Once I said it, I said it a thousand times.are one of the most underrated smart home products. No, they are not the most conspicuous, but they can easily automate stupid products in your home and instantly integrate them into your smart home ecosystem. When purchasing smart plugs, consider these categories to make sure you get the best fit for your home.
First and foremost, you need to know which voice assistants your smart plug should work with, because not all intelligent plugs work with all voice assistants
Compatibility is crucial here as you are on this You can control devices with your voice and integrate them into the rest of your smart home.
If you use onlyyou do not have as many options as and are two good starting points. Their plugs work with HomeKit and they offer for patio lights or appliances. Older smart plug models may require a smart home hub, but many new models use their mobile companion app to connect directly to your home's wireless network.
Ifor is your smart home's command center, you have many options. Just check the product description to make sure the desired connector works with it. Here is our page of .
Finding the Right Functions
Choosing the right smart plug depends largely on what features you need. Here are just a few of the options that you will find in many smart plugs.
This feature monitors how much power (in kilowatt-hours (kWh)) your devices consume per day, week, or month. This information is usually displayed in the corresponding Smart Plug app.monitor monitors your energy usage and works with Google Assistant and Alexa.
If you're worried aboutor just want to keep your utility bill low, you can use energy monitoring features to keep track of usage.
Scheduling and Scenes
When you add a smart plug to a small device such as aa lamp, a fan, or a TV, you can choose to turn it on or off automatically.
Many intelligent plugs offer this option and it is useful for morning routines or shutting down all bedtime devices. Some smart plug apps even allow for a schedule that repeats every day or at sunrise and sunset and adapts to the time when daylight hours change over the year.
If your Smart Plug works with Google Assistant or Alexa, you can also integrate it into scenes or routines triggered by a simple phrase like "Alexa, Movie Time" to dim the lights and turn on your TV.
Perhaps one of the more convenient applications for smart plugs is a feature often referred to as the absence mode. Set the date and time in which to perform this function. Your power plug is randomly turned on and off to simulate a busy home while you're on the move.
Do not forget design
Intelligent connector design is difficult. Most models are bulkier than expected, and it's not always easy to tell if the shape is right for your outlet.
For example, if you plan to use the Smart Plug with another standard or second Smart Plug, make sure that adjacent sockets are not blocked.
This is easier said than done, as even some of the smaller-looking plugs have just the wrong shape to accommodate a neighboring plug. My favorite space-saving plugs? Theand the .
Whether you're using a coffeemaker or a big-screen TV, with smart plugs, dumb devices can work with your smart home. When choosing the right plug, all you need to know is what you want to work with, what you want and where you want it to fit.