These days you can kit out your house so that everything’s controllable remotely from an app on your phone. The front door, the oven, the fridge – you name it. Granted, you’d probably need a Premier League footballer’s salary to do so…
Thankfully, even those of us on more modest incomes can get in on the act, as there are a range of gadgets to make our lives easier in the mid-range price category. We’ve reviewed four of best.
ROBOT LAWN MOWER
Unlike traditional lawn mowers, mowing a lawn in the sweltering heat is not an issue for these robots – and as most have rain sensors, they don’t shy away when it’s showering down either.
The GARDENA R70Li is one of the best on the market. It glides silently across all types of grassy terrain and doesn’t get clogged up with wheel ruts. When it needs more juice, it recharges itself at the charging station, meaning you can sit back and let it get on with business. One of these will set you back around £999.
Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or want to enhance your workouts, a fitness tracker is pretty much par for the course these days.
The Garmin vivosmart is one of the best around. It displays steps, calories, distance and the time of day so you can easily track your fat-burning around the clock. It features a built-in “inactivity alert” when you’re in danger of slipping into couch potato mode, and you can set fitness goals to challenge yourself. Prices start at around £75.
Drones are the ultimate toys for big boys – a flying camera that opens up a world of possibility. Once the staple of futuristic sci-fi movies, drones are now part and parcel of the modern world, and as they become increasingly affordable, they are becoming must-have items.
With its ease-of-use, strong battery life and ability to capture 2.7k resolution video, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is one of the best around. Retailing at around £430, it’s not inexpensive, but you won’t have to break the bank for it either.
Electronic Kitchen Appliances
As sure as the sun rises every morning, as technology advances so do kitchen appliances. No-one’s thrilled by the idea of preparing a family meal after a long day in the office, but there are a number of devices around to jazz up your meals – and get them made in half the time.
These beasts are all-rounders. They’ll take your ingredients and blend, chop, grind, steam and boil them, before finally cooking them. There’s a number on the market, including the Kenwood kCook, which sells for £300.