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5 gadgets you need in your home right now

We have become a nation of gadget freaks; the whole population is in love with smartphones, fitness trackers and super stylish watches. Whilst these gadgets have become commonplace, there is a new wave of tech that is making its way into our homes, and making our futuristic domestic dreams come true. Check out our top five gadgets that you need to make space for in your life.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker

This showerhead speaker is an unbelievably cool way to listen to music whilst you’re having a wash. It syncs with Bluetooth-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops that are located up to 32 metres away, which means that the days of risking getting your gadgets wet by bringing them into the bathroom are long gone. It’s super easy to install as the speaker easily snaps into the shower head using a magnet, plus you can use it in other rooms too.

Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is a nifty little device that does exactly what it says on the tin and learns all about your heating habits. It helps you to save money by adjusting your home heating when you’re not even there, so it can make sure the house is nice and toasty for when you get back from work and keep the temperature under control when you’re on holiday. It’s compatible with many heating systems and you can also control your hot water with it too!

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Chromecast allows you to stream the films and shows you love from your devices to your TV. It’s a small, and super cheap, dongle that plugs into the back of your television and lets you cast from your smartphone, laptop or tablet whilst using your device to change programme and control the volume. It’s perfect for use with popular entertainment apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and BBC iPlayer.


iKettle is the world’s first wifi kettle, which allows you to boil your kettle with your phone from anywhere in your home; perfect for when you’re waiting for the ad breaks on telly to make a cuppa. You can also set an alarm so that the kettle is boiled just as you get up or return from work and, if you’re picky about aesthetics, you can match the kettle to the look and feel of your kitchen with different kettle skins.

Flower Power Wireless Plant Monitor

If you aren’t the greenest fingered of people and your plants keep dying on you, this gadget is exactly what you need. Stick it in a pot or in the ground next to your plant and monitor sunlight, temperature, moisture, fertilisation to make sure your plant stays healthy. You can also download the Flower Power app which sends alerts to your smartphone and lets you know exactly what your plant needs, meaning it will stay beautiful and healthy.

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