We round up the most innovative smart devices on the market that will ensure your home is connected and convenient 

navy and black smart jukebox turnable

Image: Henley Audio

From the rising popularity of the Amazon Eco and Alexa to lighting and home security systems, more and more homes owners across the UK are looking to update everyday appliances and systems to fit with the latest smart technologies. 

With the increasing demand for connected homes, the industry is continuing to create new and innovative smart devices which will transform the way everyday household items operate. We round up the latest smart home solutions available that will turn your home into a hub of connectivity and convenience.

Go green with a smart kitchen island extractor

falmes circle tech bronze kitchen island with led lighting

Image: Falmec

Falmec’s Circle.Tech kitchen island extractors with LED lighting come in metallic and painted steel finishes. Their filters, made from detoxifying zeolite and activated charcoal, are more environmentally friendly and have a longer life than standard versions. As the filters are naturally regenerating, they only need changing every three years. The range includes Sophie (above) in Worn Copper, £1,836. 

Stress-free cooking everday with Bosche

bosche black and silver smart oven

Image: Bosch

Built-in ovens just got smarter. Recently launched by Bosch, this Serie 6 BFL554MS0B oven, £1,019, has an AutoPilot program to work out and select the ideal heating mode, temperature and cooking duration for the dish you’re making. It also comes with 3D Hot Air to distribute heat evenly around the oven and has a steam function.

Touch control thermostatic mixer and overhead shower

silver overhead shower

Image: Hansgrohe

Easy to use and with a streamlined design, this new RainSelect concealed thermostatic mixer with four outlets, £2,900, from Hansgrohe, controls an overhead shower as well as the Raindance Select S 120 hand shower with Isiflex shower hose, £116. Use the oversized 7x7cm switches, available in white or black-backed glass or in chrome-coloured metal, to choose your setting.

Say goodbye to wires with this sleek and stylish portable charger

black cork stainless steel wireless charging pad

Image: Grovemade

Made from natural or black cork and stainless steel, Grovemade’s sleek wireless charging pad, $79 (around £58), is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices – including the new iPhone X and iPhone 8, plus many Android handsets. It brings a touch of functional elegance to any bedside table or desktop. 

Look after household plants with an app connected plant pot

app connected plant pot

Image: Parrot

If your fingers are anything but green, let the £79.99 Parrot Pot come to your rescue. This app-connected plant pot has four sensors and a water tank with spray jets, and can be programmed to take care of the plant itself – it will even tell you if an unhappy specimen needs to be moved to a sunnier spot. Plus, you can water via your smartphone. 

Embrace the vinyl revival with this smart turntable system

navy and black smart jukebox turnable

Image: Henley Audio

With the vinyl resurgence in full swing, hi-fi brands have updated their turntables for the modern era. The Pro-Ject Juke Box E has a brilliant all-in-one design in white, red or black, with a 50W amplifier built in – just add speakers and you’re ready to rock. Also included is Bluetooth so you can enjoy CD-quality streaming from your smartphone. Priced £369, or £499 with speakers, from Henley Audio.

Be Netflix ready with this electronically controlled sofa with USB port

living room with grey two seater sofa thats electronically controlled

Image: Parker Knoll

A perfect sofa for anyone who wants to dual-screen in comfort, the Evolution 1702 large two-seater sofa in Como Slate, £4,137, from Parker Knoll has an electronically controlled recliner mechanism. It is capable of 2 different headrest positions and has a USB charging port, so you’ll always be Netflix-ready. 


Will you be purchasing any of these smart home devices? Tweet us @granddesignsmag or post a comment on our Facebook page



A buyer's guide to smart home security systems

How to plan a smart lighting system

Control your home from your devices with Loxone System

Kevins Column

Grand Designs Live Online: Self Build & Renovation Weekend 31 July – 1 August 2021

Discover free home project advice and product recommendations from the comfort of your own home. Register now to express your interest.
Home Improvements

How to choose a water feature for your garden 

A water feature plays an important role in an overall garden design.
Home Improvements

How to get the perfect gravel driveway

Gravel driveways are a classic way to finish your home’s exterior, but can drift, shift and sink, leaving a messy finish. We look at a...
Home Improvements

Expert interior design tips to create a home you love

Create a beautiful, unique home that brings you joy with help from an online interior service
Home Improvements

Bathroom renovations: 15 steps to a new scheme

Make sure to take the time to carefully plan a bathroom renovation to ensure it is successful and the results are long-lasting.
Home Improvements

Balcony design ideas: choose the best option for your home

Advice to help you select the ideal balcony material, build method and design to suit your needs, budget and the style of your house
Home Improvements

The difference between a good room and a perfect one is the lighting.

Lighting control systems can change how your home feels and add both security and style. Here’s why smart lighting needs to be at the heart...