Minnesota-based Braumm has entered the smart home market with the P11 ($27.99), a Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug that you can control remotely using a mobile app, as well as with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. As with most smart plugs, the P11 installs in minutes, and it performs as advertised. But it’s not quite as smart as our Editors’ Choice, the $29.99 iHome iSP6X, which adds Apple HomeKit and IFTTT support. And if you’re looking for a second smart outlet, the $59.95 ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 also adds energy usage reporting to the equation.
Design and Features
Like the Geeni Spot, the Braumm P11 is a small smart plug with a single three-pronged outlet on the front and a three-prong plug on the back. Square with rounded edges, it measures 2.0 by 2.0 by 1.2 inches (HWD) and has a manual on/off button on its left side with an LED indicator that blinks blue during setup, glows blue when the plug is on, and remains dark when the plug is off. Under the hood is a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio that connects the plug to your home network.
The P11 is controlled using the Braumm mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The app opens to a home screen that shows the local forecast with temperature, humidity, outdoor air pressure, and outdoor wind speed readings. Below that are tabs with all installed Braumm devices by name and their status (online, offline). Tap a tab to open a screen with a large circular on/off button. The button has a green indicator when the plug is on, and when the plug is off both the screen and the button are grayed out.
At the bottom of the screen are Socket, Timer, and Schedule buttons. The Socket button can also be used to turn the P11 on and off, and the Timer button is used to set a one-time countdown for one minute up to 23 hours and 59 minutes that will turn the plug off when time expires. The Schedule button takes you to a screen where you can create schedules to have the plug turn on or off at specific times of the day and on specific days of the week.
Back at the home screen there are three buttons labeled Home, Smart, and Me. The Home button takes you back to the home screen and the Me button takes you to a screen where you can edit your account information including your home name and location, your profile, and your email address. Here you can also enable push notifications and enable/disable sounds. Use the Smart button to create scenes that allow you to turn multiple plugs on or off with one button click, and automations that can have the plug turn on or off based on temperature or humidity levels, sunrise and sunset times, and weather conditions (sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, hazy).
You can link the P11 to your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant accounts to control it with your voice, but it doesn’t work with other smart home devices and home automation platforms, and lacks the support for Apple’s HomeKit platform that you get with the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 and Eve Energy plugs. It also lacks support for IFTTT applets like you get with the Belkin Wemo Mini.
Installation and Performance
Installing the P11 plug is quick and easy. I downloaded the app, registered my email address, and verified the account. I created a password, tapped Add Home, created a home name, and confirmed my location. I plugged the P11 in, tapped Add Device, and selected Electrical Outlet from the list. I selected my Wi-Fi SSID, entered my Wi-Fi password, and the plug was connected within 20 seconds. I gave it a name and a room location, and the installation was complete.
The Braumm Smart Plug worked as expected in my testing. It never failed to carry out my Alexa voice commands, and it responded quickly to on and off commands made using the mobile app. Scheduled on and off times worked flawlessly, as did countdown timers. I created an automation to have the plug turn on when the humidity was moist and it worked perfectly. Similarly, my automation to have the plug turn off when the local temperature hit 80 degrees also worked every time.
With the Braumm Smart Plug P11, you can control household appliances from your phone, create on/off schedules, and set up automations to have the plug turn on and off depending on things like the current temperature, humidity levels, and sunrise and sunset times. It’s very easy to install and manage, and it performed well in our tests, but it lacks some of the smart features that you get with our Editors’ Choice, the iHome ISP6X, including HomeKit and IFTTT support, or the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2, which features a second outlet and power usage reports.