Best smart plugs 2022: add Alexa and Google to any socket

The best smart plugs let you plug it in and turn it on with your smartphone or voice with top picks from TP-Link, Philips Hue and more

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Investing in one of the best smart plugs in 2022 can transform your home into a smart ecosystem that makes a number of basic household appliances seem totally futuristic!

Even if a particular device isn’t labelled a “smart” device – if it has a plug, once it’s connected to the smart plug it then becomes a smart device that you are able to remotely control.

So, whether you want to switch the coffee machine on before you even get out of bed in the morning or you forgot to turn some lights off before going upstairs to bed – having a smart plug will allow you to do these things with ease.

Once you've got your smart plugs installed, you can control them with the best smart speakers, use them to control the best smart bulbs or turn heaters that don't have timers off and on, and integrate them with existing home automation schedules or schedules or schemes.

When picking a smart plug, you need to see which smart home systems they work with – some will be compatible with Google, some with Alexa, and some with Siri, so if you are already an Apple HomeKit user, then you’ll need to check the smart plug is compatible with that.

But if you don’t already have a smart home system, then you might want to decide on that before you dive right in – think of the bigger picture and what other smart home tech you would like to add to the home system, for example, the best smart thermostats.

This guide gives you a detailed breakdown of some of the best smart plugs currently available. We’ve covered everything to suit all needs and budgets – if you have room to be flexible with your budget, we definitely advise taking note of compatibility and reliability of apps over low prices, to ensure you get the best experience from your smart plug.

The best smart plugs to buy in 2022: the list

TP-Link Kasa KP115 Smart Wifi Plug Slim reviewT3 Awards 2021 winner badge

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Compact and reliable with a great app

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/outdoor use: Indoor only
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz)
Compatible with: Android 5.0 or higher, iOS 10 or higher

Reasons to buy

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Smaller size
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Energy monitoring
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Great app

Reasons to avoid

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No HomeKit support
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Lacks some features 

The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Slim KP115 (opens in new tab) (also known as the TP-Link Kasa Mini with energy monitoring) brings you almost everything you could want from a smart plug and is accompanied by a polished app too. The combination means it won Best Smart Energy Product at the T3 Awards 2021 (opens in new tab).

Setup is as simple as plugging it in, and it's small and discreet enough not to mess up the aesthetics of your kitchen or your living room. There are two versions of the plug, one with energy monitoring (KP115) and one without (KP105) that is slightly cheaper. Both allow you to see how long the plug has been active, and it works with Alexa, Google Home and Bixby.

Dive into the app and you can have the plug turn on and off based on a regular schedule, or do it manually. There's also the option to set a simple timer: when it elapses, the plug will turn either on or off depending on your requirements. If you've got the right TP-Link accessory, you can get this smart plug to work with a motion sensor as well.

This Kasa Slim Plug is already very cheap, but there's an even more affordable option in the form of the Tapo P100 mini smart plug (TP-Link's smart home line seems to be split in two, between the premium Kasa and more budget-oriented Tapo lines). 

Hive Active PlugT3 Award


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2. Hive Active Plug

A great way to extend your Hive system

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)
Compatible with: Android 4.4 or later; iOS 9 or later

Reasons to buy

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Part of Hive Smart Home System
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Easy to set up and use
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Supports Alexa voice commands

Reasons to avoid

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Requires Hive Hub to control it

Designed to work in conjunction with the Hive Hub developed by British Gas (though you don't have to be a British Gas customer to use it), the Hive Active Plug works in a similar way to other smart plugs – you can turn your sockets on and off with a tap on your phone or on a preset schedule.

In other words, it's handy for those times when you need to check whether you left the iron on, or you fancy boiling the kettle for a cup of tea while you’re still lying in bed upstairs. The only real catch is that requires a Hive Hub to control: the Hive Active Plug won't work without one, so this is only really the best smart plug for those buying into the Hive system – but that's not a bad idea, because Hive also makes good smart bulbs and a great smart heating system (among others), so you might feel the whole setup is right for you.

The Hive Active Plug is controlled using the free accompanying Hive apps for iOS and Android, and as well as a schedule you can also create actions that work in conjunction with each other (so switching on a lamp when a door sensor is triggered, for example). If you already have the Hive kit installed, it's ideal. You can control the plug with the Amazon Alexa assistant too.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Power StripT3 Award

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A smart power strip that delivers across the board

Specifications

No. of sockets: 3
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Compatible with: Android 4.4 or later; iOS 10 or later

Reasons to buy

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Voice control
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Three outlets
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Energy monitoring

Reasons to avoid

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No Apple HomeKit

There are two versions of TP-Link's smart power strip, but the six-socket HS300 seems to be very hard to come by at the moment, so where it is available, it can be heavily overpriced. Happily, the three-socket KP303 is still in ample supply.

With three smart outlets, each with independent control, as well as a pair of USB port connections for small appliance charging and power, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip KP303 delivers plenty of flexibility and features; it's essentially three smart plugs in one.

Surge protection, energy monitoring, and remote control via the excellent Kasa Smart app are all on tap here, as too voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There's no Apple HomeKit, though. The perfect smart power strip for a home office or appliance-rich living room.

Amazon Smart Plug reviewT3 Approved badge

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The best smart plug for Alexa users

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/outdoor use: Indoor only
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz)
Compatible with: Android 5.0 or higher, iOS 10 or higher

Reasons to buy

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Quick and easy to setup 
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Can be used with any tech or appliances
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Discreet and simple in design

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks IFTTT support
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Basic functionality
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No HomeKit support

Designed to be used with the Amazon Alexa ecosystem, the Amazon Smart Plug (opens in new tab) can be controlled using voice commands or through the Alexa app. It doesn't require a hub and takes literally two minutes to set up. If you use the Google Assistant, or if you have Apple HomeKit, you'll want to look elsewhere as it doesn't support either of these. 

Keeping things very basic, this simple white device lets you power devices on or off. You'll also be able to set schedules and routines to have them switch on at certain times of day, at sunrise or sunset as well as when triggered by an Alexa-compatible motion sensor. Unfortunately, there's no IFTTT so it won't work with other smart devices like locks. 

It works almost instantly, and it was very reliable. It's just a shame there's no energy usage monitoring like some of the other smart plugs on this list. 

Philips Hue Smart Plug reviewT3 Award

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Hue can do more with the right plug

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Zigbee

Reasons to buy

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Integrates with Hue
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Works with HomeKit (via Hue Bridge)
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Very tidy design

Reasons to avoid

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No energy usage monitoring 
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You won’t get full functionality using Bluetooth 

Like all Hue products released after mid-2019, the Hue Smart Plug (opens in new tab) works without requiring a hub thanks to built-in Bluetooth. Which is fine, but while it's more compact than most and, as you'd expect from Philips, impeccably well-engineered, we'd question why you'd spend on this if you were only going to use Bluetooth, especially as that means you won't be able to make the most of everything the plug has to offer. There are stacks of Wi-Fi plugs that can do a lot more for a lot less.

If you're already all-in on Hue, on the other hand, we can't think of a better option. Hooking one of these up to a Hue Bridge gets you Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit support, making it just about the most compatible plug going. You can integrate it into your Hue zones and routines, it's easy to set up, and we doubt you'll find anything more reliable.

Hue works with loads of the other smart home brands too, so this will integrate with all kinds of other smart home gear outside of Philips' stable. Make sure you use one of our Philips discount codes (opens in new tab) before you purchase. 

Belkin Wemo WiFi Smart Plug reviewT3 Award

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Best smart plug for Apple users

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Reasons to buy

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Works with Apple HomeKit
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Compact and discreet design
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Very easy to set up and use 

Reasons to avoid

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No energy usage monitoring 
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Won't work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

If you use Apple HomeKit at home, or you already own an iPhone or iPad, the Belkin Wemo WiFi Smart Plug could be the one for you. It's incredibly easy to set up, taking literally seconds to get up and running in the Home app. Once set up you'll be able to control it using an app on your phone or by voice using Siri. Then, you can set schedules and automation as long as you have an Apple hub which can be your Apple TV, the Apple HomePod or an iPad that stays at home most of the time. 

Those who use Android, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant should steer clear because this smart plug won't work with any of those devices. Read the full Belkin Wemo WiFi Smart Plug review (opens in new tab).

TCP Smart Wi-Fi PlugT3 Award

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7. TCP Smart Wi-Fi Plug

The smart plug basics with a few useful extras

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)
Compatible with: Android 4.1 or later; iOS 8 or later

Reasons to buy

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Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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Simple setup and operation
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Support for schedules and timers

Reasons to avoid

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App could be better

Since our TCP Smart Plug review (opens in new tab), this smart plug has had a redesign, with the enormous forehead of its previous edition being sliced off in favour of a far more compact plug, but with the same extras on board like Alexa and Google Assistant integration. The previous edition worked very reliably, so this redesign is an easy call for one of the best smart plugs around.

You don't really want to get lost in a maze of settings and menus when it comes to setting up or operating your smart plug, and thankfully this one is very easy to get up and running. Plug it into a spare socket, set up the Android or iOS app, and that's just about job done.

The plug can be turned on and off using the app (which can be a little temperamental at times), you can set it to go on and off on a schedule, and you can even do a countdown timer, for example, if you want a lamp to turn on in 30 minutes. A no-nonsense smart plug that you can rely on, and it's very affordable too.

Innr SP222T3 Award

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8. Innr SP222 Smart Plug

A Hue-compatible Zigbee plug that looks great

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: Zigbee

Reasons to buy

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Decent price
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Tidy design
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Works with Hue

Reasons to avoid

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Requires some kind of hub

Innr has broken the barrier in the past year or so: strong branding, good compatibility and quality products make the Dutch company a smart home brand to watch. And while its Hue-compatible smart bulbs (featured in our list of the best smart bulbs (opens in new tab)!) are probably the highlight of its line, don't look past the Zigbee-packing Innr SP222 Smart Plug if you're looking to add a little more flexibility to your smart home.

Not only is it compact enough to avoid clashing with just about anything else in a multi-socket arrangement, the SP222 is flexible enough to seamlessly connect to a host of existing smart home systems like Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and anything else which anchors itself to Zigbee. That does mean you'll need a hub to use it; Innr's own hub seems to be hard to come by in the UK, but if there's a Hue Bridge or a SmartThings bridge sitting on your network already this will drop right in. Perfect for Hue users in particular.

D-Link DSP-W118 Mini Wi-FiT3 Award


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A simple and reliable smart plug from D-Link

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: 802.11n/802.11g Wi-Fi
Compatible with: Android 4.4 or later; iOS 9 or later

Reasons to buy

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One of the most compact smart plugs
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Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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Simple setup and operation

Reasons to avoid

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Could have more advanced features

All you really need from a smart plug is to have it work reliably from your phone, whether you're turning it on and off manually or setting it on a schedule, and the D-Link DSP-W118 delivers here. It's not the first smart plug that D-Link has put out, and that expertise means it knows exactly how to put together a smart plug like this.

It's worth mentioning the size of this particular D-Link smart plug, because it's smaller than most at 8.4x6x6cm: that means you can squeeze two of these side by side on a double plug socket, something that stops a lot of smart appliances like this from being as useful as they can be.

On top of that, you've got polished apps for Android and iOS to make use of, and there's integration with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and the always-useful IFTTT as well. If you're after a simple but great smart plug, then make sure you check out the D-Link DSP-W118 smart plug.

Eve EnergyT3 Award


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10. Eve Energy

Ideal for Apple HomeKit… but not much else

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Smart
Compatible with: iOS 10, tvOS 10

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up and use
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Part of Eve Systems' smart home range
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Works with Apple HomeKit

Reasons to avoid

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Only works with Apple

There's a lot to like about the Eve Energy smart plug, but there's also a big caveat, which is that it only works with Apple gear. You're going to need an iPhone (or iPad) to operate this, and it's going to work best as part of a HomeKit setup. Sorry, Android users, this isn't for you.

In fact, Eve Systems (formerly Elgato) used to specialise in TV tuner and video capture products for Apple devices before switching its focus towards smart home tech instead. Even if it is Apple-centric, this is a very powerful plug: you can create geofences, triggers, actions and scenes using the free accompanying Eve app or Apple Home.

Unusually the Eve Energy relies on Bluetooth 4.0 Smart rather than a Wi-Fi connection, which means you're going to need a 4th-generation Apple TV or newer, or an Apple HomePod (opens in new tab) smart speaker as an intermediary if you want to switch connected devices on and off away from home. Otherwise, you can control the plug directly from the app.

TP-Link HS110T3 Award


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Another Amazon Echo-ready smart plug

Specifications

No. of sockets: 1
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Indoor only
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)
Compatible with: Android 4.1 or higher; iOS 8 or higher

Reasons to buy

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Elegant, minimalist design
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Works with Amazon Echo
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Easy to use via the Kasa app

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings support

This smart plug from networking specialists TP-Link has everything you need to remotely control connected devices whether you’re at home or away. The driving force for the product is the free Kasa app for iOS and Android devices, which connects to the TP-Link HS110 via your wireless router. It can also be controlled with your voice, provided you have an Amazon Echo.

The Kasa app is easy to use and enables you to switch the smart plug on or off, create custom actions and set a schedule that can trigger connected devices to switch on and off automatically throughout the day. Everything works smoothly and as advertised, and you can use it on its own or in combination with other TP-Link gear.

A step up from the TP-Link HS100 smart plug, this one includes energy monitoring, so you can see how long a connected device has been active for – and how much it’s costing you when it's switched on. It lacks support for Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings, but this is otherwise a very capable plug.

How to buy the best smart plug

Smart plugs are typically operated over Wi-Fi (or occasionally Bluetooth) from your phone – you can turn that corner light on and off with a tap, or even set it on a schedule. Every smart plug has the same basic functionality.

Some products let you take the idea a little further with zones (groups of plugs) and scenes (automated settings on a schedule or based on your movements). Happily, most of the best smart plugs work with the popular smart home platforms, such as Apple HomeKit (opens in new tab) and Samsung SmartThings.

That's really your first consideration – whether a smart plug works with the kit you've already got installed (or want to get installed). Then you can look at extra features, like turning sockets on or off when you leave the house.

Deputy Editor for T3.com, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys (specifically Lego and board games), smart home and more for over 15 years. You can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket two favourites. Feel free to contact him with any related products, events, and announcements.

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