There are also two new battery operated zigbee switches that just came out last month, I believe both are available in Europe. Neither works directly with SmartThings yet, though.
However, it is possible to use them as a parallel means of control with smart bulbs that are also controlled with SmartThings. I have one of these and it works fine for that. It does mean that SmartThings may take about five minutes to realize that the bulb has been turned on or off and update the status on the mobile app. That isn’t a big problem at my house, but it might be for some people. (The light itself turns on right away when the button is pressed, it’s just that SmartThings doesn’t know the switch button was pressed and won’t update status in the mobile app until the next regular poll. )
Also, because there’s no full integration with SmartThings yet, these switches can only be used to turn smart LED bulbs on and off. Unlike the SmartenIT 3 toggle that I mentioned previously, one cannot use them for other SmartThings-controlled devices or to change mode.
These two switches look very similar. They are a small vertical strip with four buttons: on, off, brighter, and dimmer. There only intended to work with smart LEDs like Philip Hughes or Osram Lightify that use the ZLL profile. Each switch can control a group of up to 10 bulbs with one button press.
One is from Phillips and is called the “Hue dimmer switch.” It is sold by itself or in a kit with one white bulb. It can also be matched with an existing hue bridge, which allows it to control one scene if that’s preferred. This one is definitely being sold in Europe, it was released there first.
The other is from LUTRON, and is called the “Lutron connected bulb remote.”
Both come with a wall plate and the remote can be taken off the plate and used as a handheld or tabletop device. The Philips remote has magnets on the back of the wall plate, so I actually have put mine on my refrigerator so that it will be lower down (I use a wheelchair).
So these two are not as good a solution as the ones that can be fully integrated with SmartThings, but they can definitely serve a purpose and they are both less expensive and likely to be easier to find.
Edited to add
This is frustrating: Amazon.co.uk is now showing a stock date of November 30 for the Phillips hue remote, even though they were carrying it earlier. So I’m not quite sure what’s going on with that. It may be that early stock levels didn’t match Demand.