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Best Buy Guide
Smart Plugs
Best Buy Guide

Smart Plugs

Discover the Best Smart Plugs for your Smart Home.

Whether you're looking to control lighting, manage appliances remotely, or improve energy efficiency, smart plugs are an easy and simple way you get the most out of your Homey-powered smart home.

However, choosing the right smart plug can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, especially for novice users. That's why we've done the research for you, hopefully making things simpler and clearer.

In this best buy guide, we explore the best smart plugs of 2024 that are fully compatible with your Homey ecosystem. Each of these smart plugs have been selected based on their reliability, ease of integration, features and positive user feedback.

What to consider when choosing a smart plug?

When choosing smart plugs for your Homey, there are a few key points to consider and differentiate between. Depending on your intents and purposes, you might need one model more than another. A couple of key characteristics to think about when choosing a smart plug:

  • Maximum Power Rating - For simpler things like lights and small devices, a plug with lower max current (10A) will do just fine. If you are controlling high-power appliances like dishwashers, you will need a plug capable of handling inductive loads, usually (16A)
  • Energy Metering - Decide whether you need to keep track of the energy consumption of connected devices/appliances
  • Size and Shape - Smart plugs come in different shapes and sizes, carefully consider the dimensions and form of each so you do not encounter issues like covering adjacent outlets
  • Price - Smart plugs save you money in the long run, but deploying many can quickly stack up and become a hard pill to swallow. Consider the price to features correlation introduced in this best buy guide when making a decision
BrandModelProtocolMaximum CurrentEnergy MeteringPrice
Aqara Brand LogoAqaraSmart PlugZigbee10A, 2300W€29.99
eve-brand-logo-bbgEve EnergySmart PlugThread11A, 2500W€39.95
fibaro-brand-logo-bbgFibaroWall PlugZ-Wave11A, 2500W€59.95
frient-brand-logo-bbgFrientSmart Plug Mini 2Zigbee16A, 3840W€38.95
ikea-brand-logo-bbgIkeaTRETAKT PlugZigbee16A, 3680W€7.99
innr-brand-logo-bbgInnrSmart PlugZigbee16A, 3680W€24.99
meross-brand-logo-bbgMerossSmart Plug MiniMatter16A, 3680W€19.99
onvis-brand-logo-bbgOnvisS4EU Smart PlugThread16A, 4000W€24.99
philips-hue-brand-logo-bbgPhilipsHue Smart PlugZigbee10A, 2300W€34.99
qubino-brand-logo-bbgQubinoSmart Plug 16AZ-Wave16A, 3840W€55.99
shelly-brand-logo-bbgShellyPlus Plug SWi-Fi12A, 2500W€19.90
tapo-brand-logo-bbgTP-LinkTapo Smart PlugMatter16A, 3680W€24.90

Aqara Smart Plug

Available at €29.99

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Aqara Smart Plug
  • Energy metering
  • Zigbee router
  • Overload protection
  • Flame-retardant body
  • Bulky
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

If you are on the hunt for a capable Zigbee smart plug with power metering features, then the SP-EUC01 model from Aqara is a great pick. Rated at 2300W, it can control anything you decide to attach within its rated limit. If you somehow go over the max current rating, the plug is outfitted with overloading and overheating protection mechanisms - automatically turning off the smart plug before anything dangerous happens.

Paired to Homey, the Aqara wall plug will act as a Zigbee router and relay traffic from adjacent devices back to Homey Bridge or Homey Pro - solidifying and extending your mesh network.

The Aqara model is a bit larger and bulkier compared to other brands, and although it won't obstruct neighboring outlets, it’s an important factor to consider when making your pick.

Eve Energy Smart Plug

Available at €39.95

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Eve Energy Smart Plug
  • Matter smart plug
  • Thread router
  • Overload protection
  • Fast response times
  • No energy metering (yet)
Homey Pro

The Eve Energy Smart Plug is a part of the next generation of smart home devices that leverages the latest Matter standard and Thread communication technology, aiming to provide an enhanced smart home experience.

Even though Thread is still very young, the Eve Energy smart plug is fully compatible with your Homey Pro. Being an FTD (Full Thread Device), this plug acts as a repeater in your Thread network, relaying traffic from battery-powered end devices like motion, door & window or temperature & humidity sensors back to your Homey Pro.

The plug is suitable for controlling a wide range of devices, from night lamps to kitchen dishwashers. A built-in fuse turns off the relay in case the power draw exceeds 11A or 2500W, safeguarding the plug itself and the connected appliance.

The Eve Energy Smart plug supports energy metering too, so you can always get an overview of the power draw and create flows based on the reading. Currently, this functionality is not included in the Matter specification, but it is anticipated in an upcoming update.

Fibaro Wall Plug

Available at €59.95

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Fibaro Wall Plug
  • Energy metering
  • Z-Wave router
  • High-quality build
  • LED load indicator
  • Expensive
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

If you prefer using Z-Wave devices, the Fibaro wall plugs are a great pick for strengthening your network stability and overall health. Fibaro is a well-known top tier brand from Poland, using the Z-Wave communication protocol for most of their products.

The Fibaro Wall Plug supports a maximum load of 2500W or 11A, which is enough for connecting most domestic appliances. It’s also equipped with an overload protection switch, which kicks in and turns off the plug as soon as the maximum current rating is surpassed.

This premium plug also supports power metering, giving you an overview of the energy consumption by the connected device. Current value of the load and operating mode are indicated by a built-in LED ring, a visually appealing set of LED lights used as a status indicator, which can even be controlled from a Flow. The only real drawback of Fibaro wall plugs is their price tag — definitely more than other comparable models.

Frient Smart Plug Mini 2

Available at €38.95

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Frient Smart Plug Mini 2
  • Energy metering
  • Zigbee router
  • Very small
  • High-power rating
  • Pricey
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

Frient Smart Plugs top the list of Zigbee smart plugs for any smart home, standing out with their compact design. The Smart Plug Mini 2 in particular, measures only 41mm in diameter, which makes it the smallest smart plug on our buying guide.

Despite its small size, the Mini 2 can handle a maximum load of up to 16A or 3680W. This means it's suitable for connecting both minor gadgets and major appliances - such as refrigerators, tumble dryers, and washing machines.

The Frient Smart Plug Mini 2 is also equipped with a power meter, tracking consumption of whatever you decide to connect to it. If your appliance happens to draw more than the plug is capable of handling, a built-in overload protection mechanism turns off the plug immediately.
This model is a bit more costly compared to similar plugs, but its price tag is justified by the feature set and miniscule footprint.

Ikea TRETAKT Plug

Available at €7.99

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Ikea TRETAKT Plug
  • Simple functionality
  • Very affordable
  • Zigbee router
  • No energy metering
  • Bulky
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

If you are in the market for an affordable Zigbee smart plug with simple toggle functionality, look no further than the newly released Ikea TRETAKT Plug. Priced at €7.99, these Ikea plugs are ideal for mass deployment in your smart home.

The attractive pricing of TRETAKT plugs makes them an excellent option for expanding and strengthening your Zigbee network, since they function very effectively as Zigbee routers. The maximum current rating of this smart plug is 16A or 3680W, which is more than enough for controlling large appliances like washers, refrigerators or heaters.

The Ikea TRETAKT plug doesn't have energy metering capabilities, so if your goal is to measure power consumption you should skip this one. Measuring at 9 cm long, it’s also the largest smart plug on this list, which you should definitely consider when making a buying decision.

Innr Smart Plug

Available at €24.99

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Innr Smart Plug
  • Energy metering
  • Zigbee router
  • High power rating
  • Larger than most
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

Innr is another reputable brand producing good quality Zigbee smart devices. From their range of smart plugs, we’ve chosen to include the SP 240 model as a top pick, for several reasons.

This model is capable of handling loads of up to 16A and accurately measure the energy consumption of whatever gadget you chose to plug in. It integrates well with Homey and Homey Pro, pushing its power metering data over Zigbee to your hub.

Further, the device acts as a Zigbee router, improving the overall performance and stability of your network. Measuring at 52x52x82mm, it's not the smallest smart plug on our list, but it will not cover adjacent outlets.

Innr also produces an IP44 rated and waterproof 10A outdoor smart plug, labelled as model OSP 210, which also uses Zigbee and works with your Homey Bridge or Homey Pro.

Meross Matter Smart Plug

Available at €19.99

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Meross Matter Smart Plug
  • Matter smart plug
  • Very affordable
  • High power rating
  • Questionable build quality
Homey Pro

The Meross Smart Plug model MSS315 is a Matter-enabled wall plug, designed for ease of use and simple smart home integration. This model uses Wi-Fi as the underlying communication protocol, although the onboarding process to your Homey Pro is done through Bluetooth by using your mobile device.

Rated at 16A or 3680W, the Meross Smart Plug can control high power appliances without any issues. The pairing button doubles as a status indicator, changing colour depending on the current load.

The Meross Smart Plugs are very affordable considering they support Matter, going around for €19 each. While their build quality is decent, it does not rank among the highest in this list.

Onvis S4EU Smart Plug

Available at €24.99

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Onvis S4EU Smart Plug
  • Matter smart plug
  • Interesting design
  • Affordable
  • High power rating
  • No energy metering
Homey Pro

The Onvis S4EU Smart Plug is a budget-friendly Matter smart socket relying on the Thread communication protocol to talk to your Homey Pro. Just like other Thread plugs on our list, it’s capable of extending your network by acting as a signal repeater for neighboring devices.

The plug features a very interesting dual-color design, complimented with a small button with an LED status indicator. It’s not the smallest plug in terms of size, but it’s not bulky enough to cause issues when installed on dual sockets.

The Onvis S4EU Smart Socket is not capable of energy metering, however it can handle loads of up to 16A or 4000W which makes it a great choice for controlling large domestic appliances.

Priced at €24.99, it's already quite wallet-friendly, but when bought in bulk, it becomes the most cost-effective Matter-over-Thread smart plug, coming in at just €18.25 per unit.

Philips Hue Wall Plug

Available at €34.99

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Philips Hue Wall Plug
  • High-quality build
  • Zigbee router
  • High power rating
  • Reliable
  • No energy metering
  • Low current rating for the price
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

The latest model of the Philips Hue Wall Plug can actually use both Bluetooth and Zigbee as their communication protocol. Although it can be controlled through the Hue Bridge, using Zigbee directly is recommended in your Homey ecosystem, for reliability and mesh networking purposes.

Philips Hue smart plugs are fully supported in Homey and Homey Pro, being considered a top tier pick among enthusiasts. The Hue wall plugs can control a wide range of devices within their 10A current limit like lamps, speakers or other small to medium size appliances.

Their square-ish shape matches the design of standard EU sockets, which makes these smart plugs fit together seamlessly.

Qubino Smart Plug 16A

Available at €55.99

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Qubino Smart Plug 16A
  • High-quality build
  • Durable
  • Z-Wave router
  • Very Reliable
  • Expensive
  • Unattractive design
Homey Bridge
Homey Pro

If you are on the market for a heavy-duty smart plug from a trusted brand, then don’t overlook the Qubino 16A Smart Plug. Qubino is a Slovenian brand with a large product portfolio, focusing almost exclusively on Z-Wave devices.

Equipped with overload and overheat protection, the device automatically shuts off the relay and activates a red LED while sending an "Overcurrent detected" notification if the load exceeds 16.1A for more than 5 seconds.

The Qubino Smart Plug has a depth of 75mm, which makes it relatively large and bulky. In certain applications this aspect might be forgivable, were it not for the plug's notably unappealing appearance.

The dependability and stability offered by the Qubino Smart Plug to your smart home come at a premium, as this plug is pricier than others on our list.

Shelly Plus Plug S

Available at €19.90

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Shelly Plus Plug S
  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • LED load indicator
  • Slower response times
Homey
Homey Pro

The Shelly Plus Plug S is a highly versatile and intelligent plug designed to enhance home automation systems like Homey and Homey Pro. Rated at 12A or 2500W, this smart plug is somewhere in the middle compared to others on this list, at least when it comes to the maximum power rating.

The Plug S efficiently tracks the energy usage of attached devices and visually represents the current load with an attractive colour LED indicator. If you find it distracting, there is a “Night mode” setting you can schedule, lowering brightness or turning off the light completely.

Besides Wi-Fi, which is the main communication protocol of the Shelly Plug, the device is also outfitted with Bluetooth, intended to be used for software updates and debugging purposes.

Side note: Shelly also produces a 3000W Z-Wave smart plug with energy metering for the UK market, named Shelly Qubino Wave Plug UK, fully supported in Homey.

TP-Link Tapo Matter Smart Plug

Available at €24.90

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TP-Link Tapo Matter Smart Plug
  • Matter smart plug
  • High-power rating
  • Flame-retardant body
  • Affordable
  • No energy metering (yet)
Homey Pro

If you have decided on a Matter-enabled smart plug, the Tapo P110M is another model from TP-Link which you can use to future-proof your smart home with the latest communication protocol. Homey Pro is fully compatible with Matter-enabled devices, so the P110M can be effortlessly integrated over Wi-Fi in your existing setup.

This plug is rated for 16A, so you can safely use it even with high power appliances like dishwashers, washing machines or tumble dryers. It’s rectangle shaped instead of round, which might appeal more to certain users.

Even though this smart plug supports energy metering, the Matter specification currently does not. A future update should enable this feature for all Matter controllers, including your Homey Pro.

Simpler Alternatives

If you're not looking for energy metering or other advanced features highlighted in our top picks, a basic 433MHz smart plug with simple on/off functionality might suit your needs. These plugs are small, barely noticeable when plugged in, and usually very affordable.

We recommend considering Trust Smart Home, Telldus, Nexa or Dio smart plugs, which all work over 433Mhz with both Homey Bridge and Homey Pro.

Final Thoughts

Wrapping up our Best Buy Guide for 2024's top smart wall plugs, it's evident that these devices are crucial for upgrading your smart home. They simplify controlling lights, managing appliances, and boosting energy efficiency in any Homey-enabled smart home. We've showcased various models known for their seamless integration with Homey, dependable performance, and strong user satisfaction.

When choosing a smart plug, carefully consider the factors we’ve outlined in this buying guide like maximum power capacity, energy metering capability, physical size and shape, and price-to-features so you get the right smart plug for your needs.

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