On our most recent IoT Podcast, Tony called in with a question about WiFi smart plugs. He’s used a few such as those from TP Link and other brands but has had some issues. And he needs any new plugs to work with Amazon Alexa and/or Samsung SmartThings as well as IFTTT for some custom automations. He mentions using these plugs for oscillating fans and other appliances in his house.
We’re not sure what issues Tony had with his prior smart plugs in the past but we do have some recommendations for him.
Our first option to consider are the Wemo Mini smart plugs. We’ve had some minor glitches using ours through the years but overall, they’ve been competent devices. Expect to pay around $20 for each one if you get the smaller mini plug, which we recommend. Thanks to Alexa and SmartThings integrations, they’ll fit with Tony’s existing smart home system. Wemo is also supported by IFTTT, so every requirement should be met.
Next would be Samsung’s own SmartThings plugs, which cost around $17. Obviously they work with a SmartThings hub and also work with Alexa and IFTTT. When used with a SmartThings hub, IFTTT might not be needed for automations since the hub and Samsung’s software may suffice. But if he has SmartThings, he can use its IFTTT integration to control the plug.
I’ll throw out a third option in case Tony wants to use Alexa for automations; I’m guessing he may want to link a smart plug connected to a fan through a thermostat integration. If that thermostat also supports Alexa, Amazon’s own smart plugs may fit the bill at $25. However, IFTTT isn’t supported by these plugs so if you’re planning automations that Alexa can’t do and you need to use IFTTT, you don’t want these.
To hear Tony’s question, as well as our discussion in full, tune in to the IoT Podcast below: