With the Christmas season coming to a close, many consumers are hitting the stores to return unwanted items and cash in their gift cards for something they want — and there’s plenty to choose from, too.
With smart home gadgets and appliances topping most of our shopping lists, it’s rather easy to find something that improves your quality or comfort of living — and it might even save you some money in the long run. Here are four smart home tech investments to consider.
One of the last places you’d expect to see a prevalence of technology is in the laundry room, but tech-savvy manufacturers have this area covered, too. Samsung recently unveiled its FlexWash and FlexDry system, which is ideal for the household that always has a pile of laundry to do. A four-in-one system, the combo lets consumers do two separate loads of laundry at the same time.
Their competitors are also stepping up their games. LG recently unveiled a clothing refresher, dubbed the Styler, which uses steam to treat clothing and accessories. Such a treatment is supposed to bolster the longevity of various fabrics and textiles, and LG includes a handy chart that displays all of the relevant information.
The concept of a window vacuum is mostly unheard of in the United States, but the device is already gaining traction overseas. After all, who doesn’t want to clean their windows without leaving messy streaks or getting excess water all over the place?
Karcher’s cordless Window Vac, the WV 50, is the solution you’ve been after. Packed with a lithium-ion battery for maximum usage, the WV 50 replaces sponges, paper towels and dry cloths. The only maintenance required is emptying the device’s reservoir after each use. Washing windows has never been easier!
Consumers have been using robotic vacuums for years. While the results are mixed, it’s easy to understand how these devices can save a significant amount of time. It seems the natural next step lies in the automated lawnmower. Nearly all the most prominent manufacturers are vying for your hard-earned money. With models available from Husqvarna, Worx, Robomow and more, there are plenty of options on the market.
There are also many benefits to robotic lawnmowers. Not only do they save you the time and hassle of manual lawn care, but they save you money by eliminating the need for costly gasoline. They’re also environmentally friendly, so they’re great for the green tech enthusiast.
These smart gadgets are a boon for tech-savvy consumers and homeowners, but the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. So, companies are starting to design centralized hubs that let you control multiple devices. Often, with the touch of a button, from a singular device. If you have smart gadgets and appliances, it’s time to invest in one of these hubs.
There are many options on the market today. Some of the most popular devices include Senic, Knocki, and Flic, which offer varying degrees of integration with your favorite smart tech. If you want to give some new life to your ordinary, dumb gadgets, devices like Bond and Puck can integrate RF devices like remote control televisions, ceiling fans and humidifiers to give them a basic level of artificial intelligence.
As the 21st century progresses, many are wondering why our lives don’t resemble the likes of The Jetsons. While we have a long way to go before we see real hoverboards and flying cars zooming around our communities, some of the most tech-savvy consumers are already gearing up for life in the future.