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November 19, 2016

Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector review – CNET

by John_A

The Good The Honeywell Lyric Leak and Freeze Detector has one of the most feature-rich builds of any flood sensor on the market.

The Bad The high price seems inappropriate for a device that isn’t waterproof and integrates with hardly any other gadget.

The Bottom Line Honeywell’s gadget is an impressive piece of smart-home tech, but its price feels a little too high for most consumers. And the fact it isn’t waterproof is a major problem.

When you think of luxury products, you probably don’t picture flood sensors. But Honeywell’s Lyric Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector is just that. It can do more than its competitors, and it’s easier to use, since it doesn’t need a smart hub to function.

What could be a great premium device, however, doesn’t quite live up to the hype. A few odd design choices make its $80 price tag feel too steep.

Here are the specs for the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector:

  • Connects with Wi-Fi (meaning no smart hub is needed)
  • Measures temperature and humidity
  • Includes a cable to extend its sensing range
  • Can send alerts in case of flood, or specific temperature/humidity levels
  • Battery-powered with an estimated life of 1-3 years (depending on your settings)

Just in terms of skills, this flood sensor beats out pretty much all the competition. Its cable range extender makes it a much more flexible device for the needs of different users. And its battery power is impressive, considering Wi-Fi-based gadgets typically require more power than Z-Wave or Zigbee devices.

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