The best smart outdoor outlets for lights and holiday decorations

Cupertino, November 5, 2021

As the holidays approach and we start planning a day to decorate the outside of our homes, a smart device that every smart home should have today is a smart outdoor outlet. It can control your smart lighting or any wired decor that you intend to arrange this holiday season. But which is best for my smart home? GearBrain is here to help you find the best smart outdoor outlet for you.

After testing many smart outdoor outlets on real homes with a normal internet connection, we've put together a list of the best smart outdoor outlets to power your holiday decorations. This list will help you find the right smart outdoor outlet that fits your price and energy needs.

Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug Box - The toughest outdoor smart plug


Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug Box connected outside our smart home.

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One of the toughest outdoor smart plugs is Lutron's new Outdoor Smart Plug Box. This smart outdoor socket can work either indoors or outdoors, but it is built to withstand the harshest weather conditions throughout the year. It has a solid design and supports several types of loading. You can set up this smart plug quickly and easily. However, you will need to connect it to a Lutron Smart Bridge. Works with devices compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as Apple HomeKit. This means that if you have an Apple Watch, you will be able to select scenes and turn our holiday lights on and off. It costs $ 79.99 and is available at The Home Depot, Walmart, Best Buy, power outlets and Amazon.com.

Read our full review of Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug.

Smart outdoor switch Zigbee Plug-in Enbrighten - Smart outdoor plug connected reliable Zigbee

Smart outdoor switch Zigbee Plug-in Jasco Enbrighten

Enbrighten Plug-in Zigbee Outdoor Smart SwitchGearBrain

If you are looking for a reliable smart outdoor plug that works on a Zigbee wireless connection that is not too large and can monitor your power consumption, then you should consider the Zigbee smart outdoor switch from Enbrighten. It's a smart, reliable outdoor socket designed for use with Zigbee hubs and compatible devices. If you are not using a Zigbee hub or gateway, you will need to purchase a Zigbee 3.0 compatible hub for smart plug remote control. The remote control will allow you to connect the plug to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice platforms, as well as other smart home systems such as home security systems, so you can create scenes or set the holiday lights to turn on then when you are not at home.

Another nice feature of the Enbrighten Zigbee smart outdoor switch is its ability to function as a range extinguisher if used indoors.

Owners of Amazon smart devices such as Echo Plus (1St. and 2when Gen), Echo Show (2when Gen) and Echo Studio, you won't need a Zigbee hub to connect to the Enbrighten Zigbee outdoor jack. The reason is that your Amazon Echo device is already a Zigbee hub. You can easily connect the Enbrighten outdoor jack and start setting scenes or using voice commands to turn lights and holiday decorations on and off.

The Enbrighten Zigbee smart outdoor switch costs just $ 46 and is available on Amazon and the company's website.

Cync On / Off smart outdoor socket - powers two devices with a single socket

Cync Outdoor Smart Plug box on a countertop

Cync Outdoor smart socket with individual socket control.GearBrain

If you do not recognize the name "Cync", this is the new brand name for GE Lighting's C by GE line. The company was acquired by Savant, a premium home automation company.

GearBrain's has reviewed many of the C by GE devices and liked how they work in your smart home. The company has added a new smart outdoor plug to its range called the Cync Outdoor Smart Plug. This new smart outdoor socket is the perfect device to help you automate your outdoor lighting, especially holiday decorations. Using the Cync application powered by Savant (iOS and Android), you can set custom programs or turn them on and off at any time of the day. But what makes this smart socket unique is its ability to control two items simultaneously. The plug comes with two sockets and each can be controlled separately. And if you want to add voice commands, Cync Outdoor Smart Plug works with both Amazon Alexa voice platforms and Google Assistant. We recommend this smart outdoor outlet for people who need more than one outlet to power and control their holiday decorations.

The Cync Outdoor socket costs $ 29.99 and is available on Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.

Kasa Wi-Fi smart outdoor socket - the best long-range smart outdoor socket

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug on a counter, box

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi outdoor socketGearBrain

For smart homes that have holiday decorations that require a strong Wi-Fi signal to work the way you want them to this holiday season, we have a smart outdoor outlet to consider. It is Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug. This TP-Link outdoor smart card is an IP64-rated weatherproof smart card that works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible devices, as well as Samsung SmartThings. It does not require a hub and can be controlled remotely using your Android or iOS smartphone. Log in to the Kasa app and start setting up your programs and routines in minutes.

What makes this smart outdoor socket unique is its long-range ability to connect to your home Wi-Fi network - up to 300 feet. This is exceptional for any smart outdoor device that works on a Wi-Fi connection. And just like the Cync Outdoor Plug, each socket on the Kasa outdoor plug can be controlled separately.

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Socket (EP40) costs $ 24.99, but is on sale for just $ 21.99 (12% off) on Amazon.

meross Smart Outdoor Plug - Smart outdoor plug for Apple HomeKit users

The Meross smart outdoor socket works with the Apple HomeKit

meross smart outlet for outdoor

Meross

For Apple HomeKit users, there is a smart outdoor socket that you can use with holiday decorations this year and it is made by meross. Meross Smart Outdoor Plug is a waterproof outdoor socket (IP44), compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings (Bixby). You can even use IFTTT applications if you want to control this outdoor socket and set scenes and programs. This smart outlet is also FCC and ETL certified and has two individual outlets that you can control separately if needed.

If you are an Android user, this smart outdoor socket is compatible if your Android device has OS 4.1 and later. However, keep in mind that this plug is really designed for Apple HomeKit users. Something to think about before you buy.

Meross Smart Outdoor Plug costs $ 30.99 and is available on Amazon.

Defiant 15 Amp 120-Volt Smart Hubspace Wi-Fi Bluetooth Outdoor Socket - A Robust Smart Outdoor Socket

Smart Defiant outdoor socket on the counter, without box

Defiant Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Plug has two sockets that can be controlled separately using the Hubspace application.

Defiant Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Plug is a robust, well-built outdoor socket with two sockets that you can control separately using the Hubspace app. Hubspace is Home Depot's new intuitive mobile app, powered by Afero and used by Defiant and other Home Depot brands to set up and connect to the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa platforms. You can set programs, turn devices on / off automatically and remotely. No hub required.

The Defiant smart outdoor socket works on a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection. This is useful when you lose your internet connection and want to control your holiday lights. Just enter the Bluetooth range and you're ready.

Another nice feature of the Defiant outdoor socket is its price. The cost of this smart outdoor socket is only $ 18.97, the lowest cost of all the smart outdoor sockets on our list. Although the name Defiant may not be as well known as some of the other smart outlets listed, we can assure you that its outdoor smart outlet is a worthy choice to help you power your holiday decorations in this year.

All the smart outdoor outlets we’ve listed in this buying guide are reliable smart devices that can give you the power and connectivity you need outside of your smart home. And if you need extra help finding other smart outdoor or indoor outlets, visit GearBrain, our smart home compatibility finder. It's free and easy to use.


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