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10 futuristic household appliances you need in your life

10 futuristic household appliances that will make your life so much better
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Domesticity needn’t be the domain of the dull.

As smart technology becomes more and more accessible, it is rapidly transforming even the most mundane of household tasks into something kind of wonderful.

From a kettle that welcomes you home and offers you tea to a smoke alarm that can tell the difference between a house fire and burned toast, gadgets have got smarter than ever before.

You can control almost all of them from your phone too –

1) A Smarter fridge

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Already a focal point of every kitchen, this new refrigerator will truly take over the heart of your home.

It can tell you the weather or headlines every time you look at it – it’s wifi enabled and has a tablet built into the door.

Using the Smart Home App on a compatible smartphone, you can sync your family’s calendars to keep track of appointments, or remotely leave messages for your housemates on the digital notepad.

With built-in speakers, you can also listen to music as you cook.

It really does make the fridge the hub of the house.

It even has cameras inside of the fridge that connect to an app so you can track food freshness and check what you need when you’re in the supermarket.

The door features a high-resolution touch screen display and tech stops ice build-ups in the fridge & freezer.

Samsung Family Hub™ RB38K7998S4 60/40 Frost Free Fridge Freezer, £2,007, ao.com

 

2) A Divine dishwasher

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Frequently named one of 10 best dishwashers of 2017 by review sites, here’s why: the Siemens IQ washes up 66% faster than others, has the highest energy rating possible and has a fancy drying technology which has special minerals inside the cabinet that absorb water from the air to create heat – which means your dishes are thoroughly dried, including plastics, using less energy.

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It also means your wine glasses from Tesco will sparkle and shine like they’re from Harrods.

There’s also a safety system inside that prevents water damage of any kind, whether in the supply hose or from a leak in the machine.

Oh, and this state of the art dishwasher can be controlled via smart phone from anywhere in the world, so if you go off on your hols forgetting to turn it on, it’s no problem.

Siemens IQ-700 SN278I36TE Standard Dishwasher, £762, ao.com

 

3) The ultimate cleaning machine

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There’s a reason that Sarah Beeny says that other than her laptop, ‘the Kobold is one gadget I can’t live without.’ Basically, it may be the world’s best vacuum.

First of all, it gets things as clean as an operating theatre – pretty much literally – and it is a major time saver. Not only does its sensors detect floor conditions, automatically adjusting for hard floor and carpets, it can also vacuum and mop at the same time.

The German designers’ exhaustive research has ensured there is an attachment for every household chore – and it will remove all dust and dirt, no matter what the task.

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Cleaning stairs is a dream, sucking up the dust on overhead moulding a breeze and pet owners will never again have to pull out a roller brush to get animal hairs off the sofa.

There’s even an attachment that sucks up debris when you drill into a wall before it hits the floor.

It also has a special motorised head to clean mites, dust and skin cells from your mattress in a way that will make you freak out about what you’ve been sleeping on.

Oh, and it’s been specially designed so that the noise won’t scare your dog. £749 for the upright and for dust on the run, there’s a nifty handheld version.

Kobold VK200 Upright Vacuum Cleaner, £749, kobold.vorwerk.co.uk

 

4) The world-class washing machine

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It connects to your wifi and can be controlled by your phone. And not only does this beautiful beast hold an impressive 9kg per load, this model has a new feature called Add Wash technology which means you can add forgotten clothes into the wash, even after the cycle has started.

I loved the ‘Bubble’ technology which means you get a good clean, even at lower temperatures by mixing the detergent and water together before the wash cycle starts, creating bubbles that sink into fabrics 40 times faster than detergent alone.

And you can download an app that allows you to wirelessly set your clothes to be washed while you get on with your day.

The LED screen on the front is sharp, plays different sounds and jingles to signal it’s done. And the best part – you will also receive notifications on your phone, letting you know when a cycle has ended – handy if you’re upstairs blowing out hair and waiting for trousers).

The only thing it can’t do is fold it all for you and put it away.

Samsung AddWash™ Ecobubble WW90K7615OX 9Kg Washing Machine, £899, ao.com

 

5) The shrink-proof smart tumble dryer

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Dry Cleaners beware – there’s a new game in town.

The Quiet Mark awarded AEG 8000 tumble Dryer can do dry wool and silk garments with ease, without reducing them to a tiny and tangled shadow of their former glory. In other words, no shrinkage.

New tech allows it to hold your clothes against the wall of the drum, so they aren’t being thrown around. And a SensiDry technology draws moisture out of fabrics at half the temperature of conventional tumble dryers, without significantly extending the drying time.

A smart sensor inside can detect the level of moisture inside the drum and automatically end the cycle once the desired dryness is achieved.

AEG T8DEC946R dryer, £899, johnlewis.com

6) The perfect cup of tea

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The world’s first wifi kettle just got even better.

The new limited edition has a water level sensor that tells you how much water is left inside so you know how many cups you can make and a customisable temperature setting for tea at the perfect temperature.

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An app allows you to remotely set it to boil from anywhere in the house – and it will notify you when it is at your desired temperature.

You can schedule it to start heating at any time with Wake Up mode, to make sure it’s ready for your tea before you’ve even got out of bed.

Coming home to a cuppa will be your new favourite thing: the iKettle 2.0 welcomes you home as you walk in the door and asks if you would like tea.

3rd Generation Limited Edition iKettle, £99.99, smarter.am

 

6) Easy latte

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You can forget the morning queue at Cafe Nero with this one. Bluetooth tech links this beauty to all your Smart devices – giving you barista level coffee at home with just one swipe.

With a fast heat-up time of just 30 seconds you never have to wait around for a blinking light, you can wirelessly connect to your mobile to keep up-to-date with your capsule stock and even schedule brew times.

It has 4 programmable coffee sizes including espresso, ristretto, americano and lungo, so basically whatever you want goes.

Nespresso by Krups Expert XN600840, £249.95, amazon.co.uk 

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8) The trash can of legends

This is no ordinary rubbish bin. The Joseph Joseph Titan Trash Compactor is a must have in this tragic age of alternate week rubbish collection.

It’s stainless steel and looks elegant but the magic is inside. Its system pushes everything down and holds up to 3 times more empties (or anything else) than a normal bin.

It also has odour-eliminating filters inside making it hygienic and mess-free – the design of it means that only the inside of the plastic liner touches the trash while compacting, leaving you with clean hands and a clean bin.

Titan Trash Compactor, £199, josephjoseph.com

 

9) Dazzling home cinema

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Turn your living room into a home cinema without the need for a full projector set-up.

The new Lenovo tablet has a built-in projector that will throw up movies onto the wall, up to 70inches in size.

The 18-hour battery life means you are pretty much guaranteed to get through a Ryan Gosling marathon uninterrupted and there are Quad HD screens – a fancy way of saying you will see every twinkle in his baby blues.

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With 64GB of storage, you can download the equivalent of 1,600 apps, so you’ll always have something to keep you mesmerised.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10.1″ 64GB Wifi Tablet, £449, ao.com

 

10) Smart smoke alarm

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Nest Protect smoke and CO alarm is a wifi smoke detector that means no more tea towel waving when you attempt to cook dinner.

Nest’s second generation smoke and CO alarm can recognise whether that smell is a fast burning oven fire, gas leak or just burnt toast – so it never goes off when it doesn’t need to.

Also, rather than an annoying beep it actually speaks to you, telling you politely that danger’s afoot – ‘Head’s up, there’s smoke in the dining room!’

It is self-checking over 400 times a day and has batteries that last 10 years – plus you can also silence it from your phone.

It also sends alerts to your smartphone so you can feel secure even when you’re out of town.

Nest smoke alarm, £89, store.nest.com


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