HomeKit Smart Outlet Roundup: 2019
Smart power outlets are one of the basic components of any nascent smart home. Not only are they generally affordable and easy to install, but they provide significant versatility by enabling ‘smart’ control of pretty much any electrical device. It’s also a category of devices that has been typically well served for HomeKit users, and the list continues to grow.
Given the range of options now available, it can be somewhat bewildering trying to sort through the various models on offer to determine one that meets your needs. This is particularly so if you are not based in North America. Many of the HomeKit outlets are US specific, meaning that they not only use US style plugs but are limited to 120V input.
To make things a bit easier, I’ve put together this simple guide to summarize each officially supported smart outlet and grouped them by compatible outlet standard. While there are some hard wired wall sockets available, this guide will focus on the discrete DIY devices only. Functionality is largely the same across these products, so I’ve just touched on the key features to highlight any notable variances. HomeKit integration levels the playing field on app functionality, with the only key difference being the implementation of any monitoring which needs to be accessed through the device maker’s own app.
I’ve further limited the list to those products that are actually available for sale. There are a number of products that are either planned (or are not officially supported), or don’t seem to be available online. I’ve excluded those to avoid muddying the waters on what is available.
Power Outlet Standards
There are 15 standard mains outlet types in use throughout the world. Not all of these have compatible smart outlets, and certainly not with HomeKit compatibility. However, before we can look at what is available we need to understand the possible groups, so here is a pictorial listing of the 15 standards and where they are used.
With an understanding of the standard outlet types, let’s take a run through of the available officially supported smart outlets by region. There are supported models available for 7 outlets standards, in 4 regional groupings.