Is there a de facto best replacement for the built-in Hubitat Dashboards? If not, what do you use instead?
no brainer for me. The perfect solve is Hubitat Dashboard android.
I've a 24" portrait screen on my desktop for dev (I'm a web developer so I gotta check layouts etc.)
I run BlueStacks to emulate Android, then run Hubitat Dashboard at my desk. I can see everything!
I have two tablets, one in the bedroom, and one in the kitchen - both have flawless layouts for my needs.
The customization of a tile fills my needs - is it as robust as css based? no. but I don't need that. The general features continue to improve even past the point of user requests... it's da-bomb.
"Best" is subjective and depends on your desires, but besides Hubitat Dashboard, SharpTools is built-in. ActionTiles for Hubitat is also in beta. Both require some form of license, at least for full functionality (or after public release) and depend on third-party servers. Hubitat Dashboard has the advantage of providing a 100% local option (but also a cloud option if you prefer/need it). Some people prefer the look of one of these other options, but it should be noted that Hubitat Dashboard is quite customizable, particularly if you're good with CSS (or get help from someone who is). There is also HousePanel, which is free, though I haven't looked at it in a while and don't know if it's still maintained.
Alternatively, some people use less traditional solutions as effective "dashboards." The Apple Home app via HomeBridge is one option. Home Assistant with the default or a customized Lovelace (the name for their current UI) dashboard is another, or there are third-party dashboards like HADashboard for that, too. The minimal control interfaces of the Alexa or Google Home apps, both of which are offered as native integrations for Hubitat, also suffice for some people, though these are probably the least customizable (but also easiest to set up--they're already there if you have the integration).
Finally, with Maker API (or a custom app, but Maker API is already there for this purpose), you can interface a lot of external systems with Hubitat if you have the ability to send/receive HTTP on whatever that external system is. This would be a DIY approach, but depending on your skill or what external system you can find/use, it's an option...
dude - you know way too much about dashboards ...
For display-only dashboards, I use InfluxDB Logger to output to an Influx database running on a Raspberry Pi and then Grafana for the dashboard.
This will output something like this:
The dashboards thread is a good place to get inspiration for what is possible in HE, including what now feels like a dated contribution I made....
I'm hoping I may make some contributions soon that make stuff like this a little easier, albeit not built-in.
If you are an iPerson then Apple Home is also good.. you can share your devices via HomeBridge. You do need to set up a companion server though - rpi or other/vm/docker.
Home Assistant does look good and there are some nice apps to connect HE and HA. On the downside it requires a separate server and a bit more technical skill and patience - adding yet another layer of complexity. It's really for the willing tinkerer or techie right now.
I have been rather fond of SharpTools, using it since before my ST to HE conversion. It is the only home automation subscription that I can easily justify. The team is active and engaged, while the product is both simple and flexible.
Play with the free version. If it doesn't tickle your interest, then only a bit of time is lost.
I have been playing with The Home Remote app in the past few days and I totally recommend it. It integrates with 20+ major hubs, including hubitat through MakerApi. For me, this the only dashboard I have wanted. For the design savvy/enthousiast, it is fully customizable throug the designer app (with a desktop version).
Using Influx and Grafana doesn't have to just display only. Its very easy to use ipanels to integrate something like Actiontiles ( which I do for my main kitchen display).
Its been working flawlessly for the last few years for me.