The Best New Home Innovations We Saw In August
While we spent August staying cool from scorching temps, relaxing at the beach, and wrapping up summer DIY projects, a bunch of great home brands decided to celebrate the end of summer with a bang—unveiling new launches that we’re super pumped about. Brands like Keens, Scotts, and Anker unveiled some new products that deserve to be on your radar, including durable workboots, smartphone-enabled energy monitors, fire-proof safes, and more. Keep scrolling to get the rundown on the best innovations from August.
Durable workboots from beloved shoe brand Keen
If you’re looking for a quality, rugged boot to tackle all your home improvement tasks this fall, Keen’s got you covered. The established shoe brand just unveiled the Camden Waterproof boot, a durable work boot built to handle even the toughest jobs. Made from barnyard-resistant leather that is fully waterproof, breathable, and oil- and slip-resistant, it has a fiber-toe that isn’t constricting and feels comfortable on your feet. Its stable six-inch heel will keep you from falling and keep your foot in place. Choose from brown and black options. Get it at Keen for $215
A fireproof safe that keeps your items safe from flames
Sentry Safe’s new fireproof safe is an innovation you won’t want to miss. Resisting flames of up to 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour, this safe protects even your most precious valuables and documents inside its large .81 cubic-foot build. Powerful steel bolts, a three-combination dial, a built-in master lock, a pry-resistant-hinge bar, and convenient interior organization work together to keep all of your belongings sturdy for quick retrieval and keep intruders out. Measuring 16.4 inches wide and weighing 55 pounds, this safe is no small box but will keep your valuables safe. Retailing for around $100 to $200, you can shop this machine at participating Walmart locations. Get it at Walmart for $155
Anker launches its most powerful portable battery yet
Anker, the brand known for its top-of-the-line, high-powered chargers just launched its most powerful battery yet—the Solix C1000 Portable Power Station. Perfect for powering your home in the event of a power outage, this compact yet mighty battery has up to 2400W AC, which can hold up to 1056Wh of charge (and can be doubled to 2112Wh with the purchase of the B1000 battery) making it strong enough to power mini-fridges, devices, wifi systems, computers, and more. Plus, it can recharge in just 58 minutes if connected to a 1300-watt outlet and 1.8 hours if paired with solar panels of output of up to 600 Watts—which means it’s equally great for taking along on trips. Plus, Anker‘s InfiniPower technology and Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries allow this machine to last up to 3,000 charging cycles, so you can rest assured it’s built to last. Retailing for $999 this item is now available for pre-order and will be available for retail purchase on October 9. See more info and purchase information at Anker.com
A new, whole home energy monitor controlled via a smartphone App
With all of the devastating hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes that have happened in recent weeks, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you and your home are well-equipped in the event of an emergency. Leviton’s latest whole-home energy monitoring takes this important step into the modern age, with a smartphone app that allows you to control your home’s circuit breakers, lighting, and charging right from your fingertips. It tells you important information like real-time energy usage and consumption data while notifying you of any unusual home activity, such as broken HVACs, a broken freezer, and more. What’s more, it even allows you to change your circuits at any time. Installation is super easy, just install the whole-home energy monitor, 2nd generation smart circuit breakers, and register them in the Leviton app. Get more info at Leviton.com
Scotts Miracle-Gro and designer John Gidding team up to help you landscape your lawn with less water
Scotts-Miracle Gro wants to give awareness to how we water, and overwater our lawns. Born out of the brand’s new iniative #Thinkwaterpositive, Greenprints launched on August 1, and is here to educate customers to use less water on their lawns, prevent droughts, and enjoy beautiful lush landscapes without the need to overuse water resources. Teaming up with celebrity landscape designer John Gidding, the duo launched a collection of five water-conscious landscape designs through app iScape, which allows users to get inspired to landscape their lawns using plants that require minimal watering, at no extra cost. These designs are fully customizable, and you can use them directly in your lawn. Head to ThinkWaterPositive to learn more and download the iScape app.