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Philips Hue users looking for an inexpensive way to add their “dumb” lights to their Hue setups should give the Innr Smart PlugRemove non-product link a serious look. This sturdy, Zigbee-enabled smart plug works with the Philips Hue bridgeRemove non-product link and connects seamlessly to the Hue app, and it should work with the Samsung SmartThings hubRemove non-product link as well. Setup was a breeze and at $35 for a two-pack, the Innr Smart Plug is far cheaper than the new and Bluetooth-enabled Philips Hue Smart plugRemove non-product link. Unlike the Hue smart plug, however, the Innr Smart Plug does require a compatible Zigbee bridge, making it a pricey choice for those who have yet to invest in a smart light hub.
While there are scads of cheap Wi-Fi smart plugs for sale on Amazon, the pickings are considerably more slim if you’re looking for a Zigbee-compatible model that works reliably with the Hue Bridge or a SmartThings hub. I managed to find a few claiming that they’re Hue and/or SmartThings compatible, such as this smart plug from a company called 3A-1Remove non-product link (which sells for about $20), or the $18.32 Sylvania Smart+ Smart PlugRemove non-product link, which is compatible with SmartThings and Wink hubs but not the Hue Bridge. Speaking of SmartThings, the Samsung SmartThings Wifi SmartPlugRemove non-product link (currently $16.90 on Amazon) is compatible with the SmartThings hubRemove non-product link while not requiring one, but it won’t work with the Hue Bridge.
Meanwhile, Signify, the company that owns the Philips Hue brand, has just bowed its own smart plug. The aptly named Philips Hue Smart plugRemove non-product link can connect to iPhones and Android phones directly via Bluetooth, a plus for those who don’t have (or want) a $50 Hue Bridge. At $40, the Hue Smart plug is pricey, particularly for those who already own the Hue Bridge; in comparison, a single Innr Smart PlugRemove non-product link sells for $20 on Amazon, while a two-pack goes for $35, which makes for an enticing value if you’re shopping for multiple smart plugs.
Of course, you could just skip the whole issue of Hue, SmartThings, or Wink compatibility and go with an inexpensive smart plug that works via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and indeed, doing so might be the best option for those who haven’t invested in a smart hub yet. Click here for reviews of our favorite smart plugs, including both those that require hubs and others that don’t.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping Philips Hue and SmartThings users from getting a cheap, no-hub Wi-Fi- or Bluetooth-enabled smart plug, but doing so means you’ll need to fire up a separate app to control it.
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