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The Best Smart Plugs and Power Strips of 2019

The Best Smart Plugs and Power Strips of 2019

The Best Smart Plugs and Power Strips of 2019

Make your home smart with a smart plug. Any of the best smart jacks allows you to control various small appliances without having to be home. For example, connect a lamp to a smart outlet and you can then use your smartphone to turn the lamp on and off or to create a program that will automatically turn the lamp on or off.

Because the best smart jacks are easy to use and very affordable, starting at less than $ 30 on the switch, anyone with a smartphone can get into the convenience (and, dare we say, fun) of using one of the best smart home devices.

After testing dozens of smart plugs, we think the best overall is the WeMo Mini. Although not as compact as other smart plugs, it has a lot of useful planning features and is one of the few smart plugs that it works with. Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit. WeMo is coming out with an even smaller version, the WeMo WiFi Smart Plug ($ 24.99), which will be available this spring.

You can find a lot of cheap smart plugs online, but we think the best budget model is Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Lite by TP-Link. An individual plug is only $ 13, and the other smart home products of the company were generally very reliable.

(Image Credit: WeMo)

1. WeMo Mini

The best smart connector in general

size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches | Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, IFTTT | Electrical rating: 120V ~ / 15A / 60Hz / 1800W

Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit

Home / away mode

Wider than most smart jacks

The WeMo Mini is wide, but thin enough so you can fit two of them into the outlet without blocking electrical access. Although it has no energy monitoring information, Mini works with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, and more. It also has a handy switch on the jack itself, if you prefer to use manual controls.

Although a bit more expensive than the alternatives we reviewed, the WeMo Mini is the easiest to configure and the best smart plug for most people.

Kasa smart plug

(Image Credit: TP-Link)

2. Kasa Smart WiFi Lite HS103 Smart Plug

An excellent and affordable option for the smart socket

size: 2.6 x 1.6 x 1.5 inches | Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, IFTTT | Electrical rating: 120V / 12A / 1200W