Amazon Smart Plug

Last updated date: November 24, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

If you have an Alexa or Echo device, the Amazon Smart Plug will stand out from the crowd. Thanks to Amazon's Wi-Fi Simple Setup, you'll be able to plug it in and have instant connectivity. You can also control the plugs remotely using the Alexa app you already have installed. In our analysis of 125 expert reviews, the Amazon Amazon Smart Plug placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 25, 2019:
Checkout The Best Smart Plug for a detailed review of all the top smart plugs.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
19 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
17,084 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Setup is simple: just plug it into the wall, then fire up the Alexa app and connect it to Wi-Fi. Then you're good to go.
- Lifewire
October 23, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Reviewed
October 21, 2019 | Full review
It's relatively affordable and a breeze to install.
- PC Magazine
July 24, 2019 | Full review
It's simple to set up and use, and can be controlled with your voice.
- T3
What makes the Amazon Smart plug a standout is the Alexa software.
- Android Central
October 17, 2018 | Full review
The Amazon Smart Plug is the only Alexa-enabled plug that doesn’t require a separate app for control and firmware updates. It has one of the easiest setups, with just a few clicks and without enabling any skills.
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 19, 2019 | Full review
Setup is where the Amazon Smart Plug excels. If you're already using the Alexa app, it could not be easier. That's because it's part of what Amazon calls its Wi-Fi Simple Setup, which lets you connect Amazon devices to your Wi-Fi in a flash.
- The Ambient
January 17, 2019 | Full review
It lets you remotely control any device connected to the smart plug and create routines with other smart home devices using the Alexa app.
- Good Housekeeping
June 8, 2019 | Full review
You can add voice control to any outlet with this Amazon smart plug, which is compatible with Alexa. It truly is plug and play, just plug it in, open your Alexa app, and start giving voice commands.
- Inverse
Designed to work with Alexa, so you only need the Alexa app to get it up and running. You'll then be able to remotely control the electronics plugged into the Amazon Smart Plugs, use voice control from Alexa devices, as well as set schedules for routine operation.
- Pocket-lint
October 16, 2019 | Full review
Schedules and scenes: You’ll be able to easily control your Amazon Smart Plug-connected devices throughout the day automatically, and multiple at once.
- Security Baron
October 21, 2019 | Full review
One great thing is that it connects seamlessly to Alexa, since the smart plug is made by the same company—the Alexa app will immediately recognize the smart plug during the setup process and connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network. From there, it’s instantly ready for voice control. It’s about as convenient as it gets.
- Review Geek
October 29, 2018 | Full review
The plug uses Amazon Wi-Fi simple setup which is part of their self-proclaimed “frustration-free setup” program. This means that if you have an existing Echo device (2nd generation or higher) connected to your wireless network, all you have to do is plug it in and ask Alexa to discover new devices.
- WiseDweller
December 22, 2018 | Full review
The plug is super easy to set up using step by step wizard. Anyone familiar with the Alexa app. If you have bought into the Amazon Echo system, then this may be a good option for you.
- oneSmartcrib
April 20, 2019 | Full review
It is easy to setup.
- Technipages
June 26, 2019 | Full review
Compact design allowing for two to be plugged into the same duplex outlet.
- IoTRant
June 4, 2019 | Full review
Quick to set up and easy to use.
- At Smart Living
June 11, 2019 | Full review
The app allows for easy scheduling of devices, or remotely turning devices on and off, as long as the outlet is paired with your Alexa app, you can control it without an Echo nearby and even from the beach when you're on vacation!
- iDisrupted
No smart home hub required.
- TechCinema
January 12, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
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.
- Reviewed
October 21, 2019 | Full review
Doesn't work with Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant. No IFTTT support.
- PC Magazine
July 24, 2019 | Full review
It only works through the Alexa app on your phone, so it's really only the best smart plug if you rely on Amazon kit – it doesn't have quite as many features and functions as you'll find on the other smart plugs
- T3
Does not work with Google Assistant. While companies like IFTTT and smart people will try to make it happen, it might not ever work with Google Assistant. This is a pretty major issue, one that may negate all the glowing praise I've heaped upon this thing.
- Android Central
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Alexa-only, so you won't be able to use it with your Google Home or Apple HomePod. We should also note that it's an indoor-only plug, and it doesn't come with surge protection.
- The Ambient
January 17, 2019 | Full review
Voice control is restricted to Alexa and we did find it was fiddly to set schedules to turn the smart plug on and off automatically.
- Good Housekeeping
June 8, 2019 | Full review
Won't be compatible with Google Home voice control.
- Pocket-lint
October 16, 2019 | Full review
Energy monitoring: You won’t be able to see how much energy your devices are using through the Alexa app.
- Security Baron
October 21, 2019 | Full review
For those who use Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Stringify, or even IFTTT, you’re out of luck. There is simply no compatibility available.
- WiseDweller
December 22, 2018 | Full review
Does not do energy monitoring.
- oneSmartcrib
April 20, 2019 | Full review
Has issues with Google Assistant.
- Technipages
June 26, 2019 | Full review
Locked into the Alexa Ecosystem.
- IoTRant
June 4, 2019 | Full review
Not compatible with hubs (control units) of other manufacturers.
- At Smart Living
June 11, 2019 | Full review
The plug itself only works on the 2.4 GHz wifi band, while Alexa does work on 5G WiFi, the outlet does not. Something likely to get addressed in future iterations of the device.
- iDisrupted
No Google Assistant integration.
- TechCinema
January 12, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

WORKS WITH ALEXA Add voice control by combining with an Alexa device Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans DeviceThis item + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Heather Gray Required Total Price: $74.98 Add both to Cart See Less Amazon Smart Plug works with Alexa to add voice control to any outlet. Certified for Humans - Struggle-free, tinker-free, stress-free. No patience needed—it's actually simple. Schedule lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically, or control them remotely when you’re away. Simple to set up and use—plug in, open the Alexa app, and start using your voice. Compact design keeps your second outlet free. No smart home hub required—set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app. Jump to: Technical details New (1) from $24.99 & FREE shipping on orders over $25.00. Details We want you to know: Amazon Smart Plug works exclusively with Alexa. Amazon Smart Plug must be connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. For indoor use only. Make your home smart Amazon Smart Plug lets you voice control your lights, fans, coffee makers, and more. All you need is an Alexa-enabled device like Echo, Fire TV, Fire tablet, Sonos One, or even just the Alexa app on your phone. And with multiple Amazon Smart Plugs, you can control multiple outlets. Set up helpful routines Use the Alexa app to create routines for your Amazon Smart Plug that make life easier—all you have to do is ask. For example, you can create a morning routine that turns on lights and your coffee maker with a single request. With Away Lighting, Alexa can automatically turn connected lights on and off to make it look like you’re home when you’re away. To use Away Lighting, all you need is a light connected to an Amazon Smart Plug and the Alexa app. Connect your plug to a lamp, then let Alexa know when you come and go. Learn more about Away Lighting. Use your Amazon Smart Plug to turn on and off compatible devices that have a mechanical on/off switch. Click here to test if your device will work. Certified for Humans Introducing Certified for Humans, smart devices for non-experts. Struggle-free, tinker-free, and stress-free. No patience needed. Setup with Alexa is simple and after that, it only gets better. No more waiting on software updates or unresponsive devices. It’s smart home made easy. Learn more. With Wi-Fi simple setup, you can make your home smart in a snap. All you need is the Alexa app to control your outlet from anywhere. Tech Specs Amazon Smart Plug Size 3.2” x 1.5” x 2.2” (80 mm x 38 mm x 57 mm) Weight 3.5 oz. (98 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process Electrical Ratings Input: 100-120VAC, 60Hz 15A Max Output: 15A Max Network Connectivity 2.4 GHz only, 802.11 b/g/n. Does not support 5GHz networks or connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. Use For indoor use only. Integrations Amazon Smart Plug is optimized for simple setup and exclusive use with Alexa. Amazon Smart Plug does not support other voice assistants or smart hubs. Alexa App The Alexa app is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices. A list of supported operating systems can be found here. Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service. Use of Amazon Smart Plug is subject to the terms found here. Included in the Box Amazon single-socket 3-prong Wi-Fi plug, Quick Start Guide. Setup Technology Amazon Wi-Fi simple setup enables customers to connect smart devices to their Wi-Fi network in a few easy steps. Wi-Fi simple setup is another way Alexa is always getting smarter. Learn more here. Customer Service Amazon's Customer Service team is available 24/7 at the Amazon Smart Plug support page.

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An Overview On Smart Plugs

Creating a smart home has never been easier. You don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy wiring or state-of-the-art appliances. For a low cost, you can purchase a small plug that will convert any electric-powered item in your home into a smart device. That means you can plug in lamps, toasters, holiday lights and much more and control those items using an app or your voice.

But before you buy a smart plug, there are a few things to consider. The first is the devices you already have. If you own an Amazon smart speaker like an Alexa or Echo Dot, an Amazon smart plug is well worth considering since you’ll simply be able to plug it into the wall and wait for it to connect. Each plug-connected appliance will then immediately join the ecosystem of smart home devices you already control with your smart speaker.

Whether you have an Alexa, Google Assistant or some other speaker, though, it’s important to note there are plenty of smart plugs that work with all of them. Technology has advanced to the point where setup is fairly easy no matter which brand you buy. In fact, Amazon plugs are limited to Amazon devices, so you’ll be in a pickle with your voice control if you ever decide to switch to another type of smart speaker.

App control is one of the best things about a smart plug. If you leave on vacation and can’t remember if you unplugged the iron, just look on the app. You can also control your apps remotely or set your lamps and other items to power on and off on a schedule. Look for a smart plug with an easy-to-use app that has all the features you’re most likely to need.

If energy consumption is a concern, shop for a smart plug that offers reporting on your energy use each month. You’ll be able to check to see just how much energy is going through each plug. If you notice one appliance is particularly energy draining, you can look for ways to reduce power consumption and possibly knock some dollars and cents off your monthly utility bill.

DYWM Fun Fact

There’s no shortage of ways a smart plug can make your life easier. Lamps are probably the first thing you think about, and it can be useful to schedule your lights to come on and off at designated times. It’s also nice to cut all the lights in your home with one voice command. But there are plenty of other inventive ways to use your smart plug, including connecting it to your kettle or coffee maker and scheduling it to come on at a designated time each day. Parents also find smart plugs useful in shutting off kids’ gaming consoles or even attaching the home router to shut everything down at a specific time each day.

The Smart Plug Buying Guide

  • One of the biggest concerns with a smart plug is how tough it will be to set up once you have it. Look for a plug that will automatically sync up to your home’s Wi-Fi so that you don’t have to spend hours troubleshooting.
  • Once your plug is in place, you’ll need a way to control it. This starts within your own home. If you’re setting up a smart home, you probably want to use voice control to send commands to every connected device. Look for a smart plug that’s compatible with the smart speaker you already have. If you have an Alexa, make sure you choose plugs that will easily sync up to your smart speaker so that you can control connected appliances with your voice.
  • You won’t just want to manage your items when you’re home. For that reason, most smart plugs connect to an app that lets you control everything whether you’re in your own living room or on the other side of the country. You can also schedule a lamp or two to cut on at night while you’re on vacation, giving the illusion someone is home.
  • Grouping is another valuable feature on some smart plugs. You can give each plug a name to make it easy to turn things on and off using voice control. Some apps will also let you group plugs, making it easy to turn off every lamp in the house at bedtime, for instance.
  • Whether you’re new to smart plugs or adding on to your home setup, it’s important to consider any limitations on the app that accompanies them. You’ll likely be limited in how many devices you can add. Even if you’re only grabbing one or two now, think down the line when you may want to hook up more devices.
  • Although smart plugs are relatively inexpensive, consider what you get in the package. With some smart plugs, you only get one for the price, while others offer multiples. Even if you can’t think of more than one thing to connect now, once you see how much easier it makes your life, you’ll likely want to add other items in your house.
  • One benefit you won’t find with many smart plugs is energy reporting. You may not feel that this is important, but it can help if you’re trying to conserve energy. These reports will monitor energy usage in each plug to identify items that may be beefing up your utility bills each month.
  • It’s important to consider size as you’re shopping. Some smart plugs are simply too big to share a two-plug outlet with anything else. For that reason, a mini smart plug is a better choice if you are limited on outlets. Bulky plugs are also tougher to squeeze behind furniture.