It took me awhile to purchase this item after I first saw it on Amazon because I really didn’t think I needed it. For years I manually installed cheap timers on our lamps in our house to give the impression we were home when we were out. They worked fine – for the most part – though are not always reliable and generally wore out after a couple of years. The primary downside is you must reset the timers every time there is a power outage or someone unplugs the lamp for whatever reason.
I was not aware there were other options until I saw the Amazon Smart Plug. In all honesty, I never took the time to look. Now that I have the smart plug, I’m hooked! Brilliant is the best way to describe this little plug. Simple to set up, it works perfectly with Alexa to add voice control to any outlet. You can schedule lights (or fans, appliances, etc) to turn on and off automatically AND control them remotely when you’re out of the house. It requires no smart hub, you simply set up the device through the Alexa App. I have an Amazon Echo Dot which makes set up and use even easier, but this product works well through Alexa on a smart phone and take less than 2 minutes to set up.
I plan to get more as I am excited to have the ability to tell my towel heater to turn on when I go into the shower! And to tell Alexa to turn on the lamp in the living room with my voice when I wake up in the middle of the night and roam around the house. A friend told me he uses them to schedule his Christmas lights. The possibilities are endless! I love having the information for all my devices using the smart plugs consolidated into one app. I highly recommend this reliable and simple solution for a voice controlled smart plug.