Smart plugs turn conventional devices and household appliances into a functioning, automated part of your smart home. With their help, you can create scenes, schedules, and custom voice commands to turn on just about anything you can plug into a standard power outlet. Whether you have Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri at home, there is a plug that works with your platform.
With smart plugs for outdoor devices, the options are somewhat more limited. You can still find a plug that can withstand the elements for your needs, but you will likely pay more than you would for a smaller, simpler indoor plug.
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These plugs are great for outdoor holiday decor, but come in handy all year round. Outdoor smart plugs are a great way to add smarts to summer patio lights, bug zappers, outdoor speakers, and more.
What is to be considered
There are a few things that you need to decide when purchasing an outdoor smart plug. Which voice assistant do you use? How many sockets do you want? Some models only have one outlet and some have two. With these questions answered, it’s time to choose the connector that works best for your setup.
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TP-Link’s Kasa app is easy to use and Kasa devices are quick to set up. The Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug offers two sockets that can be controlled individually and is designed for operation at temperatures from -4 to 122 ° F. You can choose between voice commands, schedules, timers, scenes or sunrise / sunset modes as well as an absence function that randomly arranges the switching on and off of the sockets.
Kasa products work with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, so you can ask your preferred voice assistant to turn on your vacation display. At $ 30, it’s an inexpensive smart plug for your outdoors. Read our TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug review.
Read our TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug review.
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WeMo’s Smart Outdoor Plug is a HomeKit-compatible option that offers two sockets and voice control for Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant. At $ 40, it’s not the cheapest model you can buy, but WeMo’s app works well, and we’ve seen several good branded plugs and sockets over the years.
Rated for temperatures from 32 to 122 ° F, this connector may not be the best choice for cold climates. There are two sockets, but unlike the TP-Link model, they cannot be planned or controlled individually. Depending on the use case, this could be a deal breaker.
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If you’re looking for a single outlet option, Braumm’s model works with Google Assistant and Alexa to control a device. This $ 40 model is expensive for a single outlet, but is weatherproof and rated for -4 to 113 ° F.
In addition to status, timers, schedules and scenes, the app also offers weather information, a practical addition to any outdoor device. You can also share control with other users if they also download the Braumm app on their mobile device.
Read our Braumm Outdoor Smart Plug review.
This $ 12 smart outdoor plug from Wyze is still in the pre-order phase, but it has some promising features – especially for the price.
The Wyze Plug Outdoor includes two 15 A sockets that you can control independently of each other. It is rated IP64 for protection against water and dust over a temperature range of -4 ° F to 120 ° F. You can control the Plug Outdoor with physical buttons, voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant or via the Wyze app.
You can also set the plug to work with various automations, such as: B. Twilight detection, vacation mode, user-defined schedules and triggers based on other devices. In contrast to most smart plugs, the Wyze Plug Outdoor includes energy monitoring. You can receive notifications when energy thresholds are exceeded and view the usage history in the app.
First read our Wyze Plug Outdoor.
Frequently asked questions about the best outdoor smart plugs
How does a smart plug work?
Smart plugs are adapters that control the power supply to the device connected to them. You are not making any changes to your existing outlet. Smart plugs simply disconnect your device from the power supply or reconnect it to the power supply when it receives a signal (via app or voice command).
Can I use a normal smart plug outdoors?
That’s not a good idea. Outdoor models are optimized for extreme temperatures and have IP-certified housings that protect them from elements such as rain and dust. It is much safer to use a connector made specifically for outdoor use.
Do i need wifi?
Most smart plugs work with limited capacity with Zigbee, Z-Wave, or Bluetooth connections. However, to get features like voice commands with Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, and control your plug when you’re not around, you’ll need a 2.4GHz WiFi connection.