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Monday, October 29, 2018

The Best Smart Plugs for Your Amazon Echo

If you have an Echo and want to be able to control some appliances around your house, a smart plug can make that happen. Luckily, most smart plugs work with Alexa. Here are the best ones to buy.

Keep in mind that the following smart plugs can all do the basics, like turn on and off remotely from your phone, create timers and schedules, activate scenes, and obviously work with Alexa for voice control. We also only focused on smart plugs that are compact and stackable so that you can fit two to an outlet, which is actually pretty common for smart plugs nowadays—our last pick is an exception to that, but even though it isn’t stackable you can place it on the upper outlet and keep the lower outlet free.

Amazon Smart Plug ($25)

Since we’re talking about smart plugs that work with Alexa, it only seems fitting to discuss Amazon’s own smart plug that sells for $25.

There’s nothing insanely special about it, but the one great thing is that it connects seamlessly to Alexa, since the smart plug is made by the same company—the Alexa app will immediately recognize the smart plug during the setup process and connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network. From there, it’s instantly ready for voice control. It’s about as convenient as it gets.

It’s not quite the cheapest smart plug on the block (as we’ll prove down below), but if you use Alexa heavily and are wanting to jump on the smart plug train, Amazon’s own smart plug is a good way to go to ensure 100% compatibility with zero headaches or configuration woes.

Sonoff S31 Smart Plug ($19)

It’s not the most well-known smart plug brand on the market, but the Sonoff S31 retails for just $19, making it one of the cheapest options out there. Even better, that low cost doesn’t give you fewer features. In fact, it comes with a really neat feature that we don’t often see in smart plugs.

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