• Currant WiFi Smart Outlet

  • Eufy Smart Plug Mini

  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About Smart Plugs

  • Other Smart Plugs We Tested

  • More Smart Plug Options

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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

    • Affordable

    • Strong and reliable connection

    • Energy monitoring

    Cons

    • 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 operated independently. 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 smart outlets we tested, there’s no denying that this one of the best WiFi plugs, and it's a phenomenal value.

Pros

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Affordable

  • Strong and reliable connection

  • Energy monitoring

Cons

  • Compact but the design is nothing fancy

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How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I’m Rachel Murphy, Reviewed’s smart home staff writer. I live in a smart home that’s full of smart cameras, smart speakers, and more. During my tenure at Reviewed, I’ve tested smart mini projectors, smart doorbells, and other gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via smart assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

Our previous tester, Monica Beyer, has been writing about tech for over a decade. She's an Amazon Alexa user and lived with (and extensively used) some of these 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 outlets 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 plugs play nice with certain voice assistants.

Many connected plugs work with both Alexa and Google Assistant, but that’s not always the case with Apple’s Siri. The Elgato Eve Energy was one of the few plugs we tested that work 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, these connected outlets 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 plugs come with energy monitoring though, like our best value pick, the Eufy Smart Plug Mini. However, many others 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. 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

Wyze Smart Plug

The Wyze Plug performed very well during our testing and was a cinch to set up. This compact, white smart plug looks like most others with its front-facing socket and rectangular design. Unlike many others, however, it doesn’t block the second outlet.

We didn't run into any issues when using the Wyze app, Alexa, or Google Assistant to control this smart plug. Overall, Wyze’s smart plug never lost its connection and was responsive to our commands.

The only thing this plug is missing is real-time energy monitoring, however, the app tracks the daily and weekly runtime for the plug to help give you a sense of your average usage. We found the Wyze app simple to use when creating schedules, timers, and groups.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Shows total runtime for devices

  • Simple app

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

Samsung SmartThings WiFi Smart Plug

If you’re looking for some serious insights into the energy consumption of your devices, the Samsung SmartThings WiFi Plug is your best bet. The Samsung SmartThings app shows detailed hour-by-hour and daily bar graphs of the device’s energy consumption and power meter. You can also view a one-week history of when the plug was turned on and off.

Extra features aside, this plug was a delight to use and took less than five minutes to get up and running. Surprisingly, it doesn’t require a hub like some of Samsung’s smart bulbs. It’s compatible with Alexa, Google, and Samsung's smart assistant, Bixby.

Pros

  • No hub required

  • Energy monitoring

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Nothing we could find

Geeni Spot Glo Smart WiFi Round Plug

We've previously tested (without any issues) the Geeni Spot Smart WiFi Plug and the Geeni Switch + Charge Smart WiFi Plug, so we were eager to try out a newer model, the Geeni Spot Glo. It looks just like the Geeni Spot, but with a handy nightlight around the perimeter of the circular plug.

It was a rough start with the Geeni Spot Glo because the first plug we got was a total dud. However, we sent it back for a new one, and everything worked as it should.

The built-in LED nightlight provides a fair amount of light for such a small plug—enough to light the way from the bed to a nearby bathroom—and the light can be controlled independently of whatever you have plugged in. While there’s no integration with Apple HomeKit, the Geeni Spot Glo smart plug is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.

Pros

  • Built-in light

  • Affordable

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

Merkury Innovations Indoor WiFi Plug

This is a very straightforward smart plug from Merkury Innovations—with a price tag to match. It has a front-facing plug and an indicator light on the side. 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.

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

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.

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).

Pros

  • Sleek design

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Long reconnection times

Meross WiFi Smart Plug Mini

Meross makes our favorite outdoor smart plug, so we were eager to try the company’s indoor smart plug, the Meross WiFi Smart Plug Mini. It never lost connection during our tests and was fast and simple to get up and running. We found the app to be very user-friendly, too, offering ways to create scenes and routines that can automate your home.

On the downside, the 16-amp plug doesn’t offer any way to track how much energy a device is using or how long it’s been on. So, if energy monitoring is a must for you, we’d recommend our best value pick, the Eufy Smart Plug, since it’s similar in appearance and functionality.

Meross’s indoor smart plug can be controlled remotely using the Meross App and it's compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTTT, and Samsung SmartThings.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Reliable

  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Nothing we could find

Philips Hue Smart Plug

We’ve been a fan of Philips Hue, maker of the best smart bulbs we’ve ever tested, for a while now. So we expected good things from Philips Hue’s smart plug—and it delivered. The plug, which looks similar in appearance to smart plugs we tested from Meross and Wyze, maintained its connection throughout our weeks of testing and was able to easily reconnect to WiFi when switching outlets.

The app doesn’t offer any special energy monitoring capabilities like the Samsung Smart Plug. But there are plenty of other useful features to choose from within the Philips Hue app, like routines and timers. You can also elect to share your location with Philips Hue so that your plug automatically turns on and off as you come and go. Overall, we think this plug is a good option for anyone who is already running a Philips Hue ecosystem at home.

Pros

  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant

  • Reliable connection

Cons

  • Requires hub

  • No energy monitoring

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.

Pros

  • Works flawlessly once connected

Cons

  • Doesn't work with Google Assistant

  • Challenging setup

Etekcity Voltson Mini Smart WiFi 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

Sengled Smart Plug

Like the Philips Hue smart plug, Sengled’s Smart Plug requires a hub. We paired it with a Samsung SmartThings Hub and it connected easily within seconds (but any Zigbee hub will do—there’s even one built into the third-gen Echo).

One bummer about this smart plug is the design. While we like that it’s a break from the traditional white rectangular shape of most smart plugs, the square design ever so slightly blocks the socket immediately above (or below) the plug. This shouldn’t be much of an issue if you’re using a regular corded plug, but the design doesn’t allow for two smart plugs to be stacked on top of each other.

Overall, the Sengled plug was responsive when used with Alexa and Google Assistant, easy to use via the Samsung SmartThings app, and it offered a steady connection even when moved from room-to-room. The app, like other smart plug apps, offers scenes, schedules, and more ways to automate your smart home.

Pros

  • Easy-to-see status light

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Bulky design

  • Requires hub

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 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

More Smart Plug Options

  • If you’re looking for more Apple HomeKit-compatible smart plug options, we’ve previously tested the iHome Control iSP8. It includes real-time energy monitoring and even a slimline remote control. This plug is responsive, reliable, and has good ergonomics, but the price is high and the iHome Control app can be tricky to use. Get the iHome Control iSP8 on Amazon

  • The iHome Control iSP6 has all the same pros and cons as the iSP8, but it doesn’t provide energy usage tracking and lacks a remote control. Get the iHome Control iSP6 on Amazon

  • The Geeni Switch + Charge is a sibling of the Geeni Spot Glo, which ranked well in our tests. The Geeni Switch is no different in that it’s simple to set up, extremely responsive to commands from the Geeni app on iOS and Android, and has great WiFi range. It also comes with two standard USB ports, so you can easily charge your mobile devices. However, there’s no energy monitoring with this plug. Get the Geeni Switch + Charge on Amazon

  • The Geeni Spot Smart WiFi Plug works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. It doesn't offer energy monitoring, but it's compact, easy to use, and responsive to commands. Get the Geeni Spot on Amazon

  • On paper, the Belkin Wemo Insight ought to be a strong contender for the best smart plug on the market. It offers power monitoring and a huge array of smart home integrations. Unfortunately, setup was a notable pain point on Android, and the Wemo app was a tedious chore to use. Functionality was just fine in general, and we couldn’t fault the plug’s reliability, but the Wemo app needs work. Get the Belkin Wemo Insight Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring on Amazon

  • The Belkin 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 it’s very skinny so you shouldn’t have any issues with it blocking a second plug. Get the Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug on Amazon

  • 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, so we had to factory reset the device. Once we got it going, the problems didn't 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. Get the Leviton Smart WiFi Mini Plug-In Outlet on Amazon

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

Contributor

@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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Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Staff Writer

@rachel_murphy

Rachel Murphy covers smart home for Reviewed. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for several major outlets and as an associate editorial producer for ABC News' Good Morning America.

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