Homey Pro vs. SmartThings

Homey Pro and SmartThings are both very capable smart home hubs to control and automate your home. So what’s the difference? Read on and discover everything you need to know.

SmartThings

€ 109,-

Summary

Both hubs feature most of the key functionalities for controlling a smart home. If you require simple smart home functionality, SmartThings might be the better choice. If you want to be more creative with automations, then Homey is for you. Also, Homey focuses more on privacy and offers tools to gain insight into your home's data.

Apps

What makes a smart home smart, is that you can easily control it from all of your favorite devices.

Mobile App

With Homey Pro, you can access your smart home from anywhere in the world. Available for iOS & Android.

Mobile App

Access SmartThings from anywhere in the world with your Android or iOS device.

Tablet App

The Homey App for tablets expands your screen space. Full control over your home in one view. Available for iOS & Android.

Tablet App

Access SmartThings from anywhere in the world with your Android or iOS device.

Web App

Quick web access is perfect for a smooth workflow - especially when organizing your home, or editing advanced Flows.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Apple Watch

When you have the Homey app installed on your iOS device, it automatically becomes available on your Apple Watch — allowing you to start your favorite Flows from your wrist.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Connectivity

When choosing a smart home hub, you want to be sure that it connects with all your devices at home — now and in the future.

50,000+ devices

Homey connects with over 50,000 devices from more than 1000 brands thanks to its 7 integrated wireless protocols.

2300+ devices

Following the SmartThings website, the hub connects with 2300 devices thanks to its 3 integrated wireless protocols.

Homey App Store

The Homey App Store is an open platform with apps from brands, manufacturers, and the Homey community. It works like any other app store: search, install and connect all kinds of devices & services.

Visit Homey App Store

Device List

With SmartThings you can use the search function in the app to search for the brand or device type you want to add. It is not possible to use custom plugins in your automations. Quite some devices are integrated, although it doesn't come near to the range of devices included in Homey's App Store.

7 Wireless Protocols

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi

    Connects the smart home hub with the Internet and other devices through a Wi-Fi router.

  • Zigbee
    Zigbee

    Zigbee is the low-energy variant of Wi-Fi, with a few extras for domotics. Learn More

  • Z-Wave
    Z-Wave

    Z-Wave is a protocol optimized for Smart Home devices at home. Learn More

  • Bluetooth LE
    Bluetooth LE

    Bluetooth is the all rounder and is mainly used for audio and sporadic communication.

  • 433 MHz
    433 MHz

    Widespread frequency for cheaper devices like Lightwave RF

  • 868 Mhz
    868 Mhz

    Widespread frequency for cheaper devices with more data, like weather stations.

  • Infrared
    Infrared

    TVs and older tuners usually work with infrared, and is the only frequency that does not go through walls.

3 Wireless Protocols

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi

    Connects the smart home hub with the Internet and other devices through a Wi-Fi router.

  • Zigbee
    Zigbee

    Zigbee is the low-energy variant of Wi-Fi, with a few extras for domotics. Learn More

  • Z-Wave
    Z-Wave

    Z-Wave is a protocol optimized for Smart Home devices at home. Learn More

Control

Arguably the most frequently used feature of any smart home hub is device control. This is where you go to adjust anything — from the brightness of your lights to the position of your blinds.

Colorful and simple

Each device type has its own unique design — optimized for the specific functions of the device. This way you can — for example — switch your lights on and off immediately, while the dimming functions and color picker are always just one tap away.

In the settings of your device you can easily change specific settings, such as the sensitivity of a motion sensor.

Basic and formal

SmartThings offers a minimalistic and quite basic interface for your home. Everything you need when it comes to operating your devices is there, but due to the many lists that are being used to show the options, the app feels a bit formal — making it less fun to use.

Automation

Automation is where the real magic happens. This is where your home turns on the lights for you, sets the temperature, and even secures it when you’re away. All that — and so much more.

Flows

Flow cards are the building blocks of your automations. With every new device, new Flow cards become available. All it takes to connect your devices is finding the right cards for your use case. You can even add Flow cards from apps like Twitter or Weather — giving you more flexibility when it comes to automating your home.

Scenes & Automations

SmartThings’ automations rely on a simple ‘If-Then’-principle. This works well for simple automations, but quite limiting when want to create automations that are less self-evident. You might find yourself at the limits of SmartThings automation capabilities quite quickly.

Logic & Variables

With Homey Pro, you can customize your Flow cards using tags, logic, and variables. The ability to do this, adds a lot of freedom for automating your home — enabling you to get more creative with your Flows.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Monitoring

Your devices gather a lot of valuable information. This data can be used to improve your home’s health conditions, lower energy costs, and increase durability.

Homey Energy

Homey Energy offers real-time insight into your home’s energy consumption. It shows the current energy usage per zone and helps you uncover all the power guzzlers. Based on this information, you can even create new Flows to reduce the power consumption.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Homey Insights

Homey Insights gives you the power to make data-driven decisions for your smart home. Here you can find all relevant data that your devices collect for you.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Family

Share your home with others that also want to enjoy the benefits of a smart home.

User & Roles

With Family Sharing, Homey Pro users can invite family members to Homey and manage what they can do. A special guest account is available for friends, household helpers, and temporary guests. Depending on the role, family members may or may not have certain permissions.

Multiple Users

With SmartThings you can invite new members to your home. They’ll be able to control devices in that location. However, they do not have different roles or rights. This means that everyone can add or delete devices and create or edit automations. Make sure you only invite people you trust!

Privacy & Security

Your home is probably your most private place on earth. Your smart home system should respect that.

Privacy is built in. Secure by design.

Homey Pro is designed with privacy and security in mind. That is why all connections are secured and encrypted. Homey can only access your data when you explicitly allow it to. You decide who gets access to your data and who doesn’t.

SmartThings Policy

SmartThings collects the data that you generate. That means when you arrive or leave home when a door opens when you move in a room, or when an alarm goes off. This is governed by a relatively broad privacy policy – it can all be used, for better or for worse, by SmartThings or its parent Samsung.

Voice Assistant

It’s hard to imagine a smart home without any voice assistant. We think they’re here to stay, so we might as well embrace them.


Amazon Alexa

Use simple voice commands to control devices and start Flows. Even triggering Flows with custom voice commands is possible. This makes it possible to activate your Security Flow just by saying: 'Hey Alexa, good night'.


Amazon Alexa

Use voice commands to control devices and start automations.


Google Home

Use simple voice commands to control devices and start Flows. You can also make custom phrases to trigger a Flow. E.g. Activate your security Flow by saying: 'Hey Google, good night'.


Google Home

Use voice commands to control devices and start automations.


Siri Shortcuts

Thanks to Siri Shortcuts, you can use Siri voice commands to start your favorite Flows. In addition, you can use iOS-specific triggers in combination with Flow cards to enhance your Flows.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Scripting

For those who are interested in it, scripting brings ultimate power and freedom. Yes, power users… we’re talking to you.

HomeyScript

When you want to do even more with your smart home that isn’t possible with the Flow editor, HomeyScript offers unbounded possibilities. Write your script in JavaScript and have direct access to Homey’s Web API.

SmartThings doesn’t
have something similar.

Community

Awesome communities help to create a better smart home every day.

Open Platform

Homey Pro has a completely open platform. Integrations with devices and services are all 'Homey Apps', just like on your smartphone.

The Homey App Store is loaded with apps from Homey itself, partner brands, or developers from the Homey community. As a result, new options are being added to Homey at an inimitable pace. Apps are approved and then published in the Homey App Store. This way everyone can enjoy it, even if you can't program yourself.

Closed Platform

Integrations with SmartThings are done / managed by SmartThings, or if you sign up as a brand to ‘Work with SmartThings’. You can imagine, this approach does create a bottleneck, meaning that less devices and services are supported compared to open platforms, and innovation is slower.

Conclusion

Homey Pro & SmartThings both offer a good platform to operate a modern smart home. The question is: do you want to keep things basic, or are you looking for a future proof and more versatile hub for your smart home?

The SmartThings experience offers a more simplistic approach to a smart home. From connecting devices to creating scenes, SmartThings keeps things easy. The largest drawback to this approach is the lack of flexibility when creating Scenes & Automations, this creates limitations for your smart devices and ultimately, your home. Odds are you encounter the limits of the SmartThings system quite quickly.

Homey Pro offers a more playful design and easy-to-use experience, inviting you to get creative with your smart devices. The intuitive interface allows users of any experience level to create Flows that connect and automate your home, while Homey Pro also offers a wider range of tools to those more experienced smart home users. Its software is more powerful and versatile, making sure there are no limitations where you don't want them.

With the added benefits of Energy, Insights, and the power of Logic, Homey Pro is the platform of choice for users that are looking for a privacy aware, future-proof, and more versatile hub to design and create their perfect smart home.

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