Thinking of building a smart home, but overwhelmed by choice? This handy list of the UK's best smart home hubs and their compatible gadgets should make life easier.

Taking the plunge into the world of connected living can be overwhelming if you haven’t done your research. If you’re still a little unsure about what a smart home even is, you can check out our complete guide on all things smart home. Our starter’s guide to smart home hubs will clear up a lot of confusion over what a hub does, why you need one, and why choosing the right one is important.

Our help article about Wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee and Bluetooth should also help demystify smart hubs for you, and can act as a useful reference guide while you explore some of the hubs mentioned below.

Already got some idea what you want from a smart home, but still overwhelmed by all the choice? Here are 13 of the best smart home hubs for UK buyers, along with useful information like price, their compatible gadgets, installation information and more.


Cozify smart home hubHub price: £199

Overview: Cozify is a slimline wireless smart home hub that covers almost every kind of home control imaginable. From lights and plugs to switches, speakers and sensors, Cozify can pretty much control and command them all. Be aware that although the box says “wireless”, you do need to plug the Cozify hub into your existing WiFi router. Still, it’s one less cable to get in a tangle behind the TV. You might find that one of Cozify’s special bundles serves your needs just fine, otherwise you’ve got a lot of (fun) shopping to do; Cozify is compatible with a ton of gadgets. Cozify automatically picks up on connected devices in your home via Wifi, so installation is a breeze. Just plug in and play.

App compatibility: iOS 6.0 and later, Android 4.1 and later, and Windows 8.1 and later

Works with:

  • Osram Lightify bulbs, lights and plug
  • Select Smarteye, Foscam and Opticam security cameras
  • Select Airam, Heiman and Opal smoke detectors
  • Proove 433 MHz devices (includes thermometers, window sensors, plugs and more)
  • Nexa 433 MHz devices (includes a dawn/dusk sensor, mountable switches, doorbell transmitters and more)
  • Sonos speakers and Sonos Connect
  • Philips Hue
  • Belkin WeMo Insight and Switch
  • NyCe multisensor and door/window sensor
  • Centralite water sensor
  • More Zigbee and Z-Wave devices
  • List of primary compatible devices here

02 Home Connect

O2 Home Connect smart home hubHub price: Min. £20 a month as part of various smart gadget subscriptions

Overview: O2 Home is being touted as the UK’s first smart home subscription package. It offers three separate pay monthly packages depending on what level of smart you’re after, instantly fixing you up with a ready-made smart home for all of the remote control toggling you’ve been dreaming of. The first package is O2 Comfort at £30 a month, which rigs up your house with a Tado smart thermostat, two smart plugs, a presence sensor and the O2 Smart Hub. Next is O2 Home View at £30 a month, which sorts you out with the hub and some security-savvy gadgets. Last is O2 Home Connect at £20 a month, comprising of the O2 Smart Hub, two presence sensors, two open and close sensors and two smart plugs. There’s an annual health check included too, which covers free call outs for any issues that O2 can’t solve over the phone. O2 will also professionally install each kit, saving technophobes and luddites the horror of trying to rig up an intimidating smart thermostat all by themselves.

The tiny catch is that O2 is only available in select areas for now. You can check whether it’s available in your here. The hub isn’t so pretty either; it’s a router-like white box that perches on a seemingly pointless plastic bridge. Sitting on your coffee table or window-ledge, it’s not exactly going to spell zen.

App compatibility: iOS 7.0 and later, Android 2.3 and later

Works with:

  • Fake TV burglar deterrent
  • Presence sensor and open and close sensor
  • Fibaro flood sensor
  • Smoke detector
  • Smart keypad (use alongside the app for home control)
  • Smart plug
  • Indoor siren
  • Smart delivery box (for accepting parcels and home deliveries)
  • Indoor security camera, panoramic security camera and outdoor security camera
  • Samsung SmartCam security camera
  • Tado thermostat
  • Yale smart door lock
  • Other Z-Wave devices
  • List of primary compatible devices here


Panasonic smart home hubHub price: From £99.99 as part of a gadget package

Overview: Panasonic’s smart home Hub comes as part of a few different packages offering varying degrees of smart home control. While you can’t buy the Hub as a standalone device, the packages are inexpensive and can be expanded with other compatible devices. The most basic package is the Home Safety Starter Kit, offering the Hub, a motion sensor, and a window and door sensor. A Home Monitoring and Control Kit puts you in control of an Indoor Camera, two window and door sensors, and a smart plug. Thus hub itself is a dinky, versatile box with an LED indicator and the option to wall mount if you’re limited for coffee table space. It relies on DECT – the technology used in digital cordless phones – rather than Wifi, to create a home network. This makes it virtually unhackable. It can even send you alerts via your landline phone if you don’t want to rely solely on the app. There’s also an SD card slot for saving footage from security cameras.

It’s worth knowing that the Panasonic smart home system is closed, so you won’t be able to connect third party devices – like Nest or Canary – to the Hub. It’s Panasonic devices only for now.

App compatibility: iOS 5.1.1 and later, Android 4.0 and later

Works with these Panasonic devices:

  • Smart plug
  • Motion sensor
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Window and door sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Water leak sensor
  • Indoor Siren
  • Access keypad (use alongside app for enhanced home control)
  • Keychain remote (another way to control gadgets app-free)
  • List of primary compatible devices here


Devolo Smart Home Hub Starter KitHub price: £179.99 as part of a Starter Kit

Overview: The Devolo Hub – or “Central Unit”, as Devolo calls it – is another option that you can only buy as part of a package of gadgets. The Devolo Home Control Starter Kit will bring the Central Unit, a door and window contact sensor, and a home control smart metering plug into your house. Unlike most other hubs, the Devolo Central Unit is a large plug that you have to plug into a wall socket, packing its own Wifi network so that you don’t need to connect it to your router via an ethernet cable. It’s no chunkier than a lot of smart plugs on the market, so it might appeal to those short of space. You can control your Devolo gadgets either using an app on your phone, or via the web platform at

App compatibility: iOS 4.3 and later, Android 2.2 and later

Works with:

  • Flood sensor
  • Humidity sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Door and window contact sensor
  • Key fob switch (for alternative control)
  • Devolo thermostat
  • Smart metering plug
  • Wall switch (for alternative control)
  • Radiator thermostat
  • Smoke detector
  • More non-Devolo Z-Wave devices


D-Link smart home appHub price: Free; it’s an app

Overview: The My D-Link Home platform breaks with the traditional approach in that it all centres around an app, rather than a hub or router. There is a host of devices that can be connected to the app and controlled collectively, meaning you don’t need to buy a vast raft of kit to begin enjoying remote control of your house. You can pull all kinds of tricks using the app, including the ability to “zone” your house and view camera feeds. The catch with not having a physical hub means the app is only compatible with D-Link’s own range of devices, but there’s a way around this. D-Link does offer a Connected Hub, priced at £70.98, which lets you expand with other gadgets operating over Z-Wave. If you’re planning on getting serious about home automation, it’s probably a good idea to buy the hub straight away to avoid frustration when you become inevitably desperate to expand your system. After all, the offering of app only gadgets is somewhat limited.

App compatibility: iOS 7.0 and later, Android 4.1 and later

Works with:

  • Window sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Siren
  • Smart plug
  • Indoor security camera
  • HD Indoor security camera
  • Music Everywhere plug (for music streaming)
  • More non-D-Link Z-Wave devices (Connected Hub needed)

Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThingsHub Price: £99

Overview: While it’s tempting to save money and grab this inexpensive hub on its own, it makes more sense to buy the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit at £159.99, which gives you the hub along with a generous collection of four wireless devices; a socket switch, a motion sensor, a presence sensor and a multi-sensor. The hub doesn’t have its own Wifi network, so you’ll have to tether it to your router using an ethernet cable. This can be annoying if you’ve got flaky home Wifi, or if your router is in an awkward place, but it suits most people. It’s an attractive device though, and doesn’t look as clunky or distracting as some other hubs. Connecting devices to the hub is easy – just tap + in the app, followed by Add a Thing, and you’re ready to start controlling.

The downside is range; some sensors need to be kept within 50 feet of the hub to work effectively. Luckily some sensors, like the motion detector, act as a range extender so they should help overcome this issue in most cases.

App compatibility: iOS 8.1 or later, Android varies according to device

Works with:

  • A variety of Samsung sensors (motion, presence and moisture)
  • A power outlet
  • Yale smart lock
  • Philips Hue
  • Sonos speakers and Sonos Connect
  • Logitech Harmony remote
  • Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless speakers
  • Honeywell smart thermostat
  • More non-Samsung Zigbee and Z-Wave devices
  • List of primary compatible devices here


ncube-smart-home-hubHub price: £149

Overview: From your lightbulbs and blinds to your security camera, thermostat and television, nCube puts simple, seamless home automation at your fingertips. Unlike a lot of other smart home platforms that are confined to select brands, nCube is compatible with almost any brand of gadget, be it Sonos, Nest, Philips, Z-Wave or Zigbee. It’s also unique in that it will keep things ticking along even when you’re offline, so a slow internet connect or a period of down-time isn’t going to stop your alarm systems working or send your heating schedule into a frenzy. nCube doesn’t send any of your information to central servers or a cloud, saving it within the device itself to keep your home automation system secure and private. It’s a quirky bright blue hub, which might not appeal to everyone, but we think it’s a welcome change from the black and white boxes on offer elsewhere.

App compatibility: iOS 6.0 and later, Android 4.0 and later

Works with: 

  • Sonos speakers
  • Philips Hue
  • Nest thermostat
  • LIFX smart lights
  • Belkin WeMo products
  • Mipow Bluetooth Playbulb
  • Popp wall switch
  • Vision smoke detector
  • Parrot Flower Power sensor
  • More Zigbee and Z-Wave devices


Piper smart home hub security cameraHub price: £129.99

Overview: Wondering why this hub has a lens? That’s because it’s a smart security that doubles as a hub, which is pretty brilliant. The camera is an HD device that features night vision, motions sensors, a microphone, speakers and a super-fast processor. This last part helps it to double as a Z-wave friendly smart hub, meaning it works with all kinds of top gadgets on the market. It’s also equipped for 2-way audio, letting you hear – and be heard – through the app on your phone. The camera also syncs with IFTTT (“If This Then That”), an app that lets you create schedules and rules amongst multiple smart home gadgets. Even better – the camera is wireless, so you can pop it wherever you like to get smart surveillance from the perfect angle.

App compatibility: iOS 8.0 and later, Android 4.1 and later

Works with:

  • Door and window sensor
  • Smart plug
  • water sensor
  • More Z-Wave devices


hive-smart-home-hubHub price: £80

Overview: The Hive smart thermostat kicked off British Gas’s foray into the smart home, and the UK energy giant now has a decent line of smart home gadgets that work around a single Hub. You can buy the hub alone if you like, but it’s more cost-effective to pick up of the smart home packs, starting at a reasonable £99 for the hub, a motion sensor, and a door and window sensor. Given that heating is at the heart of the British Gas ethos, there’s some extra heating-centric smart fun to be had if you opt for the Hive Active Heating Kit, priced at £249. That tidy bundle gives you the hub, the Hive thermostat, and a heating zone for your home for individual room control. Like the Panasonic smart home system, the Hive smart home system is closed, so it’s not expandable unless British Gas launches more own-brand smart devices.

App compatibility: iOS 7.0 and later, Android varies according to device

Works with: 

  • Hive Active Heating thermostat
  • Hive Multizone
  • Hive Active Lights
  • Door and window sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Hive Active Plug
  • See all compatible devices here

Apple Home

apple-home-apple-tvHub price: Free; it’s an app

Overview:  Until recently, anyone playing smart home with Apple Homekit products had to hop between apps to manage their various devices. Thanks to a handy little app called Apple Home that rolled out with iOS 10, however, home automation is an infinitely easier task. When it comes with compatible devices, the rule of thumb is if it works with Homekit, it works with Apple Home, putting you in full control directly from the lock screen of your iPhone. It even syncs video feeds from security cameras and video doorbells and lets you organise each room in your house into a single-control icon.

Got Apple TV? You can access the entire range of Apple Home functions on your TV screen exactly like in the app – just in giant format. This pairing also enables you to control your gadgets from practically anywhere when you’re out and about. Just use the Home app on your phone to tell your Apple TV what smart tricks you want your gadgets to perform.

That’s all great, but the important thing to be aware of is that Apple Home doesn’t simply cancel out the need for a hub to use your existing gadgets. It merely eliminates the need to use separate apps for them. You’ll still need your Philips Hue bridge, for instance.

App compatibility: iOS 10 only

Works with:

  • Philips Hue
  • Honeywell Lyric thermostat
  • Elgato Eve Thermo plugs and sensors
  • August smart lock
  • Friday smart lock
  • iDevices outdoor switch
  • List of primary compatible devices here


Insteon Smart Home HubHub price: $149.99 (around £118)

Overview: The Insteon Hub with Apple HomeKit support isn’t here to make friends with Android users. It’s an Apple focused device that supports iOS, HomeKit and most Insteon smart gadgets. Lovers of Android will probably want to skip this hub. For controlling smart lights and appliances this is an easy way to do it all. Just don’t expect any extra connectivity to things like cameras, motion detectors, door or window sensors. But you will be able to control what is connected using your voice thanks to Siri integration.

The alternative is to grab the sans-Homekit Insteon hub at £99.95. This will offer control of more third party gadgets like Nest and Logitech, as well as Android support, but won’t help when it comes to some of those desirable HomeKit devices. Whichever way you go, you’ll be getting a nice compact little hub with a whopping range of up to 250 feet.

App compatibility: iOS 8.1 and later for the Homekit-enabled hub; iOS 8.0 and later, Android 2.3 and later, and Windows 8 and later for the sans-Homekit hub

Homekit-enabled hub works with:

  • Philips Hue
  • Honeywell Lyric thermostat
  • Elgato Eve Thermo plugs and sensors
  • August smart lock
  • Friday smart lock
  • iDevices outdoor switch
  • All Insteon devices, including sensors, plugs smoke alarms, locks and more
  • List of primary Homekit compatible devices here

Sans-Homekit hub works with Insteon-branded:

  • Door and window sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Garage door kit
  • Alert module
  • Leak sensor
  • Smart door lock
  • Smart lock controller
  • Smart LED light bulbs
  • List of all Insteon devices here


Logitech Harmoney Smart Home HubHub price: £279.99 along with a universal remote

Overview: The Logitech Harmony hub is a compact and sleek black pebble that’s going to look great in your home, but it’s worth knowing from the off that it comes with its limitations. Mainly the fact that it’s a closed system like Hive and Panasonic. You can splash out £99 for an extender that supports Z-Wave and ZigBee, but you probably won’t want to do that after you’ve just forked out £280 for a hub. So why would anyone choose Logitech? One of the big attractions of this £280 hub, as you’d expect from a speaker specialist, is great home theatre support. Plus it offers remote control support from that slick universal remote, minus your phone. Amazingly, despite all that it lacks, it does offer wide device compatibility. The inclusion of an IR-blaster and Bluetooth support means it will connect to most home theatre systems easily including HD TVs, Blu-ray players and even consoles. So you can set a smart button in the app that’ll turn on your TV, speaker system and console all in one press. It works with IFTTT too.

App compatibility: iOS 8.0 and later, Android 4.0 and later

Works with:

  • August smart lock
  • Ecobee thermostat
  • Hunter Douglas motorised blinds
  • Insteon devices
  • LIFX Wifi lightbulbs
  • Lutron motorised blinds
  • Nest thermostat
  • Philips Hue
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • List of primary compatible devices here
  • More Z-wave and Zigbee devices (additional £100 extender device required)