Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:10 am
Go big and go home
Once upon a time, gifting household appliances was considered a cliché. Today’s high-tech options, however, are gifts the whole family can enjoy.
First there was the smartphone; now there is the smart house. More and more household appliances are going high-tech every year, bringing fresh efficiency and ease of use to the table. These futuristic gadgets aren’t your everyday holiday gifts, but they’re sure to become a daily source of enjoyment for all who use them. From a remote-controlled coffee machine to a plant health monitor, there’s a gift for every technology lover on your list.
Smarter Coffee Machine ($230)
There’s no need to be a morning person when you have a Smarter Coffee Machine – this WiFi-enabled coffee maker will grind and brew a cup of joe before you even get out of bed. Using the Smarter app, you can not only schedule your morning coffee, but you can specify whether you want it strong or light, keep it warm all day long, and set your machine to clean itself regularly.
Nest Learning Thermostat ($249)
Knowing that your thermostat controls half of your energy bill, it’s time for an upgrade. Enter Nest Learning Thermostat, a smart thermostat that automatically adapts to your lifestyle and programs itself based on your heating and cooling habits. It turns itself off when you’re not home, and it allows you to control the temperature from your phone so that your house feels comfortable when you’re back. With all the money it can save you, this thermostat can pay for itself in under two years.
Netatmo Personal Weather Station ($149)
Not only will this gadget take readings of the outdoor temperature, air quality and humidity, but it will also help you track the environment inside your home. Indoor air can easily become polluted and CO2 levels can rise to dangerous levels. The Netatmo Personal Weather Station will alert you when it’s time to open the windows and air out the house so that your family can live in a healthier environment.
Parrot Flower Power Wireless Plant Monitor ($90)
For those not lucky enough to have been born with a green thumb, Parrot Flower Power will be your new best friend. Stick this sensor into your flowerpot or garden plot, and monitor the sunlight, temperature, fertilizer and moisture levels right from your smartphone. Flower Power alerts you when your plant needs water or other attention, helping you to keep those plants happy and healthy.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($400)
Blow-drying your hair on a daily basis can really damage your strands, but the Dyson Supersonic allows you to get a blowout without the worry of extreme heat damage. It uses controlled high-velocity airflow alongside constant temperature maintenance to safely and effectively dry your hair, maintaining its strength and shine. It’s the perfect holiday gift for anyone who is serious about hair care.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator ($5,600)
Got a little more cash to spend this holiday season? Take your kitchen to the next level with a Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator. Gone are the days when you’re wandering the aisles at the supermarket, wondering if you have eggs at home. This refrigerator photographs its contents so you can view them from your phone and shop accordingly. Its large touch screen features such conveniences as a family calendar, a virtual white board, photo slide shows, Pandora radio, Allrecipes and TV mirroring. Not to mention the fact that the actual refrigerator function uses top-of-the-line cooling technology to keep your food fresher longer.