Smart homes don’t need the most advanced gadgets. You can transform yours into one with a flick of the switch. This is our Product Review and Buyer’s Guide of the Switchmate.
The Switchmate is a Bluetooth-enabled magnetic light switch adapter. The adapter fits both rocker and toggle switches, and comes in white or beige.
Set up takes no time at all. Just install the batteries then snap it on over any light switch. It’s controlled by a smartphone app, so just connect to it after installation. A dozen Switchmates can be controlled from one device.
To use the switch, simply tap the on/off control from the app screen. If you’re going out of town, you can set a schedule for the device to activate and turn your lights on and off. There’s even a welcome home feature that will turn all the lights on when you get home.
Switchmate is working to introduce Alexa integration, but it’s not there yet. The smart switch doesn’t work with dimmers either. It’s there to turn lights on and off. The Switchmate is $40 on Amazon and at Bed Bath & Beyond. Fast installation and ease-of-use make it a good value.
If you’re looking for the bare minimum in smart home gadgets, this is the one for you. If Switchmate doesn’t do enough, Belkin and Lutron make switches similar in price that will fit your needs. However, those do require installation.