Test Bench: Smart plugs

Even plugs can be hooked up to the web via WiFi now. Here are two options that we had a look at


Best for whole-house setup
Hive Active Plug
£39
A mains plug connected to wi-fi and controlled by an app lets you, say, turn lights or music on and off when you’re away; switch on a slow cooker for food ready when you get home; and, with this one, sync it to work with Hive’s cameras, sensors and other security kit.

Best for price
D-Link DSP-W115
£30
Energy bill shock? Use this smart plug’s companion app to track the electricity consumption of a connected appliance, both live and over time. The app also allows you to turn the plug on and off remotely or, if you are at home, via voice commands for Alexa or Google Assistant. MB