Pocket-lint has spotted that IKEA8217;s Tradfri smart plug is finally available to buy through the IKEA website in both the US and UK.
This past autumn, IKEA began selling the smart plug in Sweden and a few other countries in the EU. Now, IKEA is selling it via the US IKEA website and UK IKEA website for $9.99 and £9.99, respectively. Pocket-lint recently checked the UK IKEA website but didn8217;t see it for sale at the time. It appears IKEA quietly added it within the past couple weeks. We also visited a UK IKEA store Thursday and was able to purchase one plug in person.
For the price, it8217;s an absolute bargain. You need the Tradfri Gateway ($30/£30) and a control device like wireless control remote ($15/£15), but it works as well as the TP-Link smart plugs, which are usually £30 each. The Tradfri smart plug connects to the company8217;s existing Tradfri Gateway, which connects to a variety of other smart home products like light bulbs, dimmers, and motion sensors.
The plug also says Zigbee on it. So, in theory, you can ditch the gateway, if you have an Zigbee-enabled Echo smart speaker, such as the new Echo Plus, for Alexa voice control. We8217;ve yet to test that functionality, but we will post a full review on the Tradfri system soon. Stay tuned.
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The smart plug can be attached to 8220;dumb8221; lamps, coffee makers, tea kettles, or other household appliances to enable control through IKEA8217;s own app. Although Alexa voice control has not yet been confirmed by us, we do know IKEA plans to eventually offer HomeKit support for Tradfri. The retailer recently delayed this feature but will roll out it out sometime in the future via an update.
When the HomeKit integration goes live, Tradfri accessories will be able to be controlled through Apple8217;s Home app and Siri.