10 Best Smart Plugs

So, who doesn’t want a smart home? Turn your lights on from your smart phone as you’re on your way home or set your coffee pot to be ready when you wake up. Stop worrying that you’ve left the heater on when you’re leaving town, our best smart plugs guide has you covered!

We’ve put together a list of the best smart plugs, complete with price checks, comparisons and detailed reviews. There are loads of options to choose from, so we hope that this list will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision as to which smart plug is best for you.

When choosing your smart plug, you need to consider what you want to use it for. For example, will you want your smart devices on timers, accessible by voice commands with Amazon Alexa, or both? Different brands have different features, so be sure to check out our comparison table below and our buyers guide to find out which smart devices on our list include the most popular features that will fit best into your home.

Best All Rounder

Wemo Insight Switch Smart Plug

 

 

In our search for the best smart plugs, we came across the Wemo Insight Switch Smart Plug and it quickly became our favourite. This device is easy to install, easy to use, and has loads of helpful extras that will make your home smarter and more efficient than ever before.

Let’s start by mentioning the Wemo App. This well thought out little app can be used on any smart phone or tablet with a minimum of android 4.4, or IOS 9.0. The best part is that the app is totally free and allows you to control any devices that are plugged into the smart unit from anywhere, anytime.

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Pros

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Can be used when away from home
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo
  • Compatible with Nest
  • Compatible with IFTTT
  • Power usage tracking


Cons

  • Large plug and may not fit in smaller sockets / spaces

 

iDevices Switch

 

idevices switch

If you use an Iphone or Ipad, then the iDevices Switch may be the best option for you. Originally designed for Apple devices to work with smart Apple Homekit technology, although now also compatible with andriod, the unit is quick and easy to set up, coming with a quick start guide and is easily operated through Siri or Amazon Alexa if you have an Amazon Echo device.

The unit itself is designed to avoid extended wall distance, so once plugged into the socket, the smart device you wish to control using it can be plugged in on the right hand side of the unit. On the left hand side is a switch which allows manual control of the device, one of the best features, meaning if your wifi goes down you can still turn your devices on and off.

The iDevices Switch has an LED strip at the front of the unit, which can also be controlled through Siri or Alexa, or the iDevices app, separately from the device which is plugged into the unit. We found this to be quite useful as a night light type device. This can also be set to whichever colour you prefer in the app or via Siri commands.

It may be helpful to point out here that when setting up your switch, the nightlight is already set up as “light” so if you plug a light into the unit you might want to rename it to avoid confusion, especially when using Siri commands. This nightlight is only controllable via your smart phone and the power button on the side of the device is only for turning power to your device (plugged into the smart plug) on and off. Click here to Read More

Pros

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Integrates with Apples Homekit system
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo
  • Can be used when away from home
  • Power usage tracking

  • Cons

  • No dimming
  • Problems with user sharing
  • Not compatible with IFTTT
  • Not compatible with Nest
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    TP-Link Smart Plug

     

    TP-Link Smart Plug

    The TP-Link Smart Plug is a great little device that comes complete with a 2 year warranty for your own peace of mind. This is definitely one of the best smart plugs that we tested, as it was easy to use right out of the box. We found that even after a power outage the device restarts and keeps its old settings and connections, which is great if you live somewhere that gets bad storms and experiences outages.

    This smart plug is Alexa compatible, making it easy to control your devices without even having to turn your phone screen on if you wish, simply assign a name to each smart plug that you wish to use with the voice control and you’re ready to go. Click here to Read More

    Pros

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo
  • Can be used when away from home
  • Away mode
  • Power usage tracking

  • Cons

  • No dimming
  • Not compatible with IFTTT
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    Wemo Mini Smart Plug

     

    Wemo Mini Smart Plug

    The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is a wonderful little device which is much less bulky than the Wemo Insight Smart Plug. This means that unlike with the Wemo Insight, you are able to stack two of theWemo Minis in the same power outlet with ease, allowing you to control as many devices as you have sockets in the room.

    The Wemo Mini uses the same sleek app as the Wemo Insight, making it easy to navigate and locate the devices which you want to control. From the app you are able to set schedules, control your devices when you are away from home, and even use Amazons Alexa for a completely hands-free smart home experience.

    Due to the fact that it uses the same app, the Wemo Mini also features the useful away mode, which acts as a deterrent to would-be burglars. Your lights will turn on and off throughout the specified away period, giving the impression of somebody moving about your home.

    This device is also compatible with Nest, allowing you to control your home in a number of ways whilst away from home, including thermostat control, fan control and having full control of your lights, so you never need come home to a dark house again.

    Unfortunately unlike the Wemo Insight, the Wemo Mini is unable to track electrical usage, which we found to be a bit disappointing considering the app is the same. Nevertheless, the Wemo Mini is no less capable of its core functionality than any other Smart Plug on this list, and we felt that it needed some recognition considering it is compatible with IFTTT making it a customisable and versatile unit.

     

    Pros

  • Supports IFTTT
  • Supports Nest
  • Supports Amazon Echo
  • Doesn’t block other sockets
  • Away Mode
  • Can be used while away from home

  • Cons

  • Doesn’t track power usage
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    Best Budget Smart Plug

    Hausbell W701 Smart Wi-Fi Plug 

     

    Hausbell W701 Smart Wi-Fi Plug

    When reviewing the Hausbell W701 Smart Wi-Fi Plug we were a little confused at first, as when they arrived they were grey, rather than white as was shown in the listing. However, as it turned out we had missed that it was specified it was grey in the description so if the colour of the unit is important to you then do make sure you check.

    The unit is quick and easy to set up, only needing to connect to your wifi which can be done through the UCSmart app. You need only scan the relevant QR code which is on the box, and install the app to begin quick setup.  However, if you have an Amazon Echo, then it might be best to try a different app. When using the UCSmart app which is suggested for the device, you are only able to pair the plug to your smart phone, but having done a little digging and testing of different apps, we found that it is actually possible to pair the device to Alexa. The best app we found for this was the Tuya Smart App, which within minutes of being downloaded had hooked us up to Alexa.

    You are able to rename all your devices using these apps as well, which makes it easy to know which appliances you are turning on and off. Not only that, but there are a number of ways in which you can control your devices using this smart plug. Firstly you can set a conventional timer for your devices to turn on and off at specified times. This can be useful to turn your lights on and off when you’re out of the house. You can also set a countdown timer to turn your devices on or off, for example, if you want your bread maker to start making your bread in 3 hours, then you can set a 3 hour delay timer. Finally you can choose to manually control your devices via Alexa if using the Tuya app, or your smart phone.

    The device remembers your timers and settings so that even if you leave the house with your phone, your lights will still come on at the specified time, which is useful if you go away and want to deter burglars.

    Although this plug does not have many of the fancy features of some of the others, it is an excellent purchase for the price, especially as you get 2 in a pack! The only thing that we could fault with this plug for its price is the fact that there is a bright LED on it, meaning that if you are using these in the bedroom they might be a little bright when trying to sleep. Otherwise, we found these to be the best smart plugs for the price.

     

    Pros

  • Timer / Countdown / Manual controls
  • Supports Amazon Echo (when using Tuya app)
  • Can be used when away from home

  • Cons

  • Suggested app doesn’t support Amazon Echo
  • Bright LED on socket (Can’t work out how to turn it off)
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    Best No Fuss Smart Plug

    Orvibo Wi-Fi Smart Socket Outlet Plug 

     

    Orvibo Wi-Fi Smart Socket Outlet Plug

    The Orvibo Wi-Fi Smart Socket Outlet Plug allows you to switch your electrical devices on and off using your smart phone with their smart plug compatible app. Anything you want to be remotely controllable can be plugged into one of these sockets and is, upon a quick and easy setup, transformed into a smart device which can be controlled from anywhere in the world.

    You are also able to set schedules through the app, which is compatible with android 4.0 and higher and iOS 6 and higher, so that you don’t always have to manually turn your devices on and off.

    There are no whistles or bells with this smart plug, it does what it says on the tin and nothing more, which is why we have named it our best no fuss option. Whilst its core functionality works great, we found this to be one of the more boring of the smart plugs we tested. The device does not support any other smart devices or systems such as Amazon Alexa or Nest, and doesn’t track power usage.

    If you want a simple device that simply allows you to turn your devices on and off from your phone or on timers and schedules then these could be the best smart plugs for you. Personally, we like the more techy devices better!

     

    Pros

  • Timers and schedules can be set
  • Easy setup
  • App is simple and easy to use
  • Can be used when away from home

  • Cons

  • Doesn’t support Amazon Echo
  • Doesn’t support Nest
  • Doesn’t support IFTTT
  • No away mode
  • No power usage tracking
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    Ankuoo REC Lite White Wi-Fi Smart Plug

     

    Ankuoo REC Lite White Wi-Fi Smart Plug

    The Ankuoo REC Lite Smart Plug is a device which is available in different socket types for all over the world, making it the best worldwide smart plug. It is easy to use, simply plug in, open the app and you will be guided through the setup.

    The app has a nice interface, which is easy to navigate and understand. When looking into the devices you will find that you are able to set up schedules and timers for any device which is plugged into one of the sockets.

    Not only can you set schedules, but if you own and Amazon Alexa product, then you will be able to control your devices with your voice. Once it is set up, all you will need to do is tell Alexa which device you want turning on or off, and she will do it.

    The device has a handy anti-theft setting which is the same as the away mode on other devices, making it seem as though there is somebody in your house, even when you aren’t home. This may be useful for those who spend a lot of time away and are concerned about the safety of their home.

    This smart device and its associated app are compatible with both android and iOS, meaning that if you have people with both Apple and Android devices in your family, everyone is still able to use them.

    We found that it can be quite tricky to get Alexa connected to the device, and in our search for a solution, we also found that other people were having this problem too, so it may take some trial and error to get this feature working, which isn’t ideal.

     

    Pros

  • Works with Amazon Echo
  • Away Mode
  • Use when away from home
  • Can set schedules

  • Cons

  • Tricky to connect to Amazon Echo
  • Doesn’t support IFTTT
  • Doesn’t support Nest
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    iHOME ISP5 Home Control Smart Plug

     

    iHOME ISP5 Home Control Smart Plug

    The iHOME ISP5 Home Control Smart Plug is one of the more exciting smart plugs on the market. Compatible with both android and apple devices, it is easy to set up and can be used immediately with the free newly updated iHome Control app.

    This smart plug works with all Alexa devices and we have found that the setup is quite easy, Alexa found and connected to the device quickly and was soon taking voice commands. Not only does this plug have Alexa support but Siri can also be used to control the devices which are plugged in, with complete support for Apple Homekit already integrated.

    Not only is this smart plug compatible with Alexa, Siri and Appple Homekit, but it is also fully compatible with Samsung Smart Things, Nest and Wink, giving you more options of how you want to control your smart home.

    One of the best features of this plug is that it is slim so that you are able to plug more than one into an outlet at any one time. Otherwise you could leave the other outlet free to plug something straight in without a smart plug, the smart plug in no way obstructs the other sockets.

    The plugs can be grouped into rooms or other groups in the app if you’d like to control a whole room simultaneously, or if you’d like to set a schedule for your morning routine you can do that too, so your lights will be on and your morning coffee ready by the time you go downstairs.

    We did, however, find one issue with this smart plug. We initially had issues connecting it to Apple Homekit, and found it a bit tricky to keep it connected. That being said, when it worked, the whole experience was seamless.

     

    Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Schedules
  • Group plugs for easy use
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Works with Nest
  • Works with Wink
  • Works with Apple Homekit
  • Works with Samsung SmartThings

  • Cons

  • Connectivity issues with Apple Homekit
  • No Power usage indicators
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    Only for Apple Users

    Koogeek Smart Plug, WiFi

     

    Koogeek Smart Plug, WiFi.

    The Koogeek Smart Plug is the best one for the Apple lovers. Supporting only Apple devices and integrating Siri voice control, the Koogeek Smart Plug allows iOS users to control their home via their favourite Apple devices, be that the iPad, iPod Touch or the iPhone.

    Not only is this compatible with only Apple devices, but it is also only compatible with the Apple Homekit, and does not support Amazon Alexa, Nest or any other services. We found this to be a little limiting in choice. Though these are clearly not the best smart units for Android users, there is an array of features waiting to be used by those with Apple devices.

    Schedules and timers can be set to ensure that your devices are not on for longer than they should be, or to deter would be burglars during the times when you’re not at home. The app also allows you to monitor your energy consumption to ensure that your home is running as efficiently as possible, and help you save on power bills.

    You don’t need to worry about having left electric heaters or appliances switched on, as with the handy app you are able to turn off devices from anywhere in the world, giving you the best peace of mind possible.

    The plug worked really well with Apple Homekit and was easy to set up through the free app. We had no problems connecting and were impressed with the speed of setup.

    Unfortunately, although the unit looks quite compact, we found that it actually blocked the second socket on the wall, so we were only able to plug in one of them in each dual wall socket.

     

    Pros

  • Power usage monitor
  • Supports Siri
  • Supports Apple Homekit

  • Cons

  • Does not support Android
  • Does not support Amazon Echo
  • Does not support Nest
  • Does not support IFTTT
  • Unit blocks other sockets
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    Edimax Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Energy Management

     

    Edimax Wi-Fi Smart Plug

    Last but by no means least, is the Edimax Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Energy Management. This is one of the devices which works as well as the more expensive models. Although it may not support as many features, the Edimax Wi-Fi Smart Plug does come with energy use monitoring, allowing you to track your energy usage to ensure that your home is running as efficiently as possible. In addition, you are able to set an energy use limit for devices, which will cut them off and send you a notification once the limit has been reached, so you don’t need to worry about any unexpected energy bills.

    With this smart plug and the free app you are able to easily set schedules for your devices, meaning that you can have your coffee ready in the morning and your lights on when you come home in the evening. You can also use the app wherever you have an internet connection to control your devices.

    The three step setup guide makes it really fast and easy to get set up, and best of all it can be done straight from your smartphone. Once using the units, you can receive email notifications which will notify you when your devices turn on and off, so you know that your home is running like clockwork.

    The downside to this device is that we felt it was lacking in integration. The plug cannot be used with Siri, Amazon Echo or any other services such as Nest or Samsung SmartThings. However, it works well as a simple smart plug, if you don’t want any extras such as voice control or complete home integration.

     

    Pros

  • Limit and monitor energy use
  • Schedules
  • Easy and fast setup

  • Cons

  • Doesn’t support Amazon Echo
  • Doesn’t support Nest
  • Remains off after a power outage
  • Some connectivity issues
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    Buyers Guide

    When looking to purchase the best smart plugs for you, there are a number of features which should be considered. Each smart plug is different and will appeal to different people, so to make sure you get the best smart plug for you and your home, we’ve put together a handy buyers guide to help you decide which plug is best for your lifestyle.

     

    IFTTT

     

    IFTTT

     

    IFTTT is a service which allows you to create statements for your smart devices or even social media. By connecting smart devices to IFTTT you can set conditional triggers, for example, you could have your lights turn on when you pull into the driveway, allowing you to get the best out of your smart home.

     

     

    Amazon Echo Devices

    amazon echo dot tap

    Amazon Echo is the device which brings you the Alexa assistant.

    When connected to your compatible smart devices, you need only use your voice to ask Alexa to control your home, so no worries when you have your hands full.

    Samsung SmartThings Support

    samsung smartthings

    Samsung Smartthings brings you the best way of connecting all the smart devices in your home to work in perfect harmony. With the SmartThings hub, you can not only use your smart devices and monitor them via the app, but you can add other features such as motion and arrival sensors so your home can work seamlessly for you.

     

    Apple Homekit Support

    Apple Homekit

    Apples Homekit is the Apple device loves answer to a smart home. Working with many different devices it works much like Samsungs SmartThings to have all your smart devices work together. The range of devices that are Homkit enabled include – Lights, locks, thermostats, window shades, security, garage doors, humidifiers, fans, outlets, cameras, doorbells, air purifiers, air conditioners and finally sensors.

     

    Away Mode

     

    away mode

    Many smart plugs support away mode, which is a setting that makes your home appear to an outsider as though somebody is home. Lights will turn on and off at different times to make it difficult for potential burglars to determine whether or not there is really somebody in the house. Unlike conventional timers, there is no set time that lights will come on and go off, making it impossible for people to track the timer patterns. This feature is especially useful if you go away a lot and are concerned for the security of your home.

     

    Power monitoring

     

    wemo insight power monitoring

    This feature is a favourite of ours and one of the best ways of monitoring your energy consumption. If you are interested in your power usage and want to monitor or reduce it then make sure to check out the smart plugs with power usage monitoring. These are able to monitor the power that you are using through each device and can even tell you how much your devices are costing you to run. The best smart plugs for power monitoring can tell you each individual device’s power usage, cost and even  give you a monthly average of your entire home (as long as everything is using the smart plugs). We found this to be really useful when trying to reduce your power bills as you can see which devices are the most power hungry, and they might not always be the ones you expect!

     

    Nest Support

     

     nest home

    Considered as one of the best brands in smart technology, Nest is a range of smart devices that all work together to create a completely smart home. The main item in the range of official nest products is the smart thermostat which helps you to control the temperature of your home no matter where you are. The thermostat will learn your daily routines and adjust your heating to fit your life, saving you money on your energy bills in the process. Not only that, but there are a range of products from nest that can help you run your home more effectively. If your boiler is on the blink, your smart thermostat will let you know. If you burn the toast, Nest protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will tell you that there is smoke, and even which room it is in before it progresses to a full alarm. It can also detect the difference between a smouldering and fast burning fire and if the smart carbon monoxide monitor detects danger, it will tell your Nest thermostat to turn off the boiler to avoid any further danger. Furthermore, the smart Nestcams for indoor and outdoor use can help to protect your home, allowing you to see what’s happening anytime, anywhere. Lots of the units in our list support nest, and if you choose one of these then you can integrate just about any device into your nest smart home.

    Our Top Devices to go with your Smart Plugs

    So you’ve got your smart plugs and you’re controlling your home via an app on your phone. Now you’re set up, you can enhance your smart home experience even more with these extras that make your smart home just a little bit smarter than the rest.

     

    Logitech smart home harmony 950 universal remote 

    Logitech smart home harmony 950 universal remote

    Ever been in that situation where you have 5 remote controls for the TV and can’t work out which is the one you need? The Logitech smart home harmony 950 universal remote control with 2.4″ colour touchscreen is the only remote you’ll need ever again. Control your television, lights, even the coffee machine when plugged into a smart plug, all from the comfort of your sofa!

    The remote works with more than 270,000 compatible devices from over 6,000 brands meaning that you can throw away all those extra remotes! The touchscreen has a number of commands and functions such as pause, rewind and play, as well as being able to control which device you are using, be it the lighting, TV or music. It’s plain to sew that this is one of the best smart remotes on the market to date.

     

    Amazon Alexa

    amazon echo dot tap

    There are 3 different versions of the amazing Alexa assistant. Once you bring Alexa into your home, her many functions make her impossible to live without!

    Not only can you use her to create shopping lists, to do lists and set timers, but Alexa can also control your smart home with compatible devices. Simply set up the smart plug devices and you can tell Alexa to turn on the lights, set the coffee machine going and even turn your thermostat up, all with just your voice.

    Alexa has IFTTT compatibility so there is no end to the ways in which you can customise your Echo, and with an endless store of skills to try, Alexa is getting smarter every day.

    The 3 different devices with the Alexa assistant are the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and the Amazon Tap.

     

    Amazon Echo

    Amazon Echo

    The original Amazon Echo is a full size speaker standing at 9.3” tall with full 360 degree sound and far field voice recognition. The speaker does have to be plugged into the wall for use and therefore has limited portability; however, by having multiple echo devices around your home, you will always have access to Alexa when you need her. This is the most expensive device in the range but will give you the best and most immersive audio experience.

     

     

     

    Amazon Echo Dotamazon echo dot

    The Amazon Echo Dot is a miniature version of the Echo, but has all the same functions and works just as well. The budget price tag on the Echo Dot means that you can have multiple around your house as they are a fraction of the size and price of the original Echo device, making them the best budget Alexa device.

     

    Amazon Tap

    amazon tap

    The Amazon Tap is the only device which is portable and does not, therefore, have to be plugged into the wall. When fully charged, the amazon tap will give you 9 hours of media playback as well as the Amazon Alexa assistant. The only downside to this device that we found was the fact that it does not incorporate voice activation and you must “tap” the device’s microphone button to use it.

     

     

     

    That concludes our article on the 10 best smart plugs; we hope you’ve learned a little about the features of smart devices with our handy buyers guide so you can choose the best smart plugs for your home. Feel free to leave a comment, we’d love to know your favourites on the list or share some knowledge of your own to help others in their search for the perfect smart home!