Can I use a smart plug with my coffee maker? The simple answer is yes BUT it has to have a mechanical switch. If your coffee maker does not have a mechanical switch and you would really like to automate your coffee maker, take a look at these smart coffee makers. They do not require extra plugs and can be voice activated.
After much research and going over hundreds of reviews, I have chosen the best smart plug for coffee makers, and other household items, either with or without an Alexa.
I have to say that the following plug has been the easiest to choose as a best of. With over 61 000 users on Amazon giving it a rating of 4.3 out of 5, it was worthy of making it to the top of my list.
Great reasons to get a smart plug
I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t want to automate their home but just in case you needed a little more convincing, here are some great reasons:
- Start your coffee maker without being home.
- Works with or without Amazon Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT.
- No hub necessary.
- Can work with many household items, not just coffee makers. Think lamps, bread makers, slow cookers outdoor lighting …
- Turn items on and off even when you’re not at home.
- Easy to set up.
- Set up schedules and timers to turn items on and off when you want them to.
- You can share automation settings with other household members.
- Set your coffee maker to make you a brew before you even get out of bed!
How do smart plugs work?
The Gosund Smart plug does not need a hub of any kind to work and are suitable for standard Type B sockets. If you have a mobile phone and are able to download the Smart Life app then you will be able to use this smart plug. In order to use the smart plug, you will need to have access to a 2.4 GHz wifi secure network.
If you are struggling to connect the app to the smart plug, ensure that your wifi router is set up to 2.4 GHz frequency. Some routers are dual band routers which allow you to connect to both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz frequencies simultaneously. Most wifi routers nowadays offer both. If you are unable to change this in your wifi router yourself, I recommend contacting your internet provider who should be able to offer some advice.
Please note that the Gosund smart plug is not for large household appliances such as microwaves, cookers and air conditioners. An appliances power should not exceed 10A, 1100w.
Gosund app versus Smartlife app?
This certainly stumped me when I first started looking into Gosund the smart plug. There were two main apps that were mentioned, one was the Gosund app and the other was Smart Life.
Well, here it is … Gosund is simply the official app and Smart Life is a third party app approved by Gosund. However, Smart Life is undoubtedly the more popular app and many have found it easier to set up than the Gosund app.
How to use the Gosund smart plug
How to use the Gosund smart plug with a coffee maker that has a mechanical switch, not a button
If you do not have Alexa or any other smart device, but your coffee maker has a mechanical/manual switch then you can still use a smart plug to get your coffee started without you being in the same room, or even in the house!
Note that you will not be able to use voice commands as you will need a hub for that. But if you are happy to use the app on your phone to activate your coffee maker remotely then this is definitely for you.
Download the SmartLife app (Google Play for Android and the App Store for iphone) and register your details. Make sure your Bluetooth is on.
Click ‘Add Device’ or the + sign in the top right hand corner. You can now choose to either add manually or auto scan. If adding manually, select ‘Socket (Wi-Fi)’.
You will now be prompted for your wifi details. Select 2.4 GHz if asked.
Plug in your smart plug into a wall socket. This can be any wall socket as once it has been calibrated, you can move it to wherever you like within your home as long as your wifi is able to reach it.
The blue light should be illuminated.
Press and hold the button on the side of the smart plug for 5 seconds. It will start flashing rapidly. On your app, confirm that the light is flashing rapidly.
Your device will now be added and your plug activated. You can go ahead and change the name to make it easier to identify.
So, now you know how easy it is, what are you waiting for?! Get your smart plug now on Amazon.