TP-Link Tapo P110 Energy Monitoring Smart Plug Review vs Kasa HS110 & KP115 – Half the Price, Almost Identical

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TP-Link Tapo P110 Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring Review Rating

Summary

The TP-Link Tapo P110 is a great buy at its full price of £15. Gaining insight into energy usage over time is incredibly useful considering the current energy crisis. The lack of IFTTT is disappointing, but its functionality I can live without vs paying more than double for the Kasa KP115.

Overall
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  • Features - 85%
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  • Price - 95%
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Pros

  • Less than half the price of the Kasa KP115
  • Historical data via graphs

Cons

  • No IFTT
  • App UI is a bit clunky

I recently wrote a post on ways to try and reduce your electricity bills. One of the main tools I have used in identifying power-hungry devices is the now discontinued TP-Link Kasa HS110.

It is a superb smart plug, and have used several of them in combination with the KP105 to monitor and control some of my most power-hungry devices, mainly my PCs and servers.

Due to the ridiculous increase in electricity prices, I have been on a mission to reduce phantom energy use recently and wanted to expand my range of smart plugs to target common problem devices.

As good as the Kasa plugs are, they are quite expensive when you compare them to the TP-Link Tapo range. For things like TVs and set-top boxes, I’d likely struggle to recoup the investment in smart plugs with Kasa.

However, currently, the Tapo P110 is £10 on Amazon, down from an already reasonable £15, and the 4-pack Tapo P100 is just £28, just £7 per plug.

I don’t really like using more apps than necessary, but at those prices, I am not going to complain much. Furthermore, TP-Link has confirmed that they are working on a way to integrate the two systems, and they should be compatible later this year.

Specification / Features

  • Remote Control – Instantly turn connected devices on/off wherever you are through the Tapo app
  • Schedule – Preset a schedule to automatically manage devices
  • Timer – Create countdown timer lists for connected electronics
  • Voice Control – Manage your smart plug with voice commands via Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant
  • Away Mode – Automatically turns devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home
  • Compact Design – Mini-sized to avoid blocking adjacent sockets
  • Easy Setup and Use – No hub required, set up quickly and manage easily through the free app
  • Monitor Energy: Monitor real-time power consumption and energy. Data for current draw, todays use and the past 30 days. Graphs for 30 days and 12 months.

TP Link Tapo P110 vs Kasa HS110 Design

The Kasa HS110 appears to be discontinued and is replaced with the KP115, which has a superior design similar to the Tapo P110.

The Tapo P110 and Kasa KP115 have been reduced to a more convenient size that doesn’t get in the way of any other plugs. The height of the plug is about the same as a UK plug socket.

Dimensions of the plugs are:

  • Tapo P110: 72.0 x 51 x 40 mm
  • Kasa KP115: 72.5 x 51.5 x 37.5 mm
  • Kasa H110: 144 x 90 x 88  mm

TP-Link Tapo P110 vs Kasa HS110 App & Data

One of my biggest annoyances with TP-Link is that they have created two product ranges that are very similar and then separated them off using two separate apps. I am pretty sure the hardware of the P110 is the same as the KP115.

TP-Link has said this will change in the future, and there should be interoperability with Tapo and Kasa products.

For now, I am stuck with two apps.

I am used to the Kasa app and find it well designed and easy to use. It is easy to set up schedules and also for manual control of the plug.

I also liked the way it displays energy data. You have current power and the days total consumption, then daily average over 6 days and 7-day total consumption and the same again but for 30 days. I used this information to see how much electricity I would save by having my servers auto shut down and startup each day. My daily average was 4.37kWh now, it is 2.64kWh. In the past, I wasn’t too concerned about that 1.73kWh, but now that works out as 32p per day or almost £10 per month.

With the Tapo app, the UI is less refined, and I would say it gives the impression of other cheap Chinese smart home apps. There is nothing wrong with it, it is just a bit ugly.

At first, it appears to offer less data with just the current draw, days usage and past 30 days. However, clicking on those numbers loads up a consumption graph for 30 days and 12 months, and from here, you can check historical daily consumption. This is technically better as I should easily be able to see my energy reduce over days/months without having to take screenshots.

Beyond the energy monitoring, you have the same scheduling, timer and away functionality.

No IFTTT

There is one big difference between Tapo and Kasa, which I didn’t realise until I started writing this review.

TP-Link Tapo lacks IFTTT integration. This can seriously limit the home automation functionality you may want to set up. Hopefully, this will change when TP-Link make Tapo and Kasa play nice together.

You can still use Alexa to replicate some of the functionality lost from IFTTT.

Price and Alternative Options

The TP-Link Tapo P110 has an RRP of £14.99 and is currently available for just £9.99. The P100 without energy monitoring is currently £10.35 or £15.50 for a two-pack or £27.99 for a four-pack.

The TP-Link KP115 with energy monitoring is £27.46. There is also the TP-Link Kasa HS300 power strip with 6 plug sockets and 3 USB ports which costs £103.34.

There are a lot of no-name smart plugs and power strips, many are attractively priced, but I am unaware of any others that have energy monitoring.

Overall

Ten quid for a smart plug that monitors your electricity use is an absolute bargain. It’s even a bargain at the full price of £15.

Both the TP-Link Tapo P110 and P100 are superb plugs that I’d strongly recommend to anyone wanting to gain greater control over their electronics and hopefully reduce electricity consumption.

While I have no intention to use IFTTT for my plugs, the lack of this functionality is going to be very annoying for some users. If you want IFTTT, you are forced to pay more than double for the Kasa plug.

If you don’t need IFTTT, then I see little reason to buy the Kasa KP115.

Last update on 2022-05-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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