Wemo vs TP Link: Top Smart Plugs 2019
Smart homes would not be complete without smart plugs. As you explore the world of smart switches, Wemo and TP-Link are about the best options on the market. They present you with an option to turn your non-smart appliances into smart gadgets.
When it comes to smart plugs, there is no way to leave out these two major players: Wemo and TP-Link. These two brands always take the front row when it comes to smart lighting and smart plugs. Our Wemo vs TP-Link review will look closely at these brands and explore the differences, as well as the perks and shortcomings of each device.
Wemo gives you an option to select from two major plug choices; the first plug gives you remote control of your appliances, while the other allows you to control your devices and keep the energy consumption rate in check.
With the Wemo Switch Smart Plug, you can add that extra smart feature to non-smart devices, and also control them remotely from anywhere.
You can switch on or switch off your appliances with your mobile device or tablet. This will help you conserve energy. The ability to switch off your fans, heaters, or any other appliances from your workplace or anywhere else will help you cut down on your power costs, and this will reflect positively on your electricity bills. The only requirement is a Wemo Switch Smart Plug, which other non-smart devices would be connected to.
Besides allowing you to control your appliances remotely, the Wemo Switch Smart Plug features an automatic on/off function; this allows you to schedule the time that your appliances turn on and off automatically. This can be useful for security lights, because everyone wants to go back home from work to an already lit house. This can also be helpful for people with schedules that are crazy enough to make them forget to turn off the lights in the porch. Also, when your entire family goes on vacation, the scheduled on and off will make the house look occupied, thus scaring away burglars.
The Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are both featured on the Wemo Switch Smart Plug, so it can be controlled with voice commands.
The Wemo Switch Smart Plug can be integrated with your Nest Thermostat. It works with your Nest’s “home and away mode” to switch on and off your appliances automatically. More energy is saved by this feature.
On top of that, the Wemo Switch Smart Plug works with IFTTT recipes, this gives you access to more smart features on the Smart Plug.
With regards to pricing, the Wemo Switch Smart Plug is priced at $39.99 with a length of 2.9 inches, height of 4.5 inches, and depth of 2.2 inches. The smaller version has the same features as its bigger counterpart for $10 less at $29.99 on the Wemo online store. It has a length of 3.8 inches, 1.4 inches in height, and 2.4 inches in depth.
Wemo went further to produce the Wemo Insight Smart Plug, which keeps you informed about energy costs. With the Insight Smart Plug and your smartphone, you can get information on the power consumption rate of individual appliances!
The Wemo Insight Smart Plug can also be integrated with Nest, IFTTT recipes, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.
On the other hand, the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug comes in two variants. One gives you control over your appliances even when you’re not at home, while the other has energy monitoring features.
With the Kasa app, you can use the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug to either switch on or off your appliances that are plugged into the smart plug, which helps you cut-down on energy costs. These functions can be scheduled, so you won’t have to do anything manually.
Your Kasa app and TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug help you get off to a good start each day. You can schedule your TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Switch to switch on your coffeemaker a while before your alarm goes off, so you wake up to the pleasant scent of freshly brewed coffee.
These Smart Plug features and energy monitoring HS110 functions help manage your home appliances while you are away on vacation. You can even schedule lights to stay on overnight to keep burglars at bay. This can be integrated with an Amazon Echo Voice control to use voice controls.
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring HS110 has a height of 3.9 inches, a width of 2.6 inches, and a depth of 3 inches. It is priced at $34.99.
Another member of this smart series is the Smart Plug Wi-Fi Plug Mini HS105, which is a lot smaller than the other devices, with a height of 2.6 inches, width of 1.49 inches, and depth of 1.57 inches. It weighs 0.2 pounds and is priced at $34.99.
From our Wemo vs TP-Link review, it is clear that both brands have almost similar features, and making an educated decision can be challenging.
Wemo’s price comes with a couple of features that make it a better smart plug, including its ability to work with Nest, as well as IFTTT recipes. However, the major deal breaker may be the price, which is almost twice that of the Wemo Insight Smart Plug.
On the other hand, TP-Link, which is not compatible with IFTTT or Nest, gives you a fairly priced smart plug with all of the essential functionality.
Wemo is the better buy amongst the two smart devices, but the TP-Link can suffice for people that want a low-budget smart plug, or can do without the extra functionalities like IFTTT or Nest. But if you want a smart plug that is fully compatible with Nest and IFTTT, along with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, then go for either the Wemo Switch Smart Plug or the Wemo Insight Smart Plug.
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