Best Smart Plug

When it comes to modernizing your home into one with updated smart technology, it can seem like your only options is to spend a significant amount of money on the latest products equipped with the features. Whilst it is true that purchasing the newest devices is required to get the most out of smart features, it is still possible to make your older products somewhat smart.

This is where smart plugs come in. When you plug an old device into a smart plug connected to a power outlet, you open up some new possibilities of control and cost saving. This article will explain the benefits of these neat devices and explore the best smart plugs available now.

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Smart Plug Features & Benefits

wemo features

Smart plugs connect between your device and power outlet. This position grants them the ability to mediate the power supply to your device. Control over the power supply is operated typically from a smartphone app which connects via Wi-Fi to the smart plug. The devices can be added to your smart home ecosystem and form part of your home automation. Here is a compiled list of the key benefits and features of smart plugs:

  • Turn on and off appliances remotely
  • Dim lights
  • Schedule devices
  • Monitor energy usage
  • Cut energy bills & vampire electricity costs
  • Voice control

Energy usage monitoring is a premium feature that only a few of the newest and best smart plugs possess. Features such as scheduling, control and voice control are very much standard abilities that all leading smart plugs have.

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Best Smart Plug 2019

Smart plugs are relatively cheap and less complex compared to other smart devices you can get, such as smart light bulbs or robot vacuums. The comparatively one-dimensional nature of smart plugs ensures that many of these devices from both well recognized and lesser-known brands are still reliable and effective. Given that there is little between these plugs it is recommended to go with a model from a brand you are comfortable and warm towards.

Wemo Insight Switch

wemo insight smart plug

Belkin’s Wemo Smart Plug range has been the most dominant and well-established name in the market. The original Belkin Switch has the all the same features as the Insight apart from energy usage and monitoring. This is where the Insight really comes into its own as it literally gives you insight into your energy usage and therefore adjusts your usage to cut costs. The measurements recorded include the amount of time a device is used and also the actual cost on a daily and monthly basis.

The Wemo Insight is a well rounded and feature-rich device that is quite possibly the best smart plug you can buy. Using the devices Wi-Fi connection and Wemo app you have many options:

  • Works with Alexa & Google Assistant for voice control
  • Easy setup – 3 steps
  • Control devices from anywhere
  • Schedule devices
  • Monitor energy usage and see reports
  • Support up to 15 amps
  • Away Mode – create illusion your home with lights
  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Nest & IFTTT

Amazon Smart Plug

amazon smart plug

Amazon is on a mission to dominate the smart home market. The incredibly successful Echo range has pioneered the market, yet remarkably has been its only smart home devices available up until very recently. In late 2018, Amazon released a wider set of smart home devices in order to get its foot more firmly into the smart home door.

One of their key products in this release was the Amazons basic Smart Plug. A very cheap $24.99 goes a long way with the Amazon Smart Plug. Here are the critical features:

  • Works with Alexa for voice control
  • Schedule devices
  • Simple set up – 3 steps
  • No hub required
  • Control with Alexa app
  • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network

TP-Link Kasa HS100

tp link kasa hs100

TP-Link is one of the big names in the smart plug space with its highly popular Kasa range. The HS100 is the most popular and a classic of the Kasa series. Many of the boxes are ticked with the TP-Link Kasa HS100 which is a well-equipped plug that has voice control among many of the most common features.

Here is a round off of TP-Link Kasa HS100 features:

  • Remote control of your smart devices
  • Easy setup – 3 steps
  • TP-Link Kasa app control point
  • Voice control with Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana
  • Up to 15 amps
  • Set scenes or schedule devices
  • No hub required
  • 2.4 GHz network
  • HS110 has energy monitoring

TECKIN Smart Plug

teckin smart plug

Teckin is a lesser-known yet still effective smart plug that is simple to use. The plug itself gives provision to a range of complex features such as energy monitoring and scheduling at a very respectable price of $26.99. This is one of the most solid options of smart plugs that does not require a smart hub and a gentle dip of the toe for someone who isn’t sure about how involved they wish to get with smart home technology. With a Teckin smart plug you get these features:

  • Remote control of your devices
  • Smart Life app
  • Voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant
  • No hub required
  • Scheduling
  • Monitor energy usage
  • Compact design

TanTan Smart Plug

tantan smart plug

TanTan is another less well-known Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug that offers features to target some of the bigger names of best smart plugs. Whilst this smart Plug doesn’t require a smart hub and offers typical features, it doesn’t come with energy usage monitoring. Key features to note with the TanTan smart plug are:

  • Voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • IFTTT compatibility
  • Maximum load of 10 amps
  • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
  • Scheduling
  • Create scenes
  • Included app
  • Easy installation
  • No hub required

Meross Smart Plug Mini

meross smart plugMeross is, again, another smaller brand you may not have heard of but certainly won’t be disappointed with. The Mini is a compact smart plug that can handle up to 16 amps, doesn’t need a hub but has voice control. The lowdown on features includes:

  • Meross app for remote control
  • Voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Compatible with IFTTT, SmartThings, and Nest
  • Compact small size
  • Scheduling
  • 16 amps of electricity (more than others)
  • No hub required

Final Word

This list compiles the best smart plugs available in 2019. Some key advice to deciding which smart plug to get is to first establish whether you want energy usage tracking. This is a premium feature that only some plugs have. Following that you will want to decide on which model to go for, based on price and brand preference.

 

 

Rupert Pople

Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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