HomeKit smart plugs along with smart lighting is one of the first investments people will make when venturing into smart home territory. But normally you expect to pay upwards of £25 for a HomeKit smart plug. However, all that is changing with Meross that has recently released a HomeKit edition of its smart plug available in the UK for a staggering £16.99. You can also pick up the EU version for €34.99 for a double pack and a similar model in the US for $25.
It has been long discussed that HomeKit products should not carry such a premium price tag. So with more brands emerging like Meross and others with budget HomeKit devices, it will only challenge the more established brands to consider pricing. But with a budget product sometimes comes its own challenges around quality and performance. So continue reading this Meross smart plug review to see how this budget HomeKit device performs.
To be 100% transparent, Meross provided the Meross Smart plug for this review. This will not affect my opinion wherever it is positive or critical of the device. You can read more on our review promise and ethics statement.
Meross Smart plug HomeKit version features
Meross Smart plug Smart Plug design
The Meross smart plug looks like your regular smart plug with a cube design and white finish. On the top of the smart plug is a single button to you can use to turn it off and on, it also glows green when in use. The side of the device features the HomeKit setup code that is used when pairing the device. I pealed this off and attach it to the HomeKit setup instructions for safe keeping.
Looking at the bottom of the device, you will find printed information outlining the max rating and standards. The plug supports 13amps max and a supply voltage of 220- 240. The plug also has the relevant CE markings and BS 1363 to identify it uses the British plug standard.
The rear of the plug features the UK standard 3 prong configuration, but the EU version will have the relevant configuration.
Despite its affordable price point, the Meross smart plug feels well built and is on par with the more expensive brands. It is smaller than the Ikea control outlet and the Eve Energy. But still a little less compact than the Philips Hue smart plug.
Meross Smart plug Smart plug setup
One of the advantages of the Meross smart plug is it works via Wi-FI, so you don’t need a separate hub for this to work.
As this is a HomeKit enabled smart plug, I set it up with the Home App directly with Homekit. However, you can use the Meross app although you do not get any additional benefit other than firmware updates and Wi-FI signal strength. Which the latter might be useful if you struggle with Wi-Fi strength and you want to troubleshoot.
To get started I plugged the device in, opened the Home app and tapped “add accessory.” I then scanned the HomeKit code and followed the rest of the setup process for HomeKit.
You can also make some minor changes, like changing the icon or changing it to be shown as a fan, light or power point within the Home app.
Meross Smart Plug HomeKit control
You can also include the smart plug in scenes, automation or triggers. So, for example, I had the Meross HomeKit plug connected to a lamp in my studio, as I did when I tested the Philips Hue smart plug. I then included the smart plug in my studio scene to turn it on. I found it useful to quickly setup my studio to cut down on the amount of devices I needed to turn on to get started.
You can also use it with automation’s to trigger another HomeKit device. I tested this with an Aqara motion sensor and the same lamp, and it worked fine.
Finally, you can control the Meross HomeKit smart plug with Siri. For instance, you can say “Hey Siri, turn on the lamp” and it will switch it on. You can do this from any iOS device, Apple Watch or HomePod.
Meross Smart plug review conclusion
When Meross first reached out to me to review the HomeKit smart plug and declared the price point, I was not sure what to expect. So when it arrived in HomeKit Authority HQ for testing, I was immediately impressed with the build quality. The smart plug feels robust and well built and on I would say, on par with other much more expensive brands.
During my testing I have found it to be reliable and didn’t have any issues with Wi-Fi strength or any unresponsive activity. I also like that you can control the plug manually with the switch on the device. This is always helpful for a device like this to have that option.
I have only one minor niggle and it lacks energy monitoring and before you shot me down for being picky about a product at such a cheap price. Meross already offers a smart plug with energy monitoring for £10.99, but without HomeKit support. So in theory they could have included it and increased the price, and it still would have been a great buy.
The bottom line, Meross has done a fantastic job to deliver a HomeKit smart plug at this price point. It’s not only very affordable, its compact and works well with no need for an extra hub.
Meross HomeKit smart plug price and availability
The Meross HomeKit smart plug is available from Amazon for £16.99 in the UK for a single and £31.99 for a double pack. The EU version is €34.99 and available in a double back. You can also pick up a very similar mode in the US for $25.
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