iHome iSP100 Smart Plug Review

As everyone knows, there are smart products and there are dumb products. Smart products can communicate with you through your phone, telling you when you have a water leak, when someone’s at your front door, and when you left your security system unarmed. Dumb items can beep. Are the two categories at all reconcilable?

I love smart plugs because they turn “dumb,” or non-connected objects, into smart objects. I purchased iHome’s iSP100, an outdoor smart plug that I’ve heard great things about. Founded in 2005, iHome is now a division of SDI Technologies, a more established company with over 60 years in the consumer electronics industry. You may remember iHome from their best-selling iPod-docking clock radio. Now, they offer speakers, headphones, and of course, smart plugs like the iSP100. Let’s get started!

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iHome iSP100
iHome iSP100

With a six-foot long power cord, the iHome iSP100 works indoors and outdoors with integrations with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and Wink. 

Design of the iHome iSP100 Smart Plug

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The iHome iSP100 Smart Plug. Photo provided by iHome.

The iHome iSP100 is an outdoor, water-resistant plug with a six-foot long power cord. I like that the plug doesn’t block other outlets. It uses Wi-Fi to connect with your phone, and you can connect it with appliances using up to 1800 watts.

Features of the iHome iSP100 Smart Plug

Of course, you’ll be able to remotely turn your appliance on and off when it’s hooked up with the iHome iSP100- but that’s obvious. Aside from that, you’ll be able to create schedules for your appliance to turn on or off at specific times (imagine walking into a fan-blown room, already cooled down for you in the heat of summer), or you can create scenes, customized combinations of appliances turned on or off. Aside from that, the iSP100 integrates with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Wink, Nest, and Google Assistant, so you’ll be able to vocally command appliances to turn off and on. This is the quickest known way to seem like a wizard.

Unfortunately, the iSP100 lacks energy monitoring, home mode, and away mode. Energy monitoring is great for seeing how much energy your appliances are using. Home and away mode are basically scenes that are activated by your presence or lack thereof. I like away mode because it makes it seem like you’re home when you’re away by turning on appliances at specific times. Unfortunately, this is something you’ll have to do manually through your app.

The iHome Control App

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The iHome Control App. Photo provided by iHome.

You’ll use the iHome Control app to configure and control multiple plugs, create schedules, and make scenes. I’m disappointed by the app’s low ratings- a 2.7 and a 2.3 on the Apple and Google Play stores, respectively. One man did not mince words,

“The major problem is that whenever there is a popup window prompt, such as the one asking for the network password, the popup appears over and over endlessly, making setup impossible. What garbage!”

he wrote in a one-star review. Way harsh!

In general, connected devices are pretty easy to understand. They work exactly like regular devices, but you can control them from a mobile device. Without a functional mobile app, however, you’ll be unable to remotely control your devices. Unfortunately, the iHome Control app isn’t up to snuff, which is making me reluctant to purchase the iSP100.

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iHome iSP100
iHome iSP100

With a six-foot long power cord, the iHome iSP100 works indoors and outdoors with integrations with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and Wink. 

Recap of the iHome iSP100 Smart Plug

There are many smart plugs to choose from, but is the iHome iSP100 right for you?

Let’s review its best qualities:

  • Water-resistant for outdoor usage
  • Doesn’t block other outlets
  • Remote control
  • Schedules
  • Scenes
  • Integrations with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Wink, Nest, and Google Assistant

And its worst:

  • No home mode
  • No away mode
  • No energy monitoring
  • Poorly rated app 

Overall, I would not recommend that you purchase iHome’s iSP100 outdoor plug, despite its great features. At the end of the day, a connected device is only as good as its mobile app. With so many negative reviews, I have serious doubts about whether I will actually be able to access the plug’s smart features. Hopefully this is something that iHome can fix with an update, but as of now, the iSP100 is not on my hit list. Feel differently? Leave us a comment or question below.

 

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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