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.
Best overall
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet
Kasa
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    No hub required
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    Affordable
Budget pick
D-Link brand WiFi smart plug
D-Link
  • Icon Pros  Light
    No hub required
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    Energy monitoring
Best dimmer
Lutron Caséta
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    No hub required
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    Remote dimming
Limited mobility pick
Etekcity
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    No hub required
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    2 remotes included
Most well-known
WeMo Mini Outlet
WeMo Mini
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    No hub required
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    Easy set-up

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 offer the benefits of home automation without needing to replace every item in your home with an expensive smart device.

Our top remote control outlet pick is Kasa Smart WiFi Power Outlet, which is affordable yet feature-filled. Read on for our other picks.



Compare the best remote control outlets

Product
Price
Built-in Wi-Fi
Energy monitoring
Smart home compatibility
Learn more
Best overall
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power OutletKasa
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Alexa, Google, IFTTT, Samsung, SmartThings
Budget pick
D-Link brand WiFi smart plugD-Link
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Alexa, Google, IFTTT
Best dimmer
Lutron Caseta Smart DimmerLutron Caséta
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Google, Alexa, HomeKit
Limited mobility pick
Etekcity
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
None
Most well-known
WeMo Mini OutletWeMo Mini
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Alexa, Google, HomeKit, IFTTT

*Amazon.com list price as of 08/02/2021 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Remote control outlet reviews

1. Kasa Smart: Best overall

Best overall
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet

*Amazon.com list price as of 08/02/2021 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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 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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable
Pro Bullet No hub required
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet 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.

2. D-Link: Budget pick

Budget pick
D-Link brand WiFi smart plug

*Amazon.com list price as of 08/02/2021 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

The D-Link Smart Plug is our budget pick because it gives you more bang for your buck.

D-Link 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).

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Pros
Pro Bullet Energy monitoring
Pro Bullet No hub required
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet 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.

3. Lutron Caséta Wireless: Best dimmer

Best dimmer

*Amazon.com list price as of 08/02/2021 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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's 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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Dimmer switch for lamps
Pro Bullet Excellent smart home compatibility
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet 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.

4. Etekcity: Limited mobility pick

Limited mobility pick
wireless outlet light switches
Etekcity
$39.98

*Amazon.com list price as of 08/02/2021 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Comes with two remote controls
Pro Bullet Comes with five plugs
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet No mobile app controls
Con Bullet 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.

5. WeMo Mini: Most well-known

Most well-known
WeMo Mini Outlet
WeMo Mini
$24.00

*Amazon.com list price as of 08/02/2021 at 4:40 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Smart home compatible
Pro Bullet Easy to set up
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet No built-in Wi-Fi
Con Bullet No energy monitoring

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 for some other options. Choose the right one for you and experience the simplicity of remotely controlling your electronic devices and appliances.

How we reviewed remote control electrical outlets

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. Learn more about how we rank products in our full methodology.

Remote control outlet FAQ

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.

Yes, many of the outlets we listed in this guide can be controlled with your phone.

Yes, some plugs use various other types of signals to communicate with devices.

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Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina has been reviewing the latest tech for more than a decade and has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. She specializes in smart home and security technology, working to make gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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  • 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.

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