Amazon Smart Plug Review

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Amazon is diving head first into the smart home game, with dozens of products like the Amazon Cloud Cam, the Ring Video Doorbell 2, and the Blink XT2 camera. Now, they’ve created a smart plug as well, named simply the Amazon Smart Plug. If you’re already in the Amazon smart home ecosystem, then this plug will allow you to use Alexa to control appliances using your voice alone, or if you prefer, using the Alexa app. Plus, at only $24.99, it’s under the industry average in terms of price when compared to other top smart plugs. But is it worth every penny? Let’s take a closer look.

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Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon Smart Plug

Use Alexa and the Amazon Smart Plug to turn on any appliance using your voice alone, or turn off appliances remotely with the Alexa app! 

Amazon Smart Plug Design

Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon Smart Plug

The Amazon Smart Plug is an indoor plug that won’t block other sockets, which is good for me because I have a lot of devices to plug in. It works with 2.4 GHz networks only, as well as appliances of up to 15A.

Of course, the main point of the Amazon Smart Plug is so you can turn appliances on and off remotely, but let’s talk some more about it’s features.

Amazon Smart Plug Features

Grouping my Amazon Smart Plug on the Alexa App
Grouping my Amazon Smart Plug on the Alexa App

Aside from remote control through the Alexa app (more on this later), you can also create schedules for your Amazon Smart Plug-enabled devices, or even group them together to control multiple devices at once, a feature commonly known as scenes. Now, I’m a huge fan of smart light bulbs in general, which is why I’m so glad that the Amazon Smart Plug has a home mode that allows you to turn devices on and off, making it seem like you’re home when you’re not.

The Amazon Smart Plug Works With Alexa
The Amazon Smart Plug Works With Alexa

This is a perfect addition to your home security system, as lights turning off and on typically indicates that someone is home. Of course, the Amazon Smart Plug works with Amazon Alexa, which lets you turn devices on and off using your voice alone. Can you imagine how much easier mornings are going to be when you can make your coffee, turn off your alarm, and turn on the morning news without stopping with your morning routine?

Installing the Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug in Outlet
Amazon Smart Plug in Outlet

Installing the Amazon Smart Plug could not have been quicker. I simply plugged it into the outlet, added it to the Alexa app by scanning a 2-D barcode that came in the box, and named the plug based on it’s location. It shouldn’t take more than two minutes and I am NOT exaggerating!

The Alexa App

The Alexa App
The Alexa App

You’ll control the Amazon Smart Plug through the Alexa app, which has a 3.9 from the Google Play store and a 4.5 from the Apple store. It’s also where you’ll name your devices so you can refer to them during voice commands, create schedules and groupings of your devices, and control them remotely. I’m pleased with the Alexa app in general; it’s straight-forward and lets me easily control my Amazon Smart Plug-connected devices.

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Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon Smart Plug

Use Alexa and the Amazon Smart Plug to turn on any appliance using your voice alone, or turn off appliances remotely with the Alexa app! 

Recap of the Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug and Box
Amazon Smart Plug and Box

Overall, I’m really happy with the Amazon Smart Plug and I think it’s at a good price point at $24.99. My final verdict? It’s definitely worth the money, but it’s not the right choice for everyone.

I’d go with the Amazon Smart Plug if you’re looking for…

  • Alexa integration: If you’re already in the Amazon ecosystem, then the Amazon Smart Plug is a natural choice.
  • Schedules and scenes: You’ll be able to easily control your Amazon Smart Plug-connected devices throughout the day automatically, and multiple at once.
  • Away mode: For added security, I recommend using away mode to make it seem like you’re home when you’re not.

But avoid it if you wanted…

  • Google or Apple integration: You won’t be able to control the Amazon Smart Plug with Google Assistant or Siri.
  • Outdoor plug: The Amazon Smart Plug is only meant for indoor use.
  • Energy monitoring: You won’t be able to see how much energy your devices are using through the Alexa app.

For more great options, check out my list of the best smart plugs of 2019.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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