There are probably plenty of things on your home gadget wish-list, but not all of them are necessary. For example, you might covet a 52” surround sound flat screen TV and a MacBook, but can’t afford them. And who wouldn’t want a top-of-the-range espresso maker or food processor that does everything but clean up the kitchen for you? However, as desirable as all of these gadgets might be, there are a few things that every home really should have, no matter what your budget is – so what are they?
Steam cleaners are the lazy person’s gadget. With a steam cleaner in one hand and a cloth in the other, you can tackle every single cleaning job in the house in record time. Steam cuts through grease and grime, disinfecting as you go. You can use a steam cleaner to refresh kitchen worktops, clean the oven, remove lime scale from shower screens and tiles, and clean the windows. You can even use a steam cleaner on your dog’s bed – steam will kill the bacteria that make your poor old pooch smell of eau de dog.
Emergency Flash Light
An emergency flashlight comes in very handy if there is a power cut or you need to step outside on a dark and stormy night. Old-fashioned torches require batteries and are therefore dependent on you remembering to replace the batteries. Newer torches are a lot more reliable. Look out for wind-up torches and torches with rechargeable batteries. There are even torches that come with a whole host of extra accessories, including screwdrivers and glass hammers, which could prove handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
Emergency Battery Starter
There is nothing worse than heading out to the car on a freezing cold morning, briefcase in hand, only to discover that the battery is stone cold dead and your car won’t start. Battery jump starter packs are ideal for people with less than reliable vehicles. Instead of waiting for ages for a friend to come and jump start your car, you can get the job done in minutes.
Wi-Fi Signal Booster
Wi-Fi networks are becoming increasingly congested. A quick scan of available Wi-Fi networks in your area will soon reveal that everyone and their dog is running a home wireless hub. Unfortunately this means that your signal has to compete with the neighbor’s signal. That, combined with thick walls and large items of furniture, can often mean you have to put up with a weak signal in some parts of the home. A Wi-Fi booster does exactly what it says on the tin: you connect it to your home Wi-Fi hub and it boosts the signal in outlying parts of the home.
A CO2 smoke detector is not just useful – it is potentially a lifesaver. Cheap battery operated smoke alarms are better than nothing, but it is always better to install a wired-in model. That way you won’t forget to change the battery and end up dead as a result.
This is just a small selection of the most useful gadgets for the home – there are plenty more to choose from if you are a gadget junkie!