7 smart home tech solutions to make life easier

We round 7 of the best smart home technologies making your life easier.

By Gemma Parkes | 2 March 2018

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.