Smart plugs are the quickest and easiest way to make the inside of your home smarter, letting you remotely control your electronics or appliances via a smartphone or voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant. Outdoor smart plugs are a convenient way to control things like holiday decorations, pool pumps, and patio string lights. All you have to do is plug the device into a GFCI outlet outside and power up the companion app.
Outdoor smart plugs also offer scheduling and timers for easy management from anywhere. After spending time with the best outdoor smart plugs on the market, we’re confident that the Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug(available at Amazon for $17.98) is the best one you can buy. For a single-outlet smart plug that's dimmable, check out the Kasa Outdoor Dimmer Plug(available at Amazon. But there are some other great choices on our list that may appeal to you, depending on your setup.
Here are the best outdoor smart plugs we tested ranked, in order:
Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug
Kasa Outdoor Dimmer Plug (KP405)
Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug (KP400)
Cync by GE Outdoor Smart Plug
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (KP401)
Enbrighten Dual Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Switch
Meross MSS620 Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug
Geeni Indoor/Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Plug
Ring Outdoor Smart Plug
Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug
Lutron Caséta Outdoor Smart Plug
Wyze Plug Outdoor
Weather resistance rating: IP64
Single or dual outlet: Dual
Independently controlled outlets?: Yes
Smart assistant support: Alexa, Google Assistant
Wyze makes our favorite indoor smart plug, so we weren’t surprised to find that the outdoor version came out on top during our testing as the best outdoor smart plug. The plug is responsive to voice commands from both Alexa and Google Assistant and offers two independently-controlled outlets.
The Wyze app is user-friendly and easy to use, with helpful features like energy tracking to help you curtail your usage. It also offers a handy usage reminder feature, which can alert you when the total energy usage of both sockets reaches a certain amount (you can set the usage number in the app).
One cool thing about the Wyze plug is the sensor on the front that can detect ambient brightness which, when enabled, overrides manual controls so you can set your patio string lights to turn on when it’s dark and turn off when it’s bright outside instead of at specific times.
Two-factor authentication is available with the Wyze app, which we recommend enabling to keep your account secure.
For the price, you can’t beat the features and durability the Wyze plug outdoor offers.
Need a smart plug that can dim your backyard bistro lights? The Kasa Outdoor Smart Dimmer Plug (KP405) can do just that via the Kasa app and voice commands, so long as you’re using dimmable bulbs.
The single-outlet smart plug is ideal for use with outdoor string lights, holiday lights, and landscape lights where you want to adjust the brightness. The Kasa app is where you can designate four brightness presets, create schedules, and set automatic timers. Away Mode is also available.
The Kasa Dimmer Plug does not offer energy monitoring or runtime insights in the Kasa app. Other Kasa smart plugs offer current, daily, and total runtimes for several periods. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it would be nice to see the feature in future updates.
For dimmable and dependable control over your outdoor smart lights, the Kasa Outdoor Dimmer Plug is right on the money.
Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Variety of features
Easy to use
Missing runtime insights found on other Kasa plugs
The Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug by TP-Link (KP400) makes it simple to control the plug from anywhere using the Kasa app, and the smart plug offers the ability to set schedules, program timers, and access Away Mode. Although it doesn’t offer energy monitoring, the Kasa app shows basic insights about the outlet’s current, daily, and total runtime.
Overall, Kasa’s Smart Outdoor Plug is a foolproof plug with an easy-to-use companion app that’s perfect for automating things like your outdoor smart lights.
The Cync Outdoor Smart Plug offers an easy setup, account authentication to keep you secure, and two independently controlled outlets. If you’re already invested in Cync’s ecosystem of smart home devices like smart bulbs and security cameras, the smart outdoor plug will be a natural fit for you.
The plug has weatherproofing outlet covers to protect from water, snow, dirt, and other outside elements, but it needs to be placed at least 12 inches off the ground to avoid any major damage. It doesn’t work with Siri or IFTTT, but the outdoor smart plug works well for voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Overall, this is a great smart outdoor plug to make your outside world a more connected place to be.
Smart assistant support: Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings
Most smart outdoor plugs offer dual outlets, but not everyone needs two plugs. If you only need a single smart outlet, check out the Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug (KP401) for quick and easy remote control when you’re not home.
The setup is quick and straightforward, and the Kasa app is one of the easiest of any smart outdoor plugs to navigate. We set schedules and tried out voice commands with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, all of which were executed correctly each time. The outdoor smart plug supports a max load of 15 amps.
Additional features like Away Mode, a timer, and a rundown of average and cumulative usage only further add to the value Kasa’s plug offers. For a single outlet smart plug that’s quick and simple to use, you can’t go wrong with Kasa’s KP401.
The Enbrighten Dual Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Switch is one of the rare few plugs that has two front-facing outlets, but the sockets lack individual control and only work simultaneously.
The Enbrighten app sends alerts if someone new logs in to your account and when your devices go offline—things that not every outdoor smart outlet can do. Other features include daily and weekly scheduling, a timer, and home automations based on your location, weather, and time of day.
One downside to the design is that the attached plug coverings are made of thin plastic and easily break off, making it harder to keep dust and other small particles out.
If you don’t need two independently-controlled outlets, then Enbrighten's outdoor smart switch should fit in well for your outdoor setup. But for a more versatile outdoor plug, check out our top pick.
Meross’s smart outdoor plug is our previous Best Overall pick. Overall, the device is rugged, weather-resistant, easy to use/control, and it has status lights that are easy to see and understand from a distance.
This smart outdoor plug is very responsive, easy to use during setup and testing, and we love that we could see at a glance whether both outlets are turned on thanks to prominent indicator lights. The one thing that this plug does not offer, however, is reporting energy consumption.
Setting up smart home routines is simple to do in the app. From looks to function to the app, this outdoor smart plug is pleasant to work with.
If you want to control your outdoor smart plug remotely, but you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, the Geeni is worth considering since it is a few bucks cheaper than many competitors, and it comes with two-factor authentication. It's on the small side for a smart outdoor plug, so it wouldn't be awkward to use indoors when you don't need it outside.
It even has status lights and a notch that will allow you to hang it from a screw or nail, which is a nice touch that keeps it up off the ground.
This smart outdoor plug is fairly easy to use but we found it difficult to specify which action we wanted to trigger each scene in the companion app. For example, the action could be local sunset, which would trigger the scene that turns the plug on.
The Geeni app also offers two-factor authentication to keep your account secure. This is a solid outdoor smart plug and a good value for the price.
The Ring Outdoor Smart Plug is best for smart homes with existing Ring devices, like video doorbells and smart lights. Unlike many other plugs in our guide, this one requires the Ring Smart Bridge to work, which is an additional expense to consider.
However, if you have multiple Ring devices in your smart home, this may be a selling point to you as the bridge can be used to connect to up to 50 other Ring devices like outdoor smart lights and motion sensors.
It does not work with Google Assistant or Siri, and there are no energy monitoring insights in the Ring app, but it does have mandatory two-factor authentication and a dedicated privacy control center to keep your account secure.
In short, this smart outdoor plug is great for Ring smart home devices or anyone running an Alexa-only smart home ecosystem. But given that the bridge is an additional cost on top of the plug, you’re better off choosing a different, more affordable outdoor smart plug from our roundup.
Smart assistant support: Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
The Wemo Wi-Fi Outdoor Smart Plug is a reliable outdoor smart plug with features like automatic timers, scheduling, and Away Mode available in the Wemo app.
The setup process, however, was a headache. It took several attempts to add the plug to a 2.4gHZ Wi-Fi network and to Apple HomeKit in the Wemo app. The smart plug eventually connected after resetting the device and shutting off the 5GHz portion of our dual-band Wi-Fi router.
The Wemo Wi-Fi Outdoor Smart Plug works well with all three major smart assistants, which is rare for outdoor plugs. If you use Siri on your iPhone but have Echo speakers throughout your home, then this plug may be the right balance for you. Otherwise, check out our No. 1 pick for dual independently controlled outlets.
Hi, I'm Rachel Murphy. I am Reviewed’s home editor and have been covering smart home for several years. My work is built upon Sarah Kovac’s, the original tester and former editor of Reviewed’s smart home section.
Each outdoor smart plug companion app was tested on an iOS and Android device to observe performance and functionality.
We also connected the smart plugs with compatible smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri to test for responsiveness and ease of use with voice assistants.
We also tested responsiveness on a cellular connection, compared response times on iOS and Android, unplugged and replugged each outlet, and even sprinkled water on them while they were plugged in.
What You Should Know About Outdoor Smart Plugs
What About Weather Resistance?
Outdoor smart plugs are splash and/or water-resistant, noted with an IP rating. Anything with an IPX4 rating is considered “splash proof.” Going above IPX4 means even better resistance—an IPX5 rating, for instance, means a product can sustain low-pressure water jet spray, and the resistance goes up from there.
While the second number indicates water resistance, the first is for dust resistance. You'll generally find that a rating of five or higher is all you'll need to protect a plug from ingress. For more information you can check this guide to IP ratings.
Make sure your devices have two-factor authentication enabled. This will help keep your data safe by sending a code to your mobile device to verify that it's really you who is trying to access your account.
Many outdoor smart plug companion apps allow you to activate email or other push notifications to alert you if someone else has logged on. Using a strong, unique password for each of your smart home accounts is also a good idea.
Sarah Kovac is an award-winning author and accessibility editor for Reviewed. Previously, she worked with a multitude of outlets such as Wirecutter, TIME, PCMag, Prevention, The Atlantic, Reviews.com, CNN, GOOD, Upworthy, Mom.me, and SheKnows.
Rachel Murphy is Reviewed's home editor. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a freelance writer for publications like Insider and Mashable, and as an associate editorial producer for Good Morning America. Aside from smart home tech, her interests include food, travel, parenting, and home renovation. You can usually find her sipping on coffee at any time of the day.
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