Mr. Coffee® Smart Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Can't function without a first cup of coffee? No problem. Mr. Coffee's Smart Optimal Brew 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with WeMo allows you to schedule or adjust brew time right from your smartphone whenever you think of it—while entering an early meeting into your calendar or setting your phone alarm just before sleep. Set up brewing times in advance, and you can have a fresh brew ready and waiting when you roll out of bed. Available on Amazon; $52.
O-Cedar O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner
Meet the bot that may make dusting floors your new favorite chore: the O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner. Charge its batteries, and watch it navigate your hard floors on autospin, gathering up all the lint, dust, and hair on an attached electrostatic cloth. All you’ll need to do is recharge your new robot friend and swap out the disposable cloths as needed. Available on Amazon; $24.
iDevices Kitchen Thermometer
Finally, there’s a way to get a precise temperature read on your turkey without having to hover outside the oven window for half the afternoon. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer allows you to shift your focus to the other parts of the meal, confident that it will alert your smart phone when the bird is thoroughly cooked. An additional LED-screened device sits on the countertop or mounts magnetically to your oven, letting you monitor the temperature whenever you pass by. Available on Amazon; $120.
Crock-Pot® 6-Quart. Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo®
As if slow cooking couldn't get an easier, this smarter Crock-Pot puts control in your hands and your phone via a free WeMo app. Shift from high to warm to off with the tap of your finger—even if you're miles from home—and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive. Available on Amazon; $100.
Click & Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden
If you can operate a Keurig coffee machine, you can definitely grow kitchen herbs with the Click & Grow planter—no matter your previous track record with plants. Each kit contains everything you need, including seed cartridges filled with nutrients and a plant light to boost growth. Your job is simple: Fill the water reservoir. The planter will take care of the rest. Available on Amazon; $60.
August Smart Lock
Shared or lost keys can unlock the door to trouble. When the "key" to your house is on your phone, though, or entered into a keypad, you don't need to worry as much about the possibility of untrustworthy people entering unnoticed. When you upgrade the deadbolt on your door with the August Smart Lock, you'll get greater control over who enters your home and when. Create temporary virtual keys for guests who are scheduled to arrive at prearranged times, or simply buzz them in at a moment's notice from your phone. For peace of mind, you can check back on the app for a full log of recent visitors. Available on Amazon; $199.
Nest Learning Thermostat
You may think of your heating system primarily as a source of physical comfort, but it can protect your home against devastating winter damage. To ensure that your heating system keeps performing in any weather, consider a Wi-Fi-connected thermostat like the Nest. The technology offers you the convenience of being able to control your thermostat from anywhere, via any Internet-enabled device. But more importantly, the smart thermostat provides real-time system alerts, so if your heating system were to fail, you could take action immediately—before frozen pipes and other hazards endanger your home. Available on Amazon; $249.
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
With the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden, there's no soil, no mess, and no green thumb required. The hydroponic system provides an ideal environment for growing fresh herbs and salad greens or your favorite flowers indoors at any time of year. A control panel automates the grow lights and tells you when to add liquid nutrients to the water reservoir at the base of the unit. Available on Amazon; $200.
American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio
Losing power in the event of an emergency doesn't have to mean losing touch with the outside world. This emergency radio can operate on one of three sources of power: three AAA batteries, a little sunlight, or a small workout via a hand crank. Once the radio starts running, you can set it to broadcast local weather alerts and still have enough juice leftover to recharge your phone. Another perk? If you're stuck in a blackout without access to candles or matches, this phone-charging radio unit also serves triple-duty as an LED flashlight. Available on Amazon; $60.
Tile Key Finder
Before you leave the house, first you'll need to grab your keys, wallet, and phone. If you can't find one of these essentials, chances are you'll spend the next 10 minutes searching high and low for the rogue item. It may be unrealistic to hope that you'll never misplace an item again, but even if you do, you'll be able to find it quickly and easily with the help of the Tile tracker. The small chip uses Bluetooth technology to pinpoint where any paired item is hiding. Simply press a button and the Tile will emit a sound to help you locate it, or you can see where a Tiled item is on a map or view its last known location. With the Tile tracker, you'll never stress over lost valuables again! Available on Amazon; $25.
Weego Standard Battery Charger
Not all gadgets have to be flashy to make them worthy of a spot in your home. Practical and multifunctional, the Weego Standard Battery Jump Starter packs a mean punch with its 12V lithium-ion battery pack—enough to jump-start your car, or charge your phone, speakers, tablet, and any other USB device that needs some juice. Because thislittle wonder is no bigger than a standard phone, you can easily stash it in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment. Available on Amazon; $90.
Petnet Smart Feeder
How many gadgets can promise to keep both pets and pet owners happy? This automatic pet feeder delivers on both counts by managing mealtimes and portion sizes, and even delivering more food to your door with a single swipe on your iPhone. Ideal for busy or traveling pet owners, this gadget will make you and your four-legged friends equally happy. Available on Amazon; $149.
Plug-in odor eaters aren’t new; you've likely seen them in the household goods aisle of your local grocery store. But the innovative GermGuardian doesn’t merely fight odors. In fact, by leveraging the power of UV-C light technology, the device also works to kill airborne germs, reducing or eliminating the ability of fungi, bacteria, and viruses to develop and proliferate throughout your home. How does it work? Don't worry—there’s no assembly or setup required. Simply place the GermGuardian into any area of concern—the bathroom, perhaps, or the nursery—and leave it to do the dirty work of sanitizing the air you breathe on a daily basis. Available at Amazon; $37.
Keen Home Smart Vent
Heating and cooling costs an arm and a leg each month. Given the cost, you'd expect total comfort. But the average system operates imperfectly, often leaving some rooms too hot, others too cold. In effect, you’re paying first-class costs for coach-level comfort. The Smart Vent System from Keen Home aims improve both the cost-effectiveness and the performance of your forced-air HVAC system. How does it work? Once installed, the sensor-equipped vents communicate with one another and automatically adjust their louvers to prevent temperature from reaching extremes and to ensure delivery of hot or cool air to the rooms that need it most. Available at Keen Home; $72-$96.
WallyHome Water Leak Detection System
Headaches tends to follow in the wake of water whenever it collects under the sink, behind a wall, or anywhere else the builders never intended it to go. If you've dealt with water damage in the past, you know the key is to catch the issue as quickly as possible, before a controllable problem turns into a costly ordeal. Your best bet: Place leak alarms near each at-risk area. Homeowners used to doubt the efficacy of leak alarms, because although piercingly loud when triggered, you had to be at home to hear the alert. Not anymore. WallyHome sends you a text message or email, so no matter where you are, you get the critical info you need to keep your home high and dry. Available at Sears; $100.
Today, plenty of companies would be happy to help you spend thousands of dollars, automating your home and everything in it. But if you're dubious of the whole "smart home" movement, here's an uncomplicated, affordable way to experiment with the possibilities. Simply plug the iDevices Switch into a wall socket, then plug something else—your coffeemaker, for instance—into the Switch. Now you can control your coffeemaker remotely, via smartphone, using the iDevices Switch companion app. In effect, Switch enables you to remote control (or define a schedule for) virtually anything that runs on electricity, be it a table lamp or an entertainment system. Available at Amazon; $50.
It's a matter of debate, of course, but for the average homeowner today, we think there's no better security camera than the small-but-mighty Nest Cam. With around-the-clock video streaming, the Nest Cam gives you a wide-angle, 130-degree view into your home—a view you can access from anywhere, any time, via computer or mobile device. The camera even includes audio capability, so you can listen and talk through it, greeting the children when they get home from school, for instance, or chastising the dog for sitting on the couch while you're gone. Even better, if Nest Cam detects any unusual activity, you get an instant alert right on your smartphone or tablet. Available at Amazon; $194.
There's something silly about the concept of a robot vacuum cleaner, right? No argument there. Still, if it were nothing more than a flash-in-the-pan novelty, the iRobot Roomba would have gone the way of the dodo—but it didn't. Its uniqueness may have catapulted the product into the public consciousness, but now, years after introduction, the Roomba remains a favorite. Why? The gadget truly lives up to its promise. What's more: After years of continual improvement, the Roomba now overcomes what once had been its only real shortcoming. Now, it automatically adjusts to all floor types, making it a viable auto-cleaning solution for almost any home. Available at Amazon; $374.
Compact iPhone Tripod
Today's camera phones can compete with just about any amateur-grade point-and-click camera. To take camera phone photos to the next level, you'll need the right accessories—like this small-but-mighty tripod that mounts onto an iPhone's Lightning port. The adjustable pivot design and no-slip feet can to elevate your iPhone photography to great heights. No longer will you need to hold the camera at arm's length to squeeze everyone into a selfie, or risk taking shaky video footage. It's also the perfect gadget for displaying an impromptu slideshow presentation when you show off your vacation pics to friends and family. Available at Amazon; $25.
Taylor Precision Measuring Cup
Here's a tool to cut down on kitchen clutter. With a digital measuring cup like this one, who needs both a kitchen scale and space-stealing measuring cups. Measure by volume by filling the cup to the desired level or employ the cup's scale functionality to measure by weight and convert cups to ounces, pounds, milliliters, or grams, allowing you to quickly measure to any recipe without stopping to do sums in your head. Available on Amazon; $26.
Rapid Beverage Cooler
We've all been there: The party's starting but the drinks aren't yet cold. If you hate to make your guests wait, you'll love the convenience of a rapid beverage chiller. It can chill cans to "refrigerator cold" in 1 minute, and bottles in 3.5 minutes. For ice cold drinks, leave the cans and bottles in the device for double the time. Safe to use for wine or carbonated drinks, this chiller is a cinch to operate. Simply fill with ice and water, plug it in, and set the timer using the keypad. Voila—drinks are ready to serve! Available at Wayfair; $90.
Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer
Polaroid pictures have been making a comeback, but there's still nothing more convenient than snapping a picture on your phone. Now you can combine the two with the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer, which connects to your iOS or Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth to wirelessly print colorful 2x3 photos. The corresponding app allows users to edit photos with text, emojis, and more before printing. Now you can finally send grandma a printed picture as easily as you can post to Instagram. Available on Amazon; $130.
PowerCube Electric Wall Adapter
Ideal for the workaholic, the tech-obsessed, or anyone simply in need of more outlets, the PowerCube Electric Wall Adapter is a super-easy way to increase the number of USB ports and electrical outlets in any space. The versatile cube-shaped power strip can be customized to your needs and is available in a range of models that offer various numbers and types of ports. Need even more power? Double up on PowerCubes by stacking them side-by-side to create even more space to charge your favorite gadgets. Available on Amazon; $15.
UE Mini Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Music lovers and home entertainers are sure to appreciate this wireless Bluetooth speaker for its high-quality sound and utter convenience. Despite its compact size, the UE Mini Boom boasts the ability to stream from any device from up to 50 feet away while offering crystal-clear tones. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts 10 hours, so you never need to interrupt the party to recharge. Available on Amazon; $115.
Robomow Robotic Lawnmower
Can't convince your kids to mow the lawn? If you have a Robomow Robotic Lawnmower, you won't need them to make sure this summer chore gets done. Bring home this smart grass cutter, and you—and your kids—will have more time to play on the weekends. To operate, simply program the Robomow to run during specific times. The machine will independently leave its docking station, mow the lawn, and then return to charge for its next trim session. Robomow comes with a child lock to keep the whole family safe, and a rain sensor that can tell the machine to take cover in the event of a storm. Available on Amazon; $1299.
Bosch Laser Tape Measure
If you've ever used a conventional tape measure to get the dimensions of a room or large piece of furniture, you know it's a two person job. Not so with the Bosch Laser Tape Measure. To get quick measurements—with up to 1/16th of an inch accuracy—simply point and click the 130-foot "tape." If you use this laser measure, you'll never need to convert measurements again, since the model switches between feet/inches, decimal feet, and metric with the press of a button. Available on Amazon; $190.
Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Use Monitor
Whether you're concerned about the cost of your energy usage or the environmental cost of your carbon footprint, the Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Use Monitor can help you track it. The device can measure how much it costs to operate your TV, microwave, or other household appliances on a yearly or monthly basis—plus it shows that energy consumption as power plant emissions to reveal how green you're living. The device's tracking feature watches your device usage over time and projects the dollar impact each has on your electric bill—giving you valuable insight into where to scrimp, save, and unplug in order to trim your energy costs. Available on Amazon; 30.
If you're still using single-use batteries to power your flashlights, remote controls, and other household electronics, you're missing out on a huge savings opportunity. Rather than buying new packs of batteries several times a year, invest in a battery charger like this one. Not only will you save a bundle, but you can be sure that you'll never be without batteries when you need them—thanks to the device's three settings for quick power-ups. Available on Amazon; $34.
Skydrop Smart Sprinkler System
How smart is your sprinkler? If you use a traditional sprinkler—one that attaches to a standard garden hose—then your watering routine is only as good as you are. Even the best grass guru may forget to water the lawn or accidentally let the turf wither while away on vacation. Never miss a watering again when you install Skydrop's Smart Sprinkler Controller. The ingenious gadget remembers your lawn's soil type, zone, sun exposure, and connects to your home Wi-Fi network, enabling it to check the weekly weather forecast and decide exactly how much water to dole out every time it soaks the grass. Available from Amazon; $299.
No one wants tiny home invaders like insects and rodents sneaking around the house. The question is how to get rid of and prevent their infestations. For the tender-hearted and the squeamish, kill traps won't fit the bill. That's what makes the uHome an attractive alternative. The humane device emits powerful, penetrating ultrasonic waves, which, instead of killing its targets, simply drives them away. The sound waves are not audible to the human ear, but for for spiders, roaches, ants, mice, and more, the ultra-high-pitched noise makes your home a decidedly inhospitable place. If you're a pet owner, however, take care. Household pets such as cats, hamsters, and guinea pigs may be sensitive to the uHome's noise, but dogs don't mind it. Available on Amazon; $75 for set of four.
Elucto Electric Bug Zapper
Whether working on your backhand in the backyard or relaxing with a cold one, nothing spoils the party like a swarm of flies, mosquitoes, or other winged pests. Take back your backyard with an electric flyswatter racket. Simply activate it with the push of a button and then swing at the bugs to zap them on the spot. Those pesky flies won't know what hit them. Game, match, set! Available on Amazon; $19.
IKEA Varv Phone Charger Lamp
Is it a lamp? Is it a phone charger? It's both—wrapped in one convenient (and stylish) home accent! The IKEA Varv is almost too good to be true. This double-duty fixture comes with a tabletop charging pad that allows you to power up your smart phone without fumbling with extra wires and cords. Simply set your phone on the table, and let it charge while you relax. Available at IKEA; $129.
USB Bed Risers
Underbed storage just got even more convenient. You may already know that resting a bed frame atop bed risers can provide you with a few valuable extra inches of storage space where you need it most. If you're using standard bed risers, however, you're missing a big opportunity. Opt instead for these inexpensive models that hide a useful secret: a power outlet that doubles your plug-in possibilities. Add one to your space so you can store unwanted extras out of sight, while bringing power within reach. Available on Amazon; $38.
Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera
Although you can't always be at home to keep an eye on your child, elderly parent, or pet, you can stay connected with the power of modern technology. Install the Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi Camera on a bookshelf, bathroom counter, or atop the fridge, then monitor the space with your smartphone or tablet—any time, anywhere—using the free Netcam app. You can check in periodically to see what's happening, or choose to receive instant email notification whenever there's movement. The camera boasts not only wide-angle video and digital audio, but night vision capabilities, so you always get a clear picture, whether there are lights on or not. Available at Amazon; $80.
If the first step to preventing home burglary is to lock your door, the second is surely to leave a light on near the window when you leave the house so the place doesn't look like an easy target. The problem with employing this trick is that it only works for so long. Savvy burglars may suspect a lamp that stays switched on for several days while you're away on vacation—plus leaving that light on is sure to send your energy bills through the roof! To keep your home safe, and your energy bills low, connect any lamp to a WeMo Switch at its outlet. The smart device provides you with wireless control over when you want to power the fixture, and when don't. The WeMo Switch works by connecting to your home Wi-Fi network, and allows you to operate it from the pocket convenience of a phone app. Available on Amazon; $50.
Solar Battery Charger
The benefit of a solar battery charger is that it powers your devices, even when you don't have access to an electrical outlet. That makes this power pack the perfect companion for camping, hiking, long road trips—not to mention an essential part of any emergency preparedness kit. Rain-resistant and shockproof, it will ensure that you're always connected so you can look up directions, call for help, or keep in touch with family. Available on Amazon; $19.
We've seen the future and it's—made of cardboard? Yes, the futuristic 3D virtual reality glasses from Google are made of cardboard but that doesn't mean they're not high-tech. When paired with a smartphone and one of several free virtual reality apps, these humble-looking glasses will open your eyes to an exciting new world of gaming. Available on Amazon; $8.
Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner
The backyard cookout is the hallmark of summer. Fresh air, hot eats, and good company—what's not to love? The only downside to a barbecue may be the baked-on grease it leaves behind on your grill grates. What if you could press a button and let the grill clean itself while you eat? That's where the Grillbot comes in. This rechargeable robot can clean even just-used grills, and because it's dishwasher-safe you'll never need to break your back to clean it. Available at Amazon; $79.
WINBOT Robotic Window Cleaner
Streaky windows, dirty mirrors, and cloudy shower doors have met their match! Clean all of these surfaces without lifting a finger when you bring home the WINBOT robotic window cleaner. The robot uses powerful suction technology to attach to and navigate vertical surfaces. Simply stick the bot to the glass and wait for it to do its work—it will notify you with a little tune when it has finished its chores. Available on Amazon; $550.
DC4All Wireless Charger
It's official: Smartphones are here to stay—even while their battery life is quickly dwindling. Keep your device topped up while cutting cord clutter with DC4All's Wireless Qi Charger. The convenient charger works with all Qi-enabled devices—such as certain Galaxy, Nexus, and LG phones). Using the wireless charger is as simple as setting it in a convenient location and dropping your phone on the dock. A high amp output cuts down on charging time, while the pad's smart cooling technology keeps your tech from overheating. Plus, the charger's sleek design makes it a stylish addition to any desk or bedside table. Available on Amazon; $20.
BioLite SolarPanel 5+
When enjoying the great outdoors, whether at the beach or in the mountain wilderness, many enthusiasts prefer to power down electronic devices and, untethered from modern tech, soak up the sights and sounds of nature. Even still, a cell phone can save you in case of emergency so it's a smart idea to carry one when venturing outdoors—even if just to the backyard pool. The thing about a phone, though? They only work when they're charged. Prepare for any eventuality by carrying the BioLite SolarPanel 5+ when you travel. This handy device stores energy in its integrated battery, and thanks to the adjustable kickstand and built-in sundial, you can easily adjust the panel to face the sun for maximum charging power. Available at REI; $80.
BOOM Swimmer Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Those who sing while they shower can finally get the musical accompaniment they deserve. Loop the light, portable, and waterproof BOOM Swimmer around your shower curtain rod and you'll be able to connect via Bluetooth to your favorite tunes. The small but mighty speaker comes with a rechargeable battery that can last up to 8 hours on a single charge. It's not just for showers, either. The speaker's unique tail allows it to fold out into a stand or wrap around shelving units, bicycle handlebars, and more. Available on Amazon; $29.
GreenLighting Solar Phone Charger
There are many solar chargers on the market today, but the GreenLighting Solar Phone Charger singular design makes it unique. The gadget's suction cups can attach to any window, whether up in the air or in your living room. Not only does the device keep you powered up no matter what, but when used at home can help you slash your energy bills. Now that's smart! Available on Amazon; $60.
EC Technology Portable Bluetooth Keyboard
It's true that smartphones and tablets come with their own touchscreen keyboards but they don’t afford the best in user experience. With the EC Technology Portable Bluetooth Keyboard, you can pair the convenience of a small device with the comfort that a compact keyboard provides. The keyboard wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to devices with iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems, and it's foldable design allows you to carry it in your pocket or purse, or store it in a tiny bedside table. Available on Amazon; $43.
Clocky Alarm Clock
Have a habit of hitting the snooze button? This robotic alarm clock is on to your shenanigans. The Clocky Alarm Clock works like any ordinary alarm clock—but with a twist. The clock will beep when it's time to wake up and give you one chance to hit snooze. After that, Clocky jumps down and rolls around meaning you'll have to get up and chase it to get it to quiet down. Available at store.moma.org; $46.
Doxie Go Mobile Document Scanner
If your desktop is a hopelessly cluttered mess of documents, bills, and statements, it may be time to go digital. The Doxie Go, a cordless portable and ultra-modern scanner, can help you make the transition. Compact in design and measuring just a tad wider than a standard sheet of paper, the ingenious device makes it super simple to create high-quality copies of photos, receipts, papers—and fast. Store up to 300 pages or 1,200 photos on the device or sync to a computer to archive your scans for convenient access in the future. Available on Amazon; $122.
Smart-home technology just keeps getting smarter. Case in point: the Amazon Echo. This freestanding device serves as your digital butler, always at the ready and patiently awaiting your voice commands. Ask for music, and the small, cylindrical tower fills the room with immersive 360-degree audio. Ask for info—be it the weather forecast or a sports score—and the Echo instantly responds with the answer to your query in a life-like voice. And the Echo only gets better with time, thanks to automatic software updates that keep your little helper at the top of its game. Available on Amazon; $180.
Philips Wake Up Alarm Clock Light
Sleep scientists agree: Sunlight affects your internal clock. More specifically, that morning light pouring in through the window actually helps you wake up. If dark winters, cloudy weather, or a low-light room are keeping you from rising refreshed, the Philips Wake-Up Light may provide just the right dose of almost-natural light needed to rouse you from your slumber. Here's how it works: 20 to 40 minutes before wake-up time, the light turns on—getting gradually brighter until your room is bathed in sun-simulating light. You wake up not only more naturally, but more energized as well. Available at Amazon; $132.
Edyn Water Valve
A beautiful garden is only a gadget away. The Edyn Water Valve makes it look like you have a green thumb—even if you're a serial lawn killer. When connected to the company's Garden Sensor and app, the valve puts irrigation on autopilot, giving your plants the precise amount of water they need to thrive. Never again lose shrubs to dehydration, or risk flooding sensitive plant roots. The sensor takes into account your type of plants, local weather reports, and soil type before dispensing water—for a perfect sprinkling session every time. Available on Amazon; $80.
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ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Cats: They're cute, they're cuddly, and they keep you laughing—but they also make messes that require you to stoop and scoop on a regular basis. If you're tired of dealing with the litter box, consider the benefits of the ScoopFree self-cleaning box. The moment your cat steps out of the box, ScoopFree's rake goes to work, sweeping waste into a covered compartment beneath the box. The best part? You'll only have to replace the tray once every few weeks. Available on Amazon; $130.
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