Choosing a Smart Switch

The easiest way to add home automation to your existing appliances is using one of the many smart switches available. One of the many benefits of going with this approach is the cost, with the average smart plug costing around $30.

The smart plug will allow you to control the outlet when you are at home or away as long as both you and the device have access to the internet. The plug provides control over the outlet itself, allowing you switch the device on and off. Some newer smart plugs also provide information on the electricity consumption of the outlet.

Here are the top two smart switches you can buy today:

iHome ISP5 Control Smart Plug

Out of the current crop of devices, the iHome ISP5 Control Smart Plug has the best specs, value for money, features. Setup is fast and easy, and you can control the switch as long as there is internet access. Also, the switch supports all three major voice assistants: Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. The downsides to the unit are that there is no control of how much power you are using and you cannot measure power usage.

TP-Link Smart Plug Mini HS105

The TP-Link is a nice, compact device that has most of the above features plus the ability to monitor and track power usage of the appliances. When it comes to voice control, it only supports Alexa and Google Assistant. There are two downsides to the device: a) you can’t see the status light, and b) there is a reset button that you can accidentally activate.