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The 10 Best Smart Plugs In 2021
Why flick a light switch when you can get a smart plug to do it instead? They are a solution that you never knew you needed but once you have them installed, you’ll love having them.
There are many great reasons to get a smart plug. They can be perfect for hard-to-reach switches, reduce your energy consumption, improve your security, and even ensure you’re not walking into a dark home after work.
While smart plugs are great, they aren’t all made the same. They can work with specific voice controls, have different presets and app functionality. It’s important to find the best smart plugs for you and that’s where we can help. We’ve found the 10 best plugs available so read on to find your favorite.
1. Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The first device we looked at was the Wemo Wi-Fi smart plug. It is a must-have because it works perfectly to control your lights and devices remotely. We were impressed by its qualities but there are a few features to take into account to get the most out of it.
First, ensure you set the plug up in an area close to your router. You can move the device to another location after it completely sets up. It’s fairly compact so should easily fit behind furniture.
We found out that the Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug primarily benefits people who don’t experience power outages. If there is a blackout, you will be at a great disadvantage because the plug reverts to factory settings, and you have to reinstall it.
If that’s not an issue in your area then you’ll love this Wemo plug. It comes at a great price and will help to make your life a lot easier.
2. Etekcity Smart Plug
If you are looking for a smart plug that works brilliantly with no problems, then Etekcity is the real deal. It is highly affordable, and in addition to the excellent pricing, this plug will automatically turn your devices on and off exactly as instructed.
It has a built-in light that you can program to turn on when natural light disappears and off if another source of light is available. The built-in bulb helps light up dark corridors and is a great extra function. It also handles high amperage and wattage devices, and it’s easy to set up and use.
It can pair up with Alexa and Google Assistant, but it could not be controlled by Siri. You might not like this Etekcity smart plug when you want to change your Wi-Fi password. This is because you will have to delete the device from your network, and by deleting it, you will lose your energy history. That’s probably not going to be an issue, which is why we loved this smart plug.
3. VOCOlink Smart Plug
VOCOlink is very easy to install and use. With this smart plug, you don’t have to worry about going out in the cold to switch on outside lights.
It works very well with the Apple HomeKit, and we did not have any problem with it when connecting the lamps using Siri. You can also control this plug with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa so its compatibility is excellent.
Another reason you are likely to love the VOCOlink plug is that you don’t require a hub to use it, unlike some other smart home lines. Hubs are expensive to buy but this is a simple device that can work on its own with no problems.
You can set the plug to automatically switch on and off your devices at your preferred times, and having the plug connected to your devices allows you to control them from anywhere. All in all, this is a cool little plug.
4. HBN Smart Plug Mini
The HBN smart plug is a very economical way to turn your home devices into smart ones. The plugs are very affordable. They are also effortless to set up, and they are also easy to connect to Amazon Alexa.
The HBN plugs have two options of switching on/off; you can do this through Amazon Alexa or use the manual button. This button comes in handy when Alexa is not responding.
The plug enables you to turn most of the devices in your house, like a fan and LED light strips, into smart devices at a very cheap cost. We also found out that you can program this plug to switch on and off at certain times of the day.
Some of the voice assistant apps you can use on the HBN plugs are Amazon Alexa, Echo Show, Apple HomeKit, Siri, and Google Assistant. You’ll have no issues using this excellent plug.
5. TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini
The TP-Link smart Wi-Fi plug was one of our favorites due to how convenient it is to use, which is the whole point of a smart plug. This Wi-Fi plug mini will turn your standard devices into smart ones, and you can easily command it with an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
The plug is very sturdy for its price, and you will certainly like the design. It is the ideal size, and it perfectly sits on its power outlet, so as not to obstruct the rest of the devices plugged in.
Another reason you will consider buying this TP-Link plug is that you can program it to switch on/off at certain times or set it on repeat mode on certain days. Whether you want to control your lights, fan, or entertainment units, you will not go wrong with this unit.
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6. Wyze Smart Home Plug
The first thing we noticed with the Wyze smart plug is that they are easy to install and use because you only require Wi-Fi and an Amazon Alexa or the Wyze phone app to control it.
You might be a little disappointed that this plug is more helpful to people with lower than 12 amps devices, unlike the 15 amps mentioned in the advertisement. If your device runs on more than 12 amps, be careful because there is a chance it will overheat.
The plug makes turning on and off Christmas tree lights and light strips easy, and they also have a vacation mode where you can control lighting in your home while away. You can also set a timer on the Wyze home plug, and you don’t need to have a hub for it to work.
7. Amazon Smart Plug
The Amazon smart plug is effortless to set up and connect with the Amazon Alexa app. Unlike other plugs that will primarily work with devices that use less than 12 amps of power, this plug is very powerful and can support devices with 15 amps. If you constantly worry that you left your iron on, you can connect it to the Amazon smart plug and occasionally check it while at work.
The plug also does fun things like working with routines. For example, it will come in handy for you if you are a coffee lover. We connected it to a coffee maker, and the coffee was already warming when the morning alarm rang.
However, what you might not like about this device is its inability to work with other voice assistant apps like Google Assistant and Siri because it only works with Amazon Alexa. That’s to be expected from an Amazon device but just make sure your devices are compatible.
8. Philips Hue Smart Plug
After looking at all the smart plugs in the market, the Phillips Hue is one of the best we can recommend. It is the “one of a kind” type of plug because most of its features are missing from other smart plugs.
A unique feature is that you can connect this Philips Hue plug via Bluetooth or the Hue app if you have a Bridge. We also found out that it has a manual button that you can use if the apps fail. Unlike the other plugs, the Phillips Hue is relatively smaller and takes up small socket space.
Another reason we liked this plug is its ability to connect to several voice assistant apps like Google Assistant, Homekit, and Amazon Alexa. The plug allows you to control it when you are away, with the Hue Routines. You can switch lamps or the radio on or off when you go on vacation to make it look like someone is in the house.
9. C by GE On/Off Smart Plug
You might not like this smart plug at first, especially if you try pairing it with Alexa and Google Assistant because it will not connect. The problem, however, is how you are doing it, not the device.
When connecting the C and GE to Alexa, do not add it as a device. You should first enable the C and GE skills for it to work.
Also, another way of ensuring the plug works well is to have a good router. It also connects to Bluetooth, and if you cannot see it on your Bluetooth device, first shut down the other connected devices.
You can also connect it to the C by GE app and create an account. This will enable you to control the plug even when you are away from home. The C and GE device also works well with HomeKit to switch on/off bulbs and regulate the color of bulbs.
10. TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip
Although it might be a bit pricey, what you get from the TP-Link power strip is worth the cost. This power strip has six programmable outlets that don’t require a hub to use them.
You can connect the strip to its app and use the remote control on it. You can also schedule it to work the way you want, at the times of your choice. Compatibility is great as you can command this power strip using Google Assistant, Cortana, and Amazon Alexa.
You will mostly like the design because it is sleek and fits well in your home design. Also, the USB ports have an LED light beside each outlet to show when it is on.
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Smart Plug FAQs
A smart plug is a device that will switch the electrical power without any physical input. This can be done via voice control or controlled via an app. They can also help to monitor power consumption from specific appliances.
First, you need to know how you want to control your smart plug. The two main options are either by voice or app control, some give you both. Compatibility is also important but so is size, so make sure you get one that is suitable for your space.
The average price for a smart plug is probably a little over $10. It depends on the functionality as one with more features can be more than that. They are often sold in multiple packs and therefore you can get savings for bulk purchases.