• Wyze Plug Outdoor

  • How We Tested

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Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

The Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug has a Wi-Fi range of up to 300 feet. It's a compact and lightweight, offers two independently-controlled, and can withstand heat, humidity, and rain.

Best Overall
Wyze Plug Outdoor

Wyze makes our favorite indoor smart plug, so we weren’t surprised to fall in love with the outdoor version. The plug is responsive to voice commands from both Alexa and Google Assistant and offers two independently-controlled outlets.

The Wyze app is very user-friendly, offering simple steps to get the plug up and running, detailed energy tracking to help you curtail your usage when necessary. The plug is IP64-rated for outdoor usage, meaning it's both dust and splash resistant. It can also withstand temperatures ranging from -4 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In the app, you can view a daily, weekly, and monthly breakdown of the plug’s energy usage. The plug can also be set to a schedule and incorporated into home automations.

On the front of the plug is a sensor 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. 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).

When it comes to user data, the Wyze app collects little personal information about you but it does gather details like identifiers (your device ID, account ID, or screen name) and diagnostics. It also may collect data not linked directly to you like your usage and identifiers, but not location, financial information, or other personal details like some other outdoor smart plugs do. Two-factor authentication is available with the Wyze app, which we recommend enabling to keep your account secure.

Though there’s no support for Apple’s Siri, unless you’re all-in on HomeKit, we’re confident that the Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug is the best option for your outdoor needs thanks to its mix of convenient features, usability, and security. For the price, you can’t beat the features this outdoor outlet offers.

Pros

  • Energy monitoring

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Two independently-controlled outlets

Cons

  • No Siri

How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I'm Rachel Murphy. I cover smart home products for Reviewed, and I was interested to see how outdoor smart plugs stack up to their indoor counterparts. I’ve tested smart security cameras, video doorbells, smart displays, and more connected devices for Reviewed through the years. I put these plugs through their paces outside in the humid and hot Florida weather. My work is built upon Sarah Kovac’s, the original tester and former editor of Reviewed’s smart home section.

The Tests

We collected the most popular smart outdoor plugs available and tested them at my home over several weeks. We loaded each plug's corresponding app on both iOS and Android and, when applicable, connected each one to smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri to test for responsiveness and ease of use with voice assistants. We also tested responsiveness via cellular connection only, compared response times on iOS and Android, we unplugged and replugged each outlet to see how long it would take them to reconnect, and we even sprinkled water on each of them while they were plugged in to see how well they would handle rain.

What You Should Know About Outdoor Smart Plugs

Most of these plugs can plug in without blocking the second outlet above. However, it depends on the type of outlet cover you have. In our testing, we could only use the top outlet. That's because the smart plug's cord pushed up against the bottom edge of the outlet cover, making it impossible to plug in all the way.

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An angled plug may give you some issues, as it could potentially block the second outlet. The only plug we tested that successfully freed up the second outlet was able to do so because it was not an angled plug. The cord stuck straight out from the outlet rather than at an angle. While it didn't block the second socket, the cover couldn't close down safely over the cord.

While these plugs should have no problem with a little rain, they definitely shouldn't be submerged or sprayed directly with the hose. We're dealing with electricity here, so don't push your luck. Though all the plugs we tested had no problem with a light sprinkling of water, the safest smart plug in the world cannot protect you, especially if you're using an extension cord that's not meant to be used outdoors.

What About Dust & Water 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.

Speaking of IP ratings, while the second number indicates water resistance, the first is for dust resistance. You'll generally find that a rating of 5 or higher is all you'll need to protect a plug from ingress. For more information you can check this guide to IP ratings.

Privacy

There’s always a potential privacy risk involved when you use internet-connected devices at home. To help safeguard your smart home, there are some steps you can take. First, look for devices that offer two-factor authentication, which sends a code to your mobile device to verify it’s you. That way, if someone tries to hack into your account, you will receive an alert and can quickly take care of the problem. Many devices also allow you to activate email or other push notifications in the settings to alert you if someone has logged on.

Additionally, make sure to use a unique, strong password composed of multiple characters, numbers, and letters for each of your smart home accounts. Data breaches feel like the norm as of late, making it all the more important to use different passwords across multiple websites and apps.

When using any devices with smart assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, you can further protect your privacy by regularly deleting your voice recordings and muting the speaker’s mic when it’s not in use.

Looking for more privacy tips? Read our guide to securing your smart home.


Other Outdoor Smart Plugs We Tested

GE Cync Outdoor Smart Plug

C by GE recently rebranded to Cync, and with the rebrand came a suite of new products including the Cync Outdoor Smart Plug. It’s one of the best we’ve tested because it offers easy setup, account authentication to keep you secure, and two independently configurable outlets, doubling the amount of outlet space for your outdoor needs. It works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant but not Apple’s Siri. It also doesn’t require a hub.

The plug has weatherproofing outlet covers to protect from water, snow, dirt, and other outside elements. It held up well through several thunderstorms, coupled with high heat and humidity.

The setup can be completed in the Cync app, which works well for Android and iOS. The app may collect information linked to you like identifiers and diagnostics, but it offers two-factor authentication and a way to manage approved users (something not all of the plugs in our guide have). Overall, this is a fantastic outdoor smart plug to make your outside world a more connected place to be, as long as you don’t need Siri voice control support.

Pros

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Two-factor authentication

  • Two independently-controlled outlets

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

  • No support for Siri

Meross MSS620 Smart Outdoor Plug

The Meross outdoor smart plug, our previous Best Overall pick, is rugged, weather-resistant, easy to use/control, and it has status lights that are easy to see and understand from a distance. It has two separate plugs that can be controlled independently. Since our outdoor outlet has two sockets, we could plug more than one thing at a time. This 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.

The app makes it easy to create scenes. For example, you can set the smart plug to turn off when you are away from home or turn it on when you get up in the morning. These scenes are triggered by using voice controls with your smart assistant of choice. ("Okay Google, good morning" will trigger your morning scene).

It’s also very easy to set up routines for your Meross smart plug. Routines will either power the plug on or off according to a schedule or turn your plug off after a specified amount of time. The app’s settings tab contains helpful guides to walk users through setting up the plug with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. From looks to function to the app, this plug is just pleasant to work with.

If you're looking for a good outdoor smart plug that's a pleasure to operate and can accommodate more than one item being plugged in at a time, the Meross won't disappoint.

Pros

  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Allows for the creation of smart routines

  • Dual plugs that can be controlled independently

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

Geeni GN-OW101-101 Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug

If you don't need a smart plug with dual outlets, the Geeni Outdoor smart plug is a good option. It's easy to set up and install, it works reliably and quickly, and it has bright status lights. It's on the small side for an outdoor smart plug, so it wouldn't be awkward to use indoors when you don't need it outside. It even has 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.

The home screen shows the outdoor temperature, humidity, and air pressure—we’re not sure how useful that information is concerning a smart plug, but it doesn’t hurt. The app will walk you through the creation of scenes to turn your plug on or off with ease, but we didn’t find the setup process to be as intuitive in the Geeni as products like the Meross.

We also found it difficult to specify which action we wanted to trigger each scene. For example, the action could be local sunset, which would trigger the scene that turns the plug on. But if you’re not looking for automation, this plug is good enough at being turned off and on from a phone.

The Geeni app offers two-factor authentication to keep your account secure. However, the app can potentially collect information linked to your identity like your location, contact information, identifiers, and usage data. It also requires you to log in using your cell phone number, which might turn some people off.

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 a solid little plug and a good value for the price.

Pros

  • Reliable connection

  • Smaller than other plugs we tested

Cons

  • Lack of multiple outlets

Ring Outdoor Smart Plug

If you’re all in on using Ring security products at home, the Ring Outdoor Smart Plug will be a natural fit into your existing smart home ecosystem. The weather-ready smart plug requires a Ring Smart Bridge to work, which is an additional expense to consider. The bridge can be used to connect to up to 50 other Ring devices like outdoor smart lights and motion sensors, so if you already own one, this plug could make a lot of sense to buy.

The plug does not integrate with Google Assistant or Siri, only Amazon Alexa (Amazon owns Ring). It’s responsive to voice commands via Alexa using an Echo speaker or via the Amazon Alexa app, available for iOS and Android. The app doesn’t offer energy monitoring insights but it does have mandatory two-factor authentication and a dedicated privacy control center to keep your account secure. The Ring app may collect details about your privacy like purchases, contact information, location, usage data, and more.

This plug makes perfect sense for anyone already roped in on Ring security products or anyone running an Alexa-only smart home ecosystem. But given that the bridge is an additional cost on top of the plug, and it collects a fair bit of information, you’re better off choosing a different, more affordable plug from our roundup.

Pros

  • Great for Ring ecosystems

  • Works with Alexa

  • Mandatory two-factor authentication

Cons

  • Does not work with Google Assistant or Siri

  • Requires Ring Smart Bridge

  • No energy monitoring

Lutron Caséta Outdoor Smart Plug

The Lutron Caseta Outdoor Smart Plug is one of the few smart plugs that offers only one outlet instead of two, and it’s also larger than most other smart plugs. These two factors caused it to rank toward the bottom of our list, but the build is rugged and feels durable for the long haul. It also works across Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, which is rare for an outdoor smart plug.

Overall, the plug was easy to set up and connect with all three smart assistants, but it needs the Lutron Pico remote control or a Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge to operate. Two-factor authentication is available in the Lutron app, which may collect your contact information linked directly to you. The Lutron app may also collect other data not linked to you like your location, usage data, and diagnostics.

The rugged outdoor plug is rated IP65 for outdoor use and has an operating temperature range of -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

This plug is pricey but well-constructed. We’d only recommend it if you're already using Lutron smart dimmer switches, or if you need a plug that works reliably across all three major smart assistants.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

  • Two-factor authentication

  • Sturdy build quality

Cons

  • Hub required

  • Only one outlet

iHome iSP100

The iHome Outdoor Smart Plug is a solid little spark plug, but it lacks some of the features of the others we tested. The plug itself is slim and compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. The indicator lights on the side of the plug are a little smaller than we'd like, as we can't see them without getting up close. It does have a notch that allows it to hang from a nail or screw but doesn't have energy monitoring, a plug cover, or dual outlets.

The iHome Control app on Android offers a quick view of your smart plug and its status. It doesn’t offer any extra information like local weather or energy usage like some of the others do, but it’s simple to operate, and it makes it easy to set up schedules and trigger power on/off in response to Nest’s home/away status or information from motion, leak, and window sensors.

The iOS version of the app is more impressive, as it connects with HomeKit and can, therefore, control every HomeKit-enabled smart item in your house. If you don’t need dual plug capacity and the rest of your smart home is operating on HomeKit, the iHome might be a good choice.

However, the developers of the iHome app have not disclosed what user data the app collects and how it’s managed. There’s also no two-factor authentication available. We suggest selecting a different plug from our guide with more in-app security.

Pros

  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit

  • User-friendly app setup

Cons

  • No energy monitoring

  • Lack of multiple outlets

Meet the testers

Sarah Kovac

Sarah Kovac

Editor, Smart Home

@sarahkovac

Sarah Kovac is an award-winning author and smart home 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.

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Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Senior 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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