Best Smart Plugs You Can Buy – March 2019
Smart plugs are one of the cheapest smart home gadgets you can buy, and it’s the easiest way to get into the smart home space. These smart plugs are usually under $30, with some being a bit higher for extra features and such. There are hundreds of thousands of smart plugs on the market, making it a bit difficult to decide which is the right one to pick up and add to your smart home. Well we’ve done the hard work, and found the best smart plugs that are currently available. These are all available right now, and not up for pre-order.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is one of the most popular smart plugs on the market, and for good reason. It just works. It is also one of the cheaper options out there, with a big name like “Belkin” behind it, a name that everyone trusts.
With this smart plug, users are able to plug anything in, and control it with the Wemo app. You can set a schedule for it, so it can turn on and off at specific times, and much more. It also works with both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, allowing you to use your voice to control it as well. You can name the smart plug anything you want, then tell Alexa to turn it off. Making things pretty simple.
The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is available from Amazon using the link down below. It is currently $24.99, but is usually closer to around $30.
Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Lite
The “Kasa” name may not be familiar to a lot of people, but this is one of TP-Link’s brands, which focuses on the smart home. So it is definitely a trusted brand. And here it is selling a two-pack of Smart Plugs, making it a great option.
Like others on this list, you can control whatever is plugged in, from the Kasa app. This includes turning it on and off, or scheduling it. Unfortunately, smart plugs are pretty limited in functionality. But this does still offer up Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support. Allowing you to use your voice too. This would work great with a lamp and Google Assistant’s routines, telling it “good morning” and having it turn on the lamp in your living room while you drink coffee and read the news.
You can grab the Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Lite from Amazon by using the link below. This two-pack is available for $34.99.
Amazon Smart Plug
Late last year, Amazon decided to get into the smart plug craze as well. It debuted its own smart plug which has a regular price that’s cheaper than everyone else’s sale price. Coming in at just $24.99.
The Amazon Smart Plug is a pretty simple one. It’s a “mini” one like the majority of the others on this list. What that means is that it won’t cover the other outlet, so you can actually use both outlets on your wall. As you would expect, it does work with Amazon Alexa (and not Google Assistant, because those two companies aren’t friends right now). So you can still use your voice with this one. You can still use an app to control this smart plug, but it’s the Alexa app. So at that point, you might as well just use your voice.
You can pick up the Amazon Smart Plug from Amazon using the link below, as mentioned it is priced at $24.99 right now.
Pinlo Smart Power Strip
This is something a bit different from the others on this list. This is an actual smart power strip. It sports four AC outlets, along with four USB outlets. The four AC outlets can be controlled individually, but the four USB outlets are controlled as a single unit unfortunately. This would be good for an entertainment center, as you could tell Alexa to turn off your PlayStation 4, and keep your TV on.
As expected, the Pinlo Smart Power Strip does work with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Allowing you to use your voice to control them. You can rename each outlet, so you know which outlet you are turning on or off. Of course, you can also schedule these outlets at will. There’s no hub needed for this one, which is a bit of a surprise, as a lot of the lesser-known brands do need a hub. Instead, you can just use the app, or even use your voice and the Alexa app.
You can grab the Pinlo Smart Power Strip from Amazon for just $27.99, using the link below.
Kasa AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender Smart Plug
Are you suffering from mediocre WiFi coverage in your home? This smart plug can help you out. This one from TP-Link is a WiFi Range Extender and a smart plug all in one. Allowing you to improve your WiFi while also being able to control an appliance using your voice. That also explains why this one is much larger than some of the others that are on this list.
This supports AC1200 WiFi, so you’re going to get some fast WiFi here, and there’s no hub needed. Essentially just plug it in, and you’ll be all set. It does work with almost any modem or gateway, even those that are not TP-Link branded. If you’re in a house that has thicker walls, or maybe one that is pretty tall, then this signal extender is going to be a great option. But remember, signal extenders do decrease the speed of your WiFi, as it is “repeating” the signal. Something like a mesh network would likely be better if you are in need of better WiFi coverage in your home.
As a smart plug, it has all of the features that you would expect here. That includes the ability to turn on and off your appliances through the Kasa app. As well as using your voice through Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. Scheduling is also available, so your lamp can turn on when the sun goes down and turn off before you go to bed.
You can pick up the Kasa AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender Smart Plug from Amazon using the link below. It is currently priced at $50, which is pretty impressive for this signal extender and smart plug combo.
The iDevices Switch is a bit different, compared to some others on this list. For one, it has a built-in night light. Which is going to be nice for kids’ rooms, as you can keep a small light on in their room so they aren’t afraid of the dark. The night light can be changed to different colors and brightness levels. Which is a really cool aspect.
This smart plug also allows you to measure the energy that is being used by whatever is plugged in. iDevices is even able to convert that to money, so you can see how much you are paying by keeping that device plugged in and on all day. It’s a small feature, but one that can be helpful if you are looking to reduce the energy usage and save some cash.
Of course, this can do all of the usual stuff, like scheduling when the device that is plugged in, turns on and off. You can also simply turn it on and off through the iDevices app. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and for more scheduling needs there is also IFTTT support. Which can also be pretty useful for a number of reasons.
The iDevices Switch is a bit more expensive than some other models on this list, coming in at $29. But it does offer some other features and also comes in two and three-packs so you can outfit your entire home with them.
Smart plugs can be very useful for a number of things, but most people use them for old lamps that they have in their home. A lot of times, these are cheaper than getting new light bulbs for different lamps in your home. Which makes it a bit more feasible. And if you are only using them for turning on and off the lamp, then a smart plug is definitely a good option. Many also use it for turning on and off their coffee maker or Christmas tree (during that time of year).
All of the smart plugs that are on this list are great options. They all (with the exception of Amazon’s) work with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. So no matter which voice assistant you use, you’re going to be covered and be able to use your voice to control the smart plug(s). If you are looking to get a few smart plugs, there are multi-packs for the Kasa and iDevices smart plugs, which actually turn out to be cheaper than just getting them individually, which is a good thing. Other than that, these are all great smart plugs to pick up, and really can’t go wrong with any of them.
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