Ikea's super cheap Trådfri smart plugs are now on sale - but they're missing HomeKit

Alexa and Google Assistant are supported now, while HomeKit is incoming

Ikea Trådfri smart plugs are on sale
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In August, the eagle-eyed folks at Swedish tech blog Teknikvekan spotted that Ikea was preparing to launch a range of smart plugs under its Trådfri smart home brand. According to the listing they were supposed to go on sale in October, yet nothing appeared. Now, Ikea has made them official.

The smart plugs are available to buy right now from Ikea's website for $10, which is exceptionally good value. Less good is the fact they're arriving without Apple HomeKit compatibility, which we'd expected to get, however they do work with Alexa and Google Assistant.

As for HomeKit, 9to5Mac spotted a Reddit post from the Trådfri team stating that HomeKit support integration is still in the pipeline.

Read this: How to connect your Ikea Trådfri bulbs to Apple HomeKit

Still, for $10 you're getting a smart outlet that will let you control "dumb" appliances from your smartphone, while for $15 you can get it with a magnetic remote control. If you're not a Trådfri user already, you'll need to get the $30 hub too.

Yet most of our recommended smart plugs are around the $30 mark which can add up if you're buying more than one, so Ikea should have the competition pretty scared. That includes Amazon, which recently launched its $24.99 Alexa smart plug.

Wi-Fi connected plugs are handy for making otherwise dumb devices and appliances around the house smart - lamps that aren't compatible with smart bulbs, say, or coffee machines.


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