If you're considering investing in a DIY smart home hub, you may be wondering whether to go with Hubitat or Home Assistant. Both platforms offer a wide range of features and are compatible with many popular smart home devices. So, how do you choose between them? This blog post will look at Hubitat vs. Home Assistant's pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.
|Data is stored locally and safe from hackers|
User-friendly and easy to set up
Separate hardware required
One of the main benefits of Hubitat is that it offers local processing, which means all your data is processed and stored locally on Hubitat rather than in the cloud. This is a big plus for privacy-conscious users concerned about security and their data being stored by third-party companies. There’s also the option for Cloud IoT connectivity, in case you prefer a cloud-based solution and want to use apps like Google Assistant or Alexa.
Hubitat has an easy-to-use interface that makes it simple to set up and use your devices. It’s compatible with most 3rd party applications and has excellent customer support if you ever feel lost.
On the other side, Hubitat is a closed platform, and the available documentations are weak. There is also no mobile app support, and some have complained that the UI is not that great. You must also purchase separate hardware from Hubitat to start tinkering and using the system.
|Wide range of integrations|
Extensive automation capabilities
|Not user-friendly and challenging to set up|
Home Assistant is an open-source smart home platform that has local storage or self-managed cloud support. You don’t need separate hardware to use Home Assistant. You can use whatever equipment you already have, although they also sell complimentary hardware.
Thanks to open-source contributions, the platform offers a wide range of supported devices and extensive automation capabilities. Home Assistant makes it easy to automate your home so that you can focus on other things. It is also very customizable, allowing you to modify every aspect of your smart home, from the interface to the devices and services you use.
Another con of Home Assistant is that it's not as user-friendly as some other platforms. The platform can be challenging to set up and use, particularly if you're unfamiliar with smart home technology.
Both platforms have pros and cons, so it depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you're looking for a platform with an easy-to-use interface, Hubitat may be a good option for you. However, if you're looking for a platform with more integrations, Home Assistant may be a better choice.
If you’re wondering how smart home technology works, check out this post about how the Internet of Things works.