While talking to your smart speaker to hear some music or the weather is cool, smart assistants get so much more useful if you have some smart gadgets throughout your home. Smart plugs are a great way to upgrade your current, less-smart gadgets, and these are the best ones to use with Amazon Alexa on your Amazon Echo Plus.
Amazon Smart Plug
If you want some Echo accessories, you may as well go straight to the source. The Amazon Smart Plug connects directly to Alexa, no extra hubs and no fuss. The plug’s low profile won’t block the second plug on your power outlet, and it only takes a couple minutes in the Alexa smartphone app to get things up and running.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
The Wemo Mini is another great smart plug that won’t take up excess space. You get one plug, and connects directly to Alexa and other virtual assistants. You can also set a schedule with Wemo’s app, so your lights are on and ready for you when you get home.
TP-Link Smart Plug (3-Pack)
TP-Link makes one of the highest rated smart plugs on Amazon, so you know you’re getting a quality device. Each plug connects to Alexa — no hub required — or you can use TP-Link’s app to turn your devices on and off on a set schedule. Each plug is a bit bulky, but you should have enough room to plug another device into the bottom plug on your outlet.
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Gosund Mini Smart Plug
If you don’t want your smart plug to be too bulky — or too expensive — this one from Gosund is for you. The small, circular design will blend in perfectly with your existing outlet, and the plug will work with Alexa and other smart assistants. The plug connects directly to your WiFi network, so you don’t need to hassle with hubs to get things up and running.
BESTEK Smart Plug
Most smaller gadgets are switching to USB power, and this plug would be great for someone who uses a Fire TV, Roku, or other USB-powered streaming stick with their TV. In addition to the standard plug, you get two USB-A ports for your smaller gadgets. Once everything is set up, you can use the plug with Alexa and other voice assistants, and individually power each port.
Alloda Smart Power Strip
Speaking of having multiple devices, a power strip is the most convenient way to get power to all of your devices. Following that, a smart power strip is the most convenient way to individually control the power to your devices. This one from Alloda has the Amazon’s Choice badge, and offers four standard plugs, four USB-A plugs, and the ability to turn individual devices on and off. It connects into Alexa and other assistants, and set up is a breeze.
If you want to get your smart home up and running, you should go for the Alloda Smart Power Strip, since the extra plugs will help you take care of places in your house like an entertainment center or home office. You can always get individual plugs later, and control everything with your voice.
October 14, 2018 at 02:37AM