If you are on a mission to transform your entire home into a smart home but need to start small and stick to your budget, consider the smart plug. These devices can connect the appliances that you already own, like a coffee maker, lights or a fan, to a voice assistant so that you can control them with voice control automation.
When it comes to choosing the right smart plug, smart plug you choose needs to be compatible with voice assistant you are using. Also, make sure to consider where you will place the smart plug inside or outside of your home. Some of these devices are designed a little more clunky and block the other outlets while others are labelled as “mini” which means they are space-savers.
With that in mind, here are five different smart plugs to consider:
This TP-Link smart plug costs $30. It connects with the Kasa app and works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. With this smart plug, you can customize scheduling, timers and away modes all with your voice.
This SmartThings smart plug is the most affordable on the list at $18. Even though it is the smallest in size, it still offers a lot for the price. This smart plug pairs with energy monitoring, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
For this TP-Link smart plug, the price range varies but you can expect to pay somewhere between $20-$30. This plug pairs with an app that monitors your consumption and it pairs with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. When plugged in, this device blocks the outlets above or below it.
You can get this WeMo smart plug for $30. Like the others on this list, it pairs with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Unlike some of the others, this smart plug pairs with HomeKit. The device is designed to save space but won’t monitor your energy use.
The iDevices smart plug is $50 and connects with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and HomeKit. It also includes energy tracking compatibility. This smart device is great for automating outdoor devices like lights, fans or other electronics in your backyard or on your patio. For similar capabilities but something that is a little more affordable, check out the iClever Smart Plug or iHome Outdoor smart plug.