I've been going through more reading and can't seem to determine what the best wired outlets will be?
I would like them to be Zwave since I've bought Zwave light switches so far.
I looked for a 2022 year in review best of but didn't see one?
So what are the best outlets/receptacles based on these criteria:
-quality radios for building the mesh network
-ability to track electric usage (not necessary but would be nice)
-anything else a veteran user has discovered but a newbie would not know to ask
Here's a 2021 "Best of" thread. Even if the products aren't available, the manufacturer's current products are likely very comparable.
Plugs tend to dominate this category over in-wall receptacles, and zigbee and wifi are generally more popular than zwave.
Looking solely at Z-Wave, I would vote for the Jasco Z-Wave (500 chip, I don't think they offer a 700/800 model) over the Leviton ZW15R (700 chip.) I had the Jasco before I switched to Leviton and they worked fine.
The Leviton has an annoying trait where it just goes deaf and dumb, requiring a breaker reset to correct. Rumor has it there is a firmware update to be released soon, but no word on whether it may or may not fix that issue, if they even drop the update.
That said, I am in the process of dumping Z-Wave for Zigbee on my receptacles. I still use Z-Wave for switches, and haven't had any issues with the Zigbee recepts. (Note that I do need some Zigbee repeating, and the recepts accomplish that, so my decision is not solely based on the performance of the recepts themselves, but I have had zero issue with the Jasco Zigbee recepts, and they activate quicker than the Leviton Z-Wave, in what should be similar mesh conditions, respective of type.)
Agree with your remarks about the ZW options. I have 2 Leviton ZW15Rs working OK, but another 2 I pulled out due to the offline wonkiness. I'm hangin' in there for the supposedly-coming firmware update -- I do like the overall cleaner look of the Levitons.
The GE/Jasco/Honeywell/Enbrighten version ain't sexy or super feature rich, but it's hella reliable -- I'll give it that!
I have (3) Z-wave outlets and they all work fine in spite of being in the electrical boxes. In fact, one of the three is acting as a repeater for two z-wave lights on the opposite side of the house - one in the basement.
If you have never used a wired receptacle before one thing to note is they are typically a bigger foot print than a dumb outlet. I have had a couple of instances where I wanted to put in a wired smart outlet but couldn't because the box wasn't big enough or the wires in the box made it too tight..