Welcome to the 2018 Wellbots Ranking of the Top 25 Smart Products
We call “Smart Product” any connected device that can interact with people, its environment or other devices. Smart Products can provide useful information to their users and in some cases act using this information. Smart Products can embark modern technologies – sensors, microprocessors, software – into known devices or be brand new types of products. Examples of Smart Products are drones, cleaning robots, wearables, home automation devices, and connected toys. They are also called Internet-of-Things devices or connected devices.
Wellbots.com is the go-to online retail destination for Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices in North America. Since its launch in 2013, Wellbots.com has grown into one of the IoT industry’s leading authorities. Along with renowned customer service, Wellbots.com delivers unparalleled smart product shopping advice, innovative features and the best selection of products per category. In addition, Wellbots.com boasts strategic partnerships with PayPal and CNET, is a Google Trusted Store and annually releases the ranking of the Top 25 Smart Products.
This year, our Ranking Team has surveyed over 400 manufacturers and 2,000 users of Smart Products. Industry insiders and smart product users vote on a range of criteria that include product quality and design, brand awareness, innovation, financial strength, marketing, research & development.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best performing consumer drone in 2018. It has a flying time of 31 minutes and is equipped with the Hasselblad camera with a 20MP 1” CMOS Sensor, making it 4 times more effective than the original Mavic Pro. It can fly as fast as 45mph and features multiple fun and useful modes such as ActiveTrack, Obstacle Avoiding, Panoramas and Hyperlapse. DJI is the leading manufacturer of consumer drones with a 74% market share. The company may go public in 2019.
Founded in 2006 in Shenzhen, China.
Won a tech & engineering Emmy Award in 2017.
iRobot Roomba i7+ is one of the most advanced robot vacuum cleaners released this year. Thanks to its self-emptying bin, no need to worry about your robot after each cycle: the disposable bag can contain 30 robot bins. The iRobot i7+ also has the ability to map your home and can be scheduled to clean specific rooms if needed. The i7+ has all the standard Roomba features and picks up more pet hair than any other robot vacuum. iRobot remains the world’s leading manufacturer of home cleaning robots. Based in Massachusetts, the company has a market cap of $2.2B.
Founded in 1990 in Bedford, MA.
Went public on Nasdaq in 2005.
• $900M in revenue • $2.2B market cap • 982 employees
Roomba robot vacuums, Braava robot mops, Mirra pool cleaner
The Apple HomePod is a breakthrough speaker that senses its location and tunes the music to sound amazing wherever you are in the room. Together with Apple Music, it gives access to over 45 million songs. With the intelligence of Siri, it is a helpful home assistant for everyday tasks and for controlling your smart home accessories - all with your voice.Apple hit a market cap of $1 trillion in August 2018. It is the first-ever company to have achieved such a feat.
Headquartered in Cupertino, CA
500 retail stores; 123,000 employees.
• Founded in 1976 by 2 Steve’s (Jobs & Wozniak) • Most valuable company in the world
Protect and monitor your home with the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, a plugged-in HD security camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from your phone, tablet and PC. It features brilliant 1080HD video, wide-angle camera lens, and built-in microphone and speakers.Ring was acquired by Amazon in February 2018. for $1.2B.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Santa Monica, CA
Featured on ABC's Shark Tank in 2013
• 1,300 employees • Raised over $200M
video doorbells, security cams, stick up cam, security system
Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular voice-controlled speaker. This 3rd generation features an improved sound and a new design. You can ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, or read the news. Call and message almost anyone hands-free. Echo Dot 3rd Gen allows you to use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, or lock your doors.This is yet another interesting step forward showing that the FAANG are putting more and more emphasis on smart products.
Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos in Seattle
Listed on Nasdaq in 1997
• $177B in revenue • 600,000 employees
• Kindle e-reader & Fire tablet
• Fire TV box system
• Echo & Echo Dot voice-enabled smart speaker
The Neato Botvac D7 is a state-of-the-art WiFi connected robot vacuum cleaner manufactured by Neato Robotics. The much improved D7 is equipped with the LaserSmart technology, which scans and maps your house for better performance overtime.You can control everything from the Neato app or your smart speaker: scheduling, navigation, and performance. Its 2-hour battery life and virtual walls make this robot vacuum the perfect fit for large homes.
Founded in 2005 in California. Born at Stanford’s annual Entrepreneurs Challenge.
• Raised $50M from VCs; 200 employees • Bought by Vorwerk in 2017
The Magic Leap One Augmented Reality headset headset is a technological marvel that changes how you experience the world around you. You can make appear whatever you want in front of your field of view while working, resting or interacting with people. It could be the schedule of your week or latest emails hovering above your desk but also wonderful fish swimming around you.Overall design is better than what we were used to see among its competitors with a mix of sci-fi and steampunk touch to it.
Founded in 2010 in Florida.
Raised $2.3B from Google, Alibaba & others.
Oculus Go is one of the best Virtual Reality headsets currently available. For the first time, Oculus brings a truly standalone VR headset. No additional device is required while in VR. Oculus Go is portable, comfortable, and easy to use. Just put it on, switch it on, and watch a movie on a 180" screen, catch a concert from the first row, play a game, or hang out with friends.
Partnered up with Samsung to create the Gear VR in 2015 Founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook in 2017
• Founded in 2012 in Irvine, CA • Facebook acquired the company in 2014 for $2.3B
Oculus Rift, Go, Gear VR (with Samsung), Quest (in 2019)
The Robomow RS630 (2018 Edition) is a safe and efficient robot lawn mower. It can cover a maximum surface of 3/4 acre during one cycle and climb 36 degree slopes. The 2018 Edition of the RS630 boasts significant improvements including a new GSM-Module allowing a better and smarter navigation of the robot. All settings as well as scheduling can be set and monitored through the app. Enjoy a cup of coffee while your robot is doing the hard work!
Founded in 1995 in Israel; headquartered in Ohio.
Acquired by MTD Products in 2017.
• Parent company MTD has $2.5B in revenue • 6,000+ employees
• Robomow RS for large-size lawns • Robomow RC for smaller lawns
Sonos One allows you to start and control music with your voice, with Amazon Alexa built right in. Connect wirelessly with other Sonos Home Sound System speakers to play music in any or every room. With the Sonos app, you can manage all your music in one place: Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and 80 other streaming services globally.
Founded in 2002 and based in Santa Barbara, CA
Opened its first retail store in NYC in 2016
• Listed on Nasdaq in 2018 • 1,450 employees; $1.3B market cap
The White Smart Bulb by Philips Hue Hue is a nice addition to your already smart home. Add a Philips Hue white bulb to your system and enhance your home with soft white lighting that you can dim and control remotely. Automate your lights to make it seem like you are home when you are not or set timers. With the Philips Hue iOS and Android apps you can control your lights remotely wherever you are. Check if you have forgotten to switch your lights off before you left your home, and switch them on if you are working late.
Philips was founded in 1891 in the Netherlands
$20B in revenue; 74,000 employees
• First released in 2012 as an Apple Store exclusive • Manufactured by Philips Lighting division
The Polaroid OneStep 2 is a new instant-print camera that blends classic design with contemporary style. It is inspired by Polaroid’s original OneStep camera from 1977 and updated to create a simple, easy-to-use instant camera that works straight out of the box: pick up some i-Type instant film and you are good to go. It has a high-quality lens and a powerful flash which provide great photos every time.
Founded in 1937, declared bankruptcy in 2001 and 2008
Acquired by Polish investor Oskar Smolokowski in 2017
• Peak employment was 21,000 in 1978 • Peak revenue was $3B in 1991
digital cameras, instant cameras, action cameras, instant film
The Instant Pot Duo Plus is the latest evolution in the #1 selling multi-cooker the Duo series with more custom features, improved usability and a large attractive blue LCD screen. It is a 9-in-1 Programmable kitchen appliance with advance microprocessor taking the guesswork out of cooking. It has passed stringent UL & ULC certifications, 10 safety mechanisms and has patented technology, so it offers uncompromising safety.
Founded in 2009 in Canada
Manufactured by the Midea Group in China
• Profitable since 2012 • 1M+ engaged users sharing recipes
The Nest Learning Thermostat is the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified. . It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. This 3rd generation features new rings and a big, sharp display. Nest shows you how much energy you use every day in Energy History and every month in your Home Report. So you can see when you use more energy, like on weekends or Monday nights, and how to use less.
Founded in 2010 & headquartered in Palo Alto First Generation thermostat released in 2011
• Acquired by Google for $3.2B in 2014 • $700M in 2017 revenue
• Cameras, Video Doorbell, Door Lock
• Alarm System, Smoke Alarm
The Boosted Mini S is a wonderful electric skateboard which is smaller and cheaper than the other Boosted boards. Its remote is hands down the best and safest e-skateboard controller available on the market. Many features have been upgraded to allow for a smooth and enjoyable ride, with a board that is much more convenient to carry around.
Founded in 2011 in California Wide coverage by Youtube celebrity Casey Neistat
• First Kickstarter campaign ($100K goal) generated $467
The Kreepy Krauly Prowler 920 robot pool cleaner by Pentair is fit to clean inground pools thoroughly by scrubbing and vacuuming. The robot can be programmed for deep daily cleaning schedules thanks to the built-in timer. Prowler 920 removes fine and large debris with minimum effort, so you can spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning it.
Founded in 1966 in Minnesota
Listed on NYSE
• $2.8B in 2017 revenue • 10,000 employees in 34 countries
The Coway Airmega 400S is the latest connected air purifier from Coway and boasts powerful features allowing it to perform in a large room of up to 1,560 sq.ft. It has 2 filters: a washable pre-filter and a Max2, a filter set that contains activated carbon and true HEPA filters. The filter reduces more than 99% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, as well as fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO, and reduces up to 99.97% of particles in the air. Connect it to your Wi-Fi and control your Coway 400S purifier with the app: monitor air quality, check filter status, schedule the timer and receive real-time air quality updates.
Founded in 1989 in South Korea Leading manufacturer of water & air purifiers
• $2B in revenue; 4,700 employees • #1 consumer electronics company in Korea
The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 is the next generation of the Deebot series. The major upgrade this robot vacuum benefits from is its ability to change its cleaning power to clean deeper based on the floor type. In addition, it both vacuums and mops the floor. Map your house and set priority areas to optimize the cleaning process. You can control it with the app or use Amazon Alexa or Google Home to make it charge, start, or stop its cleaning cycle.
Founded in 1998 in China
Listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2018
The InMotion Solowheel Glide 3 / V8 is an electric unicycle which comes as a revolution in the world of smart commuting. It has amazing features, a sleek design and a high-performing battery. It is easy to use and has a 30-mile range. Ride hills up and down and pretty much every terrain with improved security thanks to its Intelligent Safety Tilt Back technology. The front light allows for riding it at night.
Founded in 2012 in China
Zhou Wei made it to the 2015 Forbes China 30 Under 30
• Ran multiple successful crowdfunding campaigns • Merged with Solowheel in 2017
Electric unicycles, e-scooters, e-bikes, Hovershoes
The Swellpro SplashDrone 3 Waterproof Rescue Edition is the best fishing drone currently available. It can land and float on the water. This drone is sandproof and waterproof. Its release mechanism can carry more than 10 hook baits at a time. Fish without having to pull your fishing rod! Thanks to its powerful controller, you will be able to live video monitor at a 720P resolution - the video range is over 1km.
Founded in 2013 by Eric Hu
First manufacturer of waterproof drones
• Based in China (Shenzhen) • Raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter
• Spry, SplashDrone 3: drones
• DronePower 45K: large capacity drone power bank
The versatile power inputs of the EcoFlow River Mobile allow you to recharge wherever you are. Compact, handy, smart and safe, this mobile battery station is the perfect companion you can rely on. The River comes with an AC wall charger and 12V car charger. It is super easy to carry at 11lbs for 114,000mAh and a total output of 500W. EcoFlow River Mobile is an industrial amount of power in the palm of your hands.
The Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 can go up to 15 mph (25km/h) and travel up to 15 miles (25 km). It is one of the most robust and reliable electric scooters available in 2018. The ES2 is light and foldable.The one-click folding system allows it to be carried on public transportation or stored in your car easily. Ninebot continues to make a name for itself as a leading manufacturer of mobility devices.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in China (Beijing)
Acquired Segway in 2015
Created by WobbleWorks, the 3Doodler is the world’s first 3D printing pen: it allows you to draw mid-air and create 3D versions of your Doodles and ideas. The pen uses a similar technology to larger 3D printers; it works as a hot glue device that extrudes lines of plastic-based filaments. The material then cools down and solidifies, forming solid structures. The 3Doodler Pro pen works with a range of new materials, including polycarbonate, nylon, plastic-based composites of wood, copper or bronze. The pen is compact and particularly easy to use.
Founded in 2010 in Massachusetts
The world’s first and best-selling 3D Printing Pen
• Raised over $4M on Kickstarter • Sold over 1 million pens
The brand new Autel Robotics EVO is a great drone which combines all the features that make for a great and high-performing drone. With a flying time of 30 minutes, a 4K camera and a top-notch remote controller, you will have a wonderful flying experience. It can be used for leisure or for work. Controlling the drone from as far as 4.3 miles away is also a great plus for drone lovers.
Founded in 2014
Headquartered in Seattle, WA
• 100+ employees; 12K Facebook followers • EVO was announced at CES 2018
The Dogtra Pathfinder GPS Tracking & Remote Training Collar brings GPS and e-collar technology right to your smartphone, giving you a more intelligent and responsive way to track and train your dogs. The Pathfinder has the ability to track up to 21 dogs at the same time, and you can also share locations with other devices. You can also create customizable Geo-Fence alerts.
30-year-old company headquartered in California
Leading manufacturer of e-collars & dog training devices
• 10K Facebook followers • Member of ECMA and PETT