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We typically advise our readers to stay away from brand-name smart plugs because they’re so expensive and smaller brand options do the exact same thing for far less money. Take the Wemo Mini Smart Plug, for example. It retails for $35 and yet smart plugs from smaller brands can often cost less than half that much. In the case of the WeMo model though, we take back our earlier advice for two reasons. First, it’s on sale right now on Amazon at a $15 discount so you can snag one for $24.50. Second, it was just updated with Apple HomeKit support, so you can now control it using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. That’s a feature you won’t find in any similar smart plugs from small brands, so definitely get a few while they’re discounted.
Here are some highlights from the product page:
- Control from anywhere. Plug in a Wemo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and control your lights and appliances from your phone and your voice through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Only needs Wi-Fi. No hub or subscription required.
- Compact size. Wemo Mini features a sleek new form-factor that allows you to stack two Mini Smart Plugs in the same outlet.
- Schedule automatically. Never come home to a dark house. Schedule the fan to turn on before you arrive. Sync lamps and devices to sunrise, sunset, or pre-set times automatically.
- Randomize Lights. The Mini Smart Plug protects your home better than a mechanical timer. “Away Mode” will turn your lights on and off randomly to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not.
- Voice control with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Pair with voice built-in devices like Apple Homepod or Google Home and control your lights and appliances with your voice.
- Wemo works with Apple HomeKit automatically. Download the latest version of the Wemo App and follow the steps to connect your Wemo Mini connected devices to the Apple Home app.
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