10 Best Socket Brands

*Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. This material is subjective, it is not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to purchase. Before buying it you need to consult with a specialist.

In every room of modern houses and apartments you can see a large number of outlets. This fact is explained by a huge number of electrical appliances, which are used today in people’s daily lives. A wide range of electrotechnical products from various manufacturers is available in Russian distribution network. Models differ in construction, design, and price. Experts of Expertology magazine will help potential customers to identify priorities when choosing the socket.

How to Choose

Since the socket is a dangerous object, it is important not to dwell only on the form and color. The following points should be taken into account.

Type of network. Electrical outlets are designed for a particular voltage in the network.

  1. Standard household network in Russian houses and apartments has a voltage of 220 V. That’s why the sockets have two holes for the plug. A grounded receptacle version is required for high-powered appliances.
  2. Three-phase outlets are not uncommon in private households, so they require power outlets. They feature three holes for special plugs.

Design. Single, double, triple sockets can be distinguished by construction.

  1. The most popular are single-type models. They can be integrated into a single frame. The number of outlets in the unit most often ranges from 2 to 5 pcs.
  2. Twin sockets allow you to connect two appliances, while they are installed in a single junction box.
  3. Modules for connecting three or more appliances at the same time are the most common among surface-mounted sockets.

Type of climate protection. When buying power outlets for rooms with high humidity, you should pay attention to the degree of climate protection.

  1. One of the options for protecting an electrical device from splashing water is to install a movable curtain. To insert the plug, the curtain must be raised.
  2. Manufacturers use silicone or rubber seals to prevent moisture from getting inside the socket.

Load. Each socket is marked with the maximum load for which it is designed. Most home appliances have a capacity of up to 3.5 kW. Therefore, the socket with 16A current rating is generally considered to be the standard receptacle. If you connect a large power consumer, choose a socket with a higher current rating.

Installation method. The two most common types of wall sockets are.

  1. The built-in models are today the most popular, they are used in apartments and private houses of Russians. These outlets look nice, during operation it is difficult to catch on them. But they require internal recesses (mounting boxes).
  2. Surface mounted sockets do not require breaking through walls. They are mounted directly on the surface of the wall. Such variant is applied when wiring is not hidden in a building basis, and goes under a plinth or overlays.

Only 10 socket outlet brands made it to our review. Products of these manufacturers have successfully passed the test in houses and apartments of Russian consumers, having received from them high estimates.

Top 10 outlet brands

RatingLocationNameRating
The 10 best brands of outlets1SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC5.0
2LEGRAND4.9
3ABB4.8
4GIRA4.7
5Hamilton4.6
6BERKER4.5
7IEK4.4
8VIKO4.3
9WESSEN4.2
10MAKEL4.1

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

Rating: 5.0

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC’s history dates back to 1836 when the brothers Schneider were the founders. The brand appeared on Russian market over 40 years ago. During this time the products have found their way to such famous objects of Russia as Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Kremlin, oil & gas and metallurgical plants, airports, etc. d. The manufacturer is constantly expanding its range of sockets and switches, creating new ranges. All of them are made on a high technological level and meet modern requirements of electrical safety. The best-selling series are AtlasDesign and Blanca. Experts note the great variety of colors, designs, the range includes outlets with grounding and without it, for one plug and for some, with different power and voltage. The brand wins in our review.

In their reviews domestic consumers praise SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC outlets for their stylish design, reliability, quality manufacturing.

LEGRAND

Rating: 4.9

LEGRAND

LEGRAND is the market leader in premium outlets. The first Russian representative office of the trademark appeared in 1993. Since then, 21 official state-of-the-art production centers have been set up and 2 new production sites have been established. Experts emphasize high popularity of LEGRAND production, which can be explained by confidence of Russian consumers in this brand. Reasons for its success are the excellent quality of electrical products, a wide range of both standard models and original. There are about 300 thousand items in the catalog. Durability of products is worth special attention. The high-quality materials used by the manufacturer allow the sockets to last a long time without discoloration. More than 3,800 patents for inventions. The brand wins silver in our review.

Judging by consumer reviews, the most popular in Russia have become outlet series Valena and Etika. The owners are satisfied with the quality of manufacturing, easy installation, aesthetic appearance and durability.

ABB

Rating: 4.8

ABB

ABB brand appeared in 1988 after Swiss firm merge
Boveri Cie and the Swedish company ASEA. Today, the international concern has two headquarters and plants in different countries, including Russia. Products are supplied to the markets of over 100 countries. According to experts, the brand manages to find the optimal balance of price and quality. The company’s designers work perfectly, offering consumers both timeless classics and original models. The Cosmo line is especially popular with the Russians, the outlets look good and serve for a long time. Unfortunately, the management of the corporation announced on July 21, 2022, that they were leaving the Russian market. That’s why the assortment of outlets in stores becomes more modest. The international group takes third place in our survey.

In their reviews users praise ABB sockets for their beautiful design, firm fixation in recesses, screwless contacts. The disadvantages they include a limited range of colors.

GIRA

Rating: 4.7

GIRA

At the origins of the company GIRA stood brothers Giersiepen (Giersiepen) from the German town of Radeformwald. Brand name was born in 1964 as a result of combining the first syllables of the family name and the city. Experts praise innovative approach of company management. So in the mid-50s, the company was the first in Europe to produce a modular system of sockets and switches, and in the 90s there was a concept of System 55, which allows you to integrate various functional devices. GIRA Company is at the forefront of intelligent equipment in apartments and houses. The manufacturer adheres to the classic layout of the outlets, giving preference to square boxes. The designers propose new designs with enviable consistency. The brand is behind the leaders of the review in production volume and geography of supply (36 countries), so it stops one step short of the prize podium.

Domestic consumers have had time to evaluate the performance properties of series such as Esprit and ClassiX. They consider receptacles beautiful and reliable.

Hamilton

Rating: 4.6

Hamilton

Luxury sockets and switches are made by the British company Hamilton. Developers manage to create unique models, combining new technology, hand craftsmanship and vintage style. The family-owned company has been in business for over 50 years, producing small batch premium sockets. Experts paid attention to the materials used in the production chain. Brass and other copper alloys are used for parts through which electricity flows, and oak and gold are used for decoration. The most popular lines are

  • nea Georgian CFX and Bloomsbury. Since the products are designed for a narrow range of customers, the variety of models is not different. But to the quality of the sockets specialists have no.

    There are few reviews on Hamilton outlets in runet. One of the reasons is the high cost, in addition the products of this brand is difficult to find on the shelves of conventional stores.

    BERKER

    Rating: 4.5

    BERKER

    The history of the BERKER brand began in 1919, when the BERKER brothers organized a small firm for the production of electrical installation devices. For more than 100 years the company has accumulated a wealth of experience, expanded its production, and its products can be found in different countries around the world. Experts highlighted several advantages of BERKER outlets. First of all the use of shockproof non-flammable plastic, which is resistant to temperatures up to 950ºC, deserves praise. Metal support secures socket in mounting box. Electrical bronze is used for production of contact group. Wires are fixed in the socket with a powerful self-clamping contacts. Not surprisingly, the products have a lifespan of up to 40 years. The brand closes the top 6 of our review.

    Customers praise BERKER outlets for their reliability, plastic resistance to color fading, easy mounting. However, it can be difficult to find electrical products in regional stores.

    IEK

    Rating: 4.4

    IEK

    IEK is a young player on the Russian market of electrical products. It was founded in 1999, having started its activity with wholesale of low-voltage products. Soon own production in Tula region was organized, which began to develop rapidly. According to the experts, the manufacturer’s capacity has increased by 100% every year. Even today, the company is demonstrating a high growth rate, outstripping many Russian competitors. The reason of success is the winning combination of price and quality of electrical products. The trademark should be credited with winning the honorary title “Mark №1 in Russia” in 2019. Good information support for customers is also noteworthy. The official website provides detailed specifications of each model. The catalog contains outlets for both private homes and industrial enterprises.

    Domestic consumers are satisfied with manufacturing quality, cost and design. The disadvantages they refer to the deep, narrow wells, where the terminal screws are hidden.

    VIKO

    Rating: 4.3

    VIKO

    Turkish company VIKO was founded in 1966. Today this large producer of electrical products is a part of Panasonic Corporation. In the catalog there is a wide range of goods, where the place of honor belongs to sockets. More than a half of the output goes to the markets of other countries, including Russia. Experts have appraised at face value forward-looking decisions. Developers create novelties, which meet expectations of modern customers. Innovative approach is used to equip production sites. All products are certified according to international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 27001. Competent pricing policy deserves praise.

    Russian consumers praise VIKO sockets in their reviews for high-quality manufacturing, a wide range of shapes and colors, reliability and affordable prices. Users had some difficulties with connection of 4 wires to the sockets.

    WESSEN

    Rating: 4.2

    WESSEN

    WESSEN is a major player on the Russian market. Statistically, every third socket sold in Russia, is made at the factories of this brand. Experts note the high quality of electrical products, which is achieved through the use of special plastic and lightfast ABS plastic. Since 2008 the company is a part of French concern SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC. However, the direction of the company’s activity remained the same. It is a provision of quality products for domestic consumers. WESSEN production site is located at the Russian factory “Potential. In the catalog there is a wide range of sockets for all tastes, with different technical characteristics.

    Judging by customer reviews, consumers trust WESSEN products. They are satisfied with a wide range of sockets, reasonable prices, excellent manufacturing quality. But some users had difficulties with the installation of the products.

    MAKEL

    Rating: 4.1

    MAKEL

    Turkish company MAKEL has been working in the field of electrical appliances since 1977. It is one of the largest exporters in its country. The experts liked the modern production site, which occupies 45 thousand square kilometers. kv. m. Production is carried out on the most advanced technologies. Automated complexes and lines work in the shops. The manufacturer boasts a rich range of products, where you can find both single or group outlets, and combined devices (switches-sockets). The company enjoys a high level of confidence among Russian consumers because of the good quality of products and competent pricing policy. MAKEL brand is one of the ten best manufacturers of sockets.

    In reviews, Turkish rosettes are praised for their attractive appearance, simple installation, and affordable prices. The disadvantages for users are the yellowing of plastic and paint (silver, gold) fading on the frames over time.

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