Connective plugs are the building blocks of the retrofit smart home but one of the most annoying features about them is that they often block outlets next to them.
Now there's a few different design types here so let's try to find out which one gets in the way the least.
For a while, the bulky build was a standard shape and size for smart plugs.
Now you can still find ones like this but they're often cheaper like this Geeni.
And some of them have inputs on the bottom or the sides, so you can position them so they don't block another outlet.
But let's be honest, this design belongs in 2012 when we were impressed by any smart home gadget with a wi-fi switch.
Now, the blocky build is the upgraded shape that many smart homes I started taking a couple of years ago like the iDevices switch and more recently the Belkin Wemo Mini.
This shape doesn't block outlets above or below the device, but if you have a four plug outlet it'll block ones to the sides.
Plus, aesthetically it kinda looks like your outlet has a moustache.
Now this small build is the new standard.
The connect intelliplug calls itself the smallest smart plug on the market.
And for the most part it really does stay out of the way the best, you might not even notice it on the wall if you're not paying attention.
The only problem, it's rounded edges can get in the way if adjacent plugs are awkwardly shaped.
So if you're looking for a smart plug, keep in mind the cool features might impress you.
But size is one of the most important considerations.