Amazon Smart Plug
Last updated date: November 24, 2019
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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.
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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.
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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.