While installing my recently purchased Wyze Switch, I was extremely unimpressed with the plastic mounting tabs (ie where the screws would secure the switch to the electrical box). It also created a concern that the only means to connect the switch to the ground is via the ground terminal. Most switches and plugs that I am familiar with ground to those mounting tabs and could ground via the electrical box (assuming it’s metal and grounded). I do realize that in a potentially large number of installations, there would be a plastic electrical box used, which would invalidate the second part of this, however, in situations where there’s a considerable amount of wire, shallow box, and people who just like to force the situation (like myself) I think it would be quite beneficial for these tabs to be sturdier and not potentially break if to much force is applied in trying to get the switch into the box.
Of probably more import, if installing this switch in old work boxes (the plastic ones with the flip out tabs), you will have to use plain covers for these switches, the tab is to thick to allow most decorative switch covers to install and not leave a 1-2mm gap between the plate and wall. VERY disappointed on this part. If installing into new work boxes that are recessed into the wall, potentially you could install decorative plates correctly.
For what it is worth, I’ve had experience with at least 4 different smart switches, and they all had plastic mounting tabs.
I wasn’t surprised to see the pricey Lutron Caseta switches use metal, but I notice the GE myTouchSmart do as well, and those are are currently $50 for a 3 pack on Amazon, at least within striking distance of the Wyze.
Good Point, I have really only worked with the Wyze and Feit personally, I’ve been looking at Zooz for a long time, it’s justifying the entry price ($30 per switch plus a Zwave dongle that’s $10-20 depending on sales).
The Feit switches are the same price at Costco presently, and have metal tabs.