Have you ever asked yourself, “Is it hot in here?” while at home? You probably answered yes to that question (don’t worry, we’ve all done it), but if you had one of the best HomeKit temperature sensors, then you could have automated the process with Siri to check and answer that for you. With a HomeKit temperature sensor, you get the report on the current temperature of any given room, either through the Home app or Siri. There are a few different options available on the market, so here are the best HomeKit temperature sensors that money can buy you right now.
The bees’ knees
Ecobee SmartSensor – White, 2-Pack
Ecobee’s SmartSensors are companions for the Ecobee thermostat that helps to regulate the temperature in rooms across your home. The SmartSensors are completely wireless, running on a single coin battery, and their compact size allows them to be placed just about anywhere. These sensors also include motion sensing, which allows them to work with every device in your HomeKit home, enabling automations such as turning on your lights when motion occurs.
Indoors or out
Eve Degree – Connected Weather Station
The Eve Degree is a portable powerhouse as it can tag along with you indoors and out thanks to its IPX3 water resistance rating. This beautiful sensor has a clean industrial design and an easy-to-read LCD which can show you the current temperature, humidity, and air pressure of your surroundings. The Eve Degree uses a direct Bluetooth connection to HomeKit and can be set up in seconds with just a scan of its HomeKit code.
Philips Hue Smart Motion Sensor (Installation-Free Exclusive for Philips Hue Lights), Hue Hub Required
The Philips Hue Motion Sensor is our go-to accessory for turning on and off our lights automatically as we come and go. It also just happens to have a temperature sensor. Once your motion sensor is set up with HomeKit, the temperature sensor functions just like any other, allowing it to work with scenes or automations, and can report the status via Siri on demand. Zigbee connectivity to the Philips Hue Hub makes this sensor rock solid when it comes to reliability. Plus, it is lighting fast to respond and update the status of your home.
Philips – Hue Bridge 2nd Generation – White
If you want to use the Philps Hue Smart Motion Sensor that we just mentioned, you’re going to need the Philips Hue Bridge to make it all work together. The Bridge acts as your central hub for all things automated, including compatible HomeKit products.
Aqara Temperature and Humidity Sensor
Aqara’s Smart Home Temperature Sensor is an affordable option that has some surprising perks. This tiny sensor reports the temperature to the Home app, plus humidity and atmospheric pressure, all in a package you can put just about anywhere. Even though the sensor itself has a low price, you will need to have the Aqara Smart Home Hub to add it to HomeKit, which may pay for itself if you need lots of sensors for around the house.
Connect all the Aqara
Aqara Hub, Wireless Smart Home Bridge for Alarm System, Home Automation, Remote Monitor and Control
If you want to make use of the Aqara Temperature and Humidity Sensor, then you’re going to need the Aqara Hub on top of it. With this hub, you can connect a variety of different Aqara smart home products that are compatible with HomeKit. In fact, this hub allows you to connect up to 32 Aqara devices, so go nuts!
Fibaro FGBHFS-101 Flood, Water & Temperature Sensor
If you are in the market for a temperature sensor for one of your kitchen, bathroom, or any other place that has the potential for water damage, then Fibaro’s Flood Sensor may be your best bet. Simply place this completely wireless sensor anywhere in your home, and you will have access to temperature monitoring, as well as an alarm that can notify you the instant that water is detected. This sensor can last up to 2 years before needing a battery swap, and it also reports humidity.
Simple, but effective
MIJIA QingPing Bluetooth Thermo-Hygrometer H Version
This simple little sensor will read and display the current temperature of the room on the display. You can see the data clearly with the 180-degree viewing angle, and you get two options of mounting it: either on a desktop or on the wall. It also uses a single button battery, uses low power consumption, and can record data for up to 30 days.
Sensible solutions with the best HomeKit temperature sensors
HomeKit temperature sensors leverage the power of Apple’s ecosystem to provide more than just telling you the temperature in a room. These sensors can work in tandem with other HomeKit accessories enabling some truly magical automations, like turning on a smart plug with a fan when the temperature gets a little too hot. When you have the best HomeKit temperature sensors with you, then you won’t even have to lift a finger to start up your automations. It makes life so much easier!
If you already have an Ecobee Thermostat, then the Ecobee SmartSensors are definitely the way to go. These compact sensors are completely wireless and also report motion to HomeKit, making them available in automations and one of the best HomeKit temperature sensors around.
In the market for a sensor that has a built-in display and doesn’t require a hub or thermostat? Take a look at the Eve Degree. This beautiful temperature sensor works both indoors and out, and a customizable display shows you the information that matters the most to you.
If you already have some Philips Hue gear in your home, then the Hue Motion Sensor may be the one for you. This sensor works with the Hue Hub and offers the same rock-solid performance and reliability that the system is famous for.
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