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I have bought many of the these plugs after being gifted a Hive hub and some other Hive accessories from my dad. I am now well and truly integrated into the Hive ecosystem, with multiple cameras, bulbs, and plugs setup and used regularly.
These plugs have a nice neutral design to them which means if you have the plug somewhere visible, you don't need to worry about them being an eyesore. They also offer a manual push button switch in case you want to do things the old fashioned way.
Ultimately though, these plugs come into their element when paired with Alexa, Google Assistant, or the easy-to-use actions you can setup in the Hive app. As an example, when I open the door to the house at night, I have a plug setup to turn on a lamp in the hallway. Likewise in the lounge, I have it setup so once the sun sets, our side lights will turn on automatically. These little bits of easy automation are the main selling point behind investing in these plugs.
As other reviewers have noted however, these plugs do come at a premium, and there are many other lower priced options available which do the same thing, albeit from smaller name manufacturers. Whilst you lose some of the ease and function of the Hive app, functions like Alexa routines do allow you to do similar things if you're a little bit more savvy.
I have made a policy of only ever buying these when they come on sale, where you can get them for closer to £20 instead of the £30+ normal asking price - this certainly reduces the sting as I gradually setup the whole house with them. This is the main reason I can't in good faith give these plugs a 5 star rating.
Price aside, I can easily recommend these if you're looking to smarten up your home, especially if you already have Hive setup. They're one of the more user friendly options, and their smart look and good build quality do give them a slight edge over some of the cheaper alternatives.
I bought this for my father who has a Hive controlled heating system but for my home I have chosen TP-Link smart plugs controlled by Alexa Echo voice prompts.
Set up of this Hive plug is easy enough and setting schedules etc. is logical using the Hive app. The range is good and manual control works well too although I miss the voice capability of Alexa.
My final observation that is that this Hive Smart Plug is quite expensive compared to the competition considering you have to have a Hive Hub for it to work - that's not true of my cheaper TP-Link versions which you can connect directly via any Apple or Android mobile device hence four stars.
This often goes on sale for around £25 and I think that's a good price point. This smart plug requires a hub this is ok if you already invested in the hive eco system otherwise you'd have to fork out £70+ for the hub. The smart plug is very useful, you can use it to turn you normal devices/appliances into a 'smart' one ie plug your fan via the smart plug leave it on and then turn it off or on using the hive app or voice activated using Google/Alexa. You can use it with you iron and get peace of mind when you are out of your house and turn the plug off remotely in case you forgot to turn off your iron.
The design and build quality is nice, sturdy and durable but a bit on the bulky side. Set up is very easy and straight forward especially if you already have the Hive eco system. Whilst the app could be a lot better, it is very simple and easy to use. It's functionality is very good, you can set up automation/routines and you can also set up the smart plug to be used with other Hive integrated products like door sensor, camera and lights.
I like this smart plug and find it handy and useful, however I can only really recommend it if you're already locked into the Hive eco system and if it's on sale other wise there are cheaper alternatives out there that is less bulky and doesn't require a hub. Hope this helps with your purchase decision.
Got this to replace an old fashioned dial timer plug and to integrate with my new Hive hub which came with an Alexa dot - looks smart, works well (and is silent unlike my old plug!). Can be manually switched on and off, scheduled via Hive app and integrates with Alexa. Only downside is the price, I had better get saving as I need 2 more!
Update: managed to get them while on sale for £22 - much better value!
These are very easy to add to your system it actually took longer to unbox than set up In the past I have rated these 5 star but if you want to set up a simple on/off schedule it’s a nightmare the app/plug constantly resorts to the preprogrammed settings giving the impression of a smart plug that is constantly trying to outsmart you It really should be possible to wipe the preprogrammed times off completely and set your own on/off times to suit what you want it seems the whole system, including the lack of instructions is set up to prevent this
Second one I’ve bought and really like the hive range for durability and quality. It does remain really expensive however and so I don’t buy as many products as I would otherwise. However it works seamlessly with the hive app and with Alexa so really don’t have any complaint with the product just the high price tag
It works well with the hive home app and the responsiveness is the same as other devices. I am using mine to turn on and off a humidifer and it works well. I don't see why this couldn't be used to power other devices, just be sure to only power items less than 3000 watts as recommended by the specs.
I purchased a single one below £30, but it still feels quite expensive to justify it's usage.
This does exactly what it says on the tin. As easy to program as any other Hive accessory, it also has an override button on the front to allow it to be switched off or on, and it will revert to program the next time a scheduled event goes past.
Is that worth the exorbitant cost? Depends. If it was cheaper we’d probably have a dozen in the house. As it is, the single plug in the lounge works well.
Great product and works well. 'Hive' products are rather expensive with alternative products now becoming available. The controlling 'App' is less predictable - recent software upgrades are often released without sufficient testing or apparent reason for change - resulting in some instability. Hive plug hardware appears to be well made and is reliable.