Top positive review
So far, so good.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2021
I've been slowly replacing all my $$$ overpriced exotic z-wave dimmers with the goal of throwing my SmarThings hub in the trash (where it belongs) ...ahh the expensive pain of being an early adopter. Shame on you Samsung!
I'm still a committed smart home enthusiast, but until the promise of 'matter OS' is fully implemented (to standard), we're all living in a product test lab with mixed results.
Echo runs our smart home and we find the 3rd party hardware/app compatibility frankly awful. Only one more reason to kill off my SmarThings app/hub.
To this end, I've tested several zigbee dimmers/switches as replacements. Some zigbee devices can drop the connection to my eero 6 and need unwanted attention, but at least (with the right echo/eero), you eliminate the 3rd party hubs/apps, updates, conflicts, etc.
I've resisted all the WiFi IoT devices due to security issues. I refuse to buy any product that requires a bespoke app from a rando developer who may or may not properly update their security. No wackie one-off disco light apps on my phone :-) If you're looking to be echo-based, many products integrate directly now, without the need for a random app.
I installed two Amazon-basics smart dimmers today.
Here's what happened:
I correctly installed using the neutral wire as was noted. Turned on the power, and tapped each dimmer on and off once to see if the light came on. It did.
Picked up my phone and opened the Alexa app. I was greeted with a message saying that two new devices were discovered.
Followed the prompts to name them, etc.
Done. Without the typical tap/tap, hold, wiggle your foot, hum dixieland, and pray device discovery routine needed.
I have high expectations for this product, so far my expectations are met!
I'll update this review if things change, but for $20 these will be everywhere in my home once I see how they last.
UPDATE: 6 weeks. 100% solid. No issues. No buzzing. Smooth dimming. Very responsive (fast) compared to Z-Wave/SmarThings. I recommend!