TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug Outlet

Last updated date: May 21, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4


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Overall Take

The powerful app makes the TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug a popular smart plug. You can control your appliances through an app, saving energy by setting them up on a schedule. You'll also get compatibility with a wide range of smart home devices, including Alexa and Google Assistant. In our analysis of 136 expert reviews, the TP-Link TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug Outlet placed 8th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Smart Plug for a detailed review of all the top smart plugs.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
14,558 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A top selling pick and a leader in smart technology. This easy to set up plug doesn't require a hub, has home aaway mode, is voice controlled with Alexa and Google Assistant, and sports a sleek design. Kasa app is free.
- BestReviews
November 1, 2019 | Full review
I like the Away mode, which will randomly turn the Smart Wi-Fi Plug on and off during the hours you set. If you use this with a lamp, it can deter burglars by making them think you’re at home.
- Trusted Reviews
March 11, 2019 | Full review
You can remote control the smart plug even when you are not at home, from your smartphone
- Digital Citizen
September 5, 2017 | Full review
You can benefit from Away Mode which turns on/off connected lights and makes it look like someone is home. This function will deter burglars and protect your possessions. Great! Additionally, if you want always to have an opportunity to get warm quickly, select an appropriate fan heater!
- Best Advisor
October 1, 2019 | Full review
This simple device allows you to turn dumb items in your home into semi-smart ones that can be controlled remotely without a central hub.
- WiseDweller
October 5, 2017 | Full review
Easy and simple to set up.
- Gear Brain
September 28, 2017 | Full review
The true beauty of the TP-LINK Smart Plug is that once it is connected to your wireless network, it works seamlessly without the need of a hub. You can simply and easily control any connected devices with the app. You are able to give each plug a name and can also combine several plugs into a group.
- Hardware Secrets
June 16, 2016 | Full review
Top on our list, TP-LINK HS100 is a smart Alex-compatible. The smart plug that can control several types of household devices via Wi-Fi. In regular mode, for instance, you can turn lights on and off on demand. Its schedule function and Away Mode; on the other hand, enables you to program light function to induce the effect you are intending to achieve.
- iExpert 99
Relatively affordable for a smart plug.
- The House Tech
January 26, 2019 | Full review
I found Kasa Smart Plug very useful to be honest. It gives me peace of mind when I’m unsure if an electronic appliance is running or not. I can simply check via Kasa App.
- BuildZap
January 14, 2019 | Full review
This is one of the most inexpensive smart plugs.
- iDisrupted
Along with the Kasa app for iOS and Android, the plugs can be turned on remotely using scenes or virtual power “switches” or set to a schedule to make your life oh-so-much easier.
- TechRegular
April 2, 2017 | Full review
The smart plug is a pretty simple device. It plugs into any standard outlet and then you plug whichever device you want to control into the smart plug.
- Mytravellicious
Installation of the TP-Link Smart Home devices are fairly straight forward.
- GeekLingo
TP-Link Kasa HS100 allows you to turn your electronics on or off from anywhere with your smartphone using the Kasa app (Compatible w/ Android & iOS).It also allows you to create schedules to automatically power on or off your home electronics and appliances at anytime.
- TechCinema
January 12, 2019 | Full review
It offers simplicity and great looks so it will blend into any décor.
- Home Automation
What experts didn't like
Drops in connectivity and occassional failures syncing with voice control have been reported.
- BestReviews
November 1, 2019 | Full review
This smart plug doesn't offer energy monitoring reports.
- Digital Citizen
September 5, 2017 | Full review
A bit bulky design to place behind furniture.
- Best Advisor
October 1, 2019 | Full review
We were not that impressed with the overall design of the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug. The front face is a dull white oval with a gray area around the plug. The problem arises in how bulky the device is.
- WiseDweller
October 5, 2017 | Full review
Buying several can quickly get expensive and more complex functions require the $150 hub.
- Gear Brain
September 28, 2017 | Full review
While the Smart Plugs are fairly small, in a two-outlet situation, you will not be able to use any other oversized plugs in the second wall outlet. Also, since the device plugs into the front of the outlet, it will stick out from the wall more than a regular plug.
- Hardware Secrets
June 16, 2016 | Full review
Relatively basic core features, no energy monitoring feature.
- The House Tech
January 26, 2019 | Full review
Doesn’t provide energy monitoring.
- BuildZap
January 14, 2019 | Full review
The devices can seem a little bulky compared to the mini plugs.
- iDisrupted
One of the gripe with the TP-Link smart plugs is its fairly weak ability to pick up Wi-Fi signals.
- TechRegular
April 2, 2017 | Full review
No consumption info.
- GeekLingo
No energy monitoring reports.
- TechCinema
January 12, 2019 | Full review
The only issue I can see is if you plug in in on the bottom outlet it will block access to the upper plug.
- Home Automation

From The Manufacturer

Control lighting and other appliances from anywhere with the Kasa Smart Wi Fi Plug. Schedule connected devices turn on when you get home, then power down when you go to sleep. Control each outlet individually or as one, set schedules or scenes, even use voice commands with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Amazon Alexa Compatible Smart Plug
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 19
3. T TECKIN Alexa Compatible Smart Plug, 4-Pack
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
4. AHRISE WiFi Voice Control Smart Plug Surge Protector
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Gosund WiFi Mini Smart Plug Outlet
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
6. TanTan Smart WiFi Plug Outlet, 2-Pack
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Etekcity Mini WiFi Smart Plug Outlet, 2-Pack
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 17
8. TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug Outlet
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 16
9. Gosund Mini WiFI Smart Plug Outlet, 4-Pack
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
10. TP-Link HS105 Kasa Mini Smart Plug WiFi Outlet
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 19
TP-Link Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini
11. TP-Link HS105 Kasa Mini Smart Plug WiFi Outlet, 2-Pack
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Etekcity VeSync Mini WiFi Smart Plug, 4-Pack
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10

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.

DWYM 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.