Anyone who’s been through childproofing knows that outlet covers leave much to be desired. In fact, outlets in general leave a much to be desired. And so the makers of the LivingPlug’s INLET came up with a clever way to change that, as you might have guessed from the name. And I’m kind of geeking out over these outlet hiders with plates that coordinate to your decor. You might too, even if you have no plan to childproof anything. (Lucky you.)
LivingPlug totally reinvents the outlet with an attractive adapter you pop right in to convert your two-pronged outlet to a three-prong outlet. All of the prongs are on the bottom where your kids and guests don’t see them. Plus it’s got a USB outlet on top – clearly the wave of the outlet future.
But the fun part is that you get to customize the faceplate that fits over the top of the INLET to fit your own style. Even though the basic white finish looks pretty great , the bright yellow chevron adds a fun punch of color to your room. The walnut panel is so nice and warm and un-techy. I also love the idea of wallpapering my bathroom and making the outlets disappear completely when they’re not in use, by covering the faceplate with the same paper. Smart, right?
There’ also a design-your-own Faceplate option which is definitely a twist on custom photo gifts we haven’t seen. But choose wisely; it can be a little weird to see a cord hanging out from between your grandmother’s legs or something.
While I love the fact that there’s no installation needed whatsoever, a big bonus, besides design, is the energy conservation: When appliances remain plugged in but not in use often - like a toaster or juicer - use the UNplug button to conserve up to 15% of the vampire energy that’s still being used.
Shockingly, my seven-year-old daughter is asking for the unicorn faceplate. What are the chances?
The INLET LivingPlug and customizable faceplates are $25 each at the LivingPlug website.