Smart Plugs

A smart plug sits between the wall power socket and the device to only, and smartly, control its on/off status. Smart plugs allow you to integrate traditional appliances such as coffee maker, kettle, cooker, side lamp, or fan with your smart home devices. You can then control them by your mobile, tablet, or your voice through a smart speaker, or you can use a smart routine to turn them on/off at scheduled times.

How to choose your smart plug?

Socket type

While obvious, this is usually overlooked by many people when buying a smart plug, especially when ordering online from overseas. Most manufacturers produce different types such as the EU, UK, or US plugs, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding your type from your favourite brand.

Wireless protocol

The most famous and available protocols are WiFi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave. Generally, Zigbee and Z-Wave are faster and more reliable but require that you have a smart hub at home to control the plugs, while WiFi plugs don’t necessarily need to connect to a smart hub. Check the compatibility between your chosen smart plug and the rest of your smart home components before making your purchase decision.