The Best Smart Plugs To Buy in 2022


A smart plug is a little gadget that plugs into an outlet and connects to your home’s Wi-Fi. It then allows you to control whatever device that is plugged into that smart plug with your smartphone or your voice. It basically has the power to turn any gadget — be it a lamp, fan, space heater, humidifier, coffee maker or whatever other appliance — into a “smart” gadget.

What to Look For

Smart home compatibility: When considering which smart plug you should buy, the most important thing is to make sure that it’s compatible with your existing smart home ecosystem. If you have an Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri smart speaker, you want to make sure that the smart plug will actually work with it. (Most popular smart plugs will work Alexa or Google Assistant, but compatibility with Apple’s HomeKit is a little harder to come by.)

The brand of smart plug: A lot of smart plug manufacturers make other smart home devices, such as smart lights, smart switches and smart cameras, and make it easier to set them up and control them all via one companion app. For instance, if you have other smart home devices by Wyze or Philips Hue, it will be easier for you to control scenes and set timers if you get smart plugs by those same companies.

The type of smart plug: There are just a few other things you want to consider before buying a smart plug: mainly its size and whether it has a physical button or switch on its side. The smaller the better when it comes to smart plugs because they’re less likely to cover up an additional outlet. And you want a physical button or switch because it allows you to control it when you don’t feel like using your voice or opening up your smartphone.

Why You Should Trust Us

We’ve been writing about and reviewing smart home products — including smart speakers, smart lights, smart cameras, smart thermostats and smart security systems — for the last several years. We also work with major brands and talk to experts within the smart home industry. The below selections of smart plugs are a combination of products that we’ve had hands-on experience with as well as products that are made by brands we trust.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

The Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is our pick for the best all-around smart plug. It’s essentially a new and improved version of the Wemo Mini (now defunct), with the main difference being that it’s much smaller — roughly half the size — so you don’t need to worry as much about blocking other sockets. It works with all the major smart ecosystems (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit). And it has a physical on/off button.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300

A smart power strip works exactly the same as a smart plug, but it allows you to control more devices. And you can control each individual smart outlet that’s in the power strip (you just set them up individually within the app). The Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300 is a great all-around option because it adds six outlets (only three are “smart”) and three USB ports. And it’s also not much more expensive that a lot of individual smart plugs. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but not HomeKit.

Wyze Plug

The Wyze Plug is one of the best and most budget-friendly smart plugs you can buy. A two-pack costs less than $20, which is half the price of many other single smart plugs, and it can easily be integrated into any Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant smart home. The only real downside is that it’s not compatible with Apple’s HomeKit.

Amazon Smart Plug

The Amazon Smart Plug is a great option for anybody with an Amazon Echo or an Alexa smart home. It’s ideal because it’s small enough that it will only cover one outlet. It also has a physical button to toggle on/off. The only downside, other than the fact that it’s only compatible with Alexa, is that there are cheaper and more versatile alternatives out there.

Philips Hue Smart Plug

The big advantage of using the Philips Hue Smart Plug is that works well with the company’s ecosystem of other smart home products. So if you have Philips Hue smart lights or the Hue Bridge, this smart plug will allow you to easily integrate any lamp (or appliance) into your existing ecosystem. It’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple HomeKit, but not Google Assistant.

Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug

The Wyze Plug Outdoor is essentially a slightly more sophisticated and more water-resistant version of the Wyze Plug. It has the same capabilities, including support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but it also has two outlets instead of one. It also has physical buttons on the outside to control each outlet, in case you don’t want to use your voice or smartphone to control them. It’s the cheapest outdoor smart plug you can buy.

Kasa Smart Outdoor Smart Plug KP400

This is another great option for anybody who wants an outdoor smartphone plug. It allows you to control two different devices and it has physical buttons on top so you can control them manually (if you don’t want to whip out your smartphone). It’s compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa ecosystems.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug

The Kasa Smart Plug is another affordable smart plug that’s small, well-reviewed and works with every major smart home ecosystem except for Apple’s HomeKit. It’s the best option for people with other Kasa smart home devices, such as smart lights and smart switches, as you can control everything (and set scenes or timers) within the Kasa app.

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