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Ring Outdoor Smart Plug Outlets
Ring Outdoor Smart Plug Outlets (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

Smart Wi-Fi plugs are a dime a dozen, and they are wonderfully affordable devices. The best smart Wi-Fi plugs let you effectively turn just about anything plugged into them "smart." Once plugged in, you can control the device, be it a coffee maker, fan, or lamp, from your phone or even, in some cases, your voice. But not all of them are rated for use outdoors. Why would you want to use one outdoors? Whether it's to control your holiday lights or inflatables, set a sprinkler to water the flowers on a schedule, or turn a porch light on every night at a specific time, there are plenty of reasons these can come in handy. We have rounded up some of the best outdoor smart Wi-Fi plugs you can buy.

Which outdoor smart Wi-Fi plug should you get?

The Ring outdoor smart plug is the most logical option if you already have other Ring products in the home, like a video doorbell and/or security cameras or even lights. It's also a good first device to try before diving headfirst into a full-fledged Ring home security system. Even if you don't decide to expand beyond that, it's still a solid and feature-rich outdoor smart Wi-Fi plug that will withstand all kinds of weather conditions. The only downside is that you need to purchase a Ring Bridge to use it, but you can get the pair bundled together for a discounted price; having the Ring Bridge future-proofs the investment should you move further into the world of Ring.

If you want to go another route, Kasa is a well-respected brand in this space, and its outdoor smart plug has all the key features you'd need, plus it looks cool. If you have multiple things you want to plug in at once and don't need to control them independently, like a couple of holiday inflatables and a string of porch lights (my hand is raised here for November through December!), the BN-Link is a good option since you can turn a single outlet into three and power everything without the need for an outdoor power bar or hub.

Whichever option you choose when it comes to the best outdoor smart Wi-Fi plugs, keep in mind that you might want to stick with the same brand for smart plugs to use indoors as well, so everything can be seamlessly managed and controlled from a single app or interface.

Christine Persaud is a freelance writer for Android Central who has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's probably working on her latest fitness program, binging a new (or old) TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets, or spending time with her school-aged son. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.