The Best Home Tech Gadgets


From a mini film projector to a wine decanter with a patented preservation system, there are innovative, life-enhancing home gadgets to suit every need and budget. In this roundup of the latest home tech, you’ll find great gifts or perhaps it’s just time to treat yourself.

Native Union x Tom Dixon Block Wireless Charging Station, £170

Up your battery-charging game with this wireless charging station from Native Union and Tom Dixon. Featuring a stainless-steel cable and a handy tray for when you want to empty your pockets of your everyday items, it is compatible with iPhone8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR as well as all other Qi-compatible devices up to 10w. The transparent cover gives it an industrial edge and the brushed black finish means this station will add some serious style to your home.

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Eto Wine, £125

Eto was created by Tom Cotton, an award-winning British designer and inventor who wanted to challenge the preconception that wine preservation products either didn’t work or were hugely expensive. The result? A chic and contemporary take on a decanter which is easy to use and will not only look great in your fridge, but preserves wine brilliantly (Honest Grape are fans). The decanters come in gold, bronze and silver. Their unique, patented preservation system creates a seal between the wine and the air, reducing your wine’s exposure to oxygen, slowing down the oxidation process and keeping its great taste for longer.

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Awair Air Diffuser, £169

Did you know indoor air can be five times more polluted than outside? That’s because of everyday factors like paint, furniture, carpet and air fresheners. Awair tracks invisible fine dust and chemicals in your air and gives you personalised recommendations to improve your air quality. Each unit is made of 100% toxin-free materials. Download the app and see your air quality mapped out in a simple colour-coded scale. Awair works with other devices like Nest, Alexa and Google Home, making it easier than ever to keep your home’s air clean and healthy.

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Nebula Capsule HD-Ready Smart Mini Projector, £349

The size of a soft drinks can, the Nebula Capsule is durable, lightweight and super portable, so you can project a picture wherever you like. Simply connect your smart device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or ‘mirror’ your smartphone screen via Airplay or Miracast. You can also connect wired devices via HDMI or USB ports. With a battery life that lasts for up to four hours of video playback, it is the perfect film-night solution.

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Bose Sound Bar 700, £689

The latest Soundbar is a serious speaker from Bose which features voice-assisted activation thanks to inbuilt Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, you can play what you want, wherever you want, from any device in your home. Available in glossy black or steely silver, the design is sophisticated and slimline, making it a stylish addition to any household’s tech collection.
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Apple TV 4K, £179

4K TV offers a crisper, clearer, brighter and more visually arresting experience than your standard HD TV. Apple TV 4K lets you watch movies and programmes from popular streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, 4 On Demand, Now TV and Amazon Prime Video as well as original titles and documentaries curated by Apple. Turn your iPhone into the remote control by installing the Control Centre on your device, or use the voice-control feature to find the films or programmes you want to watch.

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Sony SRS-XB32 Speaker, £86.99

Portable, powerful and costing under £100, this wireless speaker with extra BASS technology is a steal. Not only does it offer a bigger sound than its compact design might suggest; it is waterproof, dustproof, sand-proof and mud-proof, making it the perfect speaker to chuck in your bag and take on an adventure. The multi-colour lights mean it looks great in the darkness – be that on a camping trip or at a party. Compatible with Bluetooth, the best way to control the speaker is via its app. You can also recharge other USB devices from it on the go.
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Joule Sous Vide by Chef Steps, £189

Sous-vide is a way of cooking at a low temperature over a long period of time that sees food placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar, and cooked in a water bath at an accurately regulated temperature. Traditionally a complicated process calling on large, complex technology, until now it has been a way of cooking reserved for top chefs and cooking shows. Enter the Joule Sous Vide. If you’re in the market for the perfectly cooked steak or juicy chicken breast – or you’ve always wanted to try cooking a more unusual cut of meat – then the Joule Sous Vide is a great buy. Not just for meat eaters, it works just as well on veggies: simply choose exactly how well done you want your food from the Joule Sous Vide app on your phone; and it will heat to the perfect temperature. You will never overcook a meal again.

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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation, £34.99

Amazon’s most popular smart speaker has been upgraded and is now available with an LED display that can show the time, outdoor temperature or timers. Perfect for your bedside table, you can ask Alexa to set an alarm and the light sensor will automatically adjust the display’s brightness, day or night. If you’ve already got an Alexa device in the house, you can pair and fill your home with music using compatible Echo devices in different rooms.

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Smarter iKettle, £99

Never wait for water to boil again. The Smarter iKettle allows you to remote boil water using an app. Customise your settings on the easy-to-use Smarter app and set alarms such as ‘Wake Up’ or ‘Home’ so your kettle is ready to go whenever you need it.

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The Gearbox Automatic, £549

Combining the traditional with the modern, the Gearbox Automatic might look futuristic, but its sound is as rich as a classic turntable. The plug-and-play design has onboard music-recognition technology that allows you to add songs from your record collection to your Spotify playlist, connecting analogue with the future. Suitable for turntable novices or a great addition for more experienced vinyl users.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Bluetooth Wi-Fi Speaker, £899.99

This delivers room-filling sound thanks to a unique 120ºC elliptical shape which holds the full range of high-frequency, midrange and subwoofer components. A contemporary design means operations are controlled wirelessly via the Bowers & Wilkins Home app – independent from your Wi-Fi. A really powerful speaker, it combines exceptional audio and premium streaming quality for an immersive, high-resolution sound.

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LARQ, £119

This intelligent, self-cleaning water bottle uses UV-C light every two hours to eradicate and neutralise up to 99.9999% of harmful, odour-causing bacteria, keeping your water and bottle smell-free. The long-lasting battery life means it can go a month without a recharge. Double insulated construction means it will keep water cool – or warm – for 24 hours.

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Seven Hugs Smart Remote, £299.99

Combine all your household remotes into one with Seven Hugs, which is the first of its kind to use
‘Experience Point Mode’ technology. This intelligent tech combines an indoor positioning system and motion sensors to track its exact position and orientation, so it knows exactly what you’re pointing it at.

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Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation, £179

Remote brew your coffee via app to have a freshly brewed cup ready when you are. Set the machine to ‘Wake Up Mode’ or ‘Home Mode’; personalise your coffee by choosing an individual bean or filter; and pick your strength and the coarseness of your grind – all via the Smarter app.

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