With the state of technology today, it seems that there is some kind of device or app to help us perform just about every function of daily life. That includes apps and devices to help us out with the daily activities that we need to get done around the house or products to reduce energy usage or secure our home.
Most smart home products on the market today are now designed to be compatible with devices you might already have, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant, but when you are considering purchasing any of these products, make sure that they are compatible with your phone and devices.
So, let’s talk about a few of these devices and see what kind of benefit they might bring to our own homes and family life.
Appkettle AK000001 Stainless Steel Smart Kettle
Have you ever woken up all cozy in your bed and wished that the water for your tea was already hot on the stove? Well, wish no longer because the App Kettle will allow you to do just that. The App Kettle comes with a kettle and a base that can work with an app on your phone or tablet and voice controlled with Alexa.
You can control the temperature of your water by setting your preferences in the favourites, and you can also set the timer settings so there is hot water waiting for you when you climb out of bed, or before you get home from work.
You can also set a time and temperature for the perfect temperature of water to make your baby’s bottle. How awesome would it be to go to the kitchen for that 3:00 AM feeding and find the kettle already warm? The AppKettle was designed to save you time and make your life easier, and it is an excellent addition to any smart home. You can find them here on Amazon for £129.99.
Do you find that you really don’t have the time to clean your home like you need to? So what about a robotic vacuum that can do it for you?
ECOVACS DEEBOT 900 Smart Home Enabled Multi-Surface Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
If you would like to stop wasting time sweeping and vacuuming then this product might be just the thing for you. This third-generation robotic vacuum cleaner is smart home-enabled so it will work with the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. You can tell the vacuum to start, stop, or re-charge itself just by asking.
The ECOVACS DEEBOT 900 comes with an extensive mapping feature that you can use to tell the robotic vacuum which areas need to be cleaned and those areas that should be avoided. This vacuum is perfect for cleaning up all kinds of dry messes including pet hair, dirt, and debris, and you can even set the vacuum to clean while you are away.
The vacuum will hold 350 ml of debris in the dustbin and it can run for approximately 100 minutes on a single charge. Recharging to full capacity typically takes three to four hours to complete. You can find the ECOVATS DEEBOT 900 Smart Home Robotic Vacuum cleaner here for approximately £322.
iRobot Braava Jet 240
The idea of a robotic vacuum to sweep up hard floors has been around for a while now and there have even been models that can operate on carpeted surfaces in recent years. Now there are robotic vacuums that can operate on multiple surfaces with ease, but what if there was a robotic steam mop that can even clean in hard-to-reach spaces you can’t get to?
Well, now there is! The iRobot Braava Jet 240 steam mop has three different cleaning modes and smart mapping technology that remembers obstacles in its path. The robotic steam mop can be used on all hard floor surfaces, but it is specially designed to get to hard-to-reach areas like around toilets and under cabinets.
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 has three different settings to dry sweep, damp mop, or wet mop all of your hard surfaced floors. You can control the robot by using your smartphone and it operates on a rechargeable battery. Once charged the battery can run for approximately one hour and it takes about two hours to fully recharge itself. You can find your own iRobot Braava Jet 240 robotic mop here for around £189.
Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat
Do you want the luxury of coming home to a toasty warm house without the expense of having to run the heat all day while no one is even home? If so, then the smart home Hive thermostat was made just for you!
The Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat can be controlled through your smartphone. You can set a daily heating and hot water schedule when you set up the thermostat. So, if for example you are gone for most of the day during the week, but love to sleep in on the weekends, you can program the thermostat to accommodate those needs. The thermostat also allows you to program when you would like your hot water to be heated for showers while keeping the temperature lower when you don’t need it.
This thermostat also works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Philips Hue, so if you are home and are feeling too warm or cold, just ask them to adjust the temperature for you. This thermostat also offers the bonus feature of protecting your pipes from bursting with frost protection. No one wants to come home to a freezing, flooded home! You can find the Hive Active Heating and Hot Water thermostat here for about £153.
As you can see, just from the few smart home products listed here, there are now so many products and apps that are designed to simplify your life. Think of what you can do with the extra time that you don’t have to spend cleaning and the money that you can save by installing energy efficient devices in your home. What will you do with all of your extra time and money?