Hue vs Smartthings vs Blink vs Aeon vs... Best Motion Sensor?

I’ve been using a couple of Philips Hue Motion Sensors with their bulbs for a couple of months now - overall I have been please.

I have just ordered my Smartthings starter kit so will be setting it up soon and it made me wonder - what’s the best motion sensor currently on the market that works with Smartthings? ‘Best’ is obviously dependent upon what the use case is. What drew me to Smartthings is the opportunity to use the same motion sensor for managing lights while in and for security while out. With this in mind the following is important:

  • Can be setup with Smartthings relatively easily
  • Reliable
  • Sensitivity to motion
  • Ability to detect motion at a certain distance (i’m only using in doors so doesn’t need to be beyond 4-5 meters)
  • Response time (you’d want it to be v snappy to respond to an intruder OR walking into a room and triggering a light)
  • Battery (not sure what’s reasonable)
  • Lux
  • Any extra features (temperature, humidity, camera, could be used out doors etc) which are nice to haves.

As there’s a few device handlers now available I’ve come across the following options:

  1. The standard Smartthings Motion Sensor
  2. Philips Hue Motion Sensor
  3. Blink indoor camera and motion sensor (extra perk of a camera)
  4. Aeon Labs Multi Sensor 6

Has anyone tried more than one of these? I’d be keen to hear what you see as the pro’s and con’s of each.

The Blink would be great from a multi purpose perspective (not sure if it has a lux sensor, but if it did then it would handle light management + security motion and camera all in one).

I’m asking now before I start investing in a load of motion sensors to put around the house :slight_smile:


They all " work".
One " budget device" I don’t see on your list is the Lowe’s Iris ( V2) motion sensor. Very small footprint, decent battery life and fast triggers. You can get those for 1/3-1/2 the price of the others on your list. This could be a deciding factor depending on just how many you plan on getting.

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One of the factors I don’t see included in your list is wireless ecosystem.

SmartThings has radios to communicate with both Z-Wave and Zigbee IoT devices. Both technologies utilize mesh networking, so the wireless IoT network gets stronger and more reliable as additional wired devices (i.e. devices that aren’t battery powered) are added to the network. Most of the wired switches and outlets are Z-wave, and therefore would not help the SmartThings or Iris motion sensors since they use the Zigbee network.

Also, I’m not sure the Philips Hue Motion sensor can communicate directly with SmartThings since the Hue bulbs work with SmartThings via the Hue Hub.