The top five smart gadgets to invest in for your home – and five others to not bother with


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   

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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