Most of us love our gadgets, but in some cases it seems that novelty value is the only thing some new device has going for it. If the object is frankly ugly as well, it really starts to become time to question whether it’s worth its price tag.
On the other hand, some companies actually go the extra mile when it comes to elegant design and the thoughtful inclusion of useful features. Apple and Tesla are certainly famous for this, but even smaller and less well-known brands occasionally just manage to get it completely right.
From the viewpoint that whatever you put in your home shouldn’t be an eyesore, but also actually make your life easier in some way, let’s look at a few of the best home gadgets on the market.
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Purifier
More and more people are concerned about the quality of the air they breathe indoors. Pollutants ranging from detergent residue to mold spores can easily contribute to allergies and conditions such as asthma, even if you’re not aware that they are present in your home.
This air purifier’s slick fanless design is not only safe for children and pets but also looks amazing. With both a high-performance particle filter and an activated carbon module, it’s extremely efficient at removing pollutants from the air while also heating or cooling a room as required.
Grace Digital Mondo+ Internet Radio
While it’s perfectly possible to listen to any of the thousands of web-based radio stations on a computer, tablet or phone, buying a dedicated unit to do so has several important advantages. For one thing, the sound quality is much better, while the Mondo+ makes it easy to stream audio from almost any device to whatever room you happen to be in. There are quite a number of different models available when it comes to digital and internet radios, so any prospective buyer might want to visit The Smart Future to weigh their options.
Withings Aura Smart Alarm Clock
The humble alarm clock undergoes a conceptual shift in this innovative product: instead of simply going “beep beep” in the morning, it’s marketed as a total sleep system. In the first place, it comes equipped with a mattress pad that tracks your sleeping patterns by monitoring your heart rate, breathing and body movement. This data can be viewed through the HealthMate app, which also integrates with other Withings products to supply functions like activity tracking.
Its real value, however, lies in the way it uses sound and light to help you get to sleep and wake up more gradually. The supplied audio tracks and colored LEDs do actually seem to make it easier to drift off to dreamland, while the sleep monitoring function is used to avoid waking you out of a deep part of your sleep cycle. This keeps you from feeling groggy in the morning.
The main drawback of this device is its size, as it stands nearly a foot tall. On the other hand, it does feature a clean, simple design that will work well in most bedrooms and is built solidly enough to survive a fall or two from a nightstand.