Forgot to switch off the TV before leaving home? Don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning to make coffee? Smart plugs are your one-stop solution to upgrading your conventional home appliances into smart devices.
A smart plug is a simple device that can control almost any electronic device straight from your smartphone or a smart speaker. While they can’t do much more than turn them off or on, there’s plenty of scenarios where these could come in handy, as mentioned above.
We’ve narrowed down a list of the best smart plugs for 2019, so lets jump right in.
Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug
With the Wemo Mini smart plug you can effortlessly manage all your connected devices irrespective of where you are. Being wireless, this smart plug allows you to control your gadgets by a simple on/off button through your smartphone or tablet. Another positive thing to consider is its remarkably compact size. Furthermore, when used with virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, this plug offers you a full voice control support.
You can buy this product for just $ 18.99 and can explore its exceptional features.
Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Plug
Another one from Wemo, the Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Plug can control other devices in your home using the WiFi, and can remotely turn them on and off. This gives you access and control over these devices from anywhere.
It informs you about the power your device is using, how long it’s been on, and how much money it costs you in terms of energy consumption. You can also use it with an IFTT recipe and can schedule it according to your convenience.
Wemo Insight also works with Google Assistant and Alexa. It even has a feature that connects to Nest so it can tell your Wemo when you’re home or away. This way your electrical appliances can turn off to conserve energy when the house is empty or your lights can turn on automatically when you walk in the door.
Smart and exciting, right? However, this one costs $35 which makes it the most expensive smart plug on our list. However, it is also the most advanced and high-tech, so you get the best value for your money.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Plug
The third on our list of the top-ranked smart plugs is the Mi Smart Plug, a product by China’s third largest e-commerce company and tech giant, Xiaomi. It stands out because of its super affordable price and compact design. Its tiny glossy case is made of flame-resistant material and can withstand a temperature of up to 750°C.
You can wirelessly control the functions of your home devices from anywhere simply by using either your smartphone or voice control via Google Assistant. In addition, it used a 5V/1A USB port, that allows you to easily charge a USB device. Available for only $17, this one makes the cheapest smart plug on our list.
Aukey Wi-Fi Smart Plug
What’s better than a single smart plug? Its two manual, App and voice assistant controlled outlet plugs for the price of one! Aukey’s unique compact form lets two smart plugs to fit together perfectly in one duplex outlet.
Using Google Assistant, Alexa or the Aukey Home App, you can easily change settings on your electric devices from anywhere. You can even program your home appliances so that they switch on and off on their own based on your daily routine.
Available for only $27.99, this one is not only a smart plug, but also makes for a smart investment. You also get two smart plugs in a set for this price.
With the advent of ‘smart’ technology and the constant need to upgrade our lives along with it, smart plugs are a simple way to bring just a little bit of smarts to your devices without investing much. The above-listed options are some of the best smart plugs in 2019, and your first step into transforming your traditional home into a high-tech one. Of course there are plenty of other options out there. Did we miss a good one? Let us know in the comments.