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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

lx turntable and speaker by la boite concept
La Boite Concept

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 ‘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

2 ‘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

3 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

4 ‘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

5 ‘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

6 ‘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

7 ‘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

8 ’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

9 ‘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

10 ‘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

11 ‘Neo QLED’ television, Samsung
neo qled television by samsung
Samsung

The combination of the brand’s powerful new ‘Neo Quantum’ processor and densely packed, smaller-than-ever ‘Quantum Mini’ LEDs means, regardless of the quality of what you’re watching, you can always expect to view in 8K resolution. Plus, the new remote is solar-powered. Available this spring, samsung.com/uk

12 ‘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

13 ‘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

14 ‘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

15 ‘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

16 ‘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

17 ‘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

18 ‘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

19 ‘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

20 ‘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

21 ‘Homepod Mini’, Apple
apple ‘homepod’
Apple

The latest Siri-empowered speaker has punchy 360-degree sound but is just 8.5cm tall. Hold your iPhone near the top to switch from listening on the speaker to on your phone (or vice versa). £99, apple.com/uk

22 ‘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

23 ‘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

24 ‘Echo Dot’, Amazon
amazon ‘echo’ speaker 4th gen
Amazon UK

The fourth generation has gone spherical, with the speaker adjusting audio to suit the acoustics of your room. An updated processor also means Alexa is now speedier. £89.99, amazon.co.uk

25 ‘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

26 ‘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

27 ‘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

28 ‘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

29 ‘Powerbeats Pro’ earphones, Beats by Dre
powerbeats pro by beats by dre
Joshua Kissi

Designed for fitness but with looks that draw compliments beyond the gym, the wireless ‘Powerbeats Pro’ earphones from Beats by Dre now come in four new colours – ‘Cloud Pink’, ‘Spring Yellow’, ‘Glacier Blue’ and ‘Lava Red’ – inspired by self expression. With nine hours of playback and voice control for iOS devices, they will suit your workout and your style. £219.95, beatsbydre.com

30 ‘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

31 ‘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

32 ‘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

33 ‘MB01’ headphones, Montblanc
mb01 over ear headphones from montblanc
Montblanc

With the arrival of the ‘MB01’ headphones Montblanc is proving it’s as serious about sound as it is about penmanship. In grey, brown or black leather, all offer wireless audio, with up to 20 hours of active noise cancelling and Google Assistant voice control built in. £525, montblanc.com

34 Connected outdoor lights, Philips Hue
new outdoor lighting collection by philips hue
Philips Hue

Brighter evenings mean more time in the garden, but once the sun goes down, you’ll need lighting. Philips Hue’s new additions to its outdoor range include ‘Appear’, which provides an upwards and downwards beam, ‘Resonate’, for a triangular glow, and the ‘Lily XL’ spotlight, for dramatic illumination. Connect to the Philips Hue ‘Bridge’ for smart control via voice or the app, switching between the 16,000 colour options. £129.99 each, meethue.com

35 ‘Lightcycle Morph’ light, Dyson
dyson light
Dyson

Continuing its mission to reengineer everyday life, Dyson has launched a new lighting range. The ‘Lightcycle Morph’, designed by Jake Dyson (Sir James’s son, above) is, he explains, ‘developed to track natural daylight and intelligently transform for different uses – providing the right light, at the right time, precisely where it’s needed’. That means you get an indirect or ambient glow to match or complement what’s happening outside your window. From £499.99 for the desk lamp, dyson.co.uk

36 Smart bin, Townew
townew bin
Knecktek Labs

American company Knectek Labs is tidying up one of the messiest chores in the home with its ‘Townew Trash Can’. Press the sensor on the front of the bin and the bag inside is automatically sealed tight, meaning no dirt or odours when you reach in to remove it. As soon as it’s emptied, a new bag slides effortlessly into place from the ‘Refill Ring’ – each one contains 25 fully recyclable bags. Bin, £93; ‘Refill Ring’, £15, townew.eu

37 ‘Echo Buds’, Amazon
amazon echo buds
Amazon

Fans of Amazon’s Alexa can now ask her anything, even on the go. The new ‘Echo Buds’ (£119.99) are wireless in-ear headphones with the smart assistant built in. Just press and hold one of the earbuds to ask for her help with answering a burning question, writing a text, calling a friend, playing a song or checking your calendar. A customisable fit means they will stay in even during exercise, with 20 hours of audio on a full charge. amazon.co.uk

38 ‘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

39 ‘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

40 ‘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

41 ‘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

42 ‘Space Monitor’, Samsung
Samsung monitor mounted flush to wall with monitor stand on desk
Samsung

Samsung’s ‘Space Monitor’ is a stylish way to declutter your home office. The display features an adjustable tilting arm that provides effortless close-up views, or can be pushed flush against the wall. It’s available in either 27-inch QHD or 32-inch 4K resolution, and the cables are hidden in the arm to enhance the minimalist aesthetic. £400, available June, samsung.com

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