2019’s Best Smart Outlets and Plugs

Best overall value
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini from TP Link
 
$19.99
Pro Bullet Small size to leave other outlets free
Pro Bullet Mobile app control
Pro Bullet No hub needed
Best for compatibility
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
 
$34.99
Pro Bullet More compatibility than most
Pro Bullet Small design
Con Bullet No energy monitoring
Best energy tracker
Wemo Insight Smart Plug
 
$39.99
Pro Bullet Energy usage tracking
Pro Bullet Sync with Nest Home and Away Mode
Con Bullet Bulkier design

Overview

A few inexpensive smart plugs might not turn your home into any of the homes you dreamed of while watching The Jetsons, but it will be close.

Smart plugs and outlets give you voice control, remote access, and the ability to program schedules for your everyday appliances. Check out our favorite smart plugs below.

The best smart plugs and outlets

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*Standard MSRP. Prices may vary by retailer. **Often available at a lower price.

1. TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini | Best overall value

Best overall value
TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini
 
$19.99
    Size
    2.61 x 1.49 x 1.57 in.
    Maximum load
    15 amperes
    Voltage
    120 V
    Wi-Fi
    2.4GHz
    Pros
    • Pro BulletSmall size to leave other outlet free
    • Pro BulletLow cost
    • Pro BulletMobile app control
    • Pro BulletVoice control with Alexa, Google, Cortana
    • Pro BulletGroup control for multiple outlets
    • Pro BulletNo hub needed
    Cons
    • Con BulletNo Apple HomeKit support
    • Con BulletNo energy use tracking

    What we like

    TP Link’s Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is the most practical smart plug available. It’s inexpensive enough that you could get one for every room in your house without dipping into your vacation fund. And it’s small enough to either stack two on one outlet or leave the second outlet free for appliances that don’t need smart control.

    And while it doesn’t have Apple HomeKit or IFTTT support, the Kasa works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and mobile apps—that’s probably enough integration for most people.

    We also like the grouping feature, which lets you control multiple smart plugs at once. Want to turn on all the smart plugs in your basement? Group them together and you’re set.

    >>Get the TP-Link Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini


    2. Wemo Mini Smart Plug | Best for compatibility

    Best for compatibility
    Wemo Mini Smart Plug
     
    $34.99
      Size
      3.8 x 1.4 x 2.4 in.
      Maximum load
      15 amperes
      Voltage
      120 V
      Wi-Fi
      2.4GHz
      Pros
      • Pro BulletMore compatibility than most
      • Pro BulletSmall design
      • Pro BulletReasonable price point
      • Pro BulletSet schedules or randomize with Away Mode
      Cons
      • Con BulletComplaints about app and setup
      • Con BulletNo energy monitoring

      What we like

      Wemo’s Mini Smart Plug was a strong contender for first place. It’s affordable, small, and compatible with most everything (including Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home, and Nest.

      It lost out to Kasa’s smart plug because of its slightly higher price and complaints about the app and setup. But it’s still an excellent plug-in smart outlet that will quickly give you remote control over your appliances.

      >>Get the Wemo Mini Smart Plug


      3. Wemo Insight Smart Plug | Best energy consumption tracker

      Best energy consumption tracker
      Wemo Insight Smart Plug
       
      $39.99
        Size
        2.9 x 2.9 x 2.3 in.
        Maximum load
        15 amperes
        Voltage
        120 V
        Wi-Fi
        2.4GHz
        Pros
        • Pro BulletEnergy usage tracking
        • Pro BulletLots of compatibility
        • Pro BulletApp control and IFTTT scenarios
        • Pro BulletSync with Nest Home and Away Mode
        Cons
        • Con BulletComplaints about app and setup
        • Con BulletBulkier design
        • Con BulletSlightly higher price than other picks

        What we like

        The larger Wemo Insight Smart Plug gives you most of the same benefits as the Wemo Mini—like app control, scheduling, and compatibility.

        The Insight adds energy tracking so you can keep a close eye on how much power certain appliances use and how often they’re being used.

        On the down side, the Insight costs a bit more than some of our other picks, and its larger size could block other outlets. But if you’re looking for a smart outlet that helps you track energy consumption, it’s a great pick.

        >>Get the Wemo Insight Smart Plug


        More options

        A plug-in smart outlet can handle most situations, but if you need something more specific, consider our picks for the best outdoor smart plug and the best in-wall smart outlet.

        4. iDevices Outdoor Switch | Best outdoor smart plug

        Best outdoor smart plug
        iDevices Outdoor Switch
         
        $79.99
          Size
          1.9 x 2.8 x 6 in.
          Maximum load
          10 amperes
          Voltage
          120 V
          Wi-Fi
          2.4GHz
          Pros
          • Pro BulletEnergy use tracking
          • Pro BulletCompatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
          • Pro BulletWeatherproof design
          • Pro BulletTwo outlets included (controlled together)
          • Pro BulletEnergy consumption data
          • Pro BulletVoice control
          • Pro BulletSchedules and app control
          Cons
          • Con BulletLower max load than most indoor outlets
          • Con BulletHigher price than indoor smart plugs

          What we like

          This weatherproof smart plug includes energy-tracking voice control, scheduling, and more. It’s got two outlets so you can control two things in sync. Plus, it’s compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.

          If you need a weatherproof smart outlet to control your holiday lights or other outdoor appliances, this is a fantastic option.

          >>Get the iDevices Outdoor Smart Plug


          5. Insteon On/Off Outlet | Best in-wall smart outlet

          Best in-wall smart outlet
          Insteon On/Off Outlet
           
          $49.99
            Size
            2.9 x 2.9 x 2.3 in.
            Maximum load
            15 amperes
            Voltage
            120 V
            Wi-Fi
            2.4GHz and 5GHz
            Pros
            • Pro BulletTwo independent smart outlets in one devices
            • Pro BulletDual-band Wi-Fi compatibility (2.4 and 5GHz)
            • Pro BulletFlat design to lie flush with wall
            • Pro BulletMobile app control
            • Pro BulletCustom schedules
            • Pro BulletAbility to set lighting patterns
            • Pro BulletAbility to set notifications when it’s in use
            Cons
            • Con BulletExpensive hub required for most features
            • Con BulletNo wall plate included
            • Con BulletMore complex installation than a plug-in outlet

            What we like

            Insteon’s On/Off smart outlet is powerful and sleek. In fact, it’s incredibly well reviewed by customers and offers more capabilities than most of the smart plugs listed above. So why isn’t it higher on the list?

            Because it’s harder to install, more expensive, and requires a pricey hub for features like voice control.

            That said, it’s worth a bit of hassle and investment. You can permanently add value to your home, install outlets that are flush with the wall, and control two devices independently when they’re plugged into the same wall outlet.

            Plus, it’s the only smart outlet on this list that is dual band (meaning you can set it up with either 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi).

            If you’re willing to spend a bit more and permanently install a new outlet, it’s worth the trouble. Especially if you have other Insteon devices that will sync with the same hub.

            >>Get the Insteon On/Off Smart Outlet


            Our recommendation

            We prefer plug-in smart outlets because they’re so much easier to set up and move around—handy if you want a smart slow cooker one day and a smart bedroom lamp a few days later.

            The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini isn’t the fanciest option on the market, but with its easy voice control, remote app access, and a low price, we think it’s the best value for most people—especially if you’d like to get a few.

            Interested in other smart home products? Check out our top picks for other home automation devices.

            Our favorite smart plug
            TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini
             
            $19.99