Control hot water and heating from your smartphone

Control hot water and heating from your smartphone

Control hot water and heating from your smartphone

1) The money-saving thermostat

Hive Active Heating & Hot Water Thermostat Kit, Argos, £179

How it works: Control hot water and heating from your smartphone.

RATING: 5/5. Really clever.

2) The self- dimming light

Hive lightbulb, Argos, £19

How it works: A lightbulb you can dim, or turn on and off, using your phone.

Hive lightbulb: Surprisingly useful

Hive lightbulb: Surprisingly useful

Hive lightbulb: Surprisingly useful

RATING: 4/5. Useful, if pricey.

3) The ‘smart assistant’ who knows everything

Amazon Echo Plus, Amazon, £139.99

How it works: A smart speaker you control by speaking to Alexa, an intelligent ‘virtual assistant’. Functions include answering questions and playing music. 

RATING: 4/5. Surprisingly useful.

4) The doorbell you can answer anywhere in the world

Ring 2 video doorbell, John Lewis, £178.99

How it works: Be alerted on your phone when someone rings your doorbell, and speak to that person via a video link, regardless of where you are.

RATING: 3/5. A bit glitchy, but a great idea.

Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower: A robot that cuts your lawn while you enjoy a beer, or even while you¿re on holiday

Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower: A robot that cuts your lawn while you enjoy a beer, or even while you¿re on holiday

Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower: A robot that cuts your lawn while you enjoy a beer, or even while you’re on holiday

5) The rolls-royce of lawnmowers

Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower, John Lewis, £799.99

How it works: A robot that cuts your lawn while you enjoy a beer, or even while you’re on holiday. It operates all by itself, manoeuvring around obstacles and returning to charge.

RATING: 5/5. This is the future!

AND FIVE NOT TO BOTHER WITH   

Kettle 3rd Generation Smart Jug Kettle: Clever idea, but it loses points for being difficult to set up

Kettle 3rd Generation Smart Jug Kettle: Clever idea, but it loses points for being difficult to set up

Kettle 3rd Generation Smart Jug Kettle: Clever idea, but it loses points for being difficult to set up

1) The kettle that boils as You get home

Kettle 3rd Generation Smart Jug Kettle, Currys, £99.99

How it works: Can be activated to boil via a smartphone app as you return home.

RATING: 2/5. Clever idea, but it loses points for being difficult to set up.

2) The fridge that takes selfies

Bosch KGN36HI32 Fridge Freezer, Argos, £924.99

How it works: Cameras inside allow you to see what’s in your fridge while in the supermarket.

RATING: 2/5. Good fridge, terrible cameras, a nightmare to set up.

3) The posh portable lamp 

Philips Hue, John Lewis, £69.95

How it works: Portable lamp, below, with a rechargeable battery you can take into the garden.

RATING: 2/5. A candle in a storm lantern would be cheaper and more stylish.

The posh portable lamp: A candle in a storm lantern would be cheaper and more stylish

The posh portable lamp: A candle in a storm lantern would be cheaper and more stylish

The posh portable lamp: A candle in a storm lantern would be cheaper and more stylish

4) The remote controlled washing machine

Hoover DWFT412AH3 12KG 1400 Spin Washing Machine, Argos, £666

How it works: You can control it from your phone.

RATING: 1/5. It won’t load the machine, or do your ironing.

5) The souped-up electric blanket

Silentnight Alexa- enabled electric blanket, Amazon, £50.99

How it works: Ensure your bed is warm by asking Alexa to turn it on.

RATING: 1/5. Couldn’t set it up. 





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