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42 of the best gadgets for a smarter home

Our pick of the latest state-of-the-art technology for your home, from air purifiers to artful televisions, speakers and more

symfonisk wall speaker by ikea
Ikea

Make every part of your life easier with technology. Whether you want a fully-fledged smart home – with connected music, lighting and more – a gadget update for your home office, or are just looking for the best of the best when it comes to TV picture quality, we have the gadgets that will make your pad the envy of the neighbours.

There’s even tech that will improve your health, from fitness devices to air purifiers. Start your home upgrade now…

1 Sleep aid, Morphée
morphee sleep aid
Marta Puglia

Sleep apps can be a great aid to getting your eight hours, but having your phone close by can be counterintuitive. The ‘Morphée’ is an offline alternative. Like an alethiometer for insomniacs, it has three cogs: one you wind to choose one of seven methods of sleep treatment – from breathing exercises to visualisations – another to select one of eight sessions for each treatment, and the last to set the duration. Then, simply close your eyes and listen. £79.95, morphee.co

2 ’CL Curio 7x21’ binoculars, Swarovski Optik
cl curo binoculars by mark newson for swarovski
Swarovski

Walking more, being more engaged with our surroundings... These are just some of the lockdown habits that many of us are hoping to maintain. And for those who want to improve their view of the flora and fauna around them, British designer Marc Newson’s compact ‘CL Curio 7x21’ binoculars are the most stylish solution. Available in ‘Black’ and ‘Burnt Orange’, they offer incredibly clear vision, crafted by Swarovski Optik. From £630, swarovskioptik.com

3 ‘Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition’, Samsung
samsung galaxy z flip bespoke smartphone
Samsung

For those who remember the clamshell phones of yore, Samsung’s ‘Galaxy Z Flip3’ is a nostalgic treat. But it’s much more than that. Folded, it fits in the smallest of pockets, but open it up and you’re treated to a full 6.7 inch screen – no compromises. There’s a 12 megapixel camera on the back, plus a front-facing selfie cam that works even when folded. Plus, with the new ‘Bespoke Edition’ you can customise it to your style. There are five mix-and-match colour options for the front and back, plus a choice of frames – that’s 49 unique combinations. From £1,049, samsung.com/uk

4 ‘Rise’ laptop stand, Native Union
rise laptop stand by native union
Native Union

Anyone who developed a home-working hunch during the past years will appreciate the transformative powers of a good laptop stand. It not only improves your posture, but also your laptop’s performance by preventing overheating. The ‘Rise’ by Native Union attaches to the back of your Apple MacBook and transforms, via strong origami-like folds, into an elegant prop in moments. £24.99, nativeunion.com

5 ‘Symfonisk’ wall speaker, Ikea
symfonisk wall speaker by ikea
Ikea

Ikea and audio experts Sonos have been playing an advanced game of hide-and-seek with us in recent years, sneaking high-quality speakers into the most unlikely places. There was the ‘Symfonisk’ table lamp and a version that mimicked a book on your shelf, but the latest disguise is a work of art. Displaying a canvas in black or white (pictured) by Jennifer Idrizi, who was inspired by ‘how you visualise sound’, the ‘Symfonisk’ picture frame is just 6cm deep yet delivers a masterpiece of a musical experience. £179, ikea.com

6 ‘Lumisonic’ light and speaker, Zuma
zuma light and speaker
Zuma

Smart homes can also be very cluttered homes – all those devices and trailing cables add up. Morten Warren, founder of Zuma, has taken a cleaner, calmer approach. The Zuma ‘Lumisonic’ is a wi-fi-connected LED light and a powerful multi-room speaker that fits seamlessly and discreetly into your ceiling. Expect illumination that can mimic natural sunlight and an enveloping canopy of sound. Plus, unlike many other built-in solutions, this one is quick to install and the system can be added to over time. Controlled by the Zuma app or Alexa voice control, it’s the minimalists’ home upgrade. £375 each, zuma.ai

7 Ear (1) earphones, Nothing
nothing ear 1 headphones
Nothing

New London-based brand Nothing has released the first product in its mission to eliminate the barriers between people and tech: ‘(Ear)1’ wireless earphones. With a focus on doing things differently but simply, the earbuds and case are transparent – or ‘naked’ as founder Carl Pei calls them. Crystal-clear, with active noise cancelling, they were tuned by audio experts at Teenage Engineering and at 4.7g weigh almost nothing, too. £99, nothing.tech

8 ’OLED R’ television, LG
lg oled r tv
LG

Over the years there have been many attempts by tech experts and interior designers to disguise TVs, whether it be by turning them into works of art or building them into cabinets. Until now, though, nobody has been able to make them disappear. LG’s new ‘OLED R’ does just that. Thanks to self-lit pixels that don’t require a backlight, this screen is so thin it can be rolled up, retreating into a discreet box, which also houses a soundbar. Set it to one of three modes – ‘Full’ for normal viewing, ‘Line’ mode, which displays your dashboard (clock, photo slideshow, music controls, etc) or ‘Zero’, a full vanishing act. Innovations this new come with a hefty price tag... £99,999, lg.com

9 Extension cable, Watt-Watt
watt watt extension cable
Watt Watt

Extension cables are one of life’s necessities, but who dictated that they had to be so dull? British brand Watt-Watt is adding some colour to the sea of white plastic options out there. Made from braided fabric and available in limited-edition runs of on-trend shades, they are cables you won’t feel the need to hide behind the sofa. It’s power, reclaimed. From £36, watt-watt.com

10 ‘B10 Health Blender’, Beast health
b10 health blender by beast health
Beast Health

Perfectly mix power and design and the result is the new ‘B10 Health Blender’. Created by Colin Sapire – the founder of the NutriBullet – this launch from new brand Beast Health has all the sturdy, whole-fruit-and-veg-destroying abilities you would expect, but also looks stylish. Plus, the vessel transforms into a take-anywhere bottle. Available autumn, thebeast.com/pages/global

11 ‘Light Speaker’, Transparent
light speaker by transparent
Transparent

Transparent’s ‘Light Speaker’ offers both lantern-like illumination and Bluetooth-connected, clear audio. Designed to emulate the feel of sitting around a campfire, it can recreate flickering candlelight and the subtle glow of embers, or be a strong reading lamp. £290, transpa.rent

12 Interactive fitness mirror, VAHA
vaha fitness mirror
VAHA

Want to get those health gains without losing space in your living room? Unlike other at-home training devices with live and on-demand virtual classes, the interactive fitness mirror by VAHA blends into your interior, its gym abilities invisible until you want to get physical. Choose between cardio, strength, yoga, pilates and even barre for a workout that’s tailored to you. From £1,150, plus £39 monthly subscription, uk.vaha.com

13 ‘OneStep Close-Up 600’ instant camera, Polaroid
onestep closeup 600 instant camera by polaroid
Polaroid X Fendi

The Polaroid camera is almost synonymous with instant snaps in popular culture – although whatever, Outkast say, it is not advised to shake your pictures. Now, that classic is being given a high-fashion makeover, decorated with a colourful reimagining of Fendi’s FF Vertigo logo. £690, uk.polaroid.com

14 ‘Roam’ portable speaker, Sonos
sonos roam portable speaker
Sonos

As at home on a shelf as it is on the beach or up a mountain, the new ‘Roam’ is the lightest speaker (under 1lb) Sonos has ever made. Ready for anything, it’s waterproof and rugged enough to survive drops, dust and more for up to 10 hours of playtime, but it’s the smarts inside that set it apart. It knows when you’re indoors, linking to your wi-fi, and once you step outside of reach it automatically switches to Bluetooth, using its ‘Trueplay’ tech to tune the sound to your surroundings. £159, sonos.com

15 ‘Nothing Else’ homeware, Boem Studio
nothing else 3d printable homeware by boem studio
Boem Studio

3D printing’s appeal has remained niche, despite the possibilities it opens up. That’s something Boem Studio is striving to change. It sells designs for useful homeware – think lampshades, watering cans, vases and more – that can be bought, downloaded and used to print stylish pieces at home. Granted, you will need a 3D printer and the materials, but with Boem Studio’s minimalist ‘Nothing Else’ range to explore, there’s never been better reason to invest. Digital designs from approx £0.72, boem.store

16 ‘Pure Hot + Cool Formaldehyde’ air-purifying fan heater, Dyson
pure hot  cool formaldehyde airpurifying fan heater by dyson
Dyson

We all know the health benefits of cleaner air and the damage VOCs (volatile organic compounds), microscopic particles and traffic fumescan cause, but what about formaldehyde? Found in newly manufactured wooden flooring and furniture, as well as in some paints and lacquers, this chemical is difficult to combat, but Dyson has found a way.Its new ‘Pure Hot+Cool Formaldehyde’ air-purifying fan heater has an extra filter for this task. Plus, it heats and cools rooms 20 per cent more quietly than its predecessor. £599, dyson.co.uk

17 ’Instax Mini 40’ camera, Fujifilm
fujifilm instax mini 40 camera
Fujifilm

Pics on your phone are great, but what about ones you can stick on the fridge or pin to a moodboard? For that you need an instant-print camera – and we don’t mean one that looks like a plastic toy. The Fujifilm ‘Instax Mini 40’ offers timeless looks as well as auto-exposure and an easy selfie mode – it’s old-school and new cool. £89.99, fujifilm.eu/uk

18 ‘LX’ turntable, La Boite Concept
lx turntable and speaker by la boite concept
La Boite Concept

This year, record sales are expected to overtake CDs for the first time. And for those growing LP collections, there are few more stylish pieces of kit than the ‘LX’ by La Boite Concept. A turntable, loudspeaker and storage unit all in one, it comes in walnut (pictured) or oak and delivers concert-standard sound. £3,420, laboiteconcept.com

19 ‘iMac’, Apple
apple imac
Apple

The Apple iMac has had a makeover. Slimmer than ever before at just 11.5mm – all thanks to a brand-new M1 chip that is small but powerful, enabling 85 per cent faster performance than the previous model – and available in seven colours. Its 24-inch screen is incredibly sharp, too. From £1,249, apple.com/uk

20 ‘The Frame’ television, Samsung
samsung frame tv
Graham Aktins-Hughes

Samsung’s TV that transforms into a picture frame is favoured by people who don’t want their television to be the centrepiece of their living room. And now, ‘The Frame’ has become even more appealing for the aesthetically minded, with 40 new bezel colours. Hand-picked by Kate Watson-Smyth, the creative behind interiors blog Mad About The House, the soft pastels and neutrals – such as ‘Forest Brown’ (pictured) – will blend seamlessly into any home. TV, from £399; new bezels from £79 each, theframebezel.com

21 ‘Aeklys’ smart ring, iCare Technologies
aeklys smart ring by philipe starck
Aeklys

Prolific French designer Philippe Starck is making wearable tech smaller and more personal. The ‘Aeklys’ smart ring by iCare Technologies can make bank payments, act as a travel card and unique business card, with more uses to follow soon. It never needs to be charged and is serious about data, with GDPR compliant privacy, plus anti-theft and anti-fraud software. £249, icaretechnologies.com

22 ‘AirPod Max’ headphones, Apple
airpod max headphones by apple
Apple

Apple’s ‘AirPods’ have become something of a status symbol, but how many of those little wireless buds have been lost in the pursuit of on-the-go audio? The latest addition to the family, the ‘AirPod Max’, should be more difficult to misplace. The headphones, which come in five colours, offer all the easy connectivity of their smaller sibling, but with immersive, theatre-like sound. £549, apple.com/uk

23 ‘Lupe Pure’ vacuum cleaner, Lupe
lupe pure cordless vacuum cleaner lupe technology
Lupe Technology

Electrical waste is a big problem for the environment, but one that the ‘Lupe Pure’ cordless vacuum cleaner aims to tackle with as much gusto as it would household dust. By making it easy and affordable to replace every piece of the slick design – all of which is fully recyclable – Lucas Horne and Pablo Montero, the two former Dyson engineers behind Lupe, have created a long-lasting cleaning companion with top suction and a lengthy battery life. £699, lupetechnology.com

24 ‘OLED Evo’ television, LG
lg oled evo television
LIM TAE JOON

Slim enough to hang like a print on your gallery wall, this next-gen OLED TV utilises millions of self-lit pixels to create a crisp picture, while its ‘AI Picture Pro’ algorithm detects what’s on screen – high-octane chase scene or introspective indie flick – to improve the 4K display accordingly. Available this spring, lg.com

25 ‘Beosound Level’ portable speaker, Bang & Olufsen
level speaker by bang  olufsen
Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beosound Level’ is a smart wi-fi-connected speaker that can adapt to any situation. Sit it upright to focus its acoustic energy at the listener, lie it flat and it expands its reach, delivering party-grade sound to the room, or hang it on the wall for an enveloping sonic experience. Replaceable batteries and interchangeable fabric or oak covers make it easily upgradeable and sustainable. From £1,099, bang-olufsen.com

26 ‘JZ2000’ television, Panasonic
panasonic ‘jz2000’ television
Panasonic

Tuned by the sound experts at Technics, this 4K OLED TV’s audio has been improved to match its stunning auto-optimised picture quality. Extra side-firing speakers in the thin bezel create a built-in surround-sound experience for full sensory cinematic escapism. Available early summer, panasonic.com/uk

27 ‘Bike+’ exercise bike, Peloton
bike exercise home gym peloton
Peloton

Missing the buzz of gym classes? With the ‘Bike+’ by Peloton you can get the same motivation at home, with live virtual sessions in not just spin, but strength and yoga, too – rotate the touchscreen to get a good view from the floor as well as the saddle. Plus, with the new ‘Auto Follow’ feature the bike will adjust resistance based on your instructor’s cues, so you can focus on keeping up! From £2,295, plus £39 per month membership, onepeloton.co.uk

28 ‘Pantheone I’ speaker, Pantheone Audio
pantheone i speaker by pantheone audio
Pantheone Audio

The elegant void at the centre of the ‘Pantheone I’ speaker by Pantheone Audio finds inspiration in the architecture of Rome’s ancient Pantheon, with its oculus that opens to the sky. This sculptural homage doesn’t just highlight the design’s sleek curves, but also improves the quality of the lossless audio (sound in its purest form) that it produces. Plus, with Alexa functionality built-in, it’s ready for the future as well as being influenced by the past. £2,399, pantheoneaudio.com

29 ‘Pitcher’ water purifier, Larq
larq pitcher with water filtering
Alan Lillich

The new Larq ‘Pitcher’ uses carbon-derived, plant-based filters to cleanse tap water for a smooth, clean taste. Its patented Pure-Vis UV-C LED technology ­– first seen in the kickstarter-funded brand’s water bottles – even removes mould and bacteria from the filter. £135, pre-order available now, livelarq.com

30 ‘Beogram 4000c’ turntable, Bang & Olufsen
bang  olufsen ‘beogram 4000c’ refurbished turntable
Bang & Olufsen

Ninety five pre-owned original models of this turntable – one donated by hand from an elderly collector – have been carefully restored in the Struer factory, where they were first made almost 50 years ago. The aluminium has been anodised to produce a warmer tone and a pre-amplifier has been added, so this enduring party starter can be connected to modern speakers. £9,000, bang-olufsen.com

31 ‘Reflection’ suitcase, Rimowa x Moncler
rimowa x moncler ‘reflection’ suitcase
Rinowa X Moncler

The world is still out there, ready to be explored. Prepare for future trips with the Rimowa x Moncler ‘Reflection’ suitcase. Featuring a mirrored aluminium surface and ticker-tape-style LED display that can broadcast a message of your choosing – change it to suit your mood – this is statement luggage for the next era of travel. £2,780, rimowa.com

32 ‘Shapes’ connected wall lights, Nanoleaf
nanoleaf shapes connected lighting
Nanoleaf

Build a wall of statement lighting with Nanoleaf’s new ‘Triangles’, from its ‘Shapes’ collection. Joining the existing ‘Hexagon’ version and available in two sizes, the latest additions allow you to switch between 16 million colour combinations using touch, voice (via Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit) or the app. There’s even a built-in rhythm module to produce light shows that match the beat of your tunes. From £199.99 for five panels, nanoleaf.me

33 ‘Flow’ headphones, Iris
iris flow headphones
Iris

For music fans, this year’s closure of live venues has been tough. Tech brand Iris offers some solace, though. Its patented software, which features in the new wireless ‘Flow’ headphones, promises to restore the audio quality lost during the recording process, for an experience that’s as close to being there as possible. It has the support of Queen drummer Sir Roger Taylor. £379, irislistenwell.com

34 ‘R3’ stereo system, Ruark
ruark r3 speaker
Ruark

British brand Ruark’s ‘R3’ music system nods to the classic lines of mid-century design and its features are just as timeless in their appeal. There’s class-leading audio quality, as well as a smart radio tuner and CD player (not everyone has ditched their collections, after all). It’s also firmly future facing, with Bluetooth, wi-fi streaming with Spotify Connect and support for Amazon Music, Tidal and Deezer. £629, ruarkaudio.com

35 ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ speaker, Transparent
acoustic sculpture speaker by transparent sound
Aril Wretblad

Inspired by the shape of the human ear, as well as the curves of sea shells, Swedish brand Transparent Sound’s ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ is functional art. Its structure, crafted from jesmonite, is the brainchild of designer and company co-founder Per Brickstad, who chose a shape that would best amplify its sound. His ethos is to create speakers that are also interior design objects. A limited run, this is one for the collectors. £2,705, transparentspeaker.com

36 ‘Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock’, Joy Resolve
barisieur immersion edition coffee maker and alarm clock by joy resolve
Daniel Oakes/Joy Resolve

‘I wanted to create a routine for mornings that was better than being woken by a blaring phone alarm,’ says Joy Resolve founder Josh Renouf. The result is the ‘Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock’ and the new ‘Barisieur Immersion Edition’ for tea lovers. Both ensure you start your morning the right way, with the smell of fresh brewing caffeine. £345, joyresolve.com

37 ‘Arc’ soundbar, Sonos
sonos arc soundbar for smart homes
Sonos

We all know the benefits of having a TV with the very best picture quality, but sound is just as important. The new ‘Arc’ soundbar by Sonos offers cinema-quality audio in your living room, using Dolby’s ‘Atmos’ technology to create a 3D listening experience. Available in black or white, its slimline design means it can sit discreetly on the wall or in front of your television. Plus, with built-in voice control, it also acts as a smart speaker, streaming music, podcasts and more. £799, sonos.com

38 ‘Alis’ wireless lights, Potemine
alis wireless light by potemine
Potemine

We live in a wireless age, so why do lights still need to be plugged in? The ‘Alis’ by Italian start-up Potemine is completely untethered, able to function as a portable lantern as well as a floor, desk or wall lamp, using accessories that double as USB chargers. Touch and voice control (it’s compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Home), plus a dedicated app, means no unsightly dimmers or switches, just seamless design. Available to pre-order, from around £450, potemine.com

39 ‘OD-11’ speaker, Teenage Engineering
OD-11 speaker by Teenage Engineering is a speaker with a minimalist look
Teenage Engineering

In 1974, Swedish sound pioneer Stig Carlsson created the ‘OD-11’, a small speaker with outstanding sound quality. Today, the design, aka the ‘Carlsson Cube’, has been updated by Teenage Engineering for a new breed of audio fans, its simple wireless style speaking volumes. From £699 teenage.engineering

40 ‘Beovision Harmony’ television, Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision Harmonytelevision
Bang & Olufsen

Offering more than just a pristine picture, Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beovision Harmony’ television conceals much of its 77-in OLED display behind its elegant oak and aluminium sound system, but switch it on and the speakers gracefully fan out – like a butterfly opening its wings – as the cinematic screen rises to the perfect viewing height. £20,000 bang-olufsen.com

41 ‘Catch:2’ wireless charging pad, Courant
Courant Catch:2 wireless charging pad for iPhone and Android devices
Courant

Avoid low battery anxiety with Brooklyn-based brand Courant’s ‘Catch:2’ wireless charging pad. The device is so stylish – now available in ‘Dusty Rose’ (above) and ‘Pacific Blue’ – you’ll want one on your desk, your bedside table, in your kitchen… everywhere. Boosting battery life is as easy as placing a smartphone (Qi-enabled) on its Italian leather surface. £160 staycourant.com

42 ‘Glow Light’ lamp, Casper
Casper Glow Light
Casper

Sleep cycles are dictated by light, yet most lighting isn’t designed to help us sleep. Casper’s ‘Glow Light’ addresses this anomaly, dimming like a sunset to ease your body into sleep mode. It’s intuitive to use, too – flip it over to turn it on or off, androtate it to increase or reduce the amount of illumination. £89, casper.com

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