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Best Smart Plugs for 2020

Smart plugs can turn just about anything into a smart device. Here are this year's best picks.

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What is a Smart Plug?

Smart plugs transform your traditional appliances and lights into smart devices. For example, you can plug your living room lamp into a smart plug and then control the lamp using the plugs app. Smart plug apps typically let you turn something on and off, or put it on a schedule to turn on or off automatically. Some smart plugs can do even more. Here are the best smart plugs for 2020.

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Best Multi-Tasking Smart Plug

Unlike most smart plugs, the ConnectSense CS-SO-2 Smart Outlet ($60) comes with two outlets and monitors energy usage. It works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, letting you control your devices and lights by voice command or the app.

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Best Outdoor Smart Plug

Want to control Christmas lights, swimming pool pumps or other outdoor electronics through your smartphone or voice commands? The Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug ($30) has an IP64 rating, which means its waterproof and safe for outdoor usage. It also has two outlets, so you can control two devices with one plug. Its also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible.

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Best Smart Plug for Alexa and Google Assistant

Most smart plugs work well with Alexa and Google Assistant, but the TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring ($24) does a little more. Besides controlling appliances and lights, it also monitors how much electricity they use. This feature can be especially useful on large appliances like refrigerators or window AC units.

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Best Budget-Friendly Smart Plug

The Geeni SPOT Smart Outlet Plug ($13) is inexpensive, but it still automates your dumb devices well. Its even compatible with Alexa, so you can use voice commands along with the app.

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Best Homekit Smart Plug

The Wemo Mini Smart Plug ($30) is one of the best smart plugs on the market and works really well with Homekit. One of the minis best features is its slim design that prevents it from blocking the outlet next to it.

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Best Smart Plug for SmartThings

Like the Wemo Mini, the Samsung SmartThings Smart Plug ($35) is compact so that it doesnt block other outlets. It was specifically designed for the SmartThings network, so it works well with the SmartThings App and SmartThings Hub.

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Best Smart Plug for the Kitchen

If youre like most people, your one wish for your kitchen would be more electrical outlets. The Syncwire Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug ($20) solves this problem by providing two sockets for one outlet. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT too, plus it can also monitor the energy usage of your appliances.

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Best Smart Plug for Lights

The Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug ($45) is the perfect pair for the lamps in your house. Unlike most smart plugs, the Lutron Caseta can dim your lights as well as turn them on and off or put them on a schedule. Its compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, too.

Alina Bradford
Alina Bradford is an award-winning writer of tech, health and science topics. Her work has been featured by CBS, CNET, MTV, USA Today and many more. Visit her website at alinabradford.com.