The Great Outlet Comparison: Lutron, Leviton, or LeGrand?
Lutron v Leviton v LeGrand
We'll start with a quick rating of each brand's Design, Finish, and Build Quality for those just here for the quick-and-dirty.
As shown above, the Lutron Claro is the clear winner. It's got the best finish options, the best match between receptacle and faceplate, and it's built well. The price is what most-often makes users question going with Lutron, but as you'll see below, you really get what you pay for.
Lutron Claro: The FLUSHTEK favorite. Not only will using the Claro line with FLUSHTEK get you modern flush outlets throughout your project, your other outlets will be good-looking, solidly built, and consistent.
- Design: The design is simple and elegant, without added complications that make some of its competitors appear cheap. The size feels right as well: not too large, and not too small. Its subtly rounded corners add a touch of modern sophistication.
- Finish: The finishes options with the Claro line are expansive. They offer glossy, matte, textured, and metallic finishes, with perfect matches between the receptacle and faceplate. This is huge for us. The outlet should read as a single object and not an assembly of two poorly matched parts. Lutron does this very well.
- Build-Quality: The build-quality of the Claro line is everything you'd expect from a well-designed product. The faceplate and outlet are both flat and without imperfection. The attachment method is via four plastic hooks near the corners: we've found that it secures the faceplate well and removes nicely when required. The assembly is streamlined without feeling cheap or weak.
Leviton Decora: This is a fair outlet, but it has some issues that are worth highlighting. It's a less expensive option than the Lutron Claro, but feels slighly inferior in the design and quality departments. See below.
- Design: The design of the Leviton outlet is satisfactory, with the side of the faceplate being slightly chamfered in profile and formed of a single piece. When viewed from the side (in a non-flush install) it is nice that the faceplate reads as a single piece. The size is nice—a bit smaller than the other outlets we reviewed. However we don't love the embossed logo on the face of the receptacle, which is an issue with the LeGrand as well. Good design means not having to look at a company logo when you walk through your own home!
- Finish: The Leviton's finishing is probably its biggest weakness. The faceplate is very glossy, which highlights the uneven build quality (more on that later), and the receptacle isn't a great match. It's somewhat glossy as well, but noticeably different from the faceplate. There are less options for color and finish as well.
- Build-Quality: The build-quality of the Leviton is mediocre. It attaches via four ratcheting clips at each corner, and you detach it from a single pry-point at the bottom. We don't love the single-point mechanism as it often feels like you must exert a lot of force to get it off and runs the risk of local damage to your walls around that area. Otherwise the outlet feels pretty sturdy, although there is an issue with the flatness of the faceplate and receptacle. Both have visible rippling on their face, which is apparent when viewing the outlet from an angle. This is its biggest issue, and makes the outlet look a bit cheap up close.
LeGrand Radiant: Although the price is lower, the Radiant can't really compete with the clean look and high quality of the Lutron Claro. Its design is a bit overdone and the build-quality feels quite poor.
- Design: There are three prominent issues with the LeGrand Radiant. First, its receptacle and faceplate do not sit flush, further emphasizing the two-piece construction of the design. Next, the faceplate has a bow from the edges out towards the center of the receptacle. This is a small detail but really brings a lot of attention to the outlet (something we believe should disappear). Finally, like the Decora, the receptacle has a prominent company logo featured on it. Again, we do not want to see logos in our homes!
- Finish: The Radiant finishes are nice, but still leave a bit to be desired. It's fairly consistent between faceplate and receptacle, although the difference in plane and bow of the faceplate make them appear different at an angle. We'd call the finish more of a satin—it's got a light pebble to it that's nice.
- Build-Quality: The build quality of the Radiant is probably its biggest downside. The faceplate connection is very flimsy, and although the plastic feels and looks nice, it is not very secure. This is primarily due to the screwless faceplate mounting, which clips into a super thin plastic backing. The faceplate rattles on the receptacle and seems apt to fail sooner than the outlets above due to the thin plastic backing.
Not sure where the pricing came from.
In April 2023, Legrand Radiant TR model 885TRWCC12 is $3.89 list price on Legrand website. Otherwise, this was an interesting read. Thanks
I just bought a lutron claro switch to test out on advice from this article and it also has brand name on it, so may want to update that part of the review. I would agree lutron does feel more solidly built in both the switch mechanics and the mounting plate. Do think its worth noting the ridge with claro plate design that is likely to collect dust and crumbs especially with kids. I really wish radiant plates just used a better mounting mechanism as they are much more attractive looking :(
We are building a custom home in Texas and are looking at these various products. What I have learned is this: we had a semi-custom home before we built and it used Cooper. We had not a problem with any product. Our house didnt catch on fire, it didnt smoke and they never broke when using them. The switches and receptacles and face-plates we alittle flimsy and not well built. But, and you really cant dismiss this, we did not dismantle any face-plate, receptacle or switch during the 15 years we lived there, which means, sticking with the name brands, cost-effective, is A-ok! If I was Elon Musk, of course I would put the most expensive in my home, but I am not, so, I go with cost-effectiveness. Lutron is nice, but no visiting family member or guest ever, ever, asked us who built our electrical outlets and face-plates … doesn’t really matter as long as you buy from a name brand.
You use the “Adorne” name in your description of the Leviton outlet several times and also when you compare the Leviton to the LeGrand outlets. Adorne is an upscale LeGrand product and not associated with Leviton. The Leviton product line is Decora. Having used all three products in several houses I agree that the Lutron product is better than the two others however the Adorne product line from LeGrand is much – much – better than all 3 of these both in style and construction quality. In particular their steel mounting plate system levels out the drywall around the outlet and makes for a more solid installation. Of course the Adorne is much more expensive than these products so it’s not a fair comparison.
We appreciate the comment Phil! This is part of why design is so fascinating, as even a humble outlet can elicit a wonderful variety of responses. We really appreciate your points and thank you for sharing!