The WeMo mini smart plug is our favorite pick available today. The nifty gadget can work with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. It has earned a spot as the top pick in a guide for smart outlets by Wirecutter. You can control the sleek Wi-Fi-connected device from anywhere, as well as set the schedules of the connected appliances. You can even randomize your lights while away from home to create the impression that you haven’t left.
This Kasa Smart offering by TP-Link packs a duo of connected power outlets, so it’s a lot more versatile than its rivals. The gadget is compatible with commands from Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. However, it lacks Apple HomeKit support for the time being. To set up the device, you need to install the TP-Link Kasa Smart mobile app. Arguably the best of its kind, the sleek app will allow you to monitor and control your smart plug from anywhere, as well as set schedules for the devices it powers.
Unsurprisingly, Amazon’s own smart plug is designed to deliver seamless integration with the tech giant’s wildly popular virtual assistant Alexa. The understated gadget is beautifully easy to set up — all you need to do is plug it into a power outlet and Alexa will automatically detect it if it’s online. Once set up, you can control the Amazon smart plug with Alexa voice controls. You can ask the assistant to turn a connected appliance on or off, as well as add it to an existing routine with lights and other devices.
SwitchBot Smart Switch
Although this little gadget isn’t technically a smart plug, it essentially performs the same function. The SwitchBot is a tiny, connected robotic button pusher that can be used to power on things throughout your home. You can either trigger it to press buttons using a smartphone app, or by setting timers. If you want to control it with your smart speaker, you will have to purchase a separate hub.
Samsung SmartThings Outlet
The connected power outlet by Samsung has been designed to work with the tech giant’s own SmartThings home-automation standard. It’s important to note that the SmartThings outlet is the only option on this list that requires a hub to deliver its functionality. Samsung’s connected outlet will allow you to control plugged-in appliances from your smartphone. The device is compatible with the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa (via a skill), as well as Zigbee connected home protocols.
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