10 best smart plugs in 2022, according to tech experts

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✔️ Cut: Not all smart plugs are created equal, and some are larger than others. Before buying a smart plug, make sure it will fit your space and your outlet. For example, if you want to use a smart plug in the socket behind the couch, you need to make sure that you have enough space for the smart plug itself as well as the socket for your device. Also keep in mind that while some smart plugs can fit into one outlet on your wall, they can end up blocking the other. If so, look for a smart plug with a compact design or a dual smart plug.

✔️ Voice assistant compatibility: If you plan to use a voice assistant such as Google Assistant or Alexa with your smart plug, make sure the smart plug is compatible with that assistant and ecosystem. Although most smart plugs work on multiple platforms, some may not support them all.

✔️ Indoor/outdoor use: If you plan to use your smart plug outdoors to run Christmas lights or lamps and fans on your patio, first check that the smart plug was designed for outdoor use. Check that it has an IP rating of at least IP64, which means it can withstand some exposure to outdoor elements. Our experts advise you never to use an indoor smart plug outdoors.

✔️ Power: Check the wattage of the smart plug to see how many amps it uses and what it can and cannot be used with. Simply put, an amp is a unit of measurement of electricity. Lights and small smart devices, such as the Amazon Echoonly draw about one amp, while TVs can draw about three amps depending on the size.

✔️ Additional features: Some smart plugs come with more features than others. You may see smart plugs that offer energy monitoring to understand the power consumption of your devices, while others offer a dimming option for your lights. Some smart plugs let you create schedules in the app, like setting your coffee machine to turn on at 8 a.m. or having your electric blanket turn on before you wake up on a cold morning.

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