Have you ever longed for the ease of being able to turn lights on and off without getting up–but felt overwhelmed at the idea of figuring out how to sync smart plugs and products with your phone? This Amazon deal of the day on Etekcity outlets might be your ideal buy.
Typically priced at $40, until midnight PT, you can grab them for $21. The five-pack of outlets come with two remote controls to wirelessly power lights, fans, speakers, or whatever else you might want to turn on without standing up. No apps, smart phones, or software updates to worry about.
The remotes have up to a 100-foot range, making it great to outfit smaller homes or one area of a house. The two remotes also mean you can group outlets in two separate areas of the house. Once plugged in, the outlets are more or less good to go. The on/off button also allows you to save electricity when certain appliances aren't in use.
However, as a fairly analog solution to remote control of your appliances, there are some things to consider: The outlets work by old-fashioned (relatively speaking) remote technology, meaning you do need to be in rage of the switch. It can also be tricker to fit outer plugs on the outlet due to its size. However, the outlets currently have an impressive 4.6 stars out of 5, with 7,278 reviews and counting. Several enthusiastic reviewers also note that this is great for people with limited mobility.
Rather just go ahead and build your own smart home? Read our guide to getting started.