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TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Review

A great option for those looking to induvidually control two outdoor appliances
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Price:   $45 List | $40 at Amazon
Pros:  2 independent outlets, weatherproof, individual run time monitoring
Cons:  Setup relatively involved, slow to reboot after WiFi outage
Manufacturer:   TP-Link
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Sep 3, 2019
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  • Ease of Setup - 40% 5
  • Reliability - 30% 7
  • Interface - 15% 8
  • Voice Assistants - 15% 8

Our Verdict

With two autonomous smart outlets, the TP Kasa Outdoor is a great choice for those that have multiple outdoor appliances that they want to be able to remotely control independently of one another. It also offers runtime tracking, so you can check in on how often you're actually using those appliances. Plus, it works on the same system as the field-leading TP Link Kasa Power Strip, making it a great way to extend your TP Link network if you've already invested in the power strip.


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Pros 2 independent outlets, weatherproof, individual run time monitoringQuick setup, intuitive app, reliable and responsive, energy monitoring, 2 independent portsQuick setup, broad smart home compatibility, inexpensiveWeatherproof, 2 outlets in 1, broad smart home support, energy usage monitoringSmall size doesn't block other outlets, fairly straightforward interface
Cons Setup relatively involved, slow to reboot after WiFi outageNo Apple HomeKit or IFTTT support, can be a bit priceyHard to change networks, slower recovery when WiFi cuts outSomewhat confusing to connect to virtual assistantsLacks any advanced features
Bottom Line A great option for those looking to induvidually control two outdoor appliancesFully featured and reliable, will be useful in any homeA great choice for those looking for basic functionality in a simple and inexpensive packageIntuitive functionality in a weatherproof packageA good option for crowded outlets with large plugs
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Rating Categories TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Currant WiFi Outlet WeMo Mini iDevices Outdoor... Leviton Smart...
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Specs TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Currant WiFi Outlet WeMo Mini iDevices Outdoor... Leviton Smart...
Number of Outlets 2 2 1 2 1
Maximum Power 1.875kW 1.8kW 1.8 kW 1.2 kW 1.5kW
Smart Home Compatability Alexa, Google Home IFTTT, Nest, Home and Away Alexa, Google Home Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, IFTTT, Nest Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, IFTTT Alexa, Google Home IFTTT, Nest, August
Warranty 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 3 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 5 Year Limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison



Two independent outlets on this outdoor plug means you can have more control over the mood lighting on your deck.
Two independent outlets on this outdoor plug means you can have more control over the mood lighting on your deck.

Ease of Setup


Like all of Tp Link's plugs, the Kasa Outdoor takes a bit more effort than most to setup. After downloading the app, you have to create an account and activate that account via email. Then you can discover and connect the plug to your WiFi network within the app. From there you have to connect to most voice assistants manually within their dedicated apps.

Smart Home and Voice Assistant Compatibility


This plug supports all of the major smart home players--Alexa, Google Home, and If This Then That--with Apple Homekit being the one notable exception. It is also compatible with Nest and Ecobee (Home and Away) smart home devices, making it a good choice if you're already invested in one of those networks.

Reliability and Responsiveness


As long as the Kasa Outdoor has a usable WiFi signal (which is something you definitely have to pay attention to when using an outdoor smart plug) we found it to be quite responsive, both to schedules and to manual commands punched into its corresponding app.

Oddly, when we tested for how it would handle internet and power outages by flipping breakers and the WiFi router off and then back on, only one of the plug's two sockets rebooted immediately. There was a bit of a delay in the second socket coming back to life and yielding to our commands. However, we never had to actually do anything to get the plug to come back to life, aside from being a bit patient.

Advanced Features


Beyond the standard schedules, scenes, and remote control offered by pretty much all smart plugs, the only particularly advanced feature offered by the Kasa Outdoor is runtime tracking. While this isn't quite as useful as actual energy usage monitoring, which allows you to see if your appliances are sucking up too much power while in standby mode, knowing exactly how long you're using each appliance can provide actionable data about your energy usage.

TP-Link makes it easy to set schedules based on the local sunrise/set.
TP-Link makes it easy to set schedules based on the local sunrise/set.

Considerations for an Outdoor Plug


The biggest mistake you can make in purchasing an outdoor smart plug is not checking whether or not your WiFi actually reaches the outdoor outlet you'd like to use. If you want you can get fancy and download an app on your phone to test the speed of your WiFi in specific locations, but there are simpler ways. We would suggest putting your phone in airplane mode (so it's not accessing a cellular network), turning the WiFi back on, and then standing next to the outlet where you'd like to use an outdoor smart plug. If you can load a standard web page in that location using only your WiFi without too much fuss, it's likely a smart plug will work well there. If you get a spinning wheel of death, you might want to reconsider your smart plug plans, or think about moving your WiFi router.


Value


The TP Link Kasa Outdoor's price is fairly standard in the realm of outdoor smart plugs. Therefore, if you're looking for a weatherproof smart plug with two independent outlets, the Kasa Outdoor certainly doesn't ask you to overpay.

Conclusion


Whether you want an outdoor smart plug with two autonomous outlets, or you're already using TP Link plugs indoors and would like to expand that system outside, the Kasa Outdoor is a great choice.


Max Mutter and Michelle Powell