The Best Smart Plugs
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Smart home technology is not only a cool and convenient way to control things around your home with just your voice, but it truly makes you feel like you’re living in the future. Once you’re using Alexa or Google Assistant to play your favourite music, or see what the forecast is looking like, you'll see the added benefits that Google Home or Amazon Echo devices bring.
With smart plugs, you can take it to the next level. Smart plugs are a sophisticated little device that you plug into a wall outlet and connect to your Wi-Fi. By using your phone or your smart home device, you can control its power using your smartphone or tablet devices. What does this look like? For example, let’s say you have lamps around your house that you want to automatically turn on when the sun sets, and turn off when it rises again. A smart plug can give you that kind of control, whether you're in the house or not.
Likewise, if you've already snuggled into bed, but forgot to turn off a light outside of your room, you can use your smartphone or tablet device to turn it off. Oh, the convenience! When it comes to smart plugs, there are a variety of different designs. Much like regular extension plugs, you can get power bars or single units. We’ve assembled some of the best models to choose from. Whether you're using it in the garage or for your new home-office suite, there's something for everyone. Check out the best ones below:
1. Editor's Pick: Amazon Smart Plug w/ Alexa
- Certified works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- FCC- and ETL-approved product
- Can be used with all of your lamps, thermostats, coffee makers, etc.
- Will only work with 2.4GHz connections, not 5.0GHz
|Product Dimensions:||80 mm x 38 mm x 57 mm (3.2” x 1.5” x 2.2”)|
This is a great little smart plug that fits into a standard wall outlet like a wall wart from your phone cord. By downloading the Alexa app, you’re able to build in schedules or timers for each and every individual smart plug you buy. As a portable unit, this is perfect to keep with your Christmas lights for the tree and the house so you never have to remember to turn them on or off. You can let the plug do the work for you and save some money on your energy bills as well.
2. Runner Up: QPLUS Indoor Smart Plug with LED Night Light
- Compact size
- Can stack two in one outlet
- Equipped with a night light
- Will only work with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network connection
|Amperage Capacity:||15 amps|
|Product Dimensions:||9.2 x 7.6 x 5.2 cm|
This pack of two smart plugs is great because each one is compact in size and only occupies one plug, so they can be easily stacked in a socket. Plus, each plug has a nightlight, so it helps you see your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. If you don’t like the nightlight features, it’s not a problem. It can be turned on or off with a touch of a button.
Over and above those two features, these smart plugs will help you turn your electronics on or off from anywhere using your smartphone or you can voice control it all using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or the SmartLife app. Set automatic daily timers or create and on/off schedule to turn your air conditioner or furnace on an hour before you return home.
You can also set timers to turn lights around your house on or off after a specific number of minutes, hours or days. You will need a secured 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network connection for these smart plugs to work.
3. Best Smart Receptacle: Globe Electric 50024 Wi-Fi Smart Receptacle
- Removes the necessity for a hub
- Control many devices from one spot
- Needs special installation
- Requires Wi-Fi router at 2.4 GHz and a mobile device running iOS 8.0 or higher/ Android 4.1 or higher
|Product Dimensions:||4.65 x 6.96 x 11.18 cm|
Instead of purchasing separate smart plugs for your devices that need to be plugged into a regular wall socket, you can install a smart receptacle so that you can plug your coffee machine, TV, fan, or whatever, directly into the wall. In fact, the receptacle means you don’t need a hub for your smart plugs.
This smart receptacle comes with an easy to follow video on how to install it, although it is recommended that you use a certified electrician to do the job properly and safely. Once installed, you download the globe suite app and you can connect to Google Assist and Alexa and add to Siri.
With the receptacle you can control many devices with one tap or activate one device at a time. You can put a smart Wi-Fi power outlet receptacle in every room to automate your home and with child-safe tamper resistant shock guards, you can have peace of mind that curious little fingers won’t get into trouble.
4. Best Outdoor Smart Plug: meross Apple HomeKit Smart Outdoor Plug, Waterproof WiFi Outdoor Outlet
- Ideal for outside use
- Control your outside lights, sprinklers, etc.
- Can only use the meross app
- HomeKit remote control needs an iPad or Apple TV to work
|Amperage Capacity:||10 amps|
|Product Dimensions:||12.7 x 7.11 x 3.81 cm|
This waterproof smart plug outlet has an IP44 weatherproof housing and socket cover and is what you’ll need for any outdoor or indoor electrical appliances or devices such as landscape lighting, Christmas tree and decoration lights or a sprinkler.
This outdoor smart plug only supports the Meross app, which will work with Apple HomeKit (iOS 13 or above), Siri, Apple Watch, Carplay, Alexa, and Google Assistant, so it’s pretty flexible to allow you to control the two sockets individually with voice or remote from anywhere. So, you can set your water sprinkler to go on at sunset at the same time as your outdoor lights.
It’s important to note that this smart plug is not to be used by high power usage devices like a pool pump, motor or filter and could cause the plug to short out. As well, the HomeKit remote control needs an additional Apple device like an iPad or Apple TV to work.
5. Sleeper Pick: Kasa HS103
- Available in a 1- or 3-pack
- Available in Lite (10a) or Mini (15a)
- Creates Smart Actions (eg. turning a porch light on)
- Longer setup process than other models
- Incompatible with some internet routers
This smart plug has a cool little feature — Away Mode. You can design an "Away Mode" setting so that if and when you leave home for an extended period of time, the smart plugs can remember your most frequent light settings and intermittently turn on your lights. Don’t worry about having to get someone to house sit if you don't own any plants or pets. You can simply schedule your "Away Mode" setting during the evenings. It comes in a pack of three so you can control the lighting or light sources in multiple rooms.
6. Best Multi-Plug: Geeni Smart Wi-Fi 4 Outlet Plug with Surge Protection
- Converts a two-plug socket to a four-plug socket
- Control plugs together or individually
- Surge protection
- Takes up more space on the wall
|Amperage Capacity:||15 amps|
|Product Dimensions:||10.29 x 7.49 x 17.98 cm|
This smart outlet plug extender from Geeni is a great way to bring your outlets with modern smart home technology together in one area for smart device convenience. With this extender you can convert a standard two-plug outlet into four plugs for more convenient power sourcing.
Simply plug it in, download the Geeni app and connect your smartphone to your Wi-Fi outlet plug. Then you can set timers, schedules and routines to power any small appliance, humidifier, fan or lamp to turn on and off when you want at any time of the day or night. You can manage all four plugs together or you can control them individually.
Connect with Alexa or Google Home if you want to use voice commands or if you’re away from home or out of the room you can use your tablet and smart device. You will need a secure 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection to work. And you don’t have to worry about a power boost since it has built-in power surge protection.
7. Best Versatile: Orbecco Smart in-Wall Socket, WiFi Smart Embedded Wall Plug Outlet Socket
- Two smart plugs and a USB port
- Customize schedules
- Embedded socket
- Needs installation
|Amperage Capacity:||15 amps|
|Product Dimensions:||12.5 x 8 x 4.24 cm|
With this smart in-wall socket, you get two socket holes and USB port to conveniently power a number of devices in one spot. You can manage each outlet to be turned on or off separately or timed individually, which gives you the flexibility to manage all the connected devices in a way that suits your needs.
The pair of smart sockets can be voice controlled with Alexa or Google Assistant, or if you are not home, you can control the lights in your house, a fan or humidifier and check their real time status on your phone using the Smart Life app.
This embedded smart wall plug is compatible with many smart programs including Amazon Eco Dot (including the 2nd and 3rd generation), Amazon Echo Show, Google Home and others. The smart socket requires Android 4.4 or above and iOS 8 or above. And while the two socket holes can be control by pressing a button or the switch on the app, the USN port can only be controlled through the app.
8. Honourable Mention: APC Smart Plug Surge Protector Power Strip
- Multi-use power bar
- Has smart outlets, USB charger ports and standard plugs
- Surge protection
- May be more than you need
- Does not work with Google home
|Product Dimensions:||26.7 x 10.2 x 3.7 cm|
When your home has numerous devices that are plugged in and need power to work, but you don’t have enough electrical sockets, that’s when you need a good power bar, especially when you need to use a few smart plugs.
This power bar has three surge-protected smart outlets and two smart USB charger ports that you can control independently using Alexa or the AOC Home app. The power bar also has three surge-protected outlets for standard plugs, so you have everything you need in one place. Talk about convenient.
You can schedule lighting, small appliances and other electronics connected to the Wi-Fi outlet to turn on or off or use voice commands through Alexa. The power bar has 2160 Joules of surge protection and UL certification guards against powerful surges, to you don’t have to be concerned about shorting out. It comes with a six-foot power cord with a space-saving 90-degree wall plug.
Can I Plug Everything into My Smart Plug?
Most smart plugs should only be used with your electronics and devices that have on/off switches of their own. They are not ideal for things like touch lamps and scheduled coffee makers. Some of the more complex electronics, such as TVs and speakers, have shut-down protocols built into its software and/or remote so using a smart plug on top of that could damage your electronics.
While we use Bluetooth for many wireless connections in our homes already, it wasn’t made to be compatible with smart plugs. Bluetooth doesn’t do well through walls, so trying to turn off the basement lights from the second-floor bedroom wouldn’t work out very well. That’s why all of these smart plugs require a wireless internet connection instead. This is an important point to consider.
As mentioned above, some smart-plug products don’t connect with every internet router out there. See if the smart plugs you buy work in concert with your internet setup. Keep in mind that most smart plugs are not compatible with 5.0GHz connections. They need to be connected to a 2.4GHz connection only, or a dual-band internet system.
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