This is a stylish unit that looks more ‘smart home’ than any of the others here. It also differs by being the only one that doesn’t come with any sticky backing, though you could add this yourself. As with all Eve products, Button only works with iOS – there’s a wide range of HomeKit-compatible devices it can control. You can install it either in the Eve app or the Home app; the latter is our preference as it’s more intuitive, though the former allows for more granular control over the button’s actions. Eve offers three ways to press the button (single, double and long press), but unusually it can’t perform different actions from the same type of press (such as turning lights on and then off from consecutive presses). Included are various smart home icon stickers, to display what controls you’ve assigned to it, though they look a little cheap.
Flic’s button is the smallest device here; you could easily lose one if you’re not careful. Thankfully, it comes with a reusable sticky backing as well as a clip that you can attach to yourself. It’s also IP44 weatherproof, so you could place it outdoors. Once you’ve created an account, setting up Flic via the app is easy – just tap the button to connect, then tap the on-screen version to assign commands to button presses. There are three button press types (single, double and long press) and, unlike the Eve, Flic acts as a toggle switch for the same button press. You can also add an unlimited number of actions on each type of press, allowing you to control loads of different devices at once. As well as controlling smart home devices, Flic can do some neat extra tricks, such as act as a click counter or help you find your phone with a button press.
£79.99 (starter kit), logitech.com
The Logitech Pop comes as a starter kit, which seems pricey, but you get two buttons plus the bridge required to connect them up. This system gives the buttons a greater range than Bluetooth options, so you have more freedom to place them around the home. Pop is quite big, making it easy to find and press in a rush. Setup takes a few minutes; you need to install the bridge first, but thereafter buttons can be added with a press. Adding commands in the app is easy, though you have to manually scan for devices first. Standard Pop commands are on/off with the same press, though an advanced mode allows you to set on and off actions with different presses, and you can also set multiple actions to each of them. Pop supports many smart home devices within its own app, but it can also control HomeKit-compatible products too.
$59 (£44), turntouch.com
We love the look of the Turn Touch, with its luxurious mahogany finish, but we appreciate it might be too much for some. What isn’t up for debate is its capabilities – unlike the other buttons here, you can’t carry out different actions with different button presses; instead you get a whopping four buttons to stab at. On each button you can assign a different device, and each device gets four commands, giving you up to 16 individual commands at your disposal. This is great if you want more control over single devices or ecosystems. Turn Touch works with most major smart home services, such as Hue and Wemo, and it even supports HomeKit. It’s easy to set up and automatically scans for smart home stuff. The downsides? It only works with Mac and iOS, and it can get confusing remembering which buttons control what.