TP-Link Kasa WiFi Lite Review
Pros: Inexpensive, compact design, runtime tracking
Cons: Setup relatively involved, slower reboot after WiFi outage
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TP-Link Kasa WiFi Lite
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|Pros||Inexpensive, compact design, runtime tracking||Quick setup, broad smart home compatibility, inexpensive||Small size doesn't block other outlets, fairly straightforward interface||Fast setup for Alexa users, relatively inexpensive||Rated for outdoor use, many different functions including energy usage monitoring|
|Cons||Setup relatively involved, slower reboot after WiFi outage||Hard to change networks, slower recovery when WiFi cuts out||Lacks any advanced features||Limited smart home compatibility, only a single outlet||Only works with Alexa and no other voice assistants, setup process is slightly more involved than average|
|Bottom Line||An effective and inexpensive way to track how often you use your appliances||Basic functionality in a reliable and inexpensive package||A good option for crowded outlets with large plugs||An inexpensive and easy way to expand Alexa smart home systems||A good outdoor option for those that require energy usage monitoring, as long as you use Alexa|
|Rating Categories||TP-Link Kasa WiFi Lite||WeMo Mini||Leviton Smart Wi-Fi...||Amazon Smart Plug||Etekcity Outdoor|
|Ease Of Setup (40%)|
|Voice Assistants (15%)|
|Specs||TP-Link Kasa WiFi Lite||WeMo Mini||Leviton Smart Wi-Fi...||Amazon Smart Plug||Etekcity Outdoor|
|Number of Outlets||1||1||1||1||2|
|Maximum Power||1.2kW||1.8 kW||1.5kW||15A||1.8kW|
|Smart Home Compatability||Alexa, Google Home IFTTT, Nest, Home and Away||Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, IFTTT, Nest||Alexa, Google Home IFTTT, Nest, August||Alexa||Alexa, Google|
|Warranty||2 Year Limited||3 Year Limited||5 Year Limited||1 Year Limited||2 Year Limited|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Ease of Setup
When it comes to TP Link plugs, the initial setup is the one thing we really wish was better. Though not incredibly laborious, the process could certainly be more streamlined. Once downloading the app you have to create a new account and confirm it via email. If you want to control the plug with a voice assistant, you'll generally have to go into a seperate app and add it into your voice assistant's network manually.
Smart Home and Voice Assistant Compatibility
TP Link link plays nice with the majority of major smart home systems (Alexa, Google Home, If This Then That) with the notable exception of Apple HomeKit. It even offers some functionality with Nest products, as well as the Ecobee Home and Away system.
Reliability and Responsiveness
Like most of the smart plugs we tested, the Kasa WiFi Lite offers immediate responsiveness to commands entered into its smartphone app. Also like most of the other models we tested, it often remained confused for a few minutes after we simulated a WiFi outage before finally regaining its balance and responding to our smartphone again. This problem was much worse when the plug was off as we cut power to the WiFi router. If the plug was clicked on when the WiFi disappeared, it often sprung right back to life right after the WiFi rebooted.
Runtime monitoring is the only feature beyond the basics offered by the Kasa WiFi Lite. While we don't like this feature as much as the actual energy usage monitoring available on some other plugs, it is still nice to have some sort of usage statistics for your favorite devices.
It can be a bit hard to pin down the value of the TP Link Kasa WiFi Lite as its price tends to fluctuate a bit at many online retailers, and it is often sold in packs of two or three. That being said, we've never seen a per-plug cost that we've thought of as anything other than relatively cheap, so you can generally rest assured that you're getting a good deal when investing in this plug.
The TP Link Kasa WiFi Lite is an inexpensive and effective smart plug that can easily slide right into to your existing TP Link smart plug network.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell