What is it?

A compact, versatile and extremely useful smart plug from Philips.

Most smart plugs tend to be overly bulky and encroach on twin sockets to the point where it's almost impossible to plug in a neighbouring appliance or even access the on/off switch. Convenience comes in small packages with the Philips Hue Smart Plug.

Good points?

Installation couldn't be easier: you simply plug it into a power socket. Set up requires the accompanying smartphone app which connects via Bluetooth and allows you to control connected devices such as a lamp, kettle or anything else that needs charged before you get home.

Design of the plug is on the minimalist end of the scale so should not look out of place in any home, particularly if your existing power sockets are white. The Hue is compatible with most smart-home systems such as Alexa and Google Assistant so no need to worry about future connection issues should you decide to move systems.

Usage options surpass merely being able to turn a device on or off. You can schedule when the device gets powered and set profiles such as holiday mode which allows lights to be illuminated at a chosen time for security reasons.

Bad points?

There are no obvious negatives that spring to mind but pairing additional Hue accessories such as the motion sensor and dimmer switches can be a tad fiddly.

Best for ...

Those who want a budget/basic way of controlling certain appliances from your smartphone.

Avoid if ...

You desire greater functionality such as receiving power statistics and reports for your connected devices.

Score: 8/10.

Philips Hue Smart Plug, £29.99 (johnlewis.com and argos.co.uk)