Somfy Cord Lift WireFree
This Somfy system is battery powered, installs in minutes, and is perfect for hard-to-reach window coverings or areas where wiring may be a challenge. Providing instant privacy or glare reduction at the touch of a button, this system is ideal for cellular, pleated, and Roman shades. Starting at around $400 for a single window and three-button remote (multi-shade remote available), the system can grow in functionality with an additional purchase of Somfy’s sun sensor, timer, or MyLink hub ($200) for mobile app control and automation. All Somfy shades are compatible with a wide range of home automation systems.
Hunter Douglas PowerTilt
One of the best options for horizontal tilt blinds, this system is battery-powered and easily tilts slats open or closed. Alkaline or lithium batteries typically will provide power to a Hunter Douglas window covering for more than one year, depending on usage. Compatible with nine series of Hunter Douglas blinds, pricing is available exclusively from dealers because it varies greatly depending on the size and the style of the blind. The company’s Platinum mobile app allows advanced automation for a single window, room, or whole house, and requires a Platinum App Bridge and Repeater (about $350).
Lutron Kirbé Vertical Drapery System
An industry first, the Lutron Kirbé vertical drapery system lifts the drapery up and completely out of the way behind the cornice box, unlike traditional draperies that move side to side. This unique design eliminates stack back, where draperies bunch up on the side of a door or window and block part of the glass. This makes it the ideal solution for narrow windows. A professional installer can also add a roller shade into the same system, giving you both a drapery and shade on the same window. Prices vary.
Lutron Sivoia QS
The hard-wired Sivoia QS system can control the entire Lutron family of automated window treatments, including roller shades, traditional drapery tracks, the Kirbé vertical drapery system, tensioned shades, Roman shades, horizontal sheer blinds, pleated shades, and fashion honeycomb shades. You can combine Sivoia shades with Lutron lighting solutions for a whole-home lighting system that can be operated by wireless remotes, wired wall-mounted keypads, or a Lutron app with accompanying $120 Smart Bridge. Products are priced exclusively through Lutron’s certified dealer network.
Somfy Sonesse 30 RTS with Tilting Feature
This battery-powered motor can support Roman, honeycomb, woven wood, roller, and tilt blinds, and can be retrofitted by a professional to use your existing shades. Added torque supports larger, heavier fabrics and materials with uniform, quiet operation. Somfy’s family of products allows for all window treatments to operate in unison. Control options include a wireless remote, sun sensor, timer, or mobile app with the additional purchase of a MyLink hub ($200). The motor starts at around $315 with no shade, and the basic remote control costs $60.
Crestron Shading Solutions
These might be the quietest shades available today. Specifically designed for use with a Crestron home automation system, these motorized blinds are typically more expensive and usually recommended for homeowners who already own or plan to have a Crestron automation system installed. They can stand alone, however, and their exclusive brushless motor design sets them apart from their compeition, by promising nearly silent operation and longer life than motors with brushes. The company offers roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades, and a drapery track. Controlled from wall-mounted keypads or the Crestron mobile app, units are priced on a case-by-case basis through an authorized Crestron dealer.