What smart plugs work with Alexa?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Let’s check out some of the selected best smart plugs for Alexa. All of these selections will be work through WI-FI, and most of them supported not only Alexa but other voice controllers like google assistant.

1. Currant Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring

The smart plug from Currant is actually consisted with lot of cool features. It comes with an app that shows real-time energy consumption. The energy usage analysis can be done by using many ways such as cost by hour, day month or even year.

If you are willing to go for more than one smart plugs, then these plugs come with another handy option. That is their own Bluetooth based network capability. With this Bluetooth network, you will be able to communicate with each and every plug through their remote app, or else using voice over Amazon Alexa and google assistant.

There is an autopilot mode. That means you can configure several customise rules for your home or rooms. So, your smart plug can check these rules in a scheduled manner and do necessary tasks automatically.

Further, this smart plug comes with two individually controllable outlets which are quite handy with the price.

Finally, Currant uses artificial intelligence model to track your energy patterns in terms of helping the energy saving. Based on your energy usage, the smart plug will suggest changes that you can follow to save on your energy bill.

If you are interested with Currant smart plug, you can check it out from here (Amazon)

2. Amazon Smart Plug – A Certified for Humans Device

I think this is the simplest and easiest way to connect a smart plug into your Alexa. Since this plug is exclusively from Amazon, it will support your Alexa without any hassle. Moreover, if you are looking to invest in Amazon smart ecosystem, then this is a product that you need to have.

The most attractive point is the simplicity that this smart plug offers. You do not need to have any kind of technical knowledge to set up this smart plug. You can just plug it and then Alexa will detect it through its app (yes, you can control it via voice).

No smart home central hub is required to work with this plug. All the features will be available through Alexa app such as routines and schedules.

Check out the Amazon smart plug here. It’s price relatively lower than other solutions.

3. TP-LINK Kasa 2 Outlet Smart Plug

TP-Link is one of well-known brand in the electronics industry. In recent years, they have been into this home automation field and produce several products with excellent quality.

The Kasa smart plug has consisted all the major features similar to the devices I have explained in the above sections. Further, this smart plug has two separate outlets.

Moreover, there is a dedicated kasa smart app available for the device to control it via your mobile too.

One more thing, there is a feature called ‘away mode’. This is useful when you are not at home. When this is activated, the plug will automatically turn on/off your electrical devices like lamps at random intervals. So it will mimic a sense that you are at home all the time, which is good for home security.

Find out the TP-LINK Kasa from this link in Amazon.

4. Samsung SmartThings Outlet

Samsung is another big giant in the home automation field. They do have their own smart home platform called Samsung’s SmartThings. This smart plug is one of the items from their platform.

Anyhow, this device is fully compatible with Alexa and other voice controllers such as google assistant. The free SmartThings app will produce more control over the device, and if you have a SmartThings hub, then it will directly communicate it to make everything fully networked.

Other than the typical usages, this device further works as a ZigBee repeater. That means each smart plug can extend the ZigBee network for your device.  

Find out more about Samsung SmartThings Outlet from here.

5. TP-LINK Kasa Smart Power Strip

I have added this power strip because of its unique feature. This is actually not a single power outlet, it’s a smart strip with six outlets. The uniqueness is that you can control all these six outlets individually.

Further, this one has 3 USB ports to charge your mobile devices.

Surge protection, remote controlling and energy monitoring integrated with the power strip and you can monitor the respective information through Kasa smart app.

This power strip is compatible with not only Amazon Alexa, but for google assistant and Microsoft Cortana.

If you are interested with the Kasa smart power strip, you can check it here for more technical information and price info.

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