Maybe you’ve been hearing about the latest and greatest smart home tech, but don’t know where to start to make your dumb house smart. In addition to smart light switches, smart outlets are one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to get into smart home gear. A smart outlet can make anything that plugs into the wall smart.
What does that mean? Do I really need my fan to be smart? Plugging an appliance into a smart plug means you can control it from anywhere in the house - or depending on the plug - anywhere in the world. Imagine turning off a lamp across the room without getting off the couch. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn on your electric tea kettle before you get out of bed in the morning? The possibilities with smart outlets are endless.
If you have a smart home hub or a smart assistant you can talk to, you can even control smart outlets with your voice! Nothing makes you feel like you’re in the future like controlling your home appliances with your voice. This might sound like a silly gimmick, but after you start living with the best smart plugs, you won’t know how you lived without them.
Here is a list of 2017's top rated and reviewed smart outlets to help you choose the best products for making your home smart.
Best Smart Outlets | Top 7
|Our Rank||Smart Outlet||Type||Connectivity||Price|
|1.||TP-Link Smart Plug||Plug||Wi-Fi||$$|
|2.||WeMo Switch Smart Wi-Fi Outlet||Plug||Wi-Fi||$$|
|3.||Orvibo S25 Smart Socket||Plug||Wi-Fi||$$$|
|4.||Nyrius Bluetooth Outlet||Plug||Bluetooth||$|
|5.||Samsung SmartThings Outlet||Plug||Z-Wave||$$$$|
|6.||GE Z-Wave Smart Outlet||In-Wall||Z-Wave||$$$|
|7.||GoControl Z-Wave Smart Wall Outlet||In-Wall||Z-Wave||$$$|
Who is this review for?
This review is for anyone looking for an introduction to smart home stuff. It’s especially for anyone on a budget who wants to add some tech to the house. If you want smart lights, but don’t want to invest in fancy, expensive smart bulbs, a smart outlet is a great, low-cost alternative. Maybe you’ve shopped for smart home hubs, but don’t know which one to commit to. With many smart outlets, they don’t require a smart home hub at all.
Smart outlets are great for anyone who isn’t tech savvy. Think of a smart outlet like a modern-day clapper. Instead of clapping to turn on the lamp, you can control it from your smartphone or other device. Installation and operation are simple with smart plugs.