Does anyone know of a reliable but small wall plug? I’d like to have 2 in one double wall outlet. I’ve seen the iHome smart plugs and they are great in terms of size but I don’t need the hubless functionality. (they also don’t seem to have very good reviews) I just need something stackable that works well with Smartthings.
WeMo mini is quite good if you’re ok with WiFi, and it seems to go on sale quite often. It’s designed specifically for stacking. Should work out of the box with SmartThings, although you have to install it through the Wemo app first, then wait 10 or 15 minutes, and then as long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your smartthings hub you should be able to add it to SmartThings. It’s become quite popular because of the sales.
Since it works with Amazon echo, you can use that as a “man in the middle” with the same method described in my previous post for the Amazon plug. Setup is fairly tedious since you have to create a virtual contact sensor with switch capability and then an Amazon routine (not a SmartThings routine) to turn it on and another to turn it off. But it can be done.
If you’re going Wi-Fi, though, I would think either the iHome or the Wemo, both of which have out of the box integrations with SmartThings, would be a better choice for most people.
Another WiFi option is the idevices plug. It has one controllable outlet on the side in a mini plug which is easy to stack. There’s no direct integration with SmartThings, but it has an IFTTT channel, so that’s pretty easy for just on/off . Price has come way down from when it was originally introduced so it’s now in the same $25-$29 price range as many of the others, and like the Wemo mini, it also has HomeKit integration. You can get energy monitoring through its own app, but that data is not exposed to SmartThings.
I just got three GE zigbee plugs. They take up one outlet space (the top of a duplex outlet), leaving the bottom outlet available. They each provide two outlets - one controlled by zigbee, one pass-thru. $21 each, brand new.