Best Z Wave Motion Sensors
In this article we have outlined some of the best z wave motion sensors that we have found on the market — and in our opinion some of the best ones that you can add to your smart home.
Motion sensors are not the sexiest thing for your smart home. However the z-wave sensors we have listed here are some that we have found to be excellent choices when setting up your smart home. They all act as a motion detector and send a message to your Z Wave network that there is motion in the vicinity. However some of them do more than others, and more effectively than others.
Although they are all similar, they have minor differences that will ultimately help decide which one is best for you. If you have any suggestions or if you think there are any sensors we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments.
This guide will show you some of the best motion sensors that we have found to currently exist. Please not that this is not a how to guide (that will come later!), but simply an array of products brought together to help you make the best choice.
Z-wave Plus Motion Detector
The Z-Wave Plus Motion Detector is on the upper end of our price range on this list. This model has a 5 year battery life — higher than a lot of sensors that we have looked at in the past.
Another key component of this model is that it is designed to be able to ignore pets under 55 pounds, ensuring your dog doesn’t accidentally set off the alarm while you are on vacation. Installation is quick, simple, and easy.
This model is great if you are looking for a high quality motion detector at a good price.
ZOOZ Z-Wave 4-in-1 Sensor ZSE40
The ZOOZ Z Wave 4 in 1 Sensor is on the lower end of our price range on this list — and also has 4 sensors in one.
If you’re looking for a discount Z Wave Sensor with multiple different sensors in it (including motion, light, temperature and humidity) this is the sensor that you want for your home.
The major downside is that this device does not work with all z wave controllers. Even though it is an Amazing Value for the price, you want to make sure that it works with your device (ADT Pulse or controllers that don’t support multi-level command class including wink).
Fibaro FGMS-001 ZW5 Motion Sensor with Z-Wave Plus Multisensor
The Fibaro ZW5 Motion Sensor is near the highest price point on this list, although not as high as some of the other products here.
The Fibaro is also more than one sensor. It can be used to measure motion, temperature, light and vibrations using an accelerometer. You’re able to use certain triggers to trigger an activity when motion is detected including alarms, lights, and more.
Like other sensors here the FIbaro is able to differentiate between a person and a pet. So your dog won’t set off the intruder alarm when he walks through the house if you are gone.
The Fibaro is Z Wave certified and works with most Z Wave Sensors.
Schlage Z-Wave Motion Sensor with Nexia, RS 200
The Schlage Z Wave Motion Sensor is in the mid range of pricing in terms of products on this list. It does require a $9.99/mo subscription to Nexia to utilize remote access and some extra features.
Nexia can be used to send you a text message when there is an intruder in the house or email when there is activity. Another thing you can use Nexia is to record a short video of the incident — so you can tell if it was a real threat or simply a false postitive.
It is simple and easy to install. This is a great sensor if you are looking for something that can alert you real time via text message and take a video of the incident.
GoControl Z-Wave PIR Motion Detector – WAPIRZ-1
The GoControl Z Wave PIR Motion Detector is on the very low end of the price of products on this list and is perfect for someone who is on a budget and wants to save money. There are no features and is simply a motion detector if that is what you want.
It detects motion just like all the other on this list and alerts it to your Z-Wave network. If you’re looking for a simple device to report motion for a decent price, this is your best pick. Most of the other sensors on this list have more bells and whistles and are more expensive as a result. Its on our Best Z Wave Motion Sensors list because it keeps it simple for a low price.
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Aeotec Multisensor 6, Z-Wave Plus 6-in1 motion, temperature, humidity, light, UV, vibration sensor
The Aeotec Multisensor 6 is on the upper end of our price spectrum, however it doesn’t only act as a motion sensor. It also acts as a humidity, temperature, light lux, UV, and vibration sensor giving you more options to measure things around your home.
The other incredible thing about this sensor is how small it is — coming in at only 1.8 inches. It works with Z Wave certified gateways and has been tested with the SmartThings, Indigo 7, openHAB, Fibaro, and Vera smart hubs.
If you only want to measure motion, this probably isn’t the best choice. However if motion is only one of the things you want to measure the Aeotec sensor is a steal at this price (the multiple sensors would run multiples of what this one costs). It’s up to your preferences however this can be a great buy depending on the situation.
I hope you enjoyed our list of some of the best z wave motion sensors. If you have any that you think that deserve to be on this list (that are z wave compatible), please feel free to let us know in the comments. Unfortunately we are only aware of the ones that we saw so there may be some that are missing from this list.
All of the sensors here report back to your z wave network with reports of movements. Some are more expensive than others, some do more than others, and each is best for each situation. Find the one that is best for you (for example, do you need multiple types of sensors in one?) and go with that one. Thanks for reading our article on the Best Z Wave Motion Sensors!
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!
Also, feel free to check out our other posts on Z-Wave products:
- Best Z Wave Thermostat
- Best Z Wave Light Switches
- Best Z Wave Hubs
- Best Z Wave Fan Control Devices
- August Z Wave Smart Lock
- Best Z Wave Door Sensors