Best 5 Smart Home Devices To Add Value To Your Home
Maintaining a home is not easy, and is often time-consuming. Maintaining people living in the home is the same too. It often amounts to hours of cleaning, cooking, and caring (especially if you have little tots).
However, technology has advanced so much that it can help you do most of the work, so you still have time to pursue a career, play with your kids, entertain guests (maybe not so much in 2020) and score some me-time.
In this article, we are sharing the five smart home devices you can invest in to help you run the home (and yourself) effortlessly.
Looking at this device, it does not look like it holds much potential in the kitchen. It looks like a blender with a screen and a knob – what can it possibly do?
If you’ve not heard of the highly rated and celebrated Thermomix®, you heard it first, here. The latest of its fleet is Thermomix® TM6, an all-in-one kitchen appliance that can run over 20 cooking functions!
Owning a Thermomix® is like having a robot chef that does all the chopping, stirring, and cooking for you. It does not only reduce prep time but shorten the cooking duration too.
What can it do?
It can boil or simmer your soups, chop and mince meat, process nuts (to make peanut butter, maybe), blend, mill and cook rice, grind coffee, knead dough, whisk, grate, crush, juice and steam. With the help of the community of Thermomix® users, get recipes for food you’ll never think of making, but can now, thanks to this genius robot cooker!
Price: $2,398.00 on Thermomix
Google Nest and Hub
If you are looking to digitise your home, the Nest Hub is all you need. There are two products under the same flagship that we’d like to recommend.
First is the Google Hub, not to be confused with a table. It is not portable and serves as a control panel for your home. Depending on the other smart devices you have in your home, integrate it with third-party gadgets like lights, broadcast, cameras, and locks.
It pairs seamlessly with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Chromebook. Google Assistant is always ready to bring up what you need (you can switch it off if you are not comfortable with that) and tell you the information you want via the 80dB speaker.
Use it in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.
Along with the Google Hub, you’ll want Nest Wifi – a scalable system that provides a whole-home coverage. It is also a smart speaker with Google Assistant. It can handle up to 200 connected devices and fast enough to steam MULTIPLE 4k videos at any one time.
If your living space is large, the mesh system which consists of a router and other wireless nodes to provide WiFi to the other end of the home.
Price: Google Nest Hub smart display is $129 from COURTS
Price: Google Nest WiFi Router is $366 from Lazada
iRobot Roomba S9
Clean floors are possible even after a long day, when you cannot muster the energy to get a vacuum or broom to clean up your space with an iRobot Roomba S9.
It may be on the pricier side, but this iRobot Roomba showcases their deepest clean yet, fitted with advanced technology for advanced cleaning. Ideal for homes with pets, the high-efficiency filter made from special material traps 99% of mold, pollen, and dust mite allergens. There will be no fur left behind after they are sucked in by the tangle-free rubber brushes.
One thing we dislike about vacuums is the need to empty the bag after the vacuuming. Why can’t the dust disappear, am I right?
Looks like someone actually heard our cry!
This robot cleans after itself! Once it is full, the dirt is dispensed into its bin. Equipped with voice command, you could order it to clean a particular area of your home. After that, you can sit back, relax, and continue your Netflix episode.
Price: $1,900.00 from Lazada
Samsung DP – 738 Digital Lock
Phone, wallet, and keys – but with the Samsung DP – 738 Digital Lock, you don’t need keys anymore!
You can enter your home using either:
- Mobile app
- Number pad
- Mechanical key
A cool feature of this lock is the push-pull design that requires only one smooth motion to open the door as compared to three for conventional doors. If your hands are full, you do not need to turn any knob to open the door.
For optimum security, all information is secure with AES-128 encryption with the use of SEAL (Secure Encapsulation for Application Layer). As you approach the door, the touchpad will automatically activate for you to enter your passcode. If it detects repeated pacing at entry, the alarm will go off.
At the end of the day, the biggest satisfaction is to be able to enter your home the way you do at expensive hotels and Airbnbs.
Price: $699.00 from Lazada
Arlo Video Doorbell
Arlo Video Doorbell!
You might not fancy that joke, but we’re sure you’ll be pretty impressed by this doorbell that enables you to know who is coming, even before they ring the bell. If there is motion detected outside your door, you will get notified on your smartphone. You can even catch the live stream of what is happening. It features a wide 180-degree vision field and has a built-in siren that will make thieves think many times over before they realise your home is not with an attempt.
The two-way audio allows you and the visitor to converse with each other. They can also respond to pre-recorded messages.
We like that it is small, elegantly designed, and does not stick out like a sore thumb by the gate.
Price: $302.90 from Lazada
Now that we have unveiled the five home devices you could introduce to your home, tell us, do you own any of these items? If not, which would be the one you’d like to buy? If you have any home gadgets that you’d like us to review, let us know!
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