There was a time when we needed to exert great energy to perform any specific task. With the improvement in technology, the exertion reduced as machines replaced the physical effort being done by us. Probably, the latest of inventions of the time is the new gadget by Amazon.com with the name Alexa.
Alexa is a smart robot which can fit on a wall and can perform several different tasks which you ask it to do such as adjusting the thermostat, turning switches on or off, weather updates, and many many more functions as well. All you have to do is say, Alexa, do this; Alexa, do that and it just performs the task itself.
The following review will tell you regarding the Top 5 Smart Outlets that work with Amazon Alexa.
1. Kasa Smart (HS100 KIT) Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL Certified, 2-Pack ( Packaging May Vary )
The TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug (2-Pack) is one of the best smart plugs which works with Amazon Alexa. Not only that but you can also control your devices with the touch of your phone through the KASA application. You can turn the electronics on or off with voice recognition by Alexa or with KASA application from your smartphone.
Use the Away-Mode to turn devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home while you are away. This will save your energy as well. It is so easy to install. All you need to do is to plug in a device to the smart plug and connect with the Wi-Fi network. It is 120~220 Volt Compatible. The best thing about this smart plug is the fact that the company has offered a two-year warranty for it.
Specs and features
- Works with several apps such as KASA
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa
- 120/220 volt
- Pack of two
- No Hub required
- 2-years warranty
2. Kasa Smart WiFi Plug w/Energy Monitoring by TP-Link - Reliable WiFi Connection, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo & Google Assistant (HS110),White
Run your home smartly with the TP-Link Smart Plug w/ Energy Monitoring. It is not like the other smart plugs. It comes with energy monitoring as well. You can receive weekly and monthly details which define which devices are using the most power. Also, the plugs closely monitor all the power-hungry devices which ultimately helps you better manage energy usage in your home. Great deal for your money isn’t it?
The smart plug can also be run with a certain specific schedule. Scheduling assists you in keeping the energy bills low by preventing all the different types of power hungry devices from being left on longer than needed. Make your devices run on your schedule, even when you’re not there; All this with the help of smart plugs by TP-Link. The HS110 is an energy-efficient and money-saving device as it works with any Wi-Fi router without the need for a separate hub or paid subscription service.
The GE Lighting Control Duplex Receptacle is a great wall outlet which enables wireless control function of a switch on and switches off. It is easily controllable through Amazon Alexa device which is sold separately. It supports all sorts of incandescent, Xenon, Halogen, fluorescent, compact fluorescent bulbs and LED lighting up to 600 watts.
It basically features one always-on pass-through AC outlet and one Z-Wave enabled outlet. You can easily locate the receptacle in a dark room as it has an integrated LED indicator. It is compatible with several hubs such as SmartThings, Pulse, Trane, Wink, Alexa, Nexia, Honeywell, HomeSeer, Smart Security, Harmony, Vera, Connect, and Iris. There is a white lighting control which matches with most of the standard wall plates.
4. Leviton VRR15-1LZ Vizia RF + Split Duplex Tamper Resistant Scene Capable Receptacle, White/Ivory/Light Almond
The Leviton VRR15-1LZ Vizia RF Scene Capable Receptacle is again an amazing one which works with Amazon Alexa for voice control. It basically works on the principles of a Wireless RF technology which helps in the creation of a mesh network for command and control interoperability and other functions as well. You can use the receptacle for wireless on and off control functions with loads of up to 15 amps.
It also has a non-controlled side is a tamper-resistant receptacle that provides constant power. This switch is also compatible with Vizia RF along with its handheld remote. Also, you can use it with SmartThings application as well. There is a shutter mechanism inside the TR receptacle which assists in blocking the entire access to the contacts unless a two-prong plug is inserted.
5. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch and Remote Kit for Wall & Ceiling Lights, P-PKG1W-WH, White
The Lutron Caseta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer Kit is unlike the other wall outlets. It is basically a dimmer kit which we would like to share with our viewers. The entire package includes (1) wireless dimmer, (1) Pico remote control and (1) coordinating screwless wall plate. This dimmer and remote kit offer convenient control of your wall and ceiling lights, all at the touch of a button! Dim lights for dinner or watching movies, or brighten for homework or cooking
It works with 600 watts of incandescent/halogen, 150 watts of dimmable LED/CFL. Many other bulbs are compatible with this as well. Simply use your dimmer with the voice recognition by Alexa and get the maximum comfort by just laying down on the couch. The dimmer is not only compatible with Alexa only but it works with the Lutron Smart Bridge or the WINK hub as well. However, each of these devices are sold separately to the users. With a 10-year battery life intact, the wall dimmer kit is surely going to be there and going to last long.
Amazon Alexa for voice recognition is surely a great thing of the decade. If you know of an Alexa user, do share this page with him so that he can benefit from these amazing smart outlets as well!