Tag: home appliances

Hot home tech design: 7 devices you never knew could be gorgeous

It’s amazing how far home tech design has come, even since we started this site six years ago. What once may have looked sleek and amazing — a baby monitor, a humidifier, even a lawnmower — now looks clunky and dated compared to what’s available to us now. Prepare for your minds to be blown by some of these designs. How wonderful to be able to beautiful our spaces so very practically. CMT is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: 8 cool gadgets to make your smart homes even smarter   An air quality monitor The AWAIR Air Quality Monitor is pretty...

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8 cool gadgets to make your smart homes even smarter | CES 2017

We saw a ton of new smart home products launch last year, with offerings from Nest, WeMo, smart doorbells and much more. But wow, after walking the floors at the CES conference last week, it’s clear that 2017 will bring even more integration between products, along with smarter functions, remote access, and voice recognition. Let’s just say Alexa, the voice and software behind Amazon Echo, ruled. Here, 8 of the coolest (and craziest) smart home products I saw at the show that I think you will want to have on your radar, parents. Related: A smart WiFi Thermostat: Crazy or cool? LG Smart InstaView Fridge Bring on the...

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The ultimate indoor/outdoor grill for people who thought they could never have one. Tech to the rescue!

  Of course tech innovations are making their way to the traditional BBQ now too, and if you don’t have the space for an outdoor grill, I’ve found a solution in the Kenyon SilKEN Grill which keeps your grilling game on all year round. This portable electric grill is less than two feet wide and weighs a little more than 20 lbs, making it perfect for any countertop or outdoor space, no matter how compact. It’s even perfect for that yacht of yours docked in the marina!  (Seriously, the company made an appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this year.) What’s...

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The air purifier and humidifier combo that could help you sneeze (and dust) less

We’ve seen a lot of new smart devices recently that are helping us monitor our air quality, but I’ve often wondered what to do with this info — short of a major HEPA filter installation — if the monitors tell me my air quality is bad. So when we found out about the new portable AirWasher 2-in-1 air purifier and humidifier, we were excited to give it a try. During those rough months of horrible allergies and cold after cold with our kids, a device like the AirWasher could be a huge help. It cleans the air of the allergens...

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3 genius mosquito tech solutions to keep your family itch free

Preventing mosquitoes is one of my big concerns, especially this summer. Not only are they annoying and itchy, they carry some serious diseases that I don’t want anywhere near my family. But I don’t like the idea of spraying chemicals in my yard either. The right bug sprays work pretty well, but they can get expensive over the long term. Plus, you have to keep on spraying everyone. So, we’re looking to some clever mosquito tech solutions to keep my outdoor entertaining areas free of mosquitoes, so we can eat dinner, star watch, and catch fireflies in peace. Related: The best safe kids...

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BrightNest app: Our cool free app of the week

The first word that pops into my head after I hear “spring” is “cleaning,” probably because three kids plus one dog equals a lot of cleaning at any time of the year. And with today being the first day of spring (yay!), my free app of the week pick is, BrightNest, a nice-looking and easy-to-use app full of home maintenance tips and tricks that are so smart and useful, it’s becoming an invaluable resource for those of us who don’t have an army of staff to take care of our home. Related: The 15 minute trick: A smart, easy way to spring...

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The most technologically advanced blender we’ve ever seen, thanks to Panasonic. (Yes, Panasonic!)

I recently sat through a cooking demo press event at Panasonic HQ for the Panasonic High-Power ZX-1800 Blender, and was admittedly skeptical. (Hi, that’s me with my arms folded across my chest.) First of all, I do not tend to think of Panasonic as makers of top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. TVs, cameras and electric toothbrushes? Sure. A blender, not so much. And I’m super picky when it comes to my appliances in terms of both style and function. Well after tasting the most velvety butternut squash soup, chopped, pureed, blended and served hot all right from the blender, I was definitely intrigued if not totally convinced. That lead me to...

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The new UviCube UV light sterilizer: For more than just sterilizing baby bottles.

It’s officially winter, as Jonas has let us know oh-so-subtly this past weekend. And since everyone in my house also has some form of a winter cold, I’m officially over the germs that go along with the cold weather. So while we’re stuck inside, I’ve been making the most of this opportunity to sterilize everything in sight — from door knobs and toothbrushes to remote controls and. And for those of you who have an infant at home you’re probably adding sterilize baby bottles to that list, in which case the UviCube UV light sanitizer can help. To be clear, we are really not all germaphobes around here....

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Tado offers smart climate control, now for homes without central heat or air

We do our best to save energy at home, but it is easier said than done with three kids who like to leave lights on all day long. (Even in the closets. Just, why?) That said, smart thermostats have been making it easier for so many families to conserve on heat and air conditioning usage for the last few years,  without even having to think about it. Devices like the ecobee and Nest have been huge hits, and now tado° has entered the market with a smart thermostat for heating systems that’s very impressive and definitely worth a look. It’s even on sale right now through our...

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The coolest new tech for parents this year: Best of CES 2016

At the recent CES 2016 show,  coverage, I was excited to see all the incredible tech designed just to help parents make our lives run a little smoother on a day-to-day basis. (No diaper changing robots yet, sorry.) From trusted brands showing off impressive new technologies for the home, to some remarkable new brands that are thrilling to get to know, I only wish I had a lot of these ten years ago when my own first child was born. More and more cool tech for parents will this year, but here are the nine items that really caught my attention and will surely make their mark...

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