Smart home products are now part of our lives, be it Google Assistant-compatible soundbars or Alexa-compatible smart power strips. However, if you are an iPhone user, it’ll be ideal if you could invest in Apple HomeKit smart home products. Compared to Alexa and Assistant, Apple Homekit has fewer compatible brands, but it’s safe to say that the products that exist are easy to set up and use.
Besides being compatible with Siri, you can control these products through the iOS Apple Home app on your Mac or iPad. The best part? With these smart plugs, you can easily turn dumb products into smart ones. For instance, the corner lamp that was always a pain to switch on, can now be turned on easily at a specific time without any human intervention. The same can be said of coffeemakers and room coolers.
So if you are in the market looking for some quality smart plugs that work with Apple HomeKit, we have rounded up some of the best smart plugs that do the work as advertised.
Let’s get started. But first,
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1. iHome ISP6X Smart Plug
- Power: 15A
iHome’s ISP6X Smart Plug is one of the affordable HomeKit compatible smart plugs. The highlight of this plug is that it’s easy to set up and install, and quite a few users have praised this feature. Secondly, it is highly customizable, and you can set the schedules as per your preference. This means you can set your home lights to switch on automatically when you are away.
Apart from that, this smart plus is highly customizable, and you can define several scenes as per your preference.
However, the ISP6X Smart Plug is not one of the sleekest products out there. Horizontally, it measures around 2.8-inches and may block out the nearby switches and outlets. That said, if you have outlets arranged vertically, this smart plug won’t inconvenience you.
It connects to the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band. As noted earlier, setting up this smart plug via the app is easy and simple. However, it has a mixed bag of reviews when it comes to the connectivity of the plus. Some people have had frequent disconnection issues.
Apart from HomeKit, the iHome’s ISP6X Smart Plug is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, giving you the flexibility to switch to other smart assistants in the future.
2. Philips Hue Smart Plug
- Power: 15A
One of the first things you will notice about the Philips Hue Smart Plug is its size. It’s small and will easily fit into most power sockets. However, this will fit your requirements the best if you have other Philips Hue products at your home. From the HomeKit perspective, it offers several customization options and controls.
It’s versatile and also supports Bluetooth. However, there’s a slight catch. You will need the Philips Hue Bridge to unlock all the HomeKit smarts. But if you have the bridge, setting up the smart plug and syncing it with the iOS Home app is a walk in the park.
The good thing is once you have both the devices set up, you can control and customize most of the settings through your iPhone or Mac.
3. Meross Smart Plug Mini
- Power: 15A
Another affordable smart plug that you can consider buying is the one by Meross. It’s a bang for the buck and you get 4 plugs for around $40. It’s easy to install and as per some of the users, the Apple HomeKit integration works seamlessly. Like the iHome product above, this one is a fairly wide plug which means that the side switches may be blocked out for use.
That said, the setup of this HomeKit compatible smart switch is simple. As soon as the companion app detects an iPhone, it will redirect you to the Home app.
Again, it’s a versatile product, and apart from HomeKit, it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, and IFTTT applets.
The Meross Smart Plug Mini is not the most durable product out there. Some of the users have reported disconnection issues after a few months. However, compared to the popular picks like Wemo WiFi Smart Plug, this one proves to be a better pick from the HomeKit-compatibility point of view.
4. Eve Energy Smart Plug
- Power: 15A
The Eve Energy Smart Plug brings the best of both worlds. For one, it doesn’t cost much. Secondly, it offers a seamless HomeKit experience. Quite a few users have praised the HomeKit compatibility. However, what sets this smart plug apart from the rest is its energy monitoring.
You can see the amount of energy and estimated costs (of the connected device) with the app. So, if you see a higher consumption by the connected lamp, you can switch to a more sustainable product in the future.
Set up and installation is fast and quick. They pair easily and show up in the iOS Home app quickly. Furthermore, there’s no delay between the command and the action. Secondly, the setup process doesn’t require registrations or account creation, and this feature has earned accolades from its user base. At the same time, the company also claims 100% privacy.
This plug is neither too big nor too sleek, and it should fit your power outlet without any issues. Last but not least, the Eve Energy smart plug supports both Bluetooth and Thread (Thread is a smart home connectivity standard for Apple users).
6. ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2
- Power: 15A
Another smart plug that works with the Apple HomeKit app is the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2. Like the Eve Energy plug, this one also has energy usage reporting. More importantly, it is a dual-outlet plug, meaning you can turn two dumb devices into smart ones. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that both the connected devices (which you need to ‘smarten up’) need to be close to each other.
It’s a versatile device and includes a nifty USB charging port to charge your phone or earphones. However, it’s a standard 2.4A port and will charge your phone at a slow speed.
One of the features that its user base has appreciated is its installation process. The ConnectSense app is intuitive and guides you through the setup process. Or, you can scan the QR code of the plug to connect to HomeKit.
The iOS app comes with plenty of customization options and controls. But as you may have expected, the plug is bulky and will occupy the whole outlet. But on the bright side, you do get two smart outlets and a USB port.
Apart from Apple HomeKit, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, it doesn’t support IFTTT.
Today, the smart home market is flooded with products from different brands. The good thing is that some of these products fall under the affordable price bracket making it easy to try out a few products, especially if you are stepping into the world of smart home products.
The idea is to stick to one assistant so that they are easy to control. If you love the Apple ecosystem, it’s best to stick to HomeKit products.
So, which one of these will you buy?
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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