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Koogeek Smart Plug P1 review: This Siri-centered smart plug is made for HomeKit users

MSRP: $31.99
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The Good The Koogeek Smart Plug P1 gives HomeKit users another option for connecting devices.

The Bad It's so big it blocks outlets below it, and the integration with Alexa didn't work.

The Bottom Line This plug works well with HomeKit, but it takes up too much space and isn't a good pick for Android users or Alexa fans.

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5.8 Overall
  • Features 7.0
  • Usability 6.0
  • Design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0

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HomeKit-compatible smart plugs aren't as easy to find as smart plugs that work with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Luckily, the list is growing.

At $32, the Koogeek Smart Plug P1 aims to be the smart plug for every platform, but I wouldn't rush out and buy one. The plug works well with HomeKit, but with an oversized design and an Alexa skill that's unreliable at best, it isn't as good as it could be.

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The Koogeek Smart Plug P1 looks cute, but it blocks outlets beneath it.

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Let's start with Koogeek's design. I like the simple approach, but the problem is the device's size. The Smart Plug P1 measures 2.6 inches on all sides. When plugged into the top receptacle of a standard wall outlet, Koogeek's plug covers the receptacle below it. In order to use both receptacles of a wall outlet, you'll need to place this smart plug on the bottom. If you'd like two smart plugs in one wall outlet, Koogeek isn't an option. Meanwjile, HomeKit-compatible competitors such as the iDevices Switch, the Belkin WeMo Mini and the PureGear PureSwitch all take care not to obstruct adjacent outlets.

Setting up the Koogeek Smart Plug P1 begins like most HomeKit devices, by downloading the Koogeek app and scanning the Apple Home code either in the plug's printed user manual or on the plug itself. From there, you can name the device and assign it to a room in your home. The plug automatically appears in your Apple Home app.

Pairing the Smart Plug P1 with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant isn't nearly as intuitive. On an iOS device, a long press of the smart plug icon on the Koogeek menu reveals plug details. From there, a submenu called third-party connections displays the option to configure Alexa and Google Assistant integration. Tap the name of your desired assistant, and the app automatically configures the plug -- or at least it says it does. After a "configuration successful" message, I found I still needed to open the Google Home ($129 at Crutchfield) app, add a device and log into my Koogeek account to pair the plug. Once paired, the Smart Plug P1 did work well with Google Assistant voice commands.

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