Meross smart home devices review: Smart plugs, lights, switches and more

HomeKit friendly budget tech put to the test

Without doubt, if you’re looking to build up your smart home with an array of devices from a budget-friendly Chinese brand then Meross should definitely be a consideration; especially if you’re living in a HomeKit home. There are plenty of devices on offer with seamless integrations with not only Apple’s ecosystem, but Alexa, Google Home and SmartThings too. The native app is easy enough to use and I’ve experienced no major downsides; although that security vulnerability is of some concern.

Meross, founded in 2016 and based in Chengdu, China is fast becoming one of the most prominent players for affordable smart home devices.

Unlike many of its homeland rivals, Meross has a range of HomeKit compatible devices – including smart plugs, lights and switches – as well as offering compatibility with both Alexa and the Google Assistant.

I first published a Meross review back in 2021 but a lot has changed. I’ve now living with a range of Meross smart home devices for a few years; read on to find out what’s good, what’s not and whether this is a brand you can rely on for building out your smart home.

Meross: What’s on offer

Head on over to and you’ll see that the company has an absolute plethora of smart home devices.

However, for the sake of this review we’ll focus on the devices that the company are pushing on the US and UK Amazon store fronts and the ones I’ve been using for the past couple of years, and the most recent launches.

Let’s face it, that’s where you stumbled across the line-up and you’re probably asking yourself, “Is Meross a good brand?”

First up and there’s a huuuuuuge array of smart plugs on offer. The designs alter slightly between UK/US variants but, on the whole, the range is pretty consistent both sides of the pond.

The plugs are slightly cheaper if you go for the non-HomeKit versions but, if you do go HomeKit then these are also Alexa / Google Assistant and SmartThings compatible.

In 2023 Meross got on board with the Matter smart home standard, with the Meross Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini.

In my review I stated “To call it ‘no-frills’ takes away from the smart energy consumption features but the real USP is the ease of use, no matter what smart home ecosystem you use. Great value, great performance, great way of making your dumb tech smart.”

Meross matter smart plug UK

There are are also power outlet plugs and outdoor weatherproof plugs too, with or without HomeKit compatibility.

In terms of switches, there are versions for both wall sockets and for making dumb lamps smart and there are also garage door openers as well.

Meross MSG garage door opener

I recently reviewed the Meross Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener and it was a super easy, and super cheap way of making my dumb garage door connected.

Meross smart lamp homekit

When it comes to smart lighting you’ll find lightstrips, lamps and bulbs in an array of shapes and sizes – even an Edison / filament design.

Again, these are smart devices capable with the full range of major smart home ecosystems; Alexa, GA, SmartThings and HomeKit.

Digging deeper and you’ll find a HomeKit compatible radiator thermostat; as well as smart humidifiers, baby monitors and smart sensors.

Meross smart led lightstrip alexa

Is Meross safe and secure?

Merros’ smart home devices all work after connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi network; they don’t use local mesh networks such as Zigbee, Z-Wave or Thread to talk to a hub.

As with any device that you add to your Wi-Fi network, there are security implications. Meross is keen to stress that, with its range: “All data is securely transmitted and stored using AWS servers in US.”

Obviously you can eliminate any major risk or concerns you have by sticking to the HomeKit variants, which don’t require you using the app (and therefore telling Meross your Wi-Fi password), and have to adhere to Apple’s strict encryption standards.

A Which? study at the end of 2020 stated that when setting up a Meross smart plug, a users’ Wi-Fi passwords were not encrypted. That means a hacker could, in theory, use the Wi-Fi connection and maybe even compromise other devices.

I asked Meross for a response to this report and I was told:

“The work is in progress and the new firmware is in test. We will release new firmwares for all models from Q2. Users will receive the message in Meross app to get their password encrypted.”

Meross homekit apple home app

The fact that Meross is now part of Matter, and has devices certified by the Connectivity Standards Alliance should help to alleviate any concerns about the brand’s integrity.

Meross: Living with the devices

The big win for Meross is that, if you go down the HomeKit route then you never have to touch the native app at all, everything can be done within the Apple Home app – it’s the same process for adding compatible Meross devices as it is for bigger name rivals; i.e. you scan the HomeKit code and assign a name and room all within Apple’s platform, as illustrated above.

Adding to Google Assistant and Alexa is also pretty straightforward once you’ve created and account and navigated the native app, and we also found it was possible to get devices singing and dancing with SmartThings too.

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The sheer range of what’s on offer, especially when it comes to smart plugs sets Meross apart; with singles, doubles, multi, indoor and outdoor options aplenty.

The build quality is great and the prices are about as low as you’re likely to see. At the time of writing has a 4-pack of smart plugs on sale for just $22. That’s just over $5 a plug.

Sure, the HomeKit ones are a bit more – around $10 a plug – but that’s still a price that you’ll struggle to beat elsewhere.

meross ios app

As always, it’s the native app that is the weak point of any budget-brand’s smart home platform.

However, Meross’ app is pretty clean, has very few translation problems (which can often be a major sticking point) and it even has quite good routine and scene features; should you wish to control the devices outside of a major smart home ecosystem (which is pretty unlikely, let’s face it).

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There are a few discrepancies, here and there. For example, any smart lights have far more nuanced controls within the native app, with the altering of colors and shades a lot more clunky and cumbersome inside of HomeKit, Alexa and so on.

But that’s not an issue limited to Meross, bigger name brands such as Hue and Lifx also suffer from this.

SmartThings compatibility, which I’ve touched on, is also a bit of a muddle. Within the SmartThings app it’s easy enough to find Meross, but it then asks you if you want to add ‘Garage Doors’, ‘Outlets’ or ‘Switches and Dimmers’.

Meross in smartthings

None of these, obviously, cover a light bulb or a lamp. I just tapped ‘Outlets’ and found that once I’d linked my Meross account to SmartThings, it automatically synced all my Meross devices, not just those covered by those three categories.

There’s also a brilliantly unique tab within the Meross app: ‘Savvy User’. I thought this might open up some sort of beta testing area for new features but, instead, was presented with a storefront with the latest Amazon discounts and codes on Meross products.

Savvy indeed.

Final thoughts

Meross is fast becoming one of the most reliable smart home brands coming out of China. Its range of smart devices is staggering and, crucially, affordable and the performance levels are on par with much more premium alternatives.

Endorsed by both Apple and the CSA through their HomeKit and Matter devices, Meross is also a brand you can trust.

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