Best Smart Plugs Australia (Reviews + Ratings For 2020)

A high tech home doesn't have to cost a fortune and with the invention of smart plugs, any device in your home can now be controlled via a smartphone from anywhere in the world. 

Yes, before you go out and rewire your house with crazy expensive equipment, take a look at a smart plug and how you can turn any electrical device into a smart home device within minutes. Installing one is super simple too, even a technophobe could do it.

But while installing one is simple, choosing the best one for your needs can be troublesome, especially with so many different brands and models each claiming to be the best. 

Today we've rounded up the best smart plugs Australia has to offer, to suit every budget and requirement. We've also included some tips and tricks for getting started. 

Best Smart Plugs Australia

All these plugs are designed for the Australian market. Beware of other magazines promoting US plugs which are not rated for Australia's voltage supply. We found all these plugs available to purchase from either Amazon.com.au or Officeworks.

We haven't included the world's cheapest smart plugs (Wyze) as they are unavailable in Australia just yet. We'll update you if they arrive down under. 

1. TP-Link Smart Plug HS100

  • Remote access
  • Scheduling features
  • Away mode
  • Voice control (add-on).

Compatible with Android 4.1 and higher or iOS 9 and higher the Smart Plug HS100 from TP-Link enables you to control your home devices (electronics and appliances) from a smartphone or tablet anywhere and anytime.


It does it all via WiFi through the free Kasa app. Simply insert the Smart Plug at a standard wall outlet powerpoint, download the app and you're ready to set up a schedule for whichever of your appliances you want to control that way or to turn them on and off as you wish.


This has the potential to save you a heap of money by preventing the use of power when appliances don't need to be on.


The app allows you to use as many Smart Plugs as you wish throughout your home. Each plug will control the appliance that’s plugged into it so you do need separate Smart Plugs for separate appliances. You can group appliances which have similar schedules or use times such as lights.


The Smart Plug lets you set up an Away Mode schedule to automatically turn appliances on and off to disguise the fact that you’re away from home.


The Plug is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well, allowing you to exercise Voice Control by allocating a name to each Smart Plug and addressing it by name when you’re giving it directions.


Or assigning more than one to a group for simpler commands.The Smart Plugs work any WiFi router. There’s no need for any special hub or other equipment.


2. Meross WiFi Smart Socket

  • Remote control
  • Voice control features
  • Scheduling
  • Energy monitoring via app
  • 1 purchase, 4 pack.

The Meross Smart Socket plug is a WiFi-enabled device which allows you to control your home electrical appliances with your smartphone from anywhere at any time. It is a brilliant wireless remote control for your home.


The device is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and uses the Meross app and your home WiFi to operate.


The Smart Socket simply plugs into a standard wall powerpoint and then connects to an appliance through its power plug.


It can be voice activated through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or IFTTT.
You can set up a schedule for each appliance, or for groups of them.


The device will allow you to see the status of any connected appliance, track energy usage in real and historical time, set up timers and on/off schedules, and auto-off when a designated time period has elapsed.


The Meross nest thermostat system can be set up to detect when the house is empty and automatically turn off all appliances.


It can also be used as a smart garage door opener even when the WiFi connection is not covering that area by using Mediatek IoT chip technology.


The Meross Smart Socket systems can be purchased in a range of different packs to suit different situations, including the Smart Bulbs and Smart Garage Door Opener.


3. . TP-Link Smart Plug HS110

  • Remote access
  • Scheduling features
  • Energy monitoring
  • Voice control (add-on).

Compatible with Android 4.1 and higher or iOS 9 and higher the Smart Plug HS110 from TP-Link not only enables you to control your home electronics and appliances from a smart device but also comes with energy monitoring in real and historical time.


This has the potential to save you a heap of money by preventing the use of power when appliances don't need to be on.


And to help you do this, the App sends you regular (weekly and/or monthly) summaries of how much energy each connected appliance is using, allowing you to change the schedule of particular appliances to reduce power consumption.It does it all via WiFi through the free Kasa app.


Insert the Smart Plug at a standard wall outlet powerpoint, download the app and you're ready to set up a schedule for whichever of your appliances you want to control that way, or to remotely turn them on and off as you wish.


You can also set up an Away Mode schedule to automatically turn appliances such as lights on and off when you’re away from home.


You can use as many Smart Plugs as you wish throughout your home. Each plug will control the appliance that’s plugged into it.


The Plug is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well, allowing you to exercise Voice Control by allocating a name to each Smart Plug and addressing it by name when you’re giving it directions. Or assigning more than one to a group name for simpler commands.


The Smart Plugs work with any WiFi router. There’s no need for any special hub or other equipment.


4. Brilliant Lighting Smart Wifi Plug

  • Built-in USB charger
  • Set timers and scheduling
  • Voice control (Add-on)

Compatible with both Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT the Brilliant Lighting Smart WiFi Plug allows you to remotely control connected home appliances and devices.


Its built-in USB port also lets you charge devices where appropriate.


Using the Brilliant Lighting app or the Smart Life app and your home WiFi network, the Smart Plug connects to any standard wall socket and then remotely controls any appliance which is plugged into it using a Smartphone or tablet.


You can set schedules for particular appliances and devices or use commands to control a device instantly.


The energy savings from using a system such as this are obvious – if you purchase a few Smart Plugs and set up your hungriest appliances on the network you can ensure that they are not left on when they’re not being used.


And being able to turn the iron off after you've left for work is another bonus of investing a small amount of loose change in one of these plugs.


Those are just a couple of benefits – scheduling and auto-off capabilities don't take much time to master and pay dividends.


It needs to be noted that the WiFi network has to be a standard 2.4, not a 5GHZ router. And the maximum power input is 2400W.


5. D-Link WiFi Smart Plug

  • Simple narrow design
  • Scheduling features
  • Voice controls (Add-on).

Save power and money by converting all your household appliances into smart devices with the use of a simple WiFi-enabled plug-in remote controller. These are becoming extremely popular and there are many different brands on the market.


The Smart Plug from D-Link is another one which is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.


It uses your home WiFi network and the My D-Link app and works with any appliance or electronic device.

 

Simply plug it into the wall socket, and connect it to the network on your smartphone or tablet after you've downloaded the app.

 

Purchase as many as you need to control your most-used appliances or those which use the most power.


This is a mini plug so it’s great for tight spaces in the home, for example where there are adjacent plugs or furniture close by.


The app allows you to remotely control all connected appliances, including instant control, timer and scheduling.


Use either voice or touchpad commands. See the power status of connected devices and turn them on or off instantly.


Set lights to be on or off when you’re away on holiday. Turn your porch light on as you turn into the driveway. The benefits are countless.


The plug is compatible with Android, Chrome, iOS, macOS and Windows. It will only use 2.4GHz WiFi frequency though.


What Is a Smart Plug?

A smart plug plugs directly into a wall socket which allows you to connect your own device into, allowing you to automate the control of this.


A mini computer, the smart plug connects to your home wireless network (Wi-Fi) allowing you to control it's features using your own smartphone or tablet.


But the beauty of connecting via wireless allows you to connect to your smart plugs from anywhere in the world, as long as your home internet is up and running. 


Some of the best uses for smart plugs is the ability to turn an appliance on before you return home from work, such as turning on the oven or boiling the kettle. 


Other uses include turning the lights on while you're on holiday or turning your kids television off remotely. Aside from using a smartphone to control your devices, you can also schedule tasks such as turning lights on and off at set times, turning the hose pipe on to water plants or even wake up calls. 

How Does a Smart Plug Work? 

Smart plugs are bulky so be sure you've got somewhere to install one in your household. Often a dual plug socket can only fit one smart plug and may even cover the second socket. They don't work well with power multi boards.


Nearly every plug we've mentioned today let's you control the features via smartphone however you can also use scheduling with some of the models mentioned too. 


We call the scheduling, scenes as it let's you program based on various factors such as atmosphere conditions, temperatures, time of day and humidity. 


To get voice control working you'll need to pair your device with a smart home device such as Amazon Echo, Amazon Show or Google Mini. 


Newer smart plugs can also monitor your energy use and can even help with reducing your electricity bill by providing estimated consumption data and helping you turn off devices that aren't being used, such as combining your smart plug with a smart activity sensor which tracks movement in your rooms. 

What Is the Best Smart Plug?

Choosing the best smart plug for your home is personal decision. If you simply want to control your lights or devices via a smartphone then you could make do with a standard unbranded smart plug.


If you want to integrate with devices such as Amazon Echo Show or Google Assistant, so you can say 'Google, switch off the lights' then you'll need to choose a smart plug that offers such compatibility.


One of the most common smart plugs is the TP-LINK HS100 which is compatible with Echo Show as well as Google Mini and Google's other products. For monitoring you'll need the HS110 model instead. 


Smart plugs are the perfect idea for those who don't wish to invest in smart light bulbs or rewiring their entire house. And given how cheap smart plugs have now become, the question is 'when are you getting yours?'