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I was never interested in smart home devices until I actually tried out an Alexa-enabled device, and now I’m hooked.
Of course I started off small by asking Alexa to play music and give me the weather for the day, but once I learned I wouldn’t need to get out of bed to turn the lights off, it was game on — I needed more.
Thanks to using a smart plug, I can now power my A/C unit and multiple lights in my apartment with just a simple voice command, but there’s so much more these tiny devices can do.
And one of the best smart plugs on the market is actually Amazon’s model, which has more than 120,000 reviews (yes, you read that right). As *literally* the top-rated smart plug on Amazon, this gadget works in conjunction with any Alexa device (like an Echo Dot) to make your home smart.
Shop: Amazon Smart Plug, $24.99
With less than a five-minute setup via your home’s WiFi network, you can start scheduling lights, fans, humidifiers, coffee makers and other small appliances to turn on and off at set times, or you can control them while you’re away, which is especially helpful for times when you want to switch on your air conditioning before you get home after a long, hot day.
And to make sure your device will work with the Amazon Smart plug, you can test it out here before you buy it.
One of my pet peeves for plugs like these is that they can be clunky and take up space, which prohibits you from using the second outlet. But the Amazon Smart Plug has a low-profile design so you can still utilize the additional outlet.
Setting up your smart home devices is easy, too. You don’t need an additional smart home hub app — simply download the Amazon Alexa smartphone app to get started on setting up routines.
For example, one of the most common routines used is a morning one that turns on lights and your coffee maker with a single request.
Because it’s so easy to set up, a majority of shoppers agree that it’s a less cumbersome process than other brands of smart plugs. One shopper even said the product is “a miracle.”
“Wow, my life has changed. Rather, I should say that my plant’s life has changed,” the reviewer said. “My plant gets light daily now because all I need to do is call to Alexa to turn it on. It’s a miracle I think every time I say ‘Alexa, turn on the plant light.'”
While there are cheaper smart plugs to invest in, most smart plug-loving users say Amazon’s option is worth the $25.
“Are these plugs more expensive than other ‘smart plugs’ on the market? Yes, very much so,” one shopper said. “However, you don’t have to install these plugs via a different app and then connect to Alexa. Using these plugs is one smooth installation.
With spending more time at home, I’ve used my smart plugs more than ever. If you’re hesitant to create a “smart home” because it seems like too much to install, Amazon’s Smart Plug is an easy first step.
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