Which Home Automation System Is Right for Me?

Which Home Automation System Is Right for Me?

Your Guide to Navigating the Options for Smart Home Control

When looking to upgrade your house with smart home automation, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the many options. Should you get lighting control? Do you need surveillance cameras? Do you start with one area of the property or do every room at once?

We’re here to answer all of your questions and help you feel confident in your decision to enhance your home with smart technology.

By far the question we hear most often is “which control brand should we pick?”

The short answer is that the right automation system for your Hinsdale, Illinois home depends entirely on your needs and preferences. And here at Barrett’s, we’re ready to design a system based on whichever control platform you prefer. That said, it’s always great to understand the different options.

In this blog, we will break down the main features of Control4, Crestron, and Savant home automation systems. Read on to learn about each option.

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Savant Home Automation

Think of Savant as the Apple of smart home control systems. Savant emphasizes the user experience and aesthetic, making it a good brand for those who are looking for simplicity and ease of use.

While all of these control brands support the use of “scenes,” (saved settings for lighting, audio, climate, etc. for different activities throughout the day), Savant places a big focus on them. The idea is that Savant is there throughout the day, making life easier for you.

Savant makes it super easy for homeowners to save their own customizable scenes, with no visits from a technician required.

So you can create a “Good Morning” scene to greet you when you wake up by slowly opening the window shades, brightening the lights, and softly playing your favorite music at 8 a.m.

Control4 Home Automation

Control4 has been hitting it big lately – they are often on the forefront of integrating with popular smart home devices like Sonos, Nest, Lutron, and voice control devices like Amazon Echo.

Many people like the options that you get with Control4. It’s very easy to use, and you have tons of options for how to manage your system (remote, touchscreen, smartphone, voice control, etc.).

With their 4Sight feature, you can monitor and manage your system from anywhere in the world via your smart device.



Crestron is great for residential systems, and it’s our recommended platform for commercial automation systems in areas like conference rooms and boardrooms.  It’s a flexible, customizable brand due to its open-ended software.

While often associated with commercial environments (you’ll find Crestron in environments like the Pentagon, MGM resorts, Microsoft, etc.), they also have excellent residential systems.

This brand is a good option if you’re looking to incorporate a specific, complex automation design.

Control4, Crestron, or Savant home automation – Regardless of which brand you choose, you’ll be in good hands with our team of expert professionals.

For more guidance on the best steps moving forward for your unique property, please schedule a consultation with one of our design consultants.


You can reach out to us here to schedule a consultation or give us a call at (630) 898-2850