The Best New Home Innovations We’ve Seen This May

See the cool new products that caught our eye this month.
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Vitamix Eco 5

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Between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend, May was quite an eventful month for holidays—not to mention the unofficial start to summer. More than that, this month was full of exciting home product launches from reputable brands. We’ve narrowed down our top three launches, from a smart kettle grill to a Vitamix food cycler. Keep scrolling to read about our favorite innovations of the past month.

LOCO 22 in. SmartTemp Kettle Charcoal Grill in Black with Stand

1. A new smart kettle grill puts perfectly cooked proteins on autopilot all summer long.

Consider swapping out your old grill for the new, luxe LoCo SmartTemp 22-Inch Kettle Grill. Its large bowl holds up to 5 pounds of your fuel choice—charcoal or wood chips—and while its 22-inch grates fits up to 13 burgers depending on your size of patties. But the real game-changing technology is the blower that helps you maintain a consistent cooking temperature, which automatically kicks on to fan the flames whenever the grill starts to cool off and stops to maintain your desired level of heat. Select a temperature between 250 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit on the LCD screen, which is easily legible whether you grilling midday or at night. It’s already sold out from the manufacturer directly, so snag yours at The Home Depot while you still can.

Get the LoCo kettle grill at The Home Depot for $399.99

Smart Garage Video Keypad

2. MyQ debuted the world’s first smart garage doorbell.

Ever wanted to combine the ease of a garage keypad with the security of a front door camera? Luckily, that’s exactly what the MyQ Smart Garage Keypad offers. Featuring an easy-to-install Bluetooth design, this handy camera gadget eliminates the need for keys through the use of customizable pins for the whole family. Better yet, there is also an included video camera, two-way communication, motion detection, and notification alerts all in one place, so you can rest assured your home is safe from unwanted guests.

Get the smart garage doorbell from Lowe’s or MyQ for $99.99, with storage plans starting at $3 per month.

New in May: Vitamix Eco 5 FoodCycler

3. A beloved blender brand launched a new electric composter.

Vitamix, the brand behind our favorite blender, just launched the newest generation of its countertop composter: the FoodCycler by Vitamix Eco 5. This appliance turns food scraps into compost, helping reduce the amount of waste and unwanted leftovers in the kitchen by 90 percent. While not the brand’s first composter, its 5-liter capacity handles the double the amount of its predecessor, the FC-50. While you load it up, count on the carbon filler to help make it indoor use. The powerful blade runs food scraps through eight different stages (about 4 to 9 hours) until you’ve gone from a fruit and vegetable peels to a fine powder that mixes easily with soil.

Get the FoodCycler on Amazon or for $599.95.