Every room in your house has them: power supplies, and they are about as stupid as technology can be. To create a true smart home, upgrade the way your wiring networks work, so they can be managed, managed and monitored far away.
You can hire an electrician to tear out your existing outlets and replace them with smart in-wall models, but it's a simpler and less expensive way: Stay in touch with these outlets. They work just as they sound: The wall outlet doesn't change, you just configure the plug-in using an app, connect it to the network, and use it to control what's connected to it.
Smart Plugs are useful in every way. Some models have built-in dimmers, so you can adjust the brightness of the lamp connected to them. others can operate small appliances, such as a fan or room heater. Others can be planned so you can make your home stay while on vacation, or so you can limit the hours your kids can play video games or watch TV.
Which smart plug is best for your home? Here are our top choices, plus an action guide to help you decide which one is right for you if none of our choices fits your needs. You can also click here to see a list of all the smart plugs we have considered to date.
Updated May 30, 201
9 to add our review of C by GE Smart Plug. A half-baked app and trouble integrating this smart lighting device with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa left our reviewer underwhelmed.
Best smart plug for most
Leviton's Decora DW15P smart plugs are our new favorite in this category. It connects to your network via Wi-Fi so no hub is needed. And the narrow form factor means you can connect two of them to the same duplex output. But what makes it unique in this class of products is that it is a dual-band device, which means it can operate on both 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. It is a great feature if you live in an area saturated with devices operating on the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
The Currant WiFi Smart Outlet costs a little more than Leviton's offerings, but in addition to looking prettier, it delivers two independently controllable smart outlets while just using a container.