Installing a smart plug is straightforward and it comes with so many benefits. From switching your bedside lamp on or off to setting a schedule for your outdoor wall lights, they can bring your home to life with remote control via your smartphone and voice commands.
However, before you purchase the first set of smart plugs you come across, it’s worth pointing out that if you already have an existing smart system setup, this may sway your buying decision. This is because some plugs require a hub, which you may already have (i.e. with your smart thermostat) but if not, most options don’t require the hub to operate.
To assist you in selecting a smart plug, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience using multiple different plugs. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Smart Plugs
After plenty of research and testing of a range of smart plugs, we’ve gained a lot of experience using these devices.
From using them in our personal homes to our Airbnb’s, we use them frequently to remotely control a range of electrical appliances. They offer a variety of benefits and they can be installed in a matter of minutes.
As you can see in the photo, there is no limit (in most cases) to how many you can use in a network. In this particular example, we have three smart plugs plugged into our Airbnb garage and the smart plugs allow us to control the outdoor lighting when the building is occupied.
During our testing of the smart plugs, we analysed their build quality, functionality (plug and smartphone application), WiFi connectivity and ease of setting them up. To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest smart plugs (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offering from top brands in the UK.
If you are wondering how you can remotely control the smart plugs, below is a video we took during testing that shows just how simple they are to use from the application.
As well as testing and our experience of using multiple smart plugs, we also rated the smart plugs based on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included their connectivity, design, requirement of a hub, smartphone functionality, build quality, additional features, warranty and value for money.