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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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September 18, 2022
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Forgot to switch off the TV before leaving home? Worried that you’ve left the iron on? Don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning to make coffee? Smart plugs let you control almost any appliance straight from your smartphone or a smart speaker. While they can’t do much more than turn something on or off, their very strength is in automating things that wouldn’t otherwise have smarts. We’ve narrowed down a list of the best smart plugs you can get right now.

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

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 Plug Ultra Mini

Two Kasa Smart Plug Ultra Minis in a wall outlet

The Ultra Mini is engineered to avoid blocking nearby outlets, and protrudes less than many smart plugs, even older Kasa Mini models. It connects to your smart home via 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, at which point you can control it using the Kasa app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. It’s cheap too — you can get a two-pack for less than some individual competitors.

2. Meross Smart Plug Mini

A pack of four Meross Smart Plug Minis

The Smart Plug Mini has a unique advantage over some of its rivals on this list, namely a version with support for Apple HomeKit alongside Alexa and Google Assistant. That means the option to control it with Siri or the Apple Home app, which can be handy if you have both Android and Apple devices in your household, or you just want the flexibility to switch platforms.

It’s not as cheap as Kasa’s offerings, but it’s still plenty affordable. You can get a four-pack for less than $40, or of course buy single plugs or two-packs.

3. Wyze Plug Outdoor

The Wyze Plug Outdoor

If you’re trying to control outdoor equipment like fans or string lights, you’ll want weatherproof plugs to go with them. The Wyze Plug Outdoor is IP64 rated against conditions like rain and snow, and includes two independently controllable outlets. Wyze even promises extended Wi-Fi range up to 300 feet (91 meters), though a mesh router is probably a more reliable solution.

Platform support includes Alexa and Google Assistant. Via the Wyze app, you can monitor energy use and receive alerts if consumption goes too high.

4. Wyze Plug

The Wyze Plug in an outlet

Wyze’s indoor model looks strikingly similar to the sold-out Amazon Smart Plug, with a price closer to the Kasa Ultra Mini. Thankfully, it also shares the latter’s compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant. We’d generally recommend the Ultra Mini to save a little money, but you’re still getting a bargain with a Wyze two- or four-pack.

5. Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300

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Many of us have power strips that lack room for bulky smart plugs. The HS300 solves those space issues by integrating six individually controllable outlets, as well as three dedicated USB-A ports to charge devices like phones and tablets. It supports energy monitoring via the Kasa app, and smart home integration using Alexa or Google Assistant.

6. Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug

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Kasa’s outdoor plug is functionally identical to Wyze’s in the sense of offering two independently controllable outlets, IP64 weather resistance, and support for Alexa and Google Assistant. It even has the same extended Wi-Fi range, up to 300 feet. Kasa is charging a few dollars extra however, so this is really an alternative if you like the Kasa brand, you have other plugs you’re controlling through the Kasa app, or the Wyze Plug Outdoor is unavailable.

7. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lamp Dimmer

The Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lamp Dimmer

It may not even look like a plug at first glance, but that’s because Lutron’s product is laser-focused on lamp control — you can connect two lamps simultaneously, and use built-in buttons if you don’t feel like using Alexa, HomeKit, or Google Assistant. You’ll need a Caseta Smart Hub, but that might be worth it if you’re interested in other Lutron products like its smart switches.


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