When we get some time at home we want to kick back, take it easy and enjoy the finer things in life. With that in mind we've compiled a list of the best gadgets for making your home life the good life.
Roomba 530 Vacuum Cleaner, £200
A robot that does the hoovering for you: it’s the American Dream, and now it’s a dream come true. The Roomba is a bagless vacuum cleaner that moves around the house on its own. It knows where the stairs are, negotiates rug/floor interfaces with ease and then charges itself up when it gets tired. Clever.
Krups Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker, £90
You don’t need Starbucks to administer your daily caffeine fix when you’ve got your own personal barista (that’s someone who makes coffee, not a lawyer). The Dolce Gusto comes with a starter pack including two swish coffee cups and a pack of seven different coffees to try.
Lumie Bodyclock Advanced 200, £100
Waking up is never easy, and if your irritating alarm clock makes you want to go out and kill, this is a must. A simulated sunrise stops your body making melatonin (sleep hormones), awakening you calmly. But maybe not when hungover.
Tending a large garden in the summer can be hard work, and a literally fruitless experience during winter. However, with the AeroGarden you can grow lush fauna all year round on a manageable scale, thanks to its aeroponic technology that creates a highly oxygenated, 100-per-cent-humidity environment. Herbs do well. You can never have too much fresh basil, we say.
The Dulux PaintPod, £70
How much paint are you supposed to put on a roller? Who cares? The PaintPod knows, and that’s all that matters. It pumps paint from special pods direct to the roller, speeding up decorating times and delivering a neat, splatter-free finish, and even cleans itself.
Oral B Triumph with SmartGuide, £140
We’d all like a bright set of gnashers, but flossing is frankly quite gross (ever sniffed that yellow stuff?) and teeth whitening is only acceptable for boy bands. But the Oral B Triumph has a wireless display that tells you where to brush and when you’re just brushing too damn hard.
Logitech Squeezebox Duet, £295
The days of messy cables and lost CDs are a thing of the past with the Squeezebox Duet, which streams music wirelessly from your computer to a hi-fi, controlled with this natty remote with its own 2.4in LCD screen.
Nevo SL, £640
Did you know multiple-remote syndrome is the 143rd biggest cause of stress in the home? That’s what we’ve heard anyway. The Nevo SL is here to help, allowing you to control all your AV devices and Wi-Fi-enabled products with one sleek handset.