The simplest and most effective way to transform any everyday household electrical item into a smart device is with a smart plug. If this is your first time venturing into the brave new world of smart home ecosystems, the different platforms and automations may, at first, seem complex and confusing. However, all it really takes is one easy, no-fuss, smart home device to start your journey - and that's the smart plug.

Smart plugs can be plugged into a suitable 3-pin socket, connected to the internet and then used to control the On/Off function of any connected device. You'll also be able to take advantage of a range of other unique scheduling functions and energy-saving settings to synchronise your favourite devices with your daily routine and slash electricity bills in the process. Smart plugs are very easy to set up and start using via a corresponding smartphone app, and they can even be used in conjunction with compatible voice assistants, smart hubs and smart home systems.

What if I already own Hive, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit?

Using a smart plug to control, schedule and automate devices will be appealing to most consumers who are trying to build a smart home system from scratch. But what if you're someone who already enjoys Hive, Google Home, Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit?

If you have a preferred smart home platform to run your smart devices - or you're currently weighing up the different options available to you - you'll need to know whether your smart plug is compatible. Luckily, most smart plugs are compatible with popular ecosystems. But to take all the guesswork out of your smart-plug-decision-making, Eco Wizard have put together a selection of our most popular smart plugs that will work seamlessly with any smart home platform, from Amazon to Apple and everything in-between.

Hive Ice Active Plug

Compatible with Hive.

The Hive Active Plug is an ultra-convenient and versatile smart plug of choice that allows you to enjoy remote-control power of your household devices. It's also designed to be used with one of the very best smart home providers, Hive. The Hive system connects all compatible Hive devices and allows them to work together. Hive devices are also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.

ENER-J WiFi Smart Mini Plug

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri & Apple Watch.

The thinnest smart plug on the market. The Smart Mini Plug from ENER-J fits into UK wall sockets and won't get in the way of switches or block surrounding items and devices when plugged into a power strip. Not only is this smart plug compatible with the major smart home systems, it's also capable of a longer Wi-Fi connection range and lower disconnection rate than similar alternatives.

Drayton Wiser Smart Plug

Compatible with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant.

This smart plug will pair rapidly with the Wiser Heat App, lets you set up schedules, 7 days a week, with up to 8 events per day, allowing you to tailor connected devices to your routine and lifestyle. Connect to the Wiser Heat Hub and add up to 10 plugs per system to enjoy incredible smart home flexibility and control.

Eve Home Energy Smart Plug & Power Usage Meter

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit.

This energy-saving smart plug from Eve Home can control all connected devices, such as indoor lights, lamps and home appliances, while also allowing you to monitor power consumption and stay up-to-date with projected energy costs. By creating schedules and keeping an eye on energy use, you'll be able to cut down on your electricity bills while being kind to the environment.

Designed to work with Apple HomeKit, with Bluetooth and Thread connectivity, this smart plug is built on the Matter protocol, the cutting-edge interoperational smart home standard.

EcoFlow Remote Controlled Smart Plug

Compatible with Apple, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant.

Sleek, compact and packed with features, EcoFlow's Remote Controlled Smart Plug will allow you to set schedules and timers, monitor energy consumption and take control of your home electronics from anywhere with an internet connection. What's more, this smart plug is bolstered by a tough, fireproof and abrasion resistant construction, making it a long-lasting smart product for the future.

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