As the holidays are upon us and we start to plan a day to decorate the outside of our homes, one smart device every smart home should have today is an outdoor smart plug. It can control your smart lighting or any wired decoration you plan to use this holiday season. But which is the best one for my smart home? GearBrain is here to help you find the best outdoor smart plug for you, no matter the size or type of home you are decorating this holiday season.
After testing many outdoor smart plugs on real homes with normal Internet connectivity, we compiled a list of the best outdoor smart plugs to power your holiday decorations. This list will help you find the right outdoor smart plug for your price and power needs this year.
Use Lutron Outdoor Smart Plug to control your outdoor lights.
One of the toughest smart outdoor plugs is Lutron's new Caseta Outdoor Smart Plug. This outdoor smart plug can work either inside or out but is built to withstand the severest weather conditions year-round. It has a solid design and supports multiple load types. You can set up this smart plug quickly and easily. You will need to connect it to a Lutron Smart Bridge, though. It works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices and is compatible with Apple HomeKit. This means if you have an Apple Watch, you can select scenes and turn our holiday lights on and off. It costs $79.95 and is available at The Home Depot, Walmart,Best Buy, electrical supply outlets, and Amazon.com.
If you are looking for a reliable outdoor smart plug that works on a Wi-Fi connection, is not too big, and can monitor your energy usage, then you should consider the Enbrighten Outdoor Plug-In 2-Outlet WiFi Smart Switch. It's a worthy, dependable outdoor smart plug designed to work with Wi-Fi-compatible devices, and no hub is required. Remote control will allow you to connect the plug to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice platforms and other compatible smart home systems and hubs, like home security systems, to create scenes or schedule your holiday lights to go on when you are not home.
The Enbrighten Outdoor Plug-In 2-Outlet WiFi Smart Switch costs only $27.99 and is available on the company's website. It is also available on Amazon.
Cync On/Off Outdoor Smart Plug – Powers Two Devices with One Outlet
Cync Outdoor Smart Plug with individual outlet control.GearBrain
If you don't recognize the "Cync" name, it is the new brand name for GE Lighting's C by GE line. The company was purchased by Savant, a premium home automation company.
GearBrain has reviewed many of the C by GE devices (now Cync) and likes how they perform in your smart home. The company has an outdoor smart plug called Cync Outdoor Smart Plug. This outdoor smart plug is the perfect device to help you automate your outdoor lighting, especially your holiday decorations. Using the Cync powered by Savant app (iOS and Android), you can set custom schedules or turn them on and off any time during the day. But what makes this smart plug unique is its ability to control two items at once. The plug comes with two outlets, and each can be controlled separately. And if you want to add voice controls, the Cync Outdoor Smart Plug works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice platforms. We recommend this smart outdoor plug for individuals who need more than one outlet to power and control their holiday decorations.
For the smart homes that have holiday decorations that require a strong Wi-Fi signal to operate the way you want them to this holiday season, we have a smart outdoor plug for you to consider. It's Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug. This TP-Link outdoor smart plug is an IP64-rated weather-resistant smart plug that works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices and Samsung SmartThings. It does not require a hub and can be controlled remotely using either your Android or iOS smartphone. Just connect to the Kasa app and start setting up your schedules and routines in minutes.
What makes this outdoor smart plug unique is its long-range capability to connect to your home Wi-Fi network – up to 300 feet. This is exceptional for any outdoor smart device that works on a Wi-Fi connection. And just like the Cync Outdoor Plug, each outlet on the Kasa outdoor plug can be controlled separately.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (EP40) costs $24.99 but is on sale for much less on Amazon.
Ring Outdoor Smart Plug - Best Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug For Alexa Voice Platform
Ring Outdoor Smart PlugRing
Ring is known for making video doorbells, security cameras, and DIY smart home security systems that can help keep your smart homes safe and sound. The company has since expanded its lineup and now makes high-quality smart devices that include smart lighting, security devices for pets, and even an outdoor smart plug. All work on a Wi-Fi connection and work with the Ring platform.
The Ring Outdoor Smart Plug is compatible with various outdoor devices, including lights, pumps, fountains, and appliances. It is also compatible with other Ring devices, such as doorbells and cameras, so that you can create custom automations. For example, you could set up the Ring Outdoor Smart Plug to turn on your porch light when your doorbell is rung. It features two IP66 weather-resistant outlets where you can set schedules and control two devices together from anywhere using the app or your voice. Note you will need to get a Ring Bridge if you don't already have one to easily set schedules and timers for your holiday lights and decorations. All schedules and timers are set up in the Ring app. It's a good, reliable outdoor smart plug, especially for Ring users to have around the holidays.
The Ring Smart Outdoor Plug lists for $29.99 and is available on the Ring website and Amazon. Ring also sells a Ring Smart Outdoor Plug and Ring Bridge bundle for $49.99 on its site.
meross Smart Outdoor Plug – The Outdoor Smart Plug for Any Voice Platform users
meross Smart Outdoor Plug works with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Bixby and Google Assistant voice platforms.Amazon
For Apple HomeKit users, there is a smart outdoor plug for you to use with your holiday decorations this year and it's made by meross. The meross Smart Outdoor Plug is a waterproof (IP44) outdoor outlet that is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung SmartThings(Bixby). You can even use IFTTT applets if you want to control this outdoor plug and set scenes and schedules. This smart plug is also FCC and ETL certified and has two outlets you can control separately if needed.
If you are an Android user, this smart outdoor plug is compatible if your Android device and has OS 4.1 and up. However, keep in mind this plug is really designed for Apple HomeKit users—something to think about prior to buying.
Meross Smart Outdoor Plug has a list price of $30.99 but is available on Amazon for a lot less.
Defiant 15 Amp 120-volt Smart Hubspace Wi-Fi Bluetooth Outdoor Plug – A Rugged Smart Outdoor Plug
Defiant Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Plug has two outlets which can be controlled separately using Hubspace app.
The Defiant Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Outdoor Smart Plug is a rugged, well-built outdoor plug with two outlets that you can control separately using the Hubspace app. The Hubspace app is The Home Depot's new intuitive mobile app, which is powered by Afero and used by Defiant and other Home Depot brands for setup and connecting with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa platforms. You can set schedules and turn devices on/off automatically and remotely. No hub is required.
Defiant outdoor smart plug works on a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection. This is helpful for when you lose your Internet connection and want to control your holiday lights. Just get in Bluetooth range, and you are all set.
Another nice feature of the Defiant outdoor plug is its price. The cost of this smart outdoor plug is only $18.02, the lowest cost of all smart outdoor plugs on our list. Though the Defiant name might not be as well-known as some of the other smart plugs listed on our list, we can assure you its smart outdoor plug is a worthy choice for you to make to help power your holiday decorations this year.
All the smart outdoor plugs we listed in this buying guide are dependable, smart devices that can provide the power and connectivity you need outside your smart home. If you need further help finding other smart outdoor or indoor plugs, visit The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility find engine. It's free and easy to use.
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