Smart home devices are replacing our speakers, refrigerators, old light bulbs and much more. But what about the stuff in our homes that isn't smart yet? This is where intelligent plugs come into play.
These nifty gadgets connect your normal old device Apple HomeKit,, Lamp, fan, devices or almost everything else for the intelligent control and automation of your smart home. There are models for every language assistant. Some even work with all three: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and
With so many options to choose the right smart plug to turn devices on and off, you need to look at your requirements, home furnishings, and the platform on which you control everything.
We have tested dozens of the best smart plugs from large and small companies. These are our best bets to get the rest of your home online.
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The Kasa Smart Home product line from TP-Link includes this space-saving smart plug. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa over your Wi-Fi network and the Kasa app (Android and iOS) offers numerous detailed options for customizing scheduling, absence modes and timers.
What will you not get? Energy consumption data, USB connection or HomeKit compatibility. However, if you want to plan and use voice control and voice commands, TP-Link's $ 15 smart plug is a good choice for controlling a light switch or other connected devices.
Read the test report for TP-Link Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini.
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At just $ 18, this smart plug is the cheapest on our list. It is also the smallest. Combine this with monitoring energy consumption and the smart and voice control features of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and you have a great option for your electrical outlet or smart home.
The SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug does not work with HomeKit and there are no additional USB ports for charging. The SmartThings app (iOS and Android) does not offer as many customization options and planning functions as the above-mentioned Kasa Smart Plug from TP-Link. SmartThings impressed us, however, by creating an easy-to-set up smart plug from your socket that doesn't need a SmartThings hub.
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This smart Wi-Fi connector has a user-friendly app, monitors your energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) and works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice commands through your Wi-Fi router and Wi-Fi network.
The design of the plug blocks the sockets above or below it and is not compatible with Apple HomeKit. Still, the TP-Link Kasa app is great and you get a clear picture of how much energy your connected appliance is using.
Unlike some smart plug manufacturers, TP-Link offers a variety of other Kasa smart home products, including light bulbs, cameras, and even a power strip. So you can easily expand your smart home in an app if you like this plug.
Read our TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi connector with energy monitoring.
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The Belkin WeMo Mini WiFi Smart Plug costs $ 27 and comes with native Google Assistant, Alexa, and HomeKit compatibility.
The WeMo app is not our favorite app, and with this smart WiFi plug you won't get any energy monitoring. Aside from these shortcomings, the space-saving design of the mini smart plug and solid HomeKit smart plug and Siri compatibility make it easy to recommend it to users in the Apple ecosystem.
Read our WeMo Mini WiFi Smart Plug Test.
The $ 80 iDevices Outdoor Switch is a great way to automate outdoor lights, fans, lights, switches, or other patio electronics. It works with Google Assistant, Alexa and HomeKit over your Wi-Fi connection and includes energy tracking and remote control.
You get two sockets, but you cannot control them individually. If this is a must for you, we recommend testing the iClever Smart Plug, which uses the Smart Life app as a control center for remote control of your devices.
Read our review of iDevices Outdoor Switch.
We tested other models
There are dozens of smart plugs from large and small companies, and although we haven't tested every one, we've seen some come through the CNET Smart Home. Here's a quick look at other notable options.
- : Amazon's flagship Smart Plug costs $ 25 and only works with Alexa. Setup is simple, but not as feature rich as other models.
- Satechi Dual Smart Outlet: This HomeKit-friendly smart plug costs $ 30, and you get two sockets and power monitoring features. There is no compatibility with Google Assistant and / or Amazon Alexa.
- : This $ 40 outdoor smart plug works with all three voice assistants, but you only get one outlet.
- : This $ 60 giant does it all – energy monitoring, individually controlled sockets, USB connection and LED status lighting. However, the price and unattractive, oversized design are enough to keep me from recommending it.
- : This $ 32 smart plug works well with HomeKit, but blocks neighboring outlets. The integration of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa is not as smooth as we would like to see it.
- : This HomeKit-centered Smart Plug is another good choice for Apple Smart Homes, but it didn't work as well in our tests.
- : This pint-sized smart plug is only slightly larger than our SmartThings budget above and costs just a few dollars more at $ 23. You can also get smarts from Amazon and Google Assistant.
- : This two-pack for just $ 15 is incredibly affordable and does the basics well. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but there is no energy monitoring.
Things to remember
Choosing the best smart plug for you begins with the compatibility of the voice assistant. Choose a connector that works with the voice assistant you're using, whether it's a smartphone, tablet, or other device. You can usually find this information on the product box, on the website or in your voice assistant's mobile app.
Next, think about where your plug will be placed and whether blocking other neighboring sockets is a problem. If so, be sure to choose a connector that is not too large. Most models called "mini" are space-saving.
Additional functions such as energy monitoring and USB charging ensure even more control and convenience. No matter which smart plug you choose, the online provision of everyday products with one plug is one of the easiest ways to automate and optimize your home.
Originally released last year.