Amazon Smart Plug Review
Pros: Fast setup for Alexa users, relatively inexpensive
Cons: Limited smart home compatibility, only a single outlet
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Amazon Smart Plug is a great value for Alexa users looking for a simple smart plug.
Ease of Setup
If you already have an Alexa system, then you're in luck. You can basically just plop the plug into an outlet, turn it on, and ask Alexa to discover devices, and you'll be up and running. If you want to rename the plug (and you probably will) you'll have to jump into the Alexa App on your phone, but the process is fairly painless.
If you don't already have an Amazon account and the Alexa app on your phone, setup ends up being a bit more involved. If you're looking to create a large system that centers around Alexa, making an account and installing the app is worthwhile. However, if you just want a single smart plug for a specific application, we think there are plugs that function more easily as standalone units.
We did appreciate that the Alexa app makes it fairly easy to switch the plug between different WiFi networks, meaning you don't have to fuss around much if you decide to get a new WiFi router.
Amazon has been a leader in the virtual assistant game for a while now, and controlling the Amazon Smart Plug is accordingly simple and easy.
The Alexa app is a bit broader in its application than those of many other smart plugs. As a result, there is more to navigate through for smart plug functions that require the app, namely setting schedules or creating routines. We found this process to be a bit clunkier than with the more spartan apps of some other plugs, but it's certainly not a dealbreaker. The routines also allow all of your Alexa-enabled devices to interact --think having a lamp turn on whenever a security camera sees motion-- more easily than with some other systems.
One slight gripe we have with this plug is the fact that its outlet faces forward. We often find ourselves using smart plugs in hard to reach places like behind couches. Since this plug is forward facing, it plus whatever cord is plugged into it can extend out from the wall quite a bit, potentially forcing you to move your couch forward a few inches.
As the name would suggest, the Amazon Smart Plug only works with Amazon Alexa. Other smart assistants need not apply.
The Amazon Smart Plug performed very similarly to most of the other plugs we've tested when we cut out the WiFi and power. If the plug was on it generally sprung right back into action once the outage was rectified. If the plug was off during the outage, it took a few minutes for it to find its bearings, but it still regained functionality without any direct intervention.
The Amazon Smart Plug is somewhat limited in both scope (it only works with Alexa) and function (it offers only basic functionality). However, if you use Alexa and only need to do something simple like put an outlet on a basic schedule or turn it on and off remotely, the Amazon Smart Plug is a great value.
The simple and streamlined Amazon Smart Plug is a perfect choice for Alexa users that want to connect basic devices to their smart home network, but it lacks advanced features or functionality.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell