Best smart plugs for 2019

Cupertino, September 12, 2019

Smart products replace our old bulbs, refrigerators, speakers and more, but what about items in our homes that are not yet smart? This is where the smart plugs come in.

These clever gadgets connect your old coffee maker, lamp, or fan with your smart home for voice control and automation. There are templates for each voice assistant. Some even work with all three: Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.

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With so many options, choosing the right smart plug means that you need to consider your needs, the configuration of your home and the platform you use to control everything.

We have tested dozens of smart cards from large and small companies and these are our best options for bringing the rest of your home online.

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The Kasa smart home product line from TP-Link includes this clever, space saving plug. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and the Kasa app offers many detailed options to customize scheduling, absence modes and timers.

What will not you get? Power consumption data, compatibility with a USB port or HomeKit. Nevertheless, if you are interested in voice planning and voice commands, TP-Link's $ 30 smart connector is an excellent choice.

Read our full review of the Kasa TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug.

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At just $ 18, this smart plug is the most affordable on our list. It is also the smallest. Combine this with energy monitoring and assistants Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and you'll have a great option for your smart home.

The Wi-Fi smart plug SmartThings will not work with HomeKit and there is no additional USB charging port. The SmartThings app does not offer as many customization options and planning features as the TP-Link Kasa smart plug above, but SmartThings impressed us by creating an easy-to-use smart plug. configure that does not require a SmartThings hub.

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This smart plug comes with an easy to use application, monitors your energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) and works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice commands.

The plug design blocks outlets located above or below and is not compatible with Apple HomeKit. Nevertheless, the TP-Link Kasa application is great and you will have a clear idea of ​​the amount of energy used by your connected device.

Unlike some smart connector manufacturers, TP-Link offers a host of other Kasa smart home products, including light bulbs, cameras, and even a power strip, making it easy to extend your home. Smart in a single app if you like this listing.

Read our full review of the Kasa TP-Link smart Wi-Fi outlet with energy monitoring.

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At $ 30, the WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is affordable and includes native Google Assistant, Alexa and, of course, HomeKit support.

The WeMo app is not our favorite and you will not get any energy monitoring with this listing. In addition to these disadvantages, this compact design and the strong compatibility of HomeKit facilitate recommendations to users of the Apple ecosystem.

Read our full review of the WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug.

The $ 50 iDevices outdoor switch is a great way to automate outdoor lighting, fans, lamps and other electronic patio devices. It works with Google Assistant, Alexa and HomeKit and includes energy tracking.

You will get two takes, but you will not be able to control them individually. If this is essential for you, we recommend that you check the iClever Smart Plug.

Read our full review of the iDevices Outdoor switch.

Other models we tested

There are dozens of smart connectors from companies of all sizes, and although we have not tested all the tests, we have seen many go through the CNET smart home. Here is an overview of other notable options.

  • Amazon Smart Plug: The flagship smart jack of Amazon costs $ 25 and only works with Alexa. Although the configuration is easy, it is not as feature-rich as other models.
  • Satechi Dual Smart Outlet: This user-friendly HomeKit smart plug is priced at $ 60, but you'll get two outlets and an energy monitoring capability. There is no compatibility with Google Assistant and or Amazon Alexa.
  • iHome Outdoor: This $ 40 outdoor smart plug works with all three voice assistants, but you only have one power outlet.
  • ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2: This $ 60 monster does it all: power monitoring, individual control jacks, USB port and status light. However, the price and the unattractive and oversized design are enough for me not to recommend it.
  • Koogeek: This $ 32 smart plug works well with HomeKit, but blocks adjacent jacks. The integrations of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are not as fluid as we would like.
  • Puregear Pureswitch: This HomeKit smart plug is another solid choice for Apple smart homes, but it was not as good in our tests.
  • Eufy smart mini plug: This smart pint size plug is barely larger than our budget SmartThings choice above and only costs a few dollars more, at $ 23. You will also learn about Amazon and Google Assistant.
  • Wyze smart socket: This two-pack for only $ 15 is incredibly cheap, and it does the basics well. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but there is no oversight of the feed.

Things to remember

The choice of the best smart plug for you starts with the compatibility of the voice assistant. Choose a jack that works with the voice assistant you use. You can usually find this information on the product box, on the website or in the mobile application of your voice assistant.

Next, ask yourself where your listing will be placed and if blocking other adjacent outlets is a problem. If so, be sure to choose a card that is not too big. Most models described as "mini" will save space.

Additional features such as power monitoring and USB charging can add even more control and convenience. Whatever smart plug you choose, putting everyday products online with a plug is one of the easiest ways to automate and improve your home.

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