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Smart Home Gadget of the Year 2018

iRobot Roomba 966

Awards Winner
iRobot’s Roomba vacuums have been around long enough now that they should really be running the world - or at the very least cleaning it. When they aren’t spinning sick tunes anyway. We might not quite be at that stage yet, but the Roomba 966 is almost wasted on keeping your floors free from muck. And no, we don’t just mean putting it in charge of the tunes for your next house party. Or becoming a mini Segway for your snappily- dressed pets. It’s got serious brainpower, plays nicely with your smartphone, and won’t chuck itself down your stairs like a drunk, either.

The runners-up

Amazon Echo Dot (2018)

Still the most accessible and affordable way to add Alexa to your home, the latest Echo Dot has received a makeover that means it blends in more effectively. We just wish the speaker was a bit less rubbish.

Linksys Velop

It’s offficial. WiFi is more critical to human survival in 2019 than potable water. The Velop spreads the signal evenly across your house and arms you with parental controls and an app like no other.