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Do you wish for a home full of smart appliances and gadgets that you can operate with your voice or smartphone but you don't want to spend a fortune on all new items? Well, we have some good news: The easiest and most affordable way to smarten up your home is to invest in smart plugs.
High-quality smart plugs cost as little as $20 and can be used for any electrical item you have. Simply connect your non-smart lamp (or coffee maker or air purifier or ...) to a smart plug, and voila, they’re connected to the internet. We've rounded up the best-performing plugs, and they all happen to be available to order from Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more, which means many of these plugs will ship gratis no matter what.)
TP-Link Kasa Smart WiFi Plug
One of the most popular options? Amazon's No. 1 bestselling TP-Link’s Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug, which comes in a pack of four for $25 right now (was $30). You can schedule them to turn on and off at a particular time or at sunrise or sunset. It works with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, so you can use your voice to turn on your lamps at night.
“Hands down, the best smart plugs we’ve purchased and installed,” writes one five-star reviewer. “We have them installed throughout our home for all of our lamps, and even had several of our indoor Christmas decorations hooked up to them this past year.... Pairing to Alexa made turning them on and off a breeze with a simple command.... Being able to also control the lights through the app is nice too when you’re out of town so you have even more control of making it appear like you’re home when you’re not.”
Another favorite is the Wyze Plug, which has a simple minimalist design and an easy-to-use app. These plugs come in a pack of four ($40) and work with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can schedule them to turn on and off on certain times on particular days, even when you’re not at home.
"I've just placed my third order," writes an enthusiastic shopper. "I'm using four of the plugs and I just ordered more for a gift. They work for any device that will come on when the power to it is simply turned on... I use Alexa to control my plugs, but they can also be controlled through the phone app. They can also be timed or even set to a random on/off vacation mode."
Amazon Smart Plug
If you already know you want a smart plug that works with Alexa, then Amazon’s Smart Plug is a no-brainer, especially since it has over 400,000 five-star reviews at Amazon. Not only can you operate the plug via Alexa, but you can also set up the plug through Alexa.
“I have owned several different brands of smart plugs, and this one was BY FAR the easiest to set up," says one convert. "I plugged it into an outlet and within a few seconds the Alexa app on my phone recognized it as a new device, prompted me to give it a name, and I was all set! Awesomeness all around. This may seem obvious, but if you are already an Alexa user, this may be the best smart plug to get simply because it integrates so easily with Alexa.”
Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug
An outdoor smart plug is a genius solution for controlling garden electronics like fountains and string lights. TP-Link, which makes one of our favorite smart indoor plugs, also makes this excellent Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug. It features two AC outlets, a waterproof cover and a WiFi range of up to 300 feet. And of course, it’s weather-resistant.
“I bought this to use for my pool pump and it works great so far," says a five-star review. "The setup was easy and flawless, and the ability with the app to set a schedule or turn it on or off manually works perfectly for my needs. I purchased another one for outdoor lights for my Tiki Bar, and if I could give it more stars I would!"
Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip
Need to power a whole bunch of appliances at once? Then consider the Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip, a sweet 44% off right now. It has six outlets, and you can control each of them independently. Three USB charging ports make it great for juicing up all of your various devices. It also offers surge protection and energy monitoring.
A satisfied customer says: "The ease of use of this device is its best feature. I've been using the two outlet plug for a few weeks and liked it enough to purchase the power strip. I liked that enough to order two more, one for my house and one as a gift to my technologically-challenged mother. Alexa integration is seamless. I can say, "Alexa, turn on the fan" and it happens without having to say, "Alexa, ask Kasa to turn on the fan."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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