Several WIRED staffers own and love these plugs, including senior associate editor Julian Chokkattu, who recommends them in our Best Smart Bulbs guide. He already owns fancy (and not smart) bulbs, but still wanted the ease of controlling them with his voice via Google Assistant. He connected several lamps to TP-Link’s HS105 plugs and has run into little to no issues after using them for more than a year. With the TP-Link Kasa app, you can group plugs together to turn on several items at once, see runtime, set routines, timers, and schedules. There’s also an “Away” mode that functions almost exactly like the Wyze Plug’s Vacation mode.
It’s a little pricier than the Wyze, but you can get the Kasa HS103 model for far less. The main difference between the two is the HS105 has a higher max load, so it’s better to use with devices that might require a bit more power, like fans.
Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa