So having recently moved country, I’m redecorating my new place. Of course I’m going crazy with HomeKit (David’s offered to pull me back if I go too far ), but I was wondering what your favourite home gadget is. This can be anything from a nice clock, or a food processor or something along those lines! Of course, I’ll take “smart” recommendations too, but I do have plenty of that stuff already
A Stand Mixer is one of those “you never knew how much you needed it until you owned one” type of kitchen gadgets. I can’t tell you how many different things I’ve made mine. And I’m not a great chef or even that good of a cook really, but having one of these made cooking at home (especially during this quarantine) a lot more enjoyable.
I already have the Hue lights and light strip (is anyone surprised?), but none of the rest. I’m debating the smart lock a lot, I have two entrances and practically only use one which does make it cheaper…
I have a nifty idea for the thermostat as I don’t have central heat - but I’ll save that until it’s done!
I love my Instant Pot. I bought it 4 years ago just as a stand in while my kitchen was being remodelled and used it most days ever since. So many functions in one piece of equipment, I wish I’d bought the top of range model now.
+1 for Instant Pot. I’m on my second generation. (I gave my first one to my sister.) It’s wonderful for making perfect hard boiled eggs, and indispensable in winter for making the best vegetable soups.
Also look into high quality cast iron pans – a couple sizes.
For decorating, consider installing a picture hanging rail. Like a STAS system or similar. If you have too little room for the things you want to display, create a gallery space with a hanging rail above it so you can easily change out what’s displayed.
My favourite gadget is my Denon 2600H receiver. It plays really well with AirPlay and AppleTV and is an unbelievably powerful piece of kit. The sound and image quality is astounding, it was the best thing I’ve bought for my home setup and has made music and moves such a better sensory experience.
Two things come to mind. In each case, the device would be amazing without any Wifi or Bluetooth connection, but I am really impressed that the tech element of each device works reliably! This is not always the case, with Kitchen stuff anyway…
But the difference is the water reservoir injects moisture back into some foods. Reheated pizza comes out with the cheese melted properly. Dry foods that should have moisture are resurrected. I haven’t found it successful with vegetables for some reason. The ads show veggies coming out perfectly carmelized but that’s not my experience quite honestly.
If I had to rebuy today I probably would chose the Balumuda because I’m a sucker for aesthetics
Brevile toaster oven - do most of my baking for 2 with it
Induction cooktop - better than gas
Touch free faucet - turn on water with messy hands
Electric smoker - better temperature control
Ring doorbell - my wife feels much more secure with it
Water leak sensor - prevented major damage when we were on a trip
Keypad door lock - more control over access than keys
WiFi thermostat - adjust for trip and get house warm/cool before return