Smart plugs have been a staple to the smart home community for years now. But if you are looking for the best smart plugs for your Google Home, then you are in the right place.
In fact, the very first smart item I bought for my home was a smart plug. That’s right! Before I went all in and ended up buying my first Alexa, I bought one old school Belkin smart plug. (Old school meaning about 5 years ago).
The reason I bought it was because of where our Christmas tree is situated. It’s in the corner, and I can’t think of one person who enjoys climbing under a Christmas tree (with very limited space) to plug in and unplug the lights…..twice a day at that. No one. Ever!
So, I’m walking through Walmart one day while doing some Christmas shopping and I run into their clearance table. On it, I saw this Belkin Smart Plug and I think I paid around $20 for it off that lowly clearance table.
I have to say in retrospect that it was probably the best purchase I’ve ever made off a clearance table and maybe one of my best purchases from Walmart. Not so much because it was a smart plug that made part of my life easier. But because, for me, it was the gateway into a much larger foray of smart home products, and now you are reading my blog about it.
Smart Plugs For Google Home
There are primarily 5 brands and sets that I’m going to recommend. Mostly because there is a lot of junk out there and you have to stay focused on what is going to work in the long term as well. So many people want to cheap out, even when it comes to an item that’s already pretty darn cheap.
But I’m here to tell you that, you’ll end up having problems if you do that. Not only possibly with compatibility but also electronically. So I suggest sticking in the $20 to $40 dollar range just to be safe. The following are the best smart plugs that will work with Google Home (assistant) in no particular order.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Plugs
You’ve heard me mention these before in other articles, but they are without a doubt mentionable here as well. Most recently I mentioned them in my smart home gift buying guide.
They really do make great gifts because of their price. I mean heck, you could even buy one of these for a Christmas office party. You’re bound to make someone pretty happy!
These particular ones are pretty compact as well, so they won’t take up much space. You can check them out over here on Amazon to see if they are the right fit.
Belkin Wemo Mini
These are also very compact work very well for most situations. I love the fact that none of these smart plugs require you to have a smart home hub or anything like that. They just work with your smartphone right out of the box.
In fact, the Belkin Wemo Mini fits right into the same price point as all the others, but works wonderfully! I have two of them right here in my office that have been running like a clock for some time now.
If you’d like to see reviews from the thousands of other people who have bought them as well, you might want to go over here and read them.
Belkin Wemo Insight
Most smart plugs are all the same in theory. But the Belkin Wemo Insight has one little caveat that makes it different and special in a way. It actually can monitor your energy usage and costs.
I remember hearing about similar smart plugs years ago. But they hadn’t worked out all of the kinks yet. Not only that but they wanted an absorbent amount of money for them back then. But that’s not the case anymore.
If you want to check out the current price on these puppies, you can find them over here on Amazon.
Teckin Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip / Surge Protector
I am finding an ever increasing need for power strips and surge protectors in my house due to all of the electrical items I have. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I do know that they are a necessity if you want to save your electronics from power surges or just have the need to have a bunch of items plugged into one outlet.
This Teckin smart power strip and surge protector was the perfect fit! The price point isn’t too bad and the reviews on it were awesome. So I picked up two of them and I couldn’t be happier.
They support 4 USB plugged in items and 4 A/C plugged in items. Best of all, just like with everything else here, they work very well with Google Home.
You can read more about them over here on Amazon and pick them up fairly cheap in my opinion.
Meross WiFi Smart Outdoor Plug
Now I’m not saying to go dunk these in a barrel of water or anything, but they work amazingly well for outdoor use. Especially, if you have a Christmas lighting, landscape lighting or fountains that you’d like to be able to control from your phone.
You can also set timers and schedules for these smart outdoor plugs. If you are like me and you don’t want to have to go outside in the cold to unplug and plug in the Christmas lights, then these are a lifesaver!
You can find them over here if you are interested in checking them out. They are absolutely worth every single stinkin penny in my opinion.
Whether you are trying to link up your Google Home with your Christmas tree or get it to turn off the lamps in your living room or even get it to control your Christmas lights there is no doubt you won’t have to spend much money to get where you want to go.
Like I said earlier in the article, most smart plugs are the same and most will work with Google Home. But if you want to make sure you are purchasing the right item, these are my recommendations.