Amazon smart plug review


An affordable Alexa-compatible smart plug that can kick-start your plans to build a smart home

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Amazon has been one of the biggest names in smart home devices since the launch of its first Echo smart speaker in 2017. As well as adding voice assistant Alexa to its range of speakers, the brand also offers a range of home security cameras that integrate. With your smart speaker and a smart plug.

The Amazon Smart Plug is a single socket that connects to a power outlet and uses your home Wi-Fi network so that Alexa can control any electrical device connected to it, such as lamps, air purifiers or even devices. That a pair of hair straighteners. It can also be controlled using the Alexa app on your smartphone – but, chances are, if you’re considering this smart plug you already have, or are planning to buy, in your home. An Echo smart speaker with Alexa support is ready to spring into action.

Through the Alexa app, you can create ‘routines’ for the smart plug to automatically switch on or off, which either happens at a set time every day, or when a certain command is spoken. These routines can also include other Alexa-compatible devices in your smart home. So, for example, when you say “good morning,” you can make sure a radio is switched on and your smart lights are illuminated.

For those deeply tied to the Alexa ecosystem, or who just want to dip their toe in the waters of an Alexa-enabled smart home, the Amazon Smart Plug is a sensible buy.

Amazon Smart Plug Price and Availability

  • List Price: $24.99 / £24.99

The Amazon Smart Plug costs $24.99 / £24.99 and is available from Amazon in the US and UK. While this is one of the more expensive smart plugs on the market, with Amazon Prime Day 2021, the smart plug will almost certainly be missed. Therefore, we recommend that you wait to buy because you can save enough. In the past, the price has gone as low as $14.99 / £14.99.

design

  • single smart socket
  • manual power button
  • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Only

Like most of the best smart plugs, the Amazon Smart Plug sports a fairly unflattering look. It is rectangular in shape, in white color complete with a subtle Amazon logo. However, the US and UK versions of the plug look slightly different.

In the US, the plug measures 3.2 x 1.5 x 2.2 in/8 x 3.8 x 5.7 cm (wxhxd) to ensure it fits vertically into the outlet without blocking access to the lower outlet. The UK version measures 3.7 x 2.2 x 2.5 in / 5.6 x 9.62 x 6.3 cm, as vertically aligned outlets are not common – they sit horizontally instead.

There’s a single socket and a small blue LED on the front of the smart plug, which illuminates when the plug is on and flashes when the plug is in set-up mode. On the left you’ll find a manual power button. The Smart Plug only works on the 2.4GHz band, so if you’re setting it up in a separate room from your router, you may have connection problems. Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi indicator that alerts you to any connectivity issues.

Display

  • very simple setup
  • Instant control using the app or Alexa
  • visual power-on indicator

The Amazon Smart Plug is an extremely simple smart home device to set up. Once connected to an outlet, we opened the Alexa app, which did the hard work of identifying the plug and, once we scanned a QR code on the quick-start guide, connecting it to our home Wi-Fi . The QR code can also be found on the back of the plug, in case you can’t locate the Quick Start guide.

Next, you can assign the Smart Plug to a particular room or group of devices if you want, leaving you free to use your voice or your smartphone to control the plug. During testing, we found that the plug was turned on and off quickly when controlled by an app or Alexa, and the ‘click’ made while switching on and off was reassuring.

We were disappointed to see that there’s no away mode that turns the plug on or off at random times to help simulate occupancy when you’re not at home. Such features can be found on TP-Link plugs such as the KP105. There is also no tracking of energy consumption on offer.

app

  • easy to navigate
  • Deep Alexa Integration
  • Create routines quickly with all smart home devices

The Alexa app is easy to use, with a clearly marked Devices tab that allows you to control all of your compatible smart home gadgets from one platform. We found that all the devices were divided into categories, and tapping them provided quick access to control them or create a routine for them.

It is also possible to add smart plugs to a group of devices through the app and, not surprisinglyInstall integration with Alexa. However, as already mentioned, features like away mode and energy monitoring features are lacking.

Should I Buy an Amazon Smart Plug?

Buy it if…

You already have Alexa in your home
wonderThis Amazon smart plug integrates very well with Alexa – so if you have Alexa-enabled devices and a home full of Amazon-branded smart speakers and smart displays, it makes sense for others to rough up this smart plug. comes in.

you want a simple smart plug
Without features like away mode and energy monitoring, the Amazon Smart Plug keeps it simple, making it ideal for those who want to control devices in their home using their voice or a smartphone.

You’re Looking for a Smart Home Bundle
Amazon often offers bundles of its smart speakers and smart home products, including the Amazon Smart Plug, so you can save substantial. For those who haven’t started building a smart home yet, this bundle is a great way to start that journey.

Don’t buy it if…

You want to control energy consumption
The Amazon Smart Plug doesn’t come with any features for monitoring energy consumption, so it’s best to avoid it if you want to keep track of how much power you’re using.

You want HomeKit or Google Assistant support
Like most Amazon-branded products, there’s no support for HomeKit or Google Assistant here; Instead consider smart plugs from Eve and TP-Link, respectively.

you want the connectivity indicator
Some smart plugs offer connectivity indicators that allow you to see at a glance if there is a Wi-Fi problem. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them.

First reviewed on: June 2021

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