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Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip Review

If you want to save on electricity costs and control your power consumption, a wireless smart power strip is the way to go. These smart plugs may earn acclaim for their connectivity, but they also offer energy monitoring and surge protection. The Monoprice Wireless Smart has four power outlets and two USB ports, making it a great rival to everything on our best smart outlet list.

Why We Like It – Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip

The Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip surge protector is perfect for your smart home because it has four smart outlets and two USB ports. This smart plug easily connects to your wi fi with no hub required. It also has voice control and is compatible with Apple Alexa and Google Assistant.

Pros
  • Built-in surge protection
  • Up to four connected devices
  • Alexa Google Assistant compatibility
Cons
  • Bland appearance
  • Not weather resistant
  • Cable is short

Performance

The Monoprice Smart Power Strip has great performance. It uses the STITCH app to control and monitor your home or business devices. It’s also easy to setup. Just connect the power to strip to your Wi-Fi, and you’ll be able to use your iOS or Android device to control the four smart outlets and two USB ports. These smart power strips are compatible with your Google Home as well as Alexa and Google Assistant. If you need a single smart outlet, check out the wemo mini smart plug.

Design

The Monoprice power strip may look similar to regular power strips, but it has a lot more to offer. Each of the four outlets can be controlled individually and the two USB ports add even more versatility. It has many fantastic features like 24/7 monitoring, so you can know if your devices are on or off. The plug supports full 1875 watts/15 amps capacity of the NEMA 5-15 standard and 2.1 amps for USB charging. You can also set timer controls and scene controls. Another great single outlet smart plug is the amazon smart plug.

Value

The Monoprice Smart Power Strip has many fantastic features to justify its price. It has four outlets that can be individually controlled in addition to two USB ports. This power strip can connect to your Wi-Fi with no need for a separate hub and is compatible with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. Other great features include a timer function and scene control. This device has excellent value because it can also help you save money and reduce your energy consumption. If you need something smaller, the gosund smart plug is a good choice.

Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip Wrap Up

The Monoprice Wireless Smart Power Strip gives you the option to monitor your electrical devices 24/7 and save money. The four outlets and two USB ports allow you to connect many devices. It’s also easy to use with a simple app and is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. It may look like a conventional power strip, but it offers way more.

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Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug KP400 Review

If you want to control your smart home devices, the Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug is a great way to do it. This smart wi fi outdoor plug can control all your smart devices, as well as outdoor lights and other gadgets. The TP Link Kasa uses the Kasa app to set schedules and has an Away Mode. It even made our best smart outlet list.

Why We Like It – Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug KP400

The Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug by TP Link is weather resistant and has voice control. This outdoor plug works with the Kasa smart app to control your Google Home and other outdoor devices.

Pros
  • Resistant to the elements
  • Compatible with Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant
  • Sockets can be independently controlled
Cons
  • LED lights barely visible
  • Limited to 2.4GHz networks
  • No energy-monitoring features

Performance

The Kasa wi fi outdoor plug has excellent performance compared to rival smart plugs, as well as an intuitive smart app. There’s no hub required to access the built-in Wi-Fi, and it’s compatible with Apple Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. This smart outdoor plug connects to any 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks and can control up to two devices including holiday lights, pool pumps, and other smart home equipment. The Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug allows independent control of both smart outlets, as well as grouping, schedules, and a timer function. The Amazon Smart Plug is an excellent rival.

Design

The Kasa Smart wi fi plug has a functional, no-frills design. This Outdoor smart plug features a crescent shape in full black with a pig tail cord to plug into the wall socket. There are two large buttons to control each outlet, as well as tiny LED lights to let you know if they are electrified. When it comes to durability, this smart outdoor plug has an IP64 rating which means that it can withstand dust and splashes of water. Another great outdoor smart plug is the wemo mini smart plug.

Value

The Kasa Smart Plug allows you to connect up to two devices and lets you control them through one smart app. It’s ideal for outdoor equipment and any other smart home devices. This smart plug comes with Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant compatibility. It’s also very durable and has an IP64 rating to withstand splashes of water and dust. For added practicality, it even allows scheduling and has a countdown timer. Each outlet can also be controlled independently. This plug offers exceptional value, just like the gosund smart plug.

Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug KP400 Wrap Up

The Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug is a durable and practical way to control your outdoor electric devices. It has built-in Wi-Fi and uses an app that’s compatible with Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant. You can control each outlet independently and add power schedules and a countdown timer. The LED lights might be dim, but they are still visible.

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Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Review

If you know about Wi-Fi connections & networking, then you’ve probably heard about TP-Link before. The Kasa Smart plug is one of their latest additions, and it promises to be a cost effective alternative especially if you’re not up for spending too much money to turn your house into a smart home. The smart Wi-Fi plug can work with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice commands, and has support for IFTTT so that you can schedule your lights or appliances to switch on or off according to different occasions. If all this sounds interesting, then go on with this review to find out if this could be the best smart outlet for your needs.

Why We Like It – Kasa Smart WiFi Plug

Remote control of your lights and appliances through your phone or your voice get’s way easier once you have them plugged in to the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi plug. If you want WiFi outside too, take a look at our iClever outdoor smart plug review. The smart plug works with most virtual assistants, and also helps you check on your power usage through its energy monitoring feature.

Pros
  • Very compact
  • Easy to set up
  • Away mode for home security
Cons
  • No Apple Homekit support

Performance

Support for both Google Home and Amazon Alexa voice control has now become a staple among most smart plugs, and the Kasa Smart plug is no exception. Provided you get things properly set up through the Alexa App and Google Assistant, (Apple Homekit users though might have to turn to the Wemo Mini Smart Plug due to lack of support) there should be no problem. When using your phone, the app you’ll probably be using to control this Wi-Fi smart plug is the Kasa app. It’s free, has an intuitive user interface, and also works with all TP-Link devices you might have in your home. Another nifty feature that it comes built-in is the away mode, where you get to switch your lights on remotely to give the impression that you’re home even when you’re not.

Design

The design of this TP-Link smart plug is very similar to what other brands have in the market, but we’re really not complaining because what we’re most concerned about is size. The Wi-Fi smart plug measures 1.5 by 2.6 by 1.6 inches, and this lets it plug into your socket without taking up all the available space. The smart plug also has a visible power button on its side, but no LED indicator unlike the Amazon Smart Plug. This means you’ll need to depend on the Kasa app on your phone to know if the device has been set up correctly.

Value

Like most smart devices, this TP-Link Kasa Smart plug mini offers the convenience of controlling your lights in the living room or your appliances in the kitchen without you necessarily even having to be inside the house. If your lights are built-in to your houses’ wiring, then smart bulbs could still give you remote control provided you use the Kasa app to set things up correctly. In case you have a long list of devices that you’d like to also manage through the smart plug, you could connect it to a power strip just as you would the Gosund Smart Plug so that 1 plug gets to control more than one device or appliance.

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The TP-Link Kass Smart Wi-Fi plug is a good place to start if you have no previous experience with home automation. It’ll let you monitor power usage in your home, schedule when your lights and appliances should work, and have Alexa turn on/off your devices if you’re too occupied to do it yourself.

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Lutron Caseta Dimmer Review

If you’re in the market for the best smart outlet plug, look no further than the Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug. You can add dimmer switches to any nearby lamp while simultaneously adding home automation with its smart light functionality. This is the kind of dimmer switch you need if you don’t want to replace electrical outlets (no need to mess with neutral wires), but still want to move towards a smart home lighting system.

Why We Like It – Lutron Caseta Dimmer

With the Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug, you can avoid pulling out your old light switches, and rely solely on the plug itself as a smart lighting dimmer switch.

Pros
  • Can handle two lamps
  • Can connect to Lutron app
  • Setting it up is a cinch
Cons
  • A bit expensive

Performance

The Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug works exceptionally well. Once you plug a lamp in, you’re ready to go. The lamp will only go as bright as the wattage—300-watt incandescent or halogen bulbs, or 100 100-watt dimmable CFL and LED bulbs. It even pairs nicely with Philips Hue smart lighting.

Rather than use the buttons on the plug or the Pico remote control that comes with the starter kit, you can use the Lutron smart app or voice control. However, you’ll need a smart bridge in order to take advantage of smart switches. And with Clear Connect RF technology, it shouldn’t interfere with other frequencies.

The Lutron Dimmer Caseta Smart Home Plug-in works with a versatile set of wireless smart devices such as Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. Only the Wemo Mini Smart Plug can compete with that.

Design

The Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug doesn’t need a lot of space to operate. Being about the size of your palm, plugging it should very rarely interrupt any other devices, if at all. However, the Gosund Mini Smart Plug is a lot smaller in size. Once it’s plugged in, the dimmer controls are located on the front of the plug.

Additionally, you can control the light levels with the Lutron application, available for both Android and iOS (and if you’re using a bridge). Two plugs can be found on the left and right side, supporting two lamps at once, unlike the Amazon Smart Plug only sporting a single outlet.

Value

Given how well the Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug performs, handling two lamps, and giving old lightbulbs a new lease on life, the plug-in has excellent value. Sure, it’s still a bit on the pricier side, but it does more than dim light bulbs. You don’t need modern light bulbs to make use of it, just think how much money you’re saving there. And the extra smart device functionality is pretty nice once it has been set up.

Lutron Caseta Dimmer Wrap Up

The Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug does well dimming lamps and then some. Your still working light bulbs become dimmer lights without ever replacing them, and all you do is plug it in. Its price of $45 sounds steep for such a tiny device, but you’re saving a whole lot more on lightbulbs, not to mention gaining smart device functionality.

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Etekcity Smart Plug Review

As smart plugs continue to make their way to people’s homes across the world, there’s an obvious preference for those that won’t take up too much space on a socket. The Etekcity smart plug happens to fall into this category. This smart outlet also doesn’t come with the need to be connected to a hub so all you need to do is download the Vesync app and you’ll be able to use your phone as a remote control for your connected devices as long as your home Wi-Fi network stays on. Sounds like the best smart outlet for you to start your journey towards a smart home, doesn’t it?

Why We Like It – Etekcity Smart Plug

Fancy running your lights and appliances from the comfort of your couch or bed? The Elekcity Voltson smart plug lets you do just that, regardless of whether you use Google Home or Amazon Echo as your hub. With it you also get to monitor your power usage, so that your electricity bill never comes as a surprise.

Pros
  • Compact size
  • Alexa Google Assistant support
  • Affordable
Cons
  • No support for Apple Homekit

Performance

Using voice control to work your lights or appliances can be lots of fun especially if you’re not really used to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Again, you’ll need to integrate the two through the VeSync app, but you won’t be able to do the same with Apple Homekit or Samsung’s SmartThings because there’s no support for those yet. On the flipside, the smart Wi-Fi outlet also supports IFTTT unlike the Amazon Smart Plug, so you can use it to have your devices turn on or off following a certain schedule.

Design

Compared to other smart outlets like the Wemo Mini Smart Plug, the Etekcity Wi-Fi smart plug is way smaller at 2.4 x 1.18 x 2.2 inches. It comes in a round shape, and has a power button on the bottom for switching it on or off. All in all, the plug mini looks good for its size, and is a lot more sturdier than most in its price category.

Value

If you want, the smart Wi-fi plug can give you an idea of how much energy the appliances you’ve connected it to consume thanks to its energy monitoring feature. These details are all available through the VeSync app or the Alexa app, where you’ll also be able to set power usage limits to shut down the appliance if it gets past. This mini smart plug can also be bought on Amazon com either as a single item or as a pack of two, three or four plugs just like the GoSund Mini Smart Plug.

Etekcity Smart Plug Wrap Up

If you ask us, we think this is the best smart plug to start out with especially if you don’t want to spend too much on home automation. Its support for Alexa Google Assistant makes it a steal for its price, so you’ll want to make sure you buy enough of them to use in your house.

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Teckin Smart Plug Review

Smart plugs have become most people’s first step towards the conveniences that come with living in a smart home. With voice control and energy monitoring included as some of the things that you get to enjoy by having a Wi-Fi smart plug connected to your appliance, it’s no wonder that smart outlets like the Teckin Smart Plug Mini continue to become a lot more popular among people. This particular smart Wi-Fi plug is a great pick because it doesn’t take up all the space in your wall socket, and it won’t need to be connected to a hub to work. Could it be the best smart outlet for you? Well, lets see.

Why We Like It – Teckin Smart Plug

As the race to produce the smallest smart plug continues, the Teckin Smart Plug Mini seems to be enjoying a very comfortable lead. The plug comes with support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Home, though users of the Apple Homekit may have to look for another alternative.

Pros
  • Alexa Google Assistant both supported
  • Small compact size
  • IFTTT support & energy use monitoring
Cons
  • No Apple Homekit support

Performance

The most popular app to use with the Mini Teckin Smart plug is the Smart Life App. This isn’t to say that the smart outlet won’t work with others, but Smart Life just so happens to be the most preferred. Once you plug it into your socket, you’ll need to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network, and you’ll be all set. For those who are conscious about power consumption in their homes, this plug allows you to monitor the energy usage of your lights and appliances, giving you an idea of just how much electricity it takes to keep your stuff running. Remote control of your devices is also possible through the app, as is scheduling different devices to turn on or off at different times.

Design

Turning your appliances into smart devices doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to hog all the space on your wall socket. The Tekin Mini Smart Plug measures 2.1 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches, and is much smaller than both the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi plug and the Wemo Mini Smart Plug. It’s round shape is also much preferable compared to the rectangular Kasa Smart plug, though this only matters if you have a lot of devices to connect and not that many sockets.

Value

Most smart home devices that cost as little as the Tekin Mini does aren’t really capable of advanced features like energy monitoring, and the Amazon Smart Plug is one example. The fact that this affordable Teckin Smart Plug Mini can integrate with a voice assistant like Google Assistant, or get set up through the Alexa app makes it one of the best smart plugs we could vouch for. You get to control it through a free app, and its size (which is similar to that of the Gosund Mini Smart Plug) is small enough not to block out two outlets on your wall socket or power strip.

Teckin Smart Plug Wrap Up

The only issue we have with the Teckin Mini Smart Wi-Fi plug is that it works for both Amazon Alexa Google Assistant, but it leaves out users of the Apple Homekit. This might be the only thing that keeps it from being the best smart plug in our opinion. Otherwise, if you use either Alexa Google Home, then you shouldn’t have a problem with it.

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Gosund Smart Plug Review

A lot of people are slowly warming up to the idea of having a smart home, and this is why many smart home devices have grown a lot in popularity. If you’re also thinking of doing the same, then the GoSund Mini Smart plug would be a great way to start your journey towards home automation. This Mini Smart Plug is very affordable compared to most, and isn’t really exclusive to any hub. It’s also quite small in size, as it’ll still leave space on a double wall-socket for another connection. Whether or not it’s the best smart outlet is still up for debate, but you can go ahead with this GoSund Mini Smart Plug review to see if it’s the best for you.

Why We Like It – Gosund Smart Plug

One of the most basic ways that you can start automating your lights & appliances is by using the Gosund Mini Smart Plug. This smart plug lets you issue voice commands through Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant, slowly transforming your house into a smart home.

Pros
  • Compact size
  • IFTTT support
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • No Siri support

Performance

Compared to other smart plugs, the GoSund Smart plug is a lot more convenient especially if you have a lot of devices you want to connect in your house. All you have to do is download the Smart Life app or the Go Smart app, and this is what you’ll use to link the mini smart plug to Google home or Amazon Alexa for voice control. Like with the Amazon Smart Plug, remote control of your lights and appliances is also possible through both the Smart Life and the Go Smart app as long as you have WiFi left on. This can be convenient for switching your lights on or off when you’re away to give the impression that you’re at home.

Design

The one thing that sets this smart WiFi plug apart from others is definitely its small size. Nobody wants something that sticks too far out from the socket, and the GoSund Smart Plug is the perfect substitute for that. It measures about 2.1 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches, is circular in shape, and is also much smaller than the Wemo Mini smart plug. It’s also easy to install and works with a lot of third party apps, offering you a lot of flexibility. The GoSund Mini Wifi plug has a power button to its side that only lights up in red when it’s successfully connected to your app, so you’ll always be able to tell when it’s ready to go.

Value

Once you start using the GoSund smart plug, the only reason you might look for another alternative is its lack of integration with Siri, and by extension, the Apple Homekit. Aside from this, you should also know that the Smart Plug GoSund only works on the 2.4Ghz WiFi network. This shouldn’t be a problem since both Alexa Google Home can connect to dual band networks.

Gosund Smart Plug Wrap Up

The versatility of the GoSund Smart Plug is something that a lot of other smart devices in the home automation space don’t have, and this gives it a winning edge against competition. It remains one of the most affordable ways you can go smart to connect to both Alexa Google Assistant, and also enjoy setting a schedule with it through IFTTT; just as you would with the Teckin Mini Smart Outlet.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug Review

Using a smart outlet is one of the easiest ways to turn your simple house into a smart home, and the Wemo Mini is a great example of one that you could start out with. The Wemo Mini Smart plug won’t cost you too much money, and it’s also versatile since it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Homekit. Provided your WiFi network stays on, you’ll be able to control your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world, and with smart features like Away Mode, you’ll be able to switch lights on or off to give the impression that you’re home even when you’re not. Intrigued? Great. Read on to find out whether the Belkin Wemo Mini could be the best smart outlet for your home.

Why We Like It – Wemo Mini Smart Plug

If you value automation and simple conveniences in your home, then the Wemo Mini Smart Plug could be for you. This is a simple, compact smart plug that allows you to control your lights and appliances through your voice commands, or your phone.

Pros
  • Affordably priced with a bundle option
  • Works with IFTTT
  • No need for a hub
Cons
  • No energy monitoring

Performance

As the name suggests, the Belkin Wemo Mini is a smaller iteration of the original Wemo switch, meaning you’ll now be able to plug in two of them into a double wall socket. Setting it up is also easy. You’ll just need to download the Wemo app, plug the smart outlet in and connect it’s WiFi signal to your home network. One thing you’ll not get from the Wemo Smart Plug however is energy monitoring. This means you won’t get an idea of power usage from your appliances like you would from other smart plugs. Despite that, the plug can be integrated through the app to accept voice commands through Google Assistant, and thanks to a new update in 2018, it now has Apple Homekit support.

Design

It’s becoming more evident to manufacturers that the smaller the smart plug, the more appealing it is to customers. The team at Belkin has also taken note of this and designed Wemo devices like the Mini to measure 1.4 by 3.8 by 2.4 inches, allowing two of them to fit into a two-socket outlet. It’s not as small as the Gosound Mini Smart Plug though, but it comes in white, and has an on and off button that’s easy to spot. Its LED indicator switches between white and amber during setup, and maintains a white glow once setup is complete.

Value

Compared to others, the Mini Smart Plug may earn a lot more praise especially since you can buy it in packs of two or three. This makes it way cheaper than others like the Amazon Smart Plug. Through the Wemo App, remote access to your appliances is made easy as long as your WiFi is working. Its support for IFTTT also means you’ll be able to schedule sequences through the web-based service, just as you would with the Teckin Mini Smart Outlet.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Wrap Up

The Wemo Mini WiFi Smart plug is a great value-buy for anyone that wants to experiment with home automation. It’s a cheap way to start out, and it beats out a lot of the competition.

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Amazon Smart Plug Review

If you never caught on to the Smart Home craze when it was all new, this could be the perfect time to get a taste of what it would be like to control your appliances by voice. The Amazon Smart plug is an inexpensive way to do that, but you’ll have to stick with Alexa since it doesn’t work with Siri or Google Assistant. You can also use the Alexa app to control your appliances through your phone, but you need to make sure your Wi-Fi network always stays on so that the smart plug works. If you want a WiFi plug to keep outside, you’ll definitely want to read our iClever outdoor smart plug review. If all this sounds intriguing, let’s dive into the details through this Amazon Smart Plug review and see whether or not this Amazon smart plug is the best smart outlet in the market.

Why We Like It – Amazon Smart Plug

The Amazon Smart Plug might be a bit expensive compared to the price you’ll pay with other manufacturers, but it’s the best plug you can use to control your home appliances exclusively through Alexa. It doesn’t hog up all the space on your socket, though functionality is limited to turning things on and off. Compare this smart plug with our review of the NuPlug if you’re still not sure which is best.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Streamlined design
  • Great design
Cons
  • Expensive compared to other brands
  • Occasional unresponsiveness

Performance

To Install the Amazon Smart Plug, you’ll need to get the latest Amazon Alexa app on your Android or iOS device, and once setup is complete it’ll get saved by default as “First plug”. You can of course change this later if you want. Another nice thing you can do with the smart plug is to create a routine where you can turn it on and off during specific times of the day. It also won’t work with other smart home frameworks like Apple Homekit or Google Home like the Wemo Mini Smart plug, and will have its voice control feature restricted only to Amazon devices like the Echo, Fire and Fire TV.

Design

This smart outlet comes in a simple design, and is fitted into a rectangular body that won’t take up too much space on your wall socket or power strip. It measures 1.5 by 3.2 by 2.2 inches and bears a single three prong outlet, but it’s not as small as the GoSund Mini Smart Plug . On its front, there’s an LED indicator that glows blue when it’s on, blinks when it’s ready to be installed, and turns red when there’s no network. The Wi-Fi plug also has an on/off button to its side, and can be configured to work in tandem with a preset routine.

Value

If you know a bit about smart plugs, you know that there are other brands that can give you data on power usage and such. This one unfortunately cannot. Unlike the Teckin Mini Smart Outlet, it doesn’t have any support for If This Then That (IFFT) configuration which triggers changes based on conditional statements. Despite this, we still think it’s the best smart plug you can get to turn your appliances into smart devices, and belt out commands like “Alexa turn on my lights/lamp/radio” to get things switched on.

Amazon Smart Plug Wrap Up

Is the Amazon Smart Plug the best smart plug in the market? We think it comes pretty close. Other than its exclusive support for Alexa and lack of usage reporting, it’s a decent smart outlet that you can use to slowly start turning your house into a smart home.

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Best WiFi Outdoor Outlet

To help you find the best WiFi outdoor outlet, we’ve combed through dozens of products, testing them for signal strength, ease-of-use and integration with popular smart assistants, such as Alexa or Google Assistant. We also wanted to make sure these models were suitable for outside use, featuring a durable build and a high waterproof rating. Finally, we took a look at the related apps and smart plugs to make sure they were simple to control, allowing for effortless adjustments at home or while away.

Of the seven products on this list, the TECKIN Outdoor Smart Plug really juiced our batteries the most, featuring dual smart outlets with the ability to act independently of one another, a robust timer, an IP44 waterproof rating and integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Keep reading to learn more about the TECKIN Outdoor Smart Plug and the other models on this list.

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 #1  TECKIN Outdoor Smart Plug

Award: Top Pick

WHY WE LIKE IT: A durable product, made with fireproof material and featuring an IP44 waterproof casing and a set of waterproof covers for the sockets, with a world class related app that allows you to program each of the two sockets to act as individuals, meaning they can operate two different appliances. The design is also splashproof and excels in wet and damp conditions, making this a fantastic product for the safety minded.

Pros
  • Waterproof & fireproof (safest)
  • Great app, lets you individually name each socket
  • Alexa and Google Assistant integration
Cons
  • Each outlet only allows one daily schedule
  • Power cable is not that long, about 7”
  • Does not support 5.0GHz WiFi

The TECKIN Outdoor Smart Plug boasts an extremely sturdy build, with a thick plug that cannot be chewed through and a waterproof/fireproof external housing, with individual waterproof covers for each socket. The related app is also fantastic, allowing for easy on/off and timer control and the ability to assign each of the two sockets to different appliances, allowing for easy adjustments. The ability to sync with Alexa or Google Assistant is also nice.

While the app is extremely easy to use, it only allows for a single schedule change throughout the day, meaning you can program a light to go on from dawn to dusk, for instance, but it doesn’t allow another data point, such as having it come on for a couple of hours during the late afternoon. For more on the best outdoor smart plugs, we have you covered.

 #2  Meross Smart Outdoor Plug

Award: Honorable Mention

WHY WE LIKE IT: Boasts a lengthy WiFi range, thanks to its Mediatek IoT chipset, that should be suitable for even the largest of yards, the plug also allows users to program IFTTT applets to create unique adjustment schedules. This is a great product for people with a lot of outdoor space.

Pros
  • Fantastic WiFi range
  • IFTTT programming allows for unique adjustments
  • Alexa and Google Assistant integration
Cons
  • Does not support 5.0GHz WiFi
  • Programming intervals is tedious
  • No support for Apple HomeKit

The Meross Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug is extremely durable, with an IP44 waterproof design and dual sockets that can be individually assigned. The WiFi range on this product is fantastic, more than 100 feet in some cases, thanks to it being powered with a Mediatek IoT chipset. Additionally, it makes full use of IFTTT “if then” applets, allowing you to program adjustments based on individual circumstances, such as having a light turn on a few minutes before you arrive home.

While the related app is extremely easy to use in most instances, we found it tedious to program appliances to go on and off at regular intervals, requiring a manual input for each instance. Additionally, at this time, there is no support for Apple Homekit, though the company regularly adds software updates. Compare this to our best smart home devices to see if it is for you.

 #3  Vavofo Outdoor Smart Plug

Award: Best for Overheat Protection

WHY WE LIKE IT: Features a bevy of sensors that will automatically power appliances down if the plug starts to overheat, dual sockets that can be individually assigned, an IP44 waterproof rating and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This is a great product for powering larger-than-average appliances, such as pool pumps, thanks to the overheat protection.

Pros
  • Sensors stop overheating
  • Dual sockets can be individually assigned
  • Timer function specifically designed for LED grow lights
Cons
  • Some functions in app slightly confusing
  • No functionality with Samsung SmartThings or Apple HomeKit
  • Power cable is not that long, about 7”

The Vavofo Outdoor Smart Plug is IP44 waterproof, so it does well in rain and damp conditions, and it features dual sockets that be individually assigned, allowing for multiple appliances to be adjusted via the app. The container also houses a number of sensors intended to sense overheating, powering down if the internal components reach a predetermined temperature threshold. Additionally, the related app has a timer function specifically designed for LED grow lights, which could be a boon to budding horticulturists.

While the related app is robust, offering IFTTT functionality and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant, performing some tasks can be slightly confusing, thanks to an occasionally clunky UI. If you are looking to save money on the inside of your home, the best smart thermostat can help.

 #4  Maxcio Outdoor Smart Plug

Award: Best Budget

WHY WE LIKE IT: Boasts similar functionality to comparable products, such as dual sockets that can be individually assigned and an IP44 waterproof rating, at a slightly lower price point. This is a great plug to buy if you are looking to save a few bucks, but don’t want to miss out on any important features.

Pros
  • Great price
  • Easy-to-use related app
  • Dual sockets can be individually assigned
Cons
  • Short cable, just over 6”
  • Some limitations on WiFi names
  • Some routers not compatible

The Maxcio Outdoor Smart Plug achieves similar functionality to the other products on this list at a slightly lower price point. It features dual sockets that can each be individually assigned, an easy-to-use app that allows for on/off functionality and timer scheduling and an exterior body that is made from ABS filament, which is fireproof, and IP44 waterproof materials. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Which will also work with the best smart lock.

We did notice that the cable provided with this product is extremely short, just over six inches long, which is long enough to hang it from the outlet but not long enough for anything else. It is thick, however, adding to the product’s durability rating. Additionally, the plug won’t work with certain WiFi names, such as those that have special symbols, like a dash.

 #5  iDevices Outdoor Switch

Award: Best for Siri

WHY WE LIKE IT: Functions well with both Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri, allowing for easy voice control over whatever you have plugged into it, even if you aren’t on your home network. This is a great product for those who are tied into the Apple ecosystem.

Pros
  • Works with Siri & HomeKit
  • Easy-to-use related app
  • Dual sockets can be individually assigned
Cons
  • No Google Assistant integration
  • Price higher than comparable products
  • Doesn’t play nice with Nest devices

The iDevices Outdoor Switch is designed to integrate perfectly with Apple’s various smart home ecosystems, including HomeKit, with full voice control provided by Siri. The plug offers similar functionality to comparable products, including dual sockets that can be individually assigned and a rugged design that shines in rain, sleet or snow. The related app is also extremely easy to use, both via voice or touchscreen, and installing new appliances is extremely simple, as is setting timers and schedules. As simple as 6 of the Best WiFi Thermostats.

Though the product does work with Amazon Alexa, there is no functionality available for Google Assistant. Additionally, we noticed that the WiFi signal dropped out if it shared signal with a Nest product (see our best smart thermostat list), which is odd, but the manufacturer says they are working on a fix.

 #6  Acenx Outdoor Smart Plug

Award: Best Customer Support

WHY WE LIKE IT: Coming with all of the same bells and whistles of similar products, with the added benefit of a 30-day money back guarantee, a one-year replacement warranty and a lifetime of customer service support, for troubleshooting and the like. This is a great product for those looking to get the longest possible life out of their smart plug.

Pros
  • Lifetime service support
  • Alexa and Google Assistant Support
  • App allows to check power consumption
Cons
  • No Samsung SmartThings integration
  • Does not support 5.0GHz WiFi
  • Some routers not compatible

The Acenx Outdoor Smart Plug features two sockets that can be individually assigned, an IP44 waterproof rating and an easy-to-use app, allowing for on/off functionality and a robust scheduling system. It’s also fully compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which is nice for voice control. Though the other products on this list also, typically, come with a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year replacement warranty, this is the only plug that boasts a lifetime of service support, should anything go wrong with the unit in the far flung future.

Tough the product does boast a decent maximum wireless range, in the neighborhood of 80 feet, it is not compatible with several well known routers, such as a Google Mesh.

 #7  Powrui Smart Power Strip

Award: Most Outlets / Best Value

WHY WE LIKE IT: A sturdy unit that boasts an IP44 waterproof rating, functionality with Alexa and Google Assistant and four sockets that can each be individually assigned on the app, as opposed to two. This is the best product for folks who have a lot of stuff outside that need to be plugged in.

Pros
  • 4 individually assigned outlets
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • IFTTT programming allows for unique adjustments
Cons
  • Alexa use requires minor additional setup
  • App simple, but written instructions confusing
  • Does not support 5.0GHz WiFi

The Powrui Smart Power Strip contains four unique sockets that can each be individually assigned in the app, as opposed to the two that are found in every other product on this list, with a favorable price point, making this a great value. It boasts an IP44 waterproof rating, compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant and it uses IFTTT “if then” applets, allowing adjustments to be programmed based on individual circumstances, such as having a light turn on a few minutes before you arrive home.

Though the app is easy-to-use, the written instructions that come with the product are a bit confusing, which could make installation more difficult than it needs to be. Additionally, we had to do some minor adjustments with Alexa in order to get all four sockets to show up as individual appliances.

How We Decided

To help narrow down to the above list, we’ve tried out a bunch of different products, testing them for extreme durability, looking for plugs that could really shine outside, with waterproof casings, ABS filaments for fire protection and nice thick cables that could withstand both the passage of time and any curious critters wandering around your yard.

We also wanted to make sure that these played nice with most WiFi routers, offering a lengthy maximum wireless range in the neighborhood of 60-100 feet, which should make sure your appliances get coverage even if their outlets are located in out-of-the-way places. On that note, to really find the best smart plugs around, we also wanted to make sure that the related apps offered seamless integration with your gadgets, with easy-to-set timers and robust scheduling systems.

Finally, we took a look at additional features, such as the ability to integrate with smart assistants, such as Alexa and Google Assistant, and safety forward technologies, such as surge protectors. We also made sure that each plug on this list contained at least two outlets or sockets.

Product Category Buying Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Independent Control
    All of the above plugs feature independent control for each socket, meaning appliances can be adjusted independently of one another, allowing for the maximum amount of control over your outdoor gadgets. Most of the products above offer two sockets and one offers four, so you won’t have to pick and choose which lights can be benefitted from smartphone controls. Be careful, however, though every product on our list offers independent control, this cannot be said for the genre as a whole.
  2. Waterproof and Fireproof Ratings
    Each of the above products are rated for use outside, thanks to their exterior casings boasting at least an IP44 waterproof rating, making it easy for them to perform during rain, mud and, in some cases, snow and sleet. Additionally, most of the above products are manufactured using ABS filaments, which are fireproof, adding another layer of safety. Further safety precautions include surge protection and analog on/off buttons, which can be useful if the WiFi goes out.
  3. Apps and Voice Commands
    Many of the above plugs integrate nicely with smart assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and, in one case, Apple’s Siri. This allows the user to issue voice commands, instead of relying on the app for on/off adjustments and scheduling. On that note, be sure to pick a product that is controlled via reputable app, such as Smart Life, which really helps to streamline the entire process, offering easy touchscreen functionality.
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iClever Outdoor Smart Plug Review

The best smart outlet make life easy.

I’ve never bothered to put up Christmas lights outside because it’s too much of a hassle. I just picture myself with like 20 extension cords and a ball of wired light hung chaotically until the whole thing blows because of the rain. Well, a smart plug can help and the iClever Outdoor Smart Plug seems like it would be a good solution for this and more. It should fit in with your other smart gadgets like the best wi-fi smart air conditioner.

Most smart plugs are not designed for outdoor use, but that’s not the case with the iClever outdoor smart plug. It is made for the outdoors and it also has some pretty cool features besides. I may just try Christmas lights this year. For indoor use, you should also read our guide to the NuPlug.

Is This Smart Plug Worth It?

The IC-BS06 is rated for outdoor temperatures. It can be outside in as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 140 degrees. That range should be good for most of us. It is also IP44 certified, so it can handle some rain and snow as long as it isn’t submerged. Read on to see how smart it really is.

Pros:

  • Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa
  • Each socket is separately controlled
  • It can handle the rain

Cons:

  • The angle of the plug can be tough in some situations

Build Quality And Design

The IC-BS06 seems like it is built pretty solid and in my tests, it stood up to the elements just fine. It feels sturdy enough to last for a long time in the outdoors. The design works very well for the intended use, however, the angle of the plug can be a pain in certain situations, but for most uses, it works just fine.

Features

This device has some pretty cool features. First, the two outlets can be controlled individually. You can set a timer and schedule to automatically turn the outlet on or off after a certain amount of time, or at a particular time of the day. Voice control lets you use Alexa or Google Assistant, while you can also control your other iClever devices as well. If you want, you can connect it to IFTTT to integrate it with other products. Aside from that, you can share access with family members.

Performance

This smart plug does what it says and is a very convenient way to get some smart plug outdoors. Everything works great. The only downside is the angle of the plug, but only in tight spaces. The app is a bit tricky, but it works fine. Whether you are controlling Christmas lights, a camera or anything else, this is the kind of outdoor solution that you have probably been waiting for. It’s about time someone came up with a way to make it easy.

Bottom Line

For the low price, this one is a no-brainer. It works well and is durable enough to survive the outdoors. You can compare this one to the best wifi outdoor outlet and see how it stacks up.

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NuPlug: Add an AC Outlet and USB Ports to Your Couch or Bed

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The traditional surge protector is a cumbersome piece of kit that by most accounts can be pretty unsightly.  They also have a tendency to move around, gather dust, and aren’t  a good resolve for those looking to streamline their work or living room environment.  Don’t get me wrong.  They’ve got their place behind home theater stands and those alike, but any thing beyond and they’re just aggravating to  look at. And most can’t be used outdoors like the best wifi outdoor outlet.

The nuplug is something akin to a powerstrip meets wall outlet.  Only instead of being a long mess of plugs, it is specifically designed to grip itself to furniture, making plugging in a laptop less about snaking cords and more about getting down to work.  There are also a set of USB ports for your 5V devices.  Who doesn’t need to charge their Android or iOS device by the couch as they watch TV?

Spec wise we’re looking at two 120v AC plugs, two 2.1amp USB ports, a grounded and surge protected box (with status lights), a 10ft cord paired with one of those flat plugs, and a clamp range (what it can fit around) of 1.625″.

As of now, the nuplug is in Kickstarter mode.  They have yet to hit their goal, but they’ve only been live for a few days, so there is a good likelihood they’ll succeed.

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