The 5 Best Smart Plugs for Your Home in 2019

Looking for the best smart plugs as part of your smart home solution?

You’d probably know by now that you can wirelessly turn on/off your ‘dumb’ lights, fans, TV and even the coffee maker with a smart plug.

Keep in mind that not all smart plugs are the same. They work in different ecosystems such as Google, Amazon and Apple, use different wireless technologies, come in various sizes and some even have very specific use cases.

So, which one to buy?

Here are 5 of the best smart plugs available today.

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#1 Wemo Mini Smart Plug

The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is small in size, easy to use, and supports our favorite voice control systems including Apple HomeKit (Siri), Amazon Alexa, Nest, and more.

  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
  • Friendly app: App works on both Android and iOS devices

 

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#2 Amazon Smart Plug

If you have an Amazon Alexa and your primary goal with a smart plug is to add Alexa voice activation to your favorite devices, the Amazon Smart Plug is the best smart plug for you.

  • Built for Alexa: If you’re looking for the best smart plug to work with Alexa, this is it.
  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple as it automatically connects to your Alexa app
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#3 iHome iSP6X

The iHome iSP6X is small, easy to install, and easy to use thanks to an intuitive app. Plus, it’s got a great price tag. It has a variety of scheduling options so you can schedule your appliances to turn on or off specific times.

  • Compatibility: If you’re looking for the best smart plug to work with Siri, this is it. It can also connect to your Google and Amazon devices.
  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
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#4 Leviton DW15P-1BW Mini Plug In Outlet

The Leviton DW15P-1BW smart plug is easy to set up (it connects with your WiFi network) and can support fans, coffee makers, and most small appliances. It’s small in size so won’t block two outlets and is our top choice for Google Home devices.

  • Small: Won’t block power outlets that aren’t in use
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
  • Voice-friendly: Compatible with Google Home as well as Amazon Alexa and Nest
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#5 Monoprice Stitch Wireless Smart Plug

The Monoprice Stitch Wireless is the best smart plug for those on a budget. It’s easy to set up, has an easy to use all, and lets you can schedule tasks by time as well as sunrise, sunset, and weather. It can support up to 1250 watts and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. 

  • Price: This is one of the most affordable smart plugs we’ve seen
  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
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A smart device is something that has the ability to connect and interact with its user (you) as well as other smart devices. It can also be controlled remotely. Some devices are born “smart” and others need a bit of help to up their IQ. That’s where smart plugs come in.

What Is A Smart Plug?

Smart plugs are what transform “dumb” devices into “smart” devices. They enable you to control and customize “dumb” devices simply by plugging them into a smart plug.

Smart plugs can make sure your coffee is freshly brewed at 7 AM every morning, your hair straightener is turned off when you leave the house (in case you forget), and your table lamps are turned on every evening by 6 PM so you don’t have to come home to a dark house.

Smart plugs enable you to control devices remotely and even put them on a schedule. Different models can pair better (or worse) with different appliances and can vary in their benefits.

Here are the best smart plugs we’ve come across:

Editors' Choice: Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Wemo mini Smart Plug

Amazon

We looked at a lot of different smart plugs and in our minds, the best smart plug on the market is the Wemo Mini.

Small in size, it won’t block the second outlet. It’s also incredibly easy to use: to set it up, simply plug it into your outlet of choice, download the app, connect it to your wireless system and you’re good to go. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices and supports our favorite voice control systems including Apple HomeKit (Siri), Amazon Alexa, Nest, and more.  The Wemo Mini can be used for lamps, small appliances, and even high-watt items such as fans and AC units.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Pros

  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
  • Friendly app: App works on both Android and iOS devices
  • Voice-friendly: Compatible with Apple HomeKit (Siri), Amazon Alexa, Nest, and more
  • Warranty: 3 years

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Cons

  • WiFi only: Will not work via bluetooth
  • Bridge required: In order to integrate with an Apple HomeKit you’ll need to purchase a WeMo bridge
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Best Value: Monoprice Stitch Wireless

Monoprice mini smart plug

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The good news about smart plugs is they’re affordable. So when you’re looking for the best budget options, they’re really affordable!

The Monoprice Stitch Wireless is a great choice of wifi smart outlet for those on a budget. Another win is it’s one of the smallest smart plugs we looked at too, so it won’t block your outlets. It’s easy to set up, has an easy to use all, and lets you can schedule tasks by time as well as sunrise, sunset, and weather. It can support up to 1250 watts and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Apple HomeKit.

Monoprice Stitch Wireless Pros

  • Price: This is one of the cheapest (yet top quality) smart plugs we’ve seen
  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
  • Voice-friendly: Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Nest, and more
  • Wattage support: Up to 1250 watts
  • Energy monitoring: Lets you monitor your devices with daily and monthly kilowatt-hour totals

Monoprice Stitch Wireless Cons

  • Incompatible with Apple HomeKit: Unfortunately this will not yet work with Siri
  • Warranty: One year warranty is less than others
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Best for Alexa: Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon

If you have an Amazon Alexa and your primary goal with a smart plug is to add Alexa voice activation to your favorite devices, the Amazon Smart Plug is the best choice for you.

It should come as no surprise that the ideal smart plug for Amazon’s Alexa was manufactured by Amazon. The Amazon Smart plug is a small, affordable, easy to use smart plug that adds voice control to your favorite devices. Small in size, it won’t block your second outlet. Set up is super easy: simply plug in, open the Alexa app, and you’re good to go. You can use it to schedule lights, fans, appliances, and more or control them remotely.

Amazon Smart Plug Pros

  • Built for Alexa: Works with your Alexa
  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple as it automatically connects to your Alexa app
  • Wattage support: Up to 1250 watts
  • Energy monitoring: Lets you monitor your devices with daily and monthly kilowatt-hour totals

Amazon Smart Plug Cons

  • Only compatible with Amazon: Incompatible with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
  • No additional features: Does not have energy trackers or timers
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Best for Google Home: Leviton DW15P-1BW Mini Plug In Outlet

Leviton Smart Plug

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The good news about Google Home is that it’s highly compatible. In fact, most of the smart plugs we looked at easily integrated with Google home. Our favorite, however, is the Leviton DW15P-1BW.

It is easy to set up (it connects with your WiFi network) and can support fans, coffee makers, and most small appliances. It’s small in size so won’t block two outlets.

Leviton DW15P-1BW Pros

  • Small: Won’t block power outlets that aren’t in use
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
  • Voice-friendly: Compatible with Google Home as well as Amazon Alexa and Nest

Leviton Cons

  • Price: More expensive than other smart plugs we reviewed
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Best for Apple Homekit: iHome iSP6X

iHome smart plug

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While most smart plugs are easy to integrate with Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa, not all are compatible with Apple HomeKits. Thus, if you’re seeking a smart plug for the sole purpose of integrating with Siri, we recommend purchasing a smart plug built for HomeKits.

Our favorite is the iHome iSP6X. It’s small, easy to install, and easy to use thanks to an intuitive app. Plus, it’s got a great price tag. It has a variety of scheduling options so you can schedule your appliances to turn on or off specific times. The only thing it’s missing is energy monitoring.

iHome iSP6X Pros

  • HomeKit Compatable: This plug works with Siri
  • Small: Won’t block both power outlets
  • Easy to use: Set up is simple
  • Wattage support: Up to 1800 watts

iHome iSP6X Cons

  • No Energy monitoring: This device will not monitor your energy usage
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Smart Plugs Buyer’s Guide

Wemo smart plug

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Not all smart plugs are created equal. If you’re looking to up the IQ of your dumb devices, you’ll want to take a few factors into consideration before pulling the plug and purchasing. Before you begin on your purchase journey, make a list of all of the devices you’d like to plug into your smart plugs and where in your home you want your smart plugs to go. Once you have an idea, you can start looking at key buying factors.

Factors should include how many devices you want to plug in, whether you want to use them inside or outside, if you want it to be compatible with a particularly smart device such as Apple Home, Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, how easy it is to use, wireless connectivity, any power limitations, and of course the size and design. Let’s start by delving into side and design:  

Size and Design

Some smart plugs are massive. When plugged into a wall outlet they’ll actually block the second outlet! If you’re not using the second outlet this may not be a big deal, but we recommend looking for a smart plug that’s on the smaller side just in case you want to use that outlet at a later date.

Also, check the design to see if there is a physical on/off switch.  And, does it have an indicator light so you can see when it’s turned on?

Number of Plugs

How many devices do you want to connect with your smart plug? If you only care about one, then it won’t matter how many plugs there are. If on the other hand, you have multiple dumb devices you want to make smart, make sure you purchase a smart plug with more than one plug.

Indoor vs Outdoor Use

Not all smart plugs can be used outside. If you are 100% sure you’ll only use the plug inside, then it shouldn’t matter whether or not the plug is compatible with outdoor use. On the other hand, if you want a smart plug you can move around the home, or are certain you’ll want to use it outdoors, invest in one that can be used both in the home and out of the home.

Platform Compatibility

Some smart plugs are generic and others are designed for specific uses. For example, some specialize in diming lights, some are geared for Amazon’s Alexa, and others are programmed to work with Google Home and iHome.

Every smart plug has some type of smart home support. The most simplistic allow for voice-control through:

  • Apple Home Kit
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant

Some are compatible with all three.

Ease of Use

Wemo smart plugs

Amazon

Great smart plugs are easy to use: they’re easy to connect and have easy to use apps as well.

When researching different smart plugs, take a look at the following:

  • Initial Setup: Check to see if you can just plug the smart plug into the wall or if you’ll need to connect it to a hub. If you’re looking for a smart plug for lights or other smaller appliances, you should be able to find one that doesn’t require a separate box/hub. If, however, you want to connect it to your HomeKit or other smart home systems, you may need one with a hub. It’s up to you.
  • App: Smart devices are controlled through apps. Make sure to look at the app before you decide on a smart plug to make sure it’s user-friendly.
  • Scheduling: All smart plugs let you schedule your devices to turn on and off at set times. Check the smart plug you’re researching to see how easy the scheduling is.  
  • Customization: In addition to scheduling, some smart plugs have further customizations that turn devices on and off based on sunrise, sunset, temperature, and more.  

Wireless Connectivity

A smart device is “smart” because it can connect to other devices. It can do so by one of three ways:

  • WiFi: WiFi enabled smart plugs are usually the most affordable options, as well as the easiest to use. You can find them for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Bluetooth” Bluetooth smart plugs are a bit trickier to use than WiFi as you need to be in bluetooth range. An exception is made for Apple HomeKit if you have a HomeKit gateway (an Apple TV, a HomePod, or an iPad that is in your home). If you have a HomeKit gateway, then you can control devices via Bluetooth regardless of whether or not you’re in range.

Power Limitations

While you can connect most items to a smart plug, you can’t plug just anything into it. Most smart plugs are only able to handle a few hundred watts of power. This is great for lamps or coffee maker but likely won’t work for larger items like a hairdryer.

Before purchasing a smart plug, check beforehand to see what the maximum wattage is it can handle. We recommended making a list of all appliances you want to connect to your smart plugs prior to purchasing; you may want to look at the wattage of these appliances as well.

Extra Features

Some smart plugs have added features. A few of our favorites include:

  • Energy Monitoring: want to know how much energy your AC unit uses? This feature will let you know and help you become more green (if that’s your goal).
  • Light Dimmer: prefer to dim your lights rather than turn them on at 6 PM each day? Some smart plugs can do just that.

Warranty

Some smart plugs are guaranteed to last for three years or more while others have only a one year warranty.

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