The Amazon Smart Plug Has Almost Half a Million Ratings—Here’s Why

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The Amazon Smart Plug does everything from providing home security to turning on the coffee pot from bed. It's an Amazon viral product with almost half-a-million ratings!

If you’re a fan of affordable smart home devices that actually make life easier, you’re going to love this Amazon Smart Plug. It has over 371,000 five-star Amazon reviews already and is growing more popular by the day. It’s so impressive that reviewers are calling it the “easiest tech upgrade” they’ve ever purchased and nearly begging others to give it a shot. Use it for everything from home security to turning off the curling iron with the sound of your voice.

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Why is the Amazon Smart Plug a viral home technology product?

This affordable, easy-to-use smart plug simplifies just about everything that you’d ever want to plug in: TVs, lamps, fans, the coffeemaker. It takes the guesswork out of turning things on and off from just about anywhere—even remotely.

That means you can schedule electronics to turn on and off automatically. You can also control them when you’re away from the house or just shut off the living room lamps when you’re in bed and too tired to get back up.

The Amazon Smart Plug works seamlessly with the Alexa app to give you full access to anything plugged into the SmartPlug from the touch of a button on your phone or saying, “Hey Alexa,” followed by the command of your choice.

Each smart plug is offered at an affordable under-$25 price point. It offers priceless value when you don’t have to rush home from work to shut off the lights, slow cooker, or other devices and showcases all the best of what Alexa can do to simplify life.

How does an Amazon Smart Plug work?

The Amazon Smart Plug lets you voice control lights, fans, coffeemakers, and more through any Alexa-enabled device. That means your Echo, Fire TV, Fire tablet, Sonos One, or just downloading the Alexa app on your phone is really all the technology you’ll ever need to get this genius plug in action.

Better yet, with multiple Amazon Smart Plugs, you can control multiple outlets and rooms. It just slips into an unused second outlet and voila! The app magically senses the plug’s presence and opens options on your phone or another Alexa-enabled device to guide you through a quick setup. Feel free to ask Alexa for a joke while you’re at it.

Most users report making the most of their smart plugs for things like coffee pots and never forgetting to turn a curling iron off again. Amazon also suggests using the product for Away Lighting.

It’s a simple trick using Alexa to automatically turn connected lights on and off, making it look like you’re home when you’re away. All you need is the Amazon Smart plug connected to a lamp or lamps. Set your Alexa app to recognize preferred come-and-go times. It’s one of the Amazon Alexa skills that keeps your home safe, and that’s worth far more than the modest price of the plug itself.

The best Amazon Smart Plug reviews

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“I got this smart plug so I can remotely turn appliances and lights on and off in an Alzheimer’s patient’s home,” explains verified Amazon purchaser, Rachel. “I can remotely make sure things are off by simply turning them on/off in the Amazon Alexa app. It’s super simple to use and really helps me out. Now I don’t have to drive over there to make sure the lights are off.”

Another verified Amazon purchaser, Frederick writes about how user-friendly the plug is. “I have owned several different brands of smart plugs, and this one was by far the easiest to set up. I plugged it into an outlet and within a few seconds the Alexa app on my phone recognized it as a new device, prompted me to give it a name, and I was all set! Awesomeness all around.”

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Bryce Gruber
As Home Editor, Bryce Gruber is an expert in gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at Reader's Digest. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.