CNET Smart Home
Two smart plugs get ready to rumbleBelkin WeMo and iDevices go head-to-head in a smart home showdown.
[MUSIC] The perfect smart plug has got to have three or four elements. It's got to be flexible, it's got to be affordable, and it's got to be unobtrusive. So I took two of the leading products the Belkin [UNKNOWN] insight switch and the iDevices switch and pitted them head to head. This is a smart home showdown. [MUSIC] The first question is how well their features stack up. Both devices let you schedule them, track energy usage, control them from an app, And issue voice commands. Belkin works with Alexa and iDevices works with Siri. Between all these features, these plugs might seem like an even match. But Belkin Wemo has one more trick up its sleeve, its compatibility. By tapping into the collective integration that IFTTT as a platform offers Belkin's feature list expands like crazy, and it makes all the difference. So when it comes to flexibility, the clear winner is the Belkin Wemo Insight switch. The plug with the better price point is pretty easy to settle. The Belkin Wemo Insight switch, at $45 bucks, is $5 dollars cheaper than the iDevice's switch. So, the winner is, the Belkin WeMo Insight switch. When it comes to aesthetics, the iDevices Switch, looks sleeker than the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch. Which is a little bit more unassuming. But being inconspicuous, isnt just about looks. It's also about functionality. And both of these switches, have the bad habit, of getting in the way. Belkin switch blocks the outlet above it. While the iDevices switch blocks any outlets that are beside it. Different users will prefer the look of different smart plugs. But when it comes to the functionality, both of these plugs are a little bit disappointingly conspicuous. So when it comes to which plug sticks out more, it's really a draw. If you really prefer Apple Home Kit as a platform then the Idevices switch is a real contender. But if you're looking for the better overall product then the Belkin Wemo inside switch is your clear winner. [MUSIC]