Consumer Asks: Which Home Automation System is Better? Crestron or Savant?

CE Pro founding editor Julie Jacobson answers reader question about high-end smart-home systems.


Today I received yet another email from a consumer who wants to know which higher-end home automation system — in this case Crestron or Savant — is the best.

Since I get this type of question all the time, I thought I'd share my response here.

Subject: Savant v Crestron

Hi Julie. This might be a random question, but I am looking for guidance on the comparison of Crestron and Savant. I see that you write for several leading publications on the topic of Home Automation Systems. We just bought an apartment in NYC and are comparing services. Thank you. John.

Hi, John,

When choosing between those two solutions, it's more a matter of the integrator/installer rather than the product itself. I recommend you interview some integrators and work with the one you feel most comfortable with. Some of them install multiple systems so they can compare them and suggest which one is right for you.

Good luck,


About the Author

Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson:

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson