarm.

Best Samsung-Compatible Smart Sprinkler Controller

Rachio 8ZULW-C

The Rachio 3 8ZULW-C is a reliable sprinkler controller with a Very Good rating for weather tolerance and an Excellent rating for WiFi configuration. However, since the wiring directions are confusing and it lacks a backup battery and a weatherproof shell, it only gets a Good ranking for comfort. (A $30 casing is available separately.)

This particular model works for up to eight sprinkler zones; a 16-zone version is also available for larger systems. In addition to controls in the SmartThings app, this Rachio also features manual controls on the device itself.

Best Samsung-Compatible Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

First Alert Smart ZCOMBO-G

If you want a smoke and CO detector that can send you smartphone alerts when you’re away from home, consider the First Alert Smart ZCOMBO-G. This battery-powered detector performs very well in all our evaluations except our flaming fires test, for which it receives a Poor rating. So if you go with this detector, you may want to also consider purchasing a battery-powered ionization smoke detector (for flaming fires), such as the Kidde RF-SM-DC.

This First Alert features a hush button, runs on two AA batteries, and can connect with other compatible detectors. This model uses a wireless network called Z-Wave, not WiFi, so it requires a SmartThings hub, $120, to connect to the internet and your smartphone.

Best Samsung-Compatible Smart Speaker

Sonos Move

Sonos Move is the company’s first portable speaker. It doesn’t even use Wi-Fi because it’s Bluetooth-enabled, allowing for fast streaming from a smartphone. However, due to its massive size and 6.7-pound weight, it’s more suited to a trip from the family room to the patio than a beach bag ride.

The Move, like the company’s other versions, can be the hub of a Wi-Fi-powered multi-room device and work with other Sonos speakers, the majority of which performed admirably in our tests. It connects to Samsung SmartThings, allowing you to access it as well as all of your other gadgets from a single app.

But it also has both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built in so you can use the assistants via the speaker itself. You can even use them to control your other SmartThings-compatible devices with your voice. If you don’t need the Move’s portability or Bluetooth capability, the Sonos One is still compatible with SmartThings and provides the same Alexa and Google Assistant support—as well as similar sound quality, although with a bit less bass and volume—for about half the price.

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