The housing of the plugs is made of heat-resistant plastic, which makes it exceptionally safe to use. Likewise, each unit features a manual on/off button that will come in handy when there's no internet.
The small font of the instruction leaflet is difficult to read.
The TECKIN Wi-Fi outlet enables reducing the usage of electricity by quite a bit thanks to the special energy-saving mode. On top of saving on the bills, you are also getting a flexible, reliable set of plugs that can be used with various electronics, a must-have for a medium-sized house or a flat.
4 x smart Wi-Fi plugs
Compatible with Smart Life app (available on iOS and Android), Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant
These plugs can be used at any temperature in the range of 0°C - 40°C. What is more, each of them can easily withstand any voltage surges owing to the 16 A-rated safety fuse.
The app includes targeted advertising.
With these little plugs, you can effectively automate the operation of all the connected devices so they can ultimately turn off and on without any involvement on your part. Be it launching another batch of laundry, turning on a coffee machine or even the central heating system, you can do all that by simply tapping a button on your phone screen.
4 x smart Wi-Fi plugs
Compatible with Meross app (available on iOS and Android), Works with Amazon Alexa
The Tapo phone app features a special Away Mode that can be accessed at any given moment even if you are away from home. Likewise, this mode can be scheduled to operate at certain times of the day.
The LED indicator is a tad bit too bright.
If your work involves moving quite a lot, then this TP-LINK smart plug will be the best option for you, especially if you plan on saving on energy bills. The remote controls make using the appliance a breeze, while the scheduler and timer can be adjusted manually to turn the connected devices on and off when needed.
2 x smart Wi-Fi plugs
Compatible with Tapo app (available on iOS and Android), Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant
Phillips Hue Smart app is available for users of both Android and iOS-based devices. The application works flawlessly without any lags or flickering, which makes the wireless features operate almost seamlessly.
Requires Hue Bridge to unlock all the features.
This plug is equipped with an additional Bluetooth module that will come in handy for users that already have a Philips Hue Hub. The base package includes all the basic features like a timer and scheduler so you won't need to get the full set if there's no need. Reliable and quite small, the plug will fit into almost any interior out there.
1 x smart Bluetooth plug
Compatible with Philips Hue app (available on iOS and Android), Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant
Owing to the powerful integrated Wi-Fi module (802.11 b/g/n), the internet connection will be stable even if your network router is quite far from the plug itself.
Doesn't work with Google Home Assistant.
This model is an ideal pick for Amazon Alexa owners. The lightning-fast setup and a vast range of pre-programmed voice commands in combination with the high-functionality of the Alexa products make this pick a no-brainer if you prefer using voice commands over the phone app.
1 x smart Wi-Fi plug
Compatible with Alexa app (available on iOS and Android), Works with Amazon Alexa
Full Set of Features
The TECKIN SP27-4 is a 4-pack kit of smart plugs that are equipped with timers and other neat features.
To start off, rated at 230 volts, every single plug included in the set can operate on standard power grids and is compatible with UK type-G sockets. The maximum continuous current, on the other hand, is rated at 13 amperes for every unit, which should be more than enough to power both low- and high-powered electric appliances in your house.
The thing that makes the set stand out from the regular plugs, though, is the wide compatibility with assistants of all sorts including Amazon Alexa and Google Home assistant. What is more, the plugs can be controlled via a Smart Life phone app that is available on iOS and Android devices. This enables using the timer and schedule functions remotely, as long as the device is connected to the internet via a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.
The thing that we didn’t like about the package is the instruction leaflet’s font that can be somewhat hard to read for some users. That said, other than that, there are no significant negatives about this set of plugs that can hinder its performance.
Finally, the SP27-4 from TECKIN will be a good pick for users that are looking for a full set of smart plugs that can accommodate multiple electric devices at the same time. The compatibility with virtual home assistants makes using the plugs even easier while the Smart Life app is more of a secondary mean of control.
|Last updated price||£31.99|
Making Your Home Smart With Meross
The Meross electronic socket pack can act as both smart and regular plugs. However, it’s not the only thing that makes it special.
For a start, the plug can be manually toggled on and off using the button located on the side of the housing. Moreover, the body of every piece features a kids-safe design that enables manual and automatic closing of the exposed socket connectors, which is a nice addition in our book.
Moving on, each plug is compatible with voice assistants just like any other modern smart device and that feature alone future-proofs it for years. As an alternative method of control, you can still use the Meross app that is available on Google Play and Apple app stores.
The thing that we didn’t really appreciate about it is the number of advertisments that pop up in the app, which can be a bit overwhelming. That said, if you can look over the ccasional ad or two, it shouldn't be a critical issue, especially given that the application works wonderfully in all other respects.
Wrapping things up, the Meross smart plug pack is a great option for people that need an affordable set of plugs that can be operated remotely or used with voice assistants from Amazon and Google. By providing the user with easily customisable controls and sturdily built hardware of the plugs, it is by far one of the most cost-efficient smart-related products for your smart home available today.
|Last updated price||£28.99|
Ease of Use at Its Best
This TP-LINK package comes equipped with two plugs that can be connected to the lights or other electronics in your house.
Similarly to other products included on our list, P100 from TP-LINK is compatible with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google home. In case you don’t have those, there’s no need to worry - the appliance can be controlled via a smartphone by using the Tapo app that is available for both iOS and Android users. Moreover, it is possible to control the sockets from different devices by sharing management permissions with your family members. The wireless features can be accessed at any moment from anywhere as long as the plug is connected to your household Wi-Fi router.
Contrary to the most similar smart socket devices, though, this one doesn’t require any additional hubs to work properly, which makes it a good alternative to the premium packages from other companies. With this pack, you are getting full access to scheduling and timing the power to electronics and connected appliances without any additional accessories using the provided timer and scheduler profiles.
Finally, this product will be an excellent pick for people that search for the real Plug And Play experience. Simply plug the devices into the power socket, connect the devices that need powering and you will be ready to go.
Philips Hue (929002240501)
More Than Just a Plug
The Philips Hue is a single plug kit that can control the lights in your house, as well as scheduling when to turn them off.
We were surprised to find out that this package doesn’t include everything that the plug has to offer. To unlock all the features, however, you will need an additional Philips Hue Bridge attachment that is optionally available separately from this base package. Even though the appliance works great even without this attachment, it can be a bit underwhelming for some users.
Minor issues aside, what makes this plug great is its wide compatibility with electric appliances. Ready to be used right out of the box, you can start utilising it with non-connected products as soon as you plug it in.
The wireless features include Bluetooth compatibility that works on a 2.4 GHz standard which enables controlling the connected appliance with your phone even from another room with ease. Likewise, the device is also compatible with voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which makes using voice commands a breeze.
All in all, if you need a simple, yet reliable wireless plug that can control the intensity of the lights connected to it, then the Philips Hue will be right up your alley. Fairly easy to use and durable enough to withstand extensive heat and voltage jumps, it will serve you for years to come.
|Last updated price||£26.57|
Amazon Smart Plug
Best Voice Controls
As for the proprietary products, there is, probably, no better option for your Alexa home assistant than the Amazon smart plug. But what makes it so special? Let’s take a closer look at what’s under the hood of the socket and find out.
First things first, the appliance can create routines for your devices such as fans, lights, TVs, and other electronics with ease to match. If you own an Alexa-capable device such as Fire TV, Fire tablet, Sonos One, or similar, it is possible to use voice commands to toggle the connected devices on or off, as well as changing the intensity of the connected lights.
Alternatively, it is possible to use the Alexa app on your phone, which is available for Android and iOS users alike. Once it is connected to the household Wi-Fi router, you will be able to control the plug remotely using your phone or tablet and this can come in handy in case you forgot to turn something off.
All things considered, the Amazon plug is, perhaps, one of the best smart plugs for your Alexa-compatible products out there. Being fairly easy to set up, it is a real breeze to use, especially when using voice commands, which makes it an ultimate choice if you were searching for the product that is compatible with the main Amazon voice assistant.
|Last updated price||£24.99|
What Is a Smart Plug?
Now, more and more people are getting practical benefit from wireless Smart Home solutions that constantly surprise even the most sophisticated users. Smart bulbs and smart switches, smart locks, and smart sprinklers come to make our daily life easier and more convenient as well as level up our home security. Smart plugs are also a part of this intelligent system, yet, what sets them apart from other similar devices is that they can help you convert your non-smart home into a smart one using the integrated timer and schedule systems without the need to replace the existing appliances.
Controlled by a smartphone via 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, a smart plug allows users to turn on and off any appliance plugged into a standard wall outlet. Rather than switching on a conditioner or humidifier as you come back from work, why no to do that while you're still on your way home? In addition to simple remote control, many advanced modern plugs also provide the benefits of voice control as well as a whole bunch of programmable features to optimally use your household electric devices and meet your comfort.
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