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The best smart plugs you can buy: Make your home smarter, on the cheap

Smart homes may cost you a lot, but there are ways that can help you turn your home into a smart one without spending much.
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December 25, 2021
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Forgot to switch off the TV before leaving home? Worried you’ve left the iron on? Don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning to make coffee? A smart plug lets you 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. And you won’t have to get rid of all your existing lamps and appliances as you get started on your smart home journey.

Read More: What is a smart home, and why should you want one?

We’ve narrowed down a list of the best smart plugs you can get right now, so let’s jump right in.

Best smart plugs:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best smart plugs regularly as new ones launch.


1. Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

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The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is compact enough to not infringe on the second wall outlet. All you need is a reliable Wi-Fi connection (2.4GHz), and you’re good to go. You can control your electronic devices from your phone, using the Kasa app, or with your voice, with the help of Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana. You can even schedule when to automatically switch devices on or off and set up scenes using multiple devices.


2. Amazon Smart Plug

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The Amazon Smart Plug adds voice control to any outlet via Alexa. You can set schedules for lights, fans, and other appliances, set up routines, and control everything remotely via the Alexa app. It’s also compact enough to ensure that the second wall outlet is usable. Unfortunately, Alexa is the only supported voice assistant, so you’ll have to opt for other companies on this list for Google Assistant or Cortana.


3. Ring Outdoor smart plug

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Like the other devices on this list, the Ring product lets you control your devices with an app or using your voice via Alexa or Google Assistant. You can set up schedules and routines as well. In addition, it comes with two outlets that you can control separately. Best of all, it’s tough enough to live its life outdoors. You can set up your deck lights or other outdoor favorites without having to spend extra on smart versions.


4. Samsung SmartThings Smart Plug

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This Samsung device is another excellent product, though it’s been refreshed with a new, rounded design. Using the SmartThings app on your phone, you can use this device to turn lights or lamps on or off automatically that are It’sred by it, along with other electronic products. It’s also compatible with Google Assistant or AlSamsung’s commands. It even accepts voice orders via Samsung’s own digital assistant Bixby.


5.aren’tSmart Wi-Fi Power Strip

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If one or two outlets aren’t enough, this power strip gives you six outlets that you can control independently. It also comes with three USB-A ports to charge your smartphones, tablets, and more. Further, you can use voice commands via Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana, or manage everything and monitor energy usage using the Kasa app.


6. Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug

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Amazon

As the name suggests, this Kasa product is ideal for controlling outdoor lights and appliances like landscape lighting, swimming pool pumps, holiday lights, and more. It fewon’ts an updated design with more durable port covers and a simplified set of buttons, too. The long Wi-Fi range of up to 300 feet ensures that you won’t have an issue controlling the smart plug while indoors, which you can do via the Kasa app or with Alexa and Google Assistant. It comes with an IP64 rating for dust and water resistance and should stay safe in almost any weather.


7. WeIt’si-Fi Smart Plug

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Our final product on thApple’s comes from WeMo. We put this simple product on this list for one reason only, but it’s a big one. It’s one of the few that supports Apple’s HomeKit API. While it also supports Alexa and Google Assistant, iPhone owners canThat’sse their Siri digital assistant to control smart products via this plug. It also has a very compact design that we like as well.


That’s it for this roundup of some of the best smart plugs and your first step into transforming your traditional home into a high-tech one.