Review: Koogeek WiFi Smart Plug w/ HomeKit and Siri Support, On Sale for $32.99

Koogeek’s WiFi Smart Plug Outlet, which supports Apple HomeKit and Siri, is currently on sale on Amazon.ca for $32.99, after the $10 coupon code X9E9BTSU is applied.

We actually purchased this a couple weeks ago as one of our first HomeKit products, primarily to control our Christmas tree lights, and so far it’s been excellent. What does HomeKit compatibility mean? It means the accessory integrates into the Home iOS app, plus allows you to use Siri commands to control the smart plug, and also remotely control devices using an Apple TV 3 or iPad as home hub, when you’re away from home.

Here’s what the Koogeek Smart Plug box looks like:

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The Koogeek plug isn’t exactly small, but I can compare it to being slightly larger and thicker than an iPad wall charger. Since it’s so fat, it can actually block the top outlet from being used. In our case, we plugged a power bar into the Koogeek, which was plugged into the wall, to control both our Christmas tree and a nearby lamp.

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There’s a power button at the top of the unit which you will press to start the initial setup:

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How to setup the Koogeek? First, you need to launch the Home app on your iOS device, tap the Koogeek, then scan the code that comes in the box and on the back of your smart plug, to pair.

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Once paired (it’ll connect to your 2.4GHz WiFi networks automatically), you can name the accessory anything you want and set a location for it:

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In order to customize the Siri command for the Koogeek, you need to install the latter’s iOS app and configure it there. You need to edit a scene (tap the four dots), then from here, type in what you want Siri to recognize. In our example below, saying “Good evening” to Siri will turn on the Koogeek.

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Of course, you can also setup schedules and such for your Koogeek, done within the latter’s app under ‘Setting Timer’.

The Koogeek also monitors your energy use as well by month and breakdowns by day. Here’s our power consumption below:

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If you have an Apple TV 3 or newer or iPad, they can act as a HomeKit hub, which will let you remotely access your HomeKit devices.

How to set this up Apple TV or iPad as your HomeKit Home Hub?

For iPad, go to Settings > iCloud, sign in with your Apple ID, ensure iCloud Keychain and Home are both toggled ON, then go to Settings > Home and enable ‘Use this iPad as a Home Hub.’

For Apple TV 3 or newer, you need to have two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID. Next, go to iCloud and ensure iCloud Keychain is ON. Then, on your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts and ensure you are logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.

Apple TV will automatically set itself up as a home hub once you sign into iCloud. You can check this by going to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and look under HomeKit to see if you’re connected. Apple has more details on home hub setup here.

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Overall, once you get over the initial setup, the Koogeek is pretty neat to use as it integrates well with Apple HomeKit. We can now turn on our Christmas tree with Siri using Apple Watch or my iPhone, which is pretty convenient.

Aside from its larger its large physical footprint, it works exactly as advertised. Without the $10 coupon, it’s expensive compared to non-HomeKit compatible smart plugs. But we decided to pay extra for HomeKit, because Siri support is priceless and a huge time saver versus launching yet another separate app.

Click here to jump on the Koogeek Smart Plug with HomeKit support for $32.99 after $10 coupon code X9E9BTSU is applied on Amazon.ca.

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  • Jay

    My concern is with lights that are already assigned to a wall switch… how does koogeek manage that?

    It seems that if you get a siri controlled switch you can ONLY control it from siri.
    It becomes LESS convenient

    Would be cool to have some features like switching it off and on again would actually turn it off, and if you toggle again it turns on

  • I guess in your case, it would be better to use this for an outlet not connected to a light switch, or get a smart light switch thingy.

  • matthewcouto

    Aww. Looks like you can only purchase one of these guys at $32.99.

  • karinatwork

    I had one and I had to return it. For a couple of weeks it worked great. And then it kept disconnecting. And in order to make it work again, I had to reset it. Every single day. Not ready for prime yet, in my opinion.

  • karinatwork

    It has an off and on switch. You can manually turn it on. Or with your phone. Or with Siri. But as I mentioned earlier… it may work for a while and then it won’t.

  • hayman

    I think you need a fourth generation apple tv to act as a hub.

  • ATV 3 works as a HomeKit Hub, it just doesn’t support remote access to HomeKit enabled cameras (ATV doesn’t support tvOS apps).

  • Jason

    A little late on this, but Gary you should ltry the idevice switch. I have 4 and they work like a charm. Controling, TV, Heaters, Slow Cooker and Xmas tree, Also gives some energey consumtion info. Control it remotely over wifi or 3G/LTE works with HomeKit and Alexa 🙂

  • Thanks will look into that 🙂

  • Alan Leung

    Thinking of returning the switch. This power switch works on 2.4ghz network only. Most of my devices are using 5ghz due to connectivity issue.

  • 2.4GHz has better range. But shouldn’t be a problem to return with amazon.

  • Alan Leung

    Yeah, that’s the problem of having too many 2.4ghz around your place…