TP-Link HS105: The Best Smart Plug

The TP-Link HS105 smart plug gives you the power to turn on or off one of hundreds of different kinds of "dumb" products such as fans, irons, TVs or energy-sucking floor lamps from any smartphone or tablet from anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal. But this $35 device also gives you the power to create a schedule for such devices, so that, for example, your coffee machine brews a fresh cup o' joe in the morning or your lights turn on at night to make crooks think you're home even though the family is on vacation.

The HS105 is a compact 2.75 x 2.2 x 1 inches, making it smaller than the iHome iSP6X (2.8 x 2.1 x 1.5 inches) and the Belkin Wemo Mini (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches).

Not only is the TP-Link HS105 small (you can fit two to an outlet), but it also gives you some of the more advanced features found on more expensive switches in this category, such as no limit on how many devices you can control through the app.

The easy-to-use Kasa app lets you schedule when the plug turns on and off, and an Away mode will activate devices at random times to give the appearance that you're home. It's a feature that's not available in the iHome ISP6X. The HS105 lacks a dimming feature like the one on the Lutron Caseta, but that plug is both more expensive and has a lengthier setup process.

The Kasa app is bright and straightforward, with big, basic icons that are quickly recognizable. It's not going to win awards for cutting-edge design, but it might just get the nod for easiest to read, use and troubleshoot. TP-Link's plug works with Alexa and Google Assistant, which is a good start, but iHome's plug is compatible with many more smart home systems.

Bottom Line

The $35 TP-Link HS105 is a great smart plug for its small profile and great feature set. If you're looking to save a few bucks, check out the iHome ISP6X, which costs less than $30, has many of the same features as the HS105 (except for Away mode) and is slightly larger.

Credit: TP-Link

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