You don’t have to outfit your entire house with expensive equipment—with potentially prying eyes—to experience the ease of life that comes with a smart home. A cheap smart plug will do. They can go a long way in making devices, like lamps or TVs, go from mindless to smart with the quick install of an app. These are our favorites smart plugs we’ve tested (and ones we didn’t like).

We have plenty of other recommendations to help you build a smarter home, so check out our guides to the best Smart Bulbs, Security Cameras, Smart Speakers, and Smart Displays.

Updated January 2021: We have a new runner-up. We’ve also added smart power strips from Monoprice and APC. The Eufy and Samsung SmartThings plugs, which were in our honorable mentions, have been discontinued.

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