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Best Remote Control Electrical Outlets

To help you in your search for the best remote control electrical outlet for your needs, we’re sharing our top picks.
Written by | Updated September 24, 2020
Best Overall
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power OutletKasa Smart WiFi Power Outlet
  • Affordable
  • No hub required
  • Affordable
  • No hub required
Best hub-based outlet
Insteon OutletInsteon Dual On/Off Outlet
  • Two controllable outlets
  • Hub doesn't crowd your Wi-Fi network
  • Two controllable outlets
  • Hub doesn't crowd your Wi-Fi network
Best energy monitoring
D-Link brand WiFi smart plugD-Link Smart Plug
  • Energy monitoring
  • No hub required
  • Energy monitoring
  • No hub required

Bottom line: Easily convert your appliances to smart devices

If you want to jump into smart home tech without the steep price tag, remote control electrical outlets and smart plugs are a great start. Both are efficient ways to gain the benefits of home automation without replacing every item in your home with an expensive smart device. See which remote control outlets we recommend.

Compare the best remote control outlets

Price
Built-in Wi-Fi
Energy monitoring
Smart home compatibility
Best overall
Best hub-based outlet
Best energy monitoring
Kasa Smart WiFi Power Outlet Insteon Dual On/Off Outlet D-Link Smart Plug
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet Insteon Outlet D-Link brand WiFi smart plug
$22.99 $49.99 $29.95
Yes
No
X
Yes
No
X
No
X
Yes
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Samsung SmartThings
Amazon Alexa
(via hub)
Google Assistant
(via hub)
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
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*Amazon.com list price as of 09/24/2020 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Our approach

We kept things simple for this review by rounding up smart outlets that offer unique features, smart home integrations, user friendly controls, and affordable price tags—they’re all $30–$50. Learn more about how we rank products in our full methodology.

Remote control outlet reviews

1. Kasa Smart: Best overall

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet

Kasa Smart WiFi Power Outlet

The Kasa Smart WiFi Power Outlet makes it easy for folks to control their appliances and reduce energy consumption. This is the most affordable outlet on our list, but it still comes with a ton of amazing features like built-in Wi-Fi, two controllable outlets, and great smart home compatibility.

Because this smart outlet works with two most popular smart home platforms—Alexa and Google Assistant—it’s a great option if you’re just starting your smart home. Both Alexa and Google have excellent smart speakers that make smart home controls as easy as a simple voice command.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • No hub required

Cons

  • Not compatible with HomeKit

If you don’t have a smart home setup yet, the Kasa Smart app is more than a good option to control your outlets using your mobile device (no hub necessary). We also like that you can schedule your outlet to save extra energy when you’re asleep or out of town.

As a cheaper brand, this smart outlet isn’t compatible with Apple HomeKit, with most HomeKit outlets costing upwards of $80, but it’s more than capable for most folks.

Insteon Outlet

Insteon Dual On/Off Outlet

The Insteon Dual On/Off Outlet is a remote-controllable dual outlet that allows you to regulate and schedule your electronic devices from any location. When you connect the outlet with the Insteon Hub—it doesn’t have remote controls without it—you can control it through your smartphone, Amazon Echo, and Google Home smart speaker.

The biggest advantage of the hub is that you don’t need to crowd your Wi-Fi network with a ton of Wi-Fi devices. It’s also compatible with Insteon’s large selection of smart devices, like the wall switch, keypad, and mini remote. The hub costs extra (about $80), so Insteon’s harder to start with than Kasa Smart.

Pros

  • Hub doesn't crowd your Wi-Fi network
  • Two controllable outlets

Cons

  • Hub costs extra

We also like this Insteon outlet because you can control the upper and lower outlets independently for more flexibility in your smart home. The smartphone app is easy to use, so you can control devices, create schedules, and receive alerts.

You need to hardwire this device into the wall, so it doesn’t rank high on the user-friendly scale. In general, it’s a fairly easy DIY project, but we recommend hiring a professional if you aren’t knowledgeable in basic electrical work. This outlet is sleek, slim, and has multiple color options, which makes it a great pick if you’re focused on aesthetics.

3. D-Link: Best energy monitoring

D-Link brand WiFi smart plug

D-Link Smart Plug

The D-Link Smart Plug makes life easier by helping you control your home’s electric gadgets from any location. We especially like that it connects directly to your Wi-Fi network without a hub. The D-Link app has an extensive list of features, including the ability to monitor your home’s energy usage and see how much power each connected device consumes.

Not only does the smart plug integrate with other D-Link devices—including the Wi-Fi Water Sensor, Wi-Fi Siren, Wi-Fi Motion Sensor and HD Wi-Fi Camera—but it also works with Amazon Echo, Google, and If This Then That (IFTTT).

Pros

  • Energy monitoring
  • No hub required

Cons

  • Wi-Fi can be unreliable

Several reviewers note that setup can be difficult, and the Wi-Fi connection can be unreliable at times. You might find it frustrating if you can’t always access your devices remotely.

The D-Link smart plug is one of the few that offers energy monitoring and works with multiple other smart devices, making it a good option for the eco-friendly and tech-savvy home.

4. Lutron Caséta Wireless: Best dimmer

Lutron brand lamp dimmer

Lutron Caséta Smart Plug-In Lamp Dimmer

The Lutron Caséta Smart Plug-In Lamp Dimmer is a wireless smart plug and lamp dimmer in one, letting you transform a room into a perfectly lit environment. It is one of the few smart plugs that includes a lamp dimmer. You can turn lights on or off and raise or lower them to adjust brightness manually on the plug or through the connected app.

Lutron offers myriad integrations and connections. It works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Watch, Nest and Honeywell thermostats, Harmony Home Control and Pico remote controls, Smart Bridge hub, and Serena shades.

Pros

  • Dimmer switch for lamps
  • Excellent smart home compatibility

Cons

  • Doesn't work with other appliances like fans

This plug doesn’t work with any electronic devices—just lamps. While you’ll have a lot of control over your lighting, you’ll have to use different smart plugs to control other appliances or devices.

The Caséta is best for bedrooms where lighting is the main focus. The plug is also ideal for those new to home automation who want to start simple with controlling their lighting.

5. Etekcity: Limited mobility pick

wireless outlet light switches

Etekcity

If you have limited mobility or need to access hard-to-reach devices, this remote control outlet is a great fit. Use Etekcity outlets to turn electric-powered gadgets on and off at the push of a button.

Etekcity’s Outlet Switch relies on a remote control to turn electronic devices on or off from as far away as 100 feet. We love how easy it is to expand, whether you want to activate multiple devices with one remote or control one device with multiple remotes.

Pros

  • Comes with two remote controls
  • Comes with five plugs

Cons

  • No mobile app controls
  • No scheduling

Unfortunately, you can’t remotely control this switch with a smart device, nor does it work with any smart hubs or devices. This is the least-sophisticated remote control outlet of the bunch, as it doesn’t connect with an app or allow you to remotely control your devices beyond turning them on and off.

While the Etekcity Outlet Switch has limited capabilities, its lower price tag—it’s the cheapest of the bunch—makes it a great starter product for someone who isn’t ready to invest in pricier smart home technology.

More brands we recommend

6. WeMo Mini: Most well-known

WeMo Mini Outlet

WeMo Mini

WeMo Mini is one of the most well-known smart plugs on the market, and it instantly transforms your standard electrical outlet into a remote-controllable one. WeMo Mini works with the entire family of WeMo home automation products, as well as the Amazon Echo, Nest Thermostat, and IFTTT.

The WeMo Switch is easy to set up and use, which makes it a great option for anyone who wants to get up and running as quickly as possible.

Final word

If we had to pick just one remote control outlet, it would be the Kasa Smart WiFi Power Outlet. For one, it’s hardwired into your wall, so it doesn’t add any bulk to your outlets. It also offers two outlets you can control independently. And you can’t beat the number of smart home devices it works with.

There are dozens of smart plugs and remote control electrical outlets on the market—you can take a look at our smart outlets guide to see some other options. Choose the right one for you and experience the simplicity of remotely controlling your electronic devices and appliances.

Remote control outlet FAQ

What can I use smart outlets for?

Rather than purchase new smart appliances, transform the ones you already own into smart devices simply by plugging them into smart outlets. Depending on the outlet, you can create a schedule for your devices, remotely turn them on and off, and sometimes track energy usage.

Disclaimers

*Amazon.com list price as of 09/24/2020 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Safewise.com utilizes paid Amazon links.

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Written by Katherine Torres

Katherine has had several years of experience developing and executing multichannel marketing campaigns, but actually started her career path in journalism. Though she switched gears, she continues to be driven by the need to deliver information that can be helpful for individuals. As an owner of two rescue dogs, she is most interested in technology and products that allow her to keep a close eye on her pets when she’s away. Learn more

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  • 1TrueAmericanPatriot

    Okay, I’ll start it. I see a lot of problems with what is shown above as the “BEST”. I have to begin with, “Give me a break!” Why? There is only one product above that includes multiple outlets. Secondly, without reading I do not know honest, but how many can be used outdoors in rain and snow? I put up a lot of Christmas light and I want to cover about 3 acres with lights and do not want all lit at one time. I want remote control outlets that go outdoors in rain and snow, further I want timer control and hand control. I want to put a triple tap in an outlet so that with that outlet, I can control multiple pieces. I want all of this built in the U.S. and further, when I make my purchase, I want to be able to set frequencies from A to Z. The manufacturers of these products quite simply have their heads where the sun does not shine. I have cried out loud now for several years asking for multiple frequencies and the ability to select the frequencies I want. Go out there and try to buy that, as a starter. Let me give you a really good example, in fact, two of them: Harbor Freight offers a driveway alert system at very reasonable prices anywhere from $9.00 up. When they first offered these, they offered several different frequencies and actually printed the frequency on the package and on the product. Very intelligent move. Then some genius probably in HQ, decided they could save money by just offering one frequency and did not indicate which frequency it was. I called the home office and attempted to explain the situation telling them that beyond driveway alert, I have 15 acres and if someone crosses onto my property, I want to know where and using their driveway alerts on different frequencies, I could do exactly that until they went to a single frequency. The genius on the other end of the phone replied, “I do not understand sir. Your driveway covers 15 acres?” At that point I apologized for waking him up and hung up. That was about four years ago and they still are on one unknown frequency. Last year, actually a couple of years or so ago, I purchased a set of three outlets with a transmitter controller for the outlets. I broached the idea of multiple frequencies with the local store manager and he thought it an excellent idea. These units were “Master Electrician”. Last year, the first set I had purchased failed in the transmitter, so I now have a set of three outlets but no transmitter. I call Menards HQ and asked a simple question, are they all manufactured on one frequency or are different sets on different frequencies and was told, “All are on same frequencies.” Well, thought I, that is fine as now I can a new transmitter for the set that failed plus three more outlets and can control all with new transmitter, so I purchased a new set. I got home, unpacked them and set them up, all six of them. I picked up the transmitter and quickly learned the new transmitter controlled one set of three outlets and would not touch the first three, therefore obviously all are on different frequencies up to a point. Problem: no indication as to which frequency each set is on. How unthinking “Master Electrician” company is. Perhaps they should change their name to something else. So, “Master Electrician” has the right idea with different frequencies but they flat out refuse to indicate what the frequencies are. Hey, I do not care about specific numbers, call them A, B, C, and so forth, or Frequency1, Frequency 2 and so forth, just so we all know what the indication is so when we want different ones we can get them or we want the same ones, we can get those. Oh well, maybe some year, the world of manufacturers making remote control outlets will wake up to the flood of business setting in front of them begging and being ignored.