The best smart plugs of 2023: our top picks

Smart home devices have come a long way over the past few years. Walk into any home improvement store or supermarket, and you’re bound to find a wide variety of smart lights, smart locks, smart thermostats, and an assortment of other “smart” gadgets. But one often overlooked category is smart plugs – tiny devices that plug into your electrical outlet and give your “dumb” electronics the versatility of a modern smart home device.

Beyond giving you remote control of your outlets, many smart plugs allow you to set timers or monitor your electricity usage. This makes them surprisingly versatile while still carrying an affordable price tag. Plenty of big names (like Amazon and Wyze) are producing smart plugs, but they’re far from your only option. Here’s a closer look at the best smart plugs of 2023.

Note: This selection only covers smart plugs rated for indoor use. For smart plugs that can weather the conditions in your yard, check out our favorite outdoor smart plugs.

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Amazon Smart Plug

Best smart plug for Alexa

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Supports routines and schedule
  • Energy saving tips

Cons

  • No support for HomeKit or Google Assistant

Amazon’s very own smart plug seamlessly works with Alexa, and its Certified for Humans ranking means setup is as simple as plugging it in and following a few basic directions. Its design is narrow, so it leaves the other outlet free for use. You can set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app, while the Alexa energy dashboard provides recommendations on how to save energy.

Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug

Best smart plug for Alexa

Wemo Smart Plug with Thread.

Wemo Smart Plug with Thread

Most compact smart plug

Pros

  • Monitors and reports on electricity usage
  • Doesn’t require a hub to work
  • Includes Thread support

Belkin’s latest smart plug is a big improvement from its last version. It’s a compact option that can fit nearly anywhere and sports built-in compatibility with Siri. Made with the Apple HomeKit in mind, this plug is a great pick for Apple fans and those who are already using the Apple Home app.

This smart plug also includes support for Thread, part of the smart home Matter standard, which helps establish a more secure connection. That feature is useful for those who may be worried about hacking or who want the most reliable connection.

Belkin Wemo Smart Plug with Thread

Wemo Smart Plug with Thread

Most compact smart plug

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2

Most versatile smart plug

Pros

  • Supports Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant
  • Doesn’t require a hub to work
  • Scheduling features

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 is one of the most versatile energy-monitoring smart plugs we’ve seen. It can be used with Apple HomeKit as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, or you can use it without any hub at all. It monitors your device’s energy usage in real time and displays reports on its app. It also has scheduling features so your fans, lights, heaters, and appliances are only on when you need them.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2

Most versatile smart plug

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Best smart plug for security

Pros

  • Slim profile
  • Away Mode feature
  • Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant
  • Smart hub not required

Many smart plugs tend to block outlets with their bulky size. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug’s slim design is so trim, though, that you can plug two into one outlet. It also has some other handy features that you’ll enjoy, like its Away Mode which turns your lights, fans, and other items on and off at random times when you’re away to outsmart potential burglars. It also has a scheduling feature. The Mini is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Home Kit, but as with the Insight Smart Plug, you can use it without an assistant or hub by just using its app.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Best smart plug for security


Kasa

TP-Link — Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

Best budget smart plug

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Use the app to create weekly schedules

Cons

  • Not compatible with Apple HomeKit

At about half the price of some of the other smart plugs on this list, the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is a solid choice if you’re on a budget. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, or you can just use the app. Use the app to create schedules for powering your devices on and off for up to a full week.

TP-Link - Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

TP-Link — Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

Best budget smart plug

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Wyze Smart Plug

Best smart plug ecosystem

Pros

  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Vacation Mode
  • You can use IFTTT to link up the Wyze Smart Plug to other devices

Cons

  • Not compatible with Apple HomeKit

The Wyze Smart Plug is just slightly more expensive than the TP-Link WiFi Smart Plug, with a two-pack for just $20. On its own, the plug is just $12. It works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allows custom scheduling, and offers a Vacation Mode that imitates the presence of people in the home by randomly turning lights on and off. The Wyze Sense feature means you can control appliances based on motion, and you can link up the Wyze Smart Plug to other devices through IFTTT.

Wyze Smart Plug

Wyze Smart Plug

Best smart plug ecosystem


Lutron

Lutron Caseta Plug-In Lamp Dimmer Switch

Best smart plug for lamps

Pros

  • Supports Serena shades, Sonos, Alexa, and Google Assistant
  • Set schedules and create routines
  • Adjusts to seasonal changes

Cons

  • Little bulky
  • Lacks Apple HomeKit support

The Lutron Caseta Plug-In Lamp Switch is great for keeping your electric bill low and home security high. Controllable with Alexa, Google Assistant, Serena shades, and Sonos, you can dim lights, set schedules, and create lighting routines with voice commands or the Lutron app. The switch is also seasonally savvy, meaning as the days grow shorter or longer, the switch adjusts lamp light based on how much sun a room is getting. The unit itself is a little bulky, so you’ll want to make sure it’s not going to interfere with power brick items.

Lutron Caseta Smart Plug-In Lamp Dimmer Switch

Lutron Caseta Plug-In Lamp Dimmer Switch

Best smart plug for lamps

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Strip

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

Best smart plug for charging devices

Pros

  • Alexa and Google Home compatibility
  • Six outlets for multiple devices
  • USB ports included

Of course, some people need more than just one or two smart plugs, especially if they want to monitor and control a larger system like a home theater or a computer desk. For these situations, the Kasa power strip is a must-have. Not only is it a surge protector, but each socket allows you to monitor energy uses or turn sockets on or off as needed. It’s even compatible with voice commands from assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Plus, the extra USB ports allow you to charge nearby devices. It’s the complete package for more complicated setups.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Strip 6 Outlet Surge Protector

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

Best smart plug for charging devices

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Emporia Smart Plugs

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Highly detailed energy reports
  • Easy-to-use smartphone app

If you’re looking for an affordable smart plug that makes it easy to monitor your electricity usage, look no further than the Emporia Smart Plugs. A four-pack can be purchased for just $35, and they offer a sleek design paired with heaps of functionality and an intuitive smartphone app. The best part of the app is its ability to generate all sorts of charts, which give you a comprehensive view of how each outlet in your home is drawing power. The biggest downside is a lack of HomeKit support – but that’s a minor drawback for an otherwise impressive device.

Emporia Smart Plug

What to consider when buying a smart plug

Cost is a big thing to take into account when buying a smart plug, but you also want to check the clearance of the plug to make sure it’s not bumping into anything else nearby, including other plugs. It’s a good idea to verify that the plug talks to your favorite smart home ecosystems, whether that’s Amazon, Google, or Apple.

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