Wemo Insight Smart Plug Review

Founded in the city of Angels, Belkin International, Inc. has been a manufacturer of consumer electronics since 1983. You may have heard of their Linksys products, but have you heard of Wemo? Wemo is a product line from Belkin that allows users to control connected devices remotely. Aside from plugs, they make motions sensors, light switches, light bulbs, and cameras that can be controlled from anywhere with Wi-Fi.

I purchased the Wemo Insight Smart Plug, and in this review, I’ll discuss its design, features, and mobile application. Let’s get started!

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Not only does the Wemo Insight Smart Plug work with Google Assistant, but it also works with Amazon Alexa, Nest, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT, making for some convenient home automations. 

Design of the Wemo Insight Smart Plug

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Wemo Insight Smart Plug Closeup

The Wemo Insight Smart Plug is an indoor plug that connects to your phone through Wi-Fi. Thankfully, it doesn’t block other sockets, and you can use it on appliances for up to 1800 watts. 

Installing the Wemo Insight Smart Plug

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Gabe Holding the Wemo Insight Smart Plug

The first thing you’ll do when setting up your Wemo Insight Smart Plug is download the Wemo app. But wait a second before you launch the app and take some time to plug in your Wemo. From there, you’ll see an indicator light, then an alternate flash Wi-Fi signal. Connect your Wemo to the Wi-Fi and then return to the Wemo app, where you’ll finish the installation process with step-by-step instructions. The entire process took about five minutes, and most of that time was updating my firmware. Overall, installing my Wemo Insight Smart Plug was completely painless and straightforward. Yeehaw!

Features of the Wemo Insight Smart Plug

The obvious feature of any smart plug is that you’ll be able to turn appliances on and off remotely. No need to worry about whether you left your hair straightener on ever again! Another cool feature of the Wemo Insight is that it has energy monitoring, meaning you can see exactly how much energy your appliance is using. For those looking to save money, energy monitoring can be a helpful tool.

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Wemo Insight Smart Plug and Box

Wemo also allows you to create schedules for your appliances to turn off and on, which can be useful if you want to walk into a cool room in the blaze of summer, among other examples. You can also create a home mode, which will turn certain appliances on when you’re home, or an away mode, which will turn appliances on and off to make it seem like you’re home. As the Wemo Insight Smart Plug integrates with Nest, you can sync it up with your Nest thermostat for home or away mode. This can also be a great energy/ money saver!

Aside from home/ away mode, you won’t be able to make scenes, combinations of appliances turned on or off. That’s a shame because it means you’ll have to manually turn appliances on or off in your app, rather than be able to control multiple at once.

Along with Nest, the Wemo Insight Smart Plug integrates with- wait for it- Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT. You can rest assured that no matter what smart home platform you have, you can use it to vocally command your smart plug.

The final feature of the Wemo Insight Smart Plug is sunrise/ sunset mode, which syncs your plug with- you guessed it- the day’s end and beginning. This feature is super convenient, as you won’t even have to schedule plugs- they’ll just automatically sync with the sunrise and sunset. Again, another great way to save energy and thus, money in your bank account.

The Wemo App

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The Wemo App

From the Wemo app, you’ll be able to control your plugs remotely, set schedules, enable away/ home modes, and pair with your smart home platforms. 

The app has mixed ratings- a great 4.4 rating from the Apple Store, but only a 3.1 rating from the Google Play store. Clearly, this app works better for iPhone users than Android users, which is something to keep in mind.

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Wemo Insight Smart Plug
Wemo Insight Smart Plug
Wemo Insight Smart Plug

Not only does the Wemo Insight Smart Plug work with Google Assistant, but it also works with Amazon Alexa, Nest, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT, making for some convenient home automations. 

Recap of the Wemo Insight Smart Plug

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Wemo Insight Smart Plug

Clearly, the Wemo Insight Smart Plug has a lot of great features, but is it right for you? Well, it might be if you’re looking for the following qualities:

  • Doesn’t block other sockets
  • Remote control 
  • Energy monitoring
  • Schedules
  • Home mode
  • Away mode 
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Nest, and IFTTT
  • Sunrise/ sunset mode
  • Positive app ratings from iPhone users
  • Easy installation

The plug’s worst qualities are its lack of scenes and its poor ratings from Android users. If you have any additional insights (pun intended), please let us know 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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