Both Insteon and Lutron are veterans in home automation scene. Insteon emerged from a home automation company that was created in 1992. And the Lutron company comes from the late 1950s, when its founder invented the dimmer. The fact that these companies have been successfully around for that long means you probably can trust them both when it comes to quality. And yet, when it comes to our comparison and choosing between Insteon vs. Lutron — we’d go with Lutron.
Before we get to all the differences between the two, let’s briefly look at all four of the Lutron and Insteon hubs. Each brand of hub has a “standard” version and a pro version. In this article, we’re going to compare the pro versions of each hub — the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro and Insteon Hub Pro. And, if you’re looking for a more detailed review on the “standard” vs pro versions, feel free to check out Lutron Smart Bridge vs. Smart Bridge Pro and Insteon Hub vs. Pro — What’s the Difference?.
Insteon Hub vs. Pro — Differences
Difference #1: Accessories – The Lutron Smart Bridge Pro can be controlled not only via app, but also with the Lutron Pico Remote Control. Pico is a tiny remote control that you can use around your home to control Lutron Dimmers. There are two types of Pico remote controls: one for lights and one for audio. The Pico Audio Remote allows you control any model Sonos Speaker(s). With the remote you can play or pause music, skip tracks, control volume and even select your favorite playlist. Insteon also has Mini Remote Controls. But unfortunately, the Insteon Hub Pro doesn’t support them. They can only be used with the Standard Insteon Hub. So, with the Insteon hub pro, the only option for a remote control is your smart phone.
Difference #2: Apps – You can control the Insteon Hub Pro via the Insteon+ app. The app is only available for iPhones and iPads. So, if you’re an Android user, you might as well stop reading here and shift your focus to the standard Insteon hub or either version of the Lutron smart bridge. Both the Lutron smart bridge and smart bridge pro can be controlled from via both iOS and Android devices.
Also note that the Insteon+ app seems, generally, pretty slow and buggy in comparison to the Lutron app. The Insteon+ app is not a universal iOS app which means that if you use the app on your iPad, you’ll be basically running the iPhone app on a bigger screen — Ouch.
Difference #3: Reliability – Yes, there is a reliability difference. In some installs, Insteon is known to have issues. It’s usually because Insteon is using the electrical signal as a carrier wave. So, when you have other appliances running and creating noise waves, it can cause malfunctioning.
Lutron, on the other hand, uses different technology (Clear Connect), so it isn’t susceptible to this interference.
Difference #4: Compatibility – The Insteon Hub Pro is only compatible with a select line of Insteon products. And, unlike the standard hub, the Insteon hub pro doesn’t support Insteon cameras, motion detectors, door sensors, or window sensors. The Insteon hub pro compatibility is very limited — that’s what you sacrifice for the Homekit-enabled feature.
The Lutron Smart Bridge Pro is also Homekit-enabled, but offers integrations with a wide range of products like: wireless thermostats (Lutron, Honeywell, Nest, Ecobee, Carrier), remote controlled shades (Serena), and other smart home technology like Amazon Alexa, Apple watch, IFTTT, Logitech Harmony, XFINITY Home, Nest Protect, Nest Cam, and Hunter ceiling fans.
Difference #5: Dimensions – Lutron Smart Bridge Pro is a small, white box which you can easily hide near your router; it measures just 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches. Whereas the Insteon Hub Pro looks like a router itself: its dimensions are 1.5 x 7 x 3.75 inches.
Insteon vs. Lutron — Comparison Chart
|Insteon Hub Pro||Lutron Smart Bridge Pro|
|Dimensions||1.5 x 7 x 3.75 inches||2.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches|
|App||IOS only||IOS and Android|
|Operating Temperature||32º – 104º F
(0º – 40º C)
|32 °F to 104 °F
(0 °C – 40 °C)
|Compatible with thermostat||Only Insteon Wired Thermostat||Lutron Wireless Thermostat,
Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat,
Nest Learning Thermostat,
Ecobee Wi-Fi Thermostat,
Carrier Côr™ and Wi-Fi thermostats
|Supported Protocols||Insteon||Lutron® Clear Connect®|
Insteon vs. Lutron — Our Thoughts
For us, it’s really a no-brainer: when choosing between the Insteon vs. Lutron hub, we’d say go with the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro Hub. Both hubs are Homekit enabled, but the Lutron Smart Bridge Pro offers way more features, compatibility choices, and seems to be a much more reliable choice than the Insteon Hub Pro.
Last update on 2020-01-20 at 17:19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API