The best smart plugs for HomeKit can help bring your older devices into the modern era. In addition to Siri voice and Home app control, these simple HomeKit accessories can automatically turn on your coffee maker at sunrise through scenes and automation. They can also turn your lights on and off when you're home or away. If you are ready to elevate your home's intelligence, here are some of the best smart plugs for HomeKit that you can buy this Black Friday.
The best smart plugs for HomeKit to upgrade your dumb devices
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Monitoring and Thread
The Eve Energy is a Thread-connected smart plug that we tested hands-on and adored. With in-depth energy monitoring stats and automation, it can help you lower your utility bills. Thanks to the device's Thread connection, you won't need to struggle with a Wi-Fi setup process or crowd your network with another device — Eve Energy communicates directly with HomeKit and the Home app.
Thready to go
Like the Eve Energy, Belkin's latest generation Wemo Smart Plug features Thread technology which offers speedy connections and rock-solid reliability. This HomeKit-exclusive version of the Wemo Smart Plug also sports an incredibly slim profile that won't block the other plug on the wall, allowing two of them to be used in a single outlet.
The meross Smart Plug Mini is a favorite of ours at iMore. When we tested the product, we noted how it provides all HomeKit smart plug essentials in a compact package at a compact price. This plug is ready to go with a scan of the HomeKit pairing code without downloading another app or registering for an account. With its fast response times and reliability, it's one of the best HomeKit values.
The ConnectSense Smart In-Wall Outlet offers all of the features of typical smart plugs, but you install it in place of your current outlet. In our review, we described how it comes with some great features, such as fast response times, reliable connectivity, independent controls, and energy monitoring. While it's not cheap, it does offer a more seamless look than traditional smart plugs.
Hues of power
If you already have a Philips Hue Bridge, this smart plug will integrate directly with it and HomeKit. The Hue Bridge allows it to work using ZigBee wireless connectivity, keeping it off your Wi-Fi network and without a slower direct-to-your-phone Bluetooth connection. This plug is also compact, allowing you to fit two into a single outlet or keep one free for other items.
For outdoor use
The meross Outdoor Smart Plug provides three convenient weather-resistant outlets, perfect for holiday lighting, fairy lights, and more. This plug uses Wi-Fi for connectivity, which allows you to connect it to your network without using a separate hub. During our testing of the two-outlet model of this smart plug, we found that it easily works with HomeKit in a matter of seconds; just plug in and scan to start upgrading your outdoor environment.
Get plugged in with the best smart plugs for HomeKit
The best smart plugs for HomeKit are the simplest way to create smart home devices out of "dumb" ones, adding Siri voice controls and support for Home app scenes and automation. These great HomeKit accessories will make managing your home more efficient with features like energy monitoring and, of course, more convenient.
Our top pick for the best smart plug for HomeKit goes to the Eve Energy. We love this smart plug for its slim form factor, energy monitoring capabilities, and the fact that it doesn't need a hub since it utilizes Thread and Bluetooth connectivity. These features make it one of the best for those new to home automation.
If you're looking for a smart plug for the great outdoors, another favorite of ours is the meross Outdoor Smart Plug. This weather-resistant smart plug features three independent outlets so you can control all of your outdoor decorations and lights. Plus, with support for other platforms like Alexa and Google, you are not locked into just HomeKit.
Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.
- Karen S FreemanContributor
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