John Carlsen

John is a technology journalist with over seven years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech. Before joining SafeWise in 2020, John was an editor for Top Ten Reviews specializing in home security and the smart home.

Posts by John Carlsen

Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa

Google Home vs. Alexa: Which Assistant is Best?

John Carlsen | Jul 9, 2020 | Smart Home

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the most popular voice assistants on the market. We compare them both to find the best in our in-depth review.


13 Fireworks Safety Tips

John Carlsen | Jul 6, 2020 | Personal Safety
Fireworks were invented over a thousand years ago in Liuyang, China to frighten away evil spirits. But the only thing that should scare you today is using fireworks irresponsibly. To keep fireworks fun and safe,...
August door lock

August Smart Door Locks Review

John Carlsen | Jul 2, 2020 | Home Security, Smart Home

Many smart locks from August and Yale use the August Home app. We compare them all in our August smart lock review to find the best one for most folks.

Ring video doorbell

Ring FAQ

John Carlsen | Jul 2, 2020 | Home Security

Learn about the top questions people have about Ring’s products and services from our handy list.

Vivint cameras

Vivint Cameras 2020 Guide

John Carlsen | Jun 23, 2020 | Home Security

Vivint has some of the most advanced cameras in any security system. Find out what they can do and how they compare to the competition in our full review.

Minut Smart Home Alarm

Minut Smart Home Alarm Review

John Carlsen | Jun 17, 2020 | Home Security

The Minut Smart Home Alarm is a security device that emphasizes privacy. Find out if security and privacy go together by reading our Minut review.

Lock on backyard shed

The Ultimate Guide to Securing Your Shed

John Carlsen | Jun 10, 2020 | Home Security

Whether you fill your shed with power tools or holiday decorations, it might be time to beef up your shed security. Here are 7 vulnerabilities to watch for.

Smart Home Gifts for Dad

10 Smart Home Gifts for Dad

John Carlsen | Jun 10, 2020 | Smart Home

Smart home tech is a great gift for dads at home and on the move. Check out our smart home gift picks for every kind of dad.

Flooded room

Best Sump Pumps

John Carlsen | Jun 10, 2020 | Home Safety

Protect your basement from water damage by installing a sump pump. Find the best sump pump for you by checking out our top picks and advice.

Woman locking outdoor shed

Best Locks for Your Shed

John Carlsen | May 29, 2020 | Home Security

Secure your shed full of tools, bikes, and sports equipment with a durable lock. Check out our list of the best shed locks to learn more.