iHome iSP6X Smart Plug Review

If you’ve heard of iHome, you’re probably remembering their iPod-connected clock radio. Today, they’re the number one seller of digital player speaker, according to the NPD Retail Tracking Service. But today, I’m looking for a smart plug.

I purchased the iSP6X, an indoor smart plug that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and others. In this review, I’ll talk about the iSP6X’s design, its features, and finally, the iHome Control app. Let’s begin!

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iHome iSP6X

With remote access, schedules, and scenes, the iHome iSP6X integrates with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Wink, SmartThings, and Nest. 

Design of the iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

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iHome iSP6X Smart Plug and Box

The iHome iSP6X Smart Plug is your typical indoor smart plug. Of course, I’m loving the fact that it doesn’t block other sockets, which is quite rude if you ask me.

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iHome iSP6X Smart Plug Doesn’t Block Other Sockets

It uses Wi-Fi to connect with your phone, and you can use the plug with appliances that use up to 1800 watts.

Features of the iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

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iHome iSP6X Smart Plug Schedules on Box

The two main features of the iHome iSP6X, aside from being able to control it remotely like all smart home devices, are schedules and scenes. Schedules allow you to set specific times for products to go on and off in advance. For example, you can have your robot vacuum cleaner go on before your in-laws visit- god knows how picky they can be. You can also create scenes, which are basically groups of appliances that are turned on or off in different combinations. You can have a cleaning scene, a reading scene, a cooking scene- whatever you’re into. Plus, the iSP6X integrates with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Wink, SmartThings, and Nest, so you’ll be able to command it using your voice alone. Pretty cool for a plug, right?

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iHome iSP6X Smart Plug Smart Platform Integration with Apple HomeKit

What the iSP6X lacks is energy monitoring, home mode, and away mode. Through energy monitoring, you’d be able to see on your phone just how much energy a device is using. This is useful if you’re trying to limit the amount of money coming out, which I know I always am. Home mode would mean that certain appliances would turn when you’re at home, and away mode means that appliances would turn off and on to make it seem like you’re home. I wish the iSP6X had these features, but it’s not the end of the world.

Installing the iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

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Installing the iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

The first thing you need to do to install your iHome iSP6X Smart Plug is download the iHome Control app. Then plug your iSP6X in and wait for the Wi-Fi light to start blinking green. Go back to the app, hit add device, and either scan or type in the code on the plug and in the instruction book. The app will walk you through the rest of the process step by step, altogether resulting in a process that takes less than five minutes. 

The iHome Control App

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The iHome Control App

To control your iSP6X Smart Plug remotely, you’ll use the iHome Control app. Aside from turning appliances on or off, you’ll be able to create scenes and schedules. To my dismay, the app has extremely poor customer reviews, only a 2.7 from the Apple store and a 2.3 from the Google Play store! Many complained that the app was super buggy.

“Who in their right mind would design an app that disconnects your WiFi to connect their plug, then say 3 seconds later that it can’t find your WiFi connection. Ya think?”

wrote a user in an angry, one-star review. Yikes!

For a connected device, a bad app pretty much renders it useless. This is a huge negative, one that you definitely have to take into consideration when deciding to get the iSP6X or not.

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iHome iSP6X
iHome iSP6X

With remote access, schedules, and scenes, the iHome iSP6X integrates with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Wink, SmartThings, and Nest. 

Recap of the iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

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iHome iSP6X Smart Plug

Clearly, the iHome iSP6X has its strengths and weaknesses. Let’s start with the good:

  • Doesn’t block other sockets
  • Remote control
  • Schedules
  • Scenes
  • Integrates with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Wink, SmartThings, and Nest
  • Super simple installation 

And the not-so-good:

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

Your buying decision will of course come down to your personal preference, but I must say that the iSP6X wouldn’t be my first choice due to its buggy app. Without a functional mobile app, the smart plug just becomes an overpriced regular plug that you can’t control remotely. I think it’s fair to say that your money will be better spent elsewhere. Feel free to weigh in on the comments below— we’d love to hear your comments or questions.

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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