• Currant WiFi Smart Outlet

  • Eufy Smart Plug Mini

  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About Smart Plugs

  • Other Smart Plugs We Tested

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Our Favorite Smart Plugs of 2020

  1. Best Overall

    Currant WiFi Smart Outlet

    Pros

    • Controls two plugs independently

    • Has energy monitoring

    • Recommends smart schedules

    Cons

    • None that we could find

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  2. Best Value

    Eufy Smart Plug Mini

    Pros

    • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

    • More affordable than other smart plug options

    • Strong and reliable connection

    Cons

    • No real-time energy monitoring

    • Compact but the design is nothing fancy

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Currant Smart Outlet
Credit: Currant

Currant's Smart Outlet can control and monitor two devices independently.

Best Overall
Currant WiFi Smart Outlet

The Currant Smart Outlet checks a lot of boxes on our wish list, and it's hands-down the best smart plug for Alexa and Google Assistant. It has helpful features, including two side-facing outlets that can be independently operated. It's attractive, and also has a really nifty orientation feature that lets you switch the plate on the back so it can be plugged into your wall facing either right or left. For all of these reasons, the Currant Smart Outlet is the best smart plug you can buy.

Also, if plugged into the bottom outlet on your wall, it doesn't cover the top socket. Each outlet has an indicator light, which only fires up if that particular one is on. When not in use, it does not emit light.

The app easily recognized the plug upon installation, and with a few taps, it was connected. A few more taps and it joined both Google Assistant and Alexa. There were no quirks to be found in its connectivity, as it responded just as effortlessly to the app as it did to the voice assistants.

The Currant outlet includes energy monitoring in its app, which is nice if you're keeping track of energy costs of connected devices and looking to see where you can cut down on usage in your home.

Pros

  • Controls two plugs independently

  • Has energy monitoring

  • Recommends smart schedules

Cons

  • None that we could find

Eufy Smart Plug Mini
Credit: Reviewed / Ben Keough
Best Value
Eufy Smart Plug Mini

You might not be familiar with Eufy yet, but don’t let that scare you off. The up and coming home automation company is actually a sub-brand of well-known electronics maker Anker. You know, the company that makes third-party iPhone cables, USB battery packs, and Bluetooth speakers.

Eufy’s Smart Plug Mini is an extremely affordable, pint-sized device that easily interfaces with Alexa and Google Assistant. It's quick and reliable, and its WiFi connection showed great range. When we disconnected and moved it across the house, it reconnected quickly. Its looks aren’t anything special—it’s a white bar with gently rounded corners and a tiny blue status LED—but we liked how compact it is. No matter where you place it, it won’t block an adjacent socket.

The plug tracks energy usage and will even help estimate how much the device you’ve got plugged in will add to your electricity bill, but it doesn’t provide real-time monitoring, like some of the fancier models we tested. But as it's one of the most affordable plugs we tested, there’s no denying that this plug is a phenomenal value.

Pros

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • More affordable than other smart plug options

  • Strong and reliable connection

Cons

  • No real-time energy monitoring

  • Compact but the design is nothing fancy

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How We Tested

The Tester

I'm Monica Beyer and I've been writing about tech for over a decade. I'm an Amazon Alexa user and lived with (and extensively used) these smart plugs for a couple of months to get a full feel for how they'd be used in a typical smart home—and how well they worked.

The Tests

Since we originally published this guide in 2016, many new smart plugs have come on the market. Browse the smart home section at Amazon and you’ll find a cornucopia of plugs from no-name brands, many of which feature identical specs and near-identical looks, and most originating in China.

To update this guide (for a third time), we started by checking in on the models we tested last time. We scrapped the ones that are no longer available and called in for testing both our original picks and models we had issues with, to see if they’ve improved in the interim. We then searched for new plugs with positive user and professional reviews, cross-checked their FakeSpot ratings, and bought the most promising of them for testing. Over these three rounds of testing, we've tested 25 plugs.

Smart Plug Testing
Credit: Reviewed / Ben Keough

Our test subjects came in all shapes and sizes.

We set up each plug using both Android and iOS, taking note of any difficulties in the installation process. Once up and running, we put the plugs through their paces, testing their apps, smart home integrations, reliability, range, and responsiveness. We tested each plug over a WiFi network as well as using a remote data connection. Where available, we checked to see if their energy consumption results were in line with the pack. We also noted any differences between features on Android and iOS, since we think everyone should enjoy the same perks. We also judged each plug on its looks and ergonomics since, let’s face it, you’re probably going to be looking at and interacting with these things for a long time to come.

What You Should Know About Smart Plugs

Compatibility

Whether you use Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, it’s important to make sure the smart plug you choose works with your preferred smart assistant. It may seem obvious, but not all smart plugs play nice with certain voice assistants.

Many smart plugs work with both Alexa and Google Assistant, but that’s not always the case with Apple’s Siri. The iHome iSP8 smart plug was one of the few plugs we tested that works with Apple HomeKit. To avoid any surprises or headaches, look for a smart plug that’s compatible with the smart assistant you use the most. Compatibility information can be found on the product’s page or on the exterior of the product’s packaging.

Energy monitoring

Yes, smart plugs can do more than give you remote and voice control for your not-so-smart devices—they can monitor how much energy your connected devices are using. These details can be found in the smart plug’s companion app and will tell you how many kilowatts the smart plug is using each hour, day, month or year.

While energy-monitoring isn’t a make or break feature and it won’t impact your ability to use a smart plug, it can help give you a clearer picture of how much energy your connected devices are using and help you identify areas to reduce your energy consumption, which, in turn, may save you money on your monthly electric bill.

Not all smart plugs come with energy monitoring though, like our best value pick, the Eufy Smart Plug Mini. However, many other smart plugs do. If you are looking for a smart plug to help you keep tabs on your energy usage, then make sure to buy the best smart plug, the Currant Smart Outlet.

Design

Smart plugs come in all shapes and sizes. Before you buy a smart plug, consider where you want to put it. For example, the Kasa Smart WiFi Plug with Energy Monitoring we tested is fairly bulky and large. The oval-shaped design of this smart plug means that it blocks off the top outlet if plugged into the bottom outlet. This smart plug may work just fine if you only need to access one plug and not the entire electrical outlet. It’s also very noticeable if your outlet is visible, so opting for a smaller plug may work better if you want a less intrusive smart plug.

However, a smaller plug, like the Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini by TP-Link, won’t block the second outlet on a wall panel, no matter where you plug it in. The slender, rectangular plug is a great option to place behind furniture or use in tight spaces like a lamp plugged in behind a couch.


Other Smart Plugs We Tested

Merkury Innovations Indoor Wi-Fi Plug

This is a very straightforward smart plug from Merkury Innovations—with an inexpensive price tag. It has a front-facing plug and an indicator light on the side. However, the good news is that the faint blue light is remarkably inconspicuous. But, it does turn brighter when the plug is turned on.

The manual is accurate and easy to follow, and setup was a breeze with the Geeni app. It also integrated easily with both Alexa and Google, and there were no hiccups in connection or operation.

However, unlike the Currant Smart Outlet, this plug doesn't include energy monitoring. For an easy-to-setup smart plug, though, this is a good choice that won't break the bank.

Pros

  • Easy to set up

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Smart plug and app don't provide energy monitoring

Teckin SP20 Smart Plug

Teckin's smart socket is another smart plug that uses the Smart Life app. It’s similar in appearance to several others we tested, with rounded edges and a front-facing outlet. If the plug will reside behind another piece of furniture, you may prefer one with an outlet that faces to the side so your cord will stick out parallel to the wall. But this one would probably work for most other spots in the house.

The Mini Smart Socket was effortless to set up and it connected smoothly with Alexa and Google Assistant. It has a small red light that pops up when in use, but it's not overly bright or annoying.

Pros

  • Easy to set up

  • small power indicator light

  • works Google Assistant and Alexa

Cons

  • Sticks out far from the wall, making it ill-suited to place behind furniture.

Etekcity Voltson Mini Smart Wi-Fi Plug

Like Anker (and Eufy), Etekcity makes a variety of consumer electronics gadgets that are generally well-loved by users. The Voltson WiFi Smart Plug Mini is no exception,earning a 3.9 out of 5 average from over 1,700 Amazon reviewers. The plug has also been praised by publications including New York Magazine's "The Strategist," so we were eager to try it out.

What we found is a very reliable, well-designed plug with an impressive array of features at a more than reasonable price point. For just a touch more than you'd pay for the Eufy Mini, you get all the same features, plus real-time energy monitoring and the clever Away mode designed to make intruders think you're home when you're not. You can also create schedules and set timers, which is great if, say, you want your slow cooker to start working on that pot roast a few hours before you get home from work.

However, the Etekcity isn't perfect. While sitting idle, real-time monitoring showed a power draw of 125 volts and 2 watts, which doesn't seem right. And while the circular design is cute and seems like it would save space, the plug actually blocks the second socket on a wall panel if you put it in the top position. Other plugs don't, making them more convenient.

Pros

  • Real-time energy monitoring

  • Strong and reliable connection

Cons

  • Blocks second wall outlet

  • Idle mode uses more power than expected

Gosund Mini Smart WiFi Plug

We loved the sleek, round design of the Gosund Mini smart plug. This is yet another smart plug that uses the Smart Life app, so setup was similar to many others on this list. However, it did score lower than others because it took longer to reconnect when I moved it from outlet to outlet.

Although the round shape gives this smart plug extra points, and it’s small enough that you can fit a standard plug in the outlet’s second receptacle, it does have a disadvantage—there isn't any way you can use two Gosund Minis in the same wall outlet. There just isn't enough room, so you'd be better off getting one that's a bit more narrow if you need to use more than one at the same outlet (or opt for the best smart plug, the Currant Smart Outlet, which has two outlets built-in).

Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon has its own smart plug that works exclusively with Alexa. So, in other words, it will not work with Google Assistant or any other smart ecosystem. We had a difficult time getting it going, even though it doesn't need a third-party app—Alexa just didn't recognize the plug the first time and we had to try again.

Once it connected, though, it was flawless. It integrated painlessly with Alexa, had no problems connecting and disconnecting, and it was simple to control with both the Alexa app and via voice controls with an Echo Dot.

Aside from the initial setup issues, this smart plug worked great. Of course, those who don't use Alexa-enabled devices should look elsewhere.

Leviton DW15P-1BW

Leviton has its own app, but when we downloaded it and tried to set this plug up, it was far more difficult than we expected. The initial setup didn't work at all, and instead of simply trying again, we had to factory reset the device. At that point, we accidentally exited out of the screen that had the factory reset directions. This meant we had to guess, as instructions couldn't be found anywhere—even online.

Once we got it going, the problems didn't exactly end there. One issue was that our test lamp's plug didn't slide into the outlet easily, so we felt like we had to force it a bit. Also, adding the plug to Google Home wasn't as straightforward as we would have liked. Alexa recognized and added it with ease, though.

iHome iSP8

The iHome iSP8 smart plug is loaded with features. Not only is it one of the few Apple HomeKit–compatible outlets that also works with Android, but it also supports a plethora of other platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and Wink. You get robust, real-time energy monitoring, and even an included slimline remote control, for when you don’t want to fumble with your phone.

This plug is responsive, reliable, and has good ergonomics. It’s also the thinnest of all the plugs we tested. The status lights are located on the side of the plug, so they won’t light up your room when you’re trying to sleep.

So what’s not to like? For one thing, the price is high. You can get the best smart plug, the Currant Smart Outlet, for the same price or cheaper and enjoy all of the same features, plus a sexier design. For another, the iHome Control app isn’t as easy to use as Currant's more slickly designed software. We also didn’t like the way it divided some features between platforms; real-time energy monitoring, for instance, is only available on iOS.

Pros

  • Real-time energy monitoring

  • Slimmer than most other smart plugs

  • Strong connection

Cons

  • iHome Control app can be tricky to use

  • Pricier than other options

  • Features vary by platform

iHome iSP6

This model has all the same pros and cons as the iSP8, but it doesn’t provide energy usage tracking and or come with a remote control. (You can purchase one separately.) In exchange for passing on those two features, you get a plug that’s almost half as expensive, but we still prefer the similarly priced Currant Smart Outlet, which is the best smart plug.

Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit

  • Responsive and reliable connection

  • Real-time energy monitoring

Cons

  • More expensive than other similar options

  • Some features are available on iOS only

Geeni Switch + Charge Smart Wi-Fi Plug

The Geeni Switch + Charge is every bit as easy to use as our top picks, like the Currant Smart Outlet and Eufy Smart Plug Mini. It's simple to set up, extremely responsive to commands from the Geeni app on iOS and Android, and has great WiFi range. Like those plugs, it integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, though it won't hook up with SmartThings or Nest, like some more advanced models.

This plug has one unique feature: a pair of standard USB ports, so you can easily charge your mobile devices. However, it's worth noting that these ports are always on since the on/off setting for the plug itself doesn't affect them. Despite tossing in the USB ports, the bar-style design of the Switch + Charge is thin enough that it won't block a second outlet in either position.

The Switch + Charge's biggest failing is that it doesn't offer any kind of energy monitoring. Given the low cost, that's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but both the Eufy and Etekcity models manage it with a slightly lower price point. Geeni does offer a smart plug with energy monitoring, the Geeni Energi, but it costs almost twice as much.

Pros

  • Easy to set up

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Two USB ports

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

  • Doesn't work with Samsung SmartThings, Google Nest

Geeni Spot Smart Wi-Fi Plug

Ok, so that Geeni Switch + Charge we just described? Imagine the same thing, but circular and without the two USB ports. Boom! You've got the Geeni Spot. A little cheaper, same performance, more compact design, but still no energy monitoring.

Pros

  • Compact design

  • Easy to set up

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

  • No USB ports like its sister version

  • Doesn't work with Samsung SmartThings, Google Nest

Belkin Wemo Insight

On paper, the Belkin Wemo Insight ought to be a strong contender for the best smart plug on the market. Not only does it offer power monitoring and a huge array of smart home integrations (including Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, SmartThings, and IFTTT), but it has a sleek design and endorsements from respectable publications.

Unfortunately, setup was a notable pain point on Android, and the Wemo app was a tedious chore to use—especially compared to the slickly designed apps from some rivals. Like the Elgato Eve Energy and D-Link plugs below, the Wemo Insight also has a rounded design that blocks both wall outlets if you don’t plug it into the right one. Functionality was just fine in general, and we couldn’t fault the plug’s reliability, but the Wemo app needs work.

Pros

  • Integrates with a variety of smart home platforms

  • Real-time energy monitoring

Cons

  • Plug design blocks both outlets in a socket

  • Diffuclt to set up

Elgato Eve Energy

The Elgato Eve Energy is a cute little plug, with gently rounded corners and a glowing LED button on the front. Unlike the bar-style smart plugs we tested, it blocks your second wall outlet if you position it incorrectly—make sure to plug it into the bottom socket to avoid a conflict.

Like some other HomeKit plugs we tested, it’s iOS-exclusive, so Android users need not apply. The Elgato app is well-designed (with unusually in-depth power monitoring stats), but not as user-friendly as Currant’s. The plug itself is responsive and reliable, but it’s quite expensive compared to most rivals, and just doesn’t have enough to stand out in a very competitive market.

Pros

  • Comprehensive energy tracking

  • App is user-friendly

Cons

  • Blocks second wall outlet

  • iOS-exclusive, no Android

  • More expensive than similar products

Belkin Wemo Mini

The WeMo Mini is exactly what you'd expect from the name: a smaller version of the WeMo Insight, without the Insight’s power monitoring functionality. On the plus side, it’s a well-made device, and very skinny so that you shouldn’t have any issues with it blocking a second plug. It also has the lowest MSRP of all the plugs we tested. But on the downside, it has all of the same disadvantages as the Insight and fewer features. We’d pass on this plug unless the WeMo app somehow tickles your fancy.

Pros

  • The slender design doesn't block other outlets

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit

  • Sturdy design

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

  • Fewer features than the Belkin Wemo Insight

Meet the testers

Ben Keough

Ben Keough

Contributor

@ben_keough

Ben is an experienced industry journalist who formerly served as Senior Editor of News and Features at Reviewed. He now contributes as a freelance writer and editor. Most recently hailing from the vast wilds of the American southwest, he is an avid photographer who is deeply disturbed by the lack of wide open landscapes in Boston.

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Monica Beyer

Monica Beyer

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@monicabeyer

Monica Beyer is a writer with two published books -- Baby Talk (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006) and Teach Your Baby to Sign (Fair Winds, 2007). Her work has also appeared at SheKnows, Thrillist, mom.me, Mental Floss, GOOD Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and others.

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