Rush here, rush there. Hustle everyone out the door for school or work or juggle homeschooling, Zoom meetings and laundry simultaneously. Eat dinner on the go. Buy groceries. Pay bills. Clean the house. Pay bills again. …And, you get the idea. Adulting is not all sunshine and rainbows like we might have thought when we were 12 and the idea of unlimited freedom was so tantalizing.
We’re all busy, right? You, me, your kiddos doing homework online, heck, even our pets are feeling the strain. So, finding the right products and devices to simplify cleaning, make dinner quicker and tastier or even remember to drink enough water daily is key. Things like a Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System to eliminate your morning drive-thru wait or smart plugs and light bulbs that turn on with just the sound of your voice. From 1 to 37, the list below is guaranteed to offer solutions to make your life easier — from the kitchen to the garage and beyond.
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Add An Echo Show To Any Room
Do you call grandma (or mom) as often as you should? Probably not. You can add more frequent chats to your daily activities with the addition of an Echo Show to your desk, kitchen counter, and more. It isn’t just grandma who’ll appreciate this new piece of technology. With built-in apps like Spotify, Hulu, and Ring, you can catch up on all your favorite shows and podcasts as well as keep an eye on your cameras.
Add Extra Space With An Outlet Shelf
There’s never enough room in the bathroom, am I right, ladies (and gents, too, maybe)? This outlet shelf is a space-saving solution that gives you extra room for things like a speaker or a smart assistant. (It might even keep you from dumping your smartphone in the sink by accident.) The shelf attaches easily after removing your existing wall plate, and a hidden cord management compartment keeps pesky cables out of the way.
Hang Your Ring Around Your House
Speaking of Ring, there are probably places around your home where hanging a camera would come in handy, right? Backyards, garages, a nursery, the kids’ playroom – all are candidates for these adjustable wall-mount brackets designed for your Ring cameras. With a 360-degree swivel and 90-degree tilt, you’ll always have a bird’s-eye view when and where you need it.
Ring My Smart (Door) Bell
Have you been interested in a video doorbell, but didn’t want to incur a monthly fee? This battery-powered smart doorbell offers all the functions of a wireless security system without the subscription cost. There are no wires or cables required; choose the included adhesive installation option or optional screws for a more permanent fix. It also syncs with an app, all for less than 90 bucks.
An Affordable Bluetooth Speaker That’s Totally Waterproof
Should you go chuck this Bluetooth speaker into the ocean? Probably not! But if you happen to get it wet during a day at the beach or pool, there’s no reason to worry about it breaking. Small and portable, the rechargeable battery lasts for up to five hours. Plus, it comes in a ton of fun colors: red, blue, yellow, and more.
Keep It Chic With Wireless Charging
How many times a week do you yell, “Where’s my charger?” If it’s more than one, you need this sleek wireless charging station that’s always at the ready when you need it. Simultaneously juice your phone, smartwatch, and AirPods in one handy device. My favorite part is that it contains the cords out of sight so that cable mess is no longer.
Turn Your Backyard Or Bedroom Into A Movie Theater With This Mini Projector
I recently purchased this mini projector for our house, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In the fall, we set it up in the backyard to watch scary movies, and now it sits in our bedroom and acts as our TV. Grab a bowl of popcorn and turn your wall into a movie theater instantly.
This Water Bottle Will Nag You In The Nicest Way
You’re not drinking enough water. You know how I know? (No, I haven’t talked to your mom.) Most of us aren’t drinking enough water — myself included. This HidrateSpark stainless steel bottle will nag you (politely) to drink more water by lighting up at the bottom and will also track your water intake with the accompanying smartphone app. Choose from two sizes and five different color options.
Track All Your Gear With Tile
If you’ve ever been interested in buying Tile gadgets but weren’t sure where to start, this four-pack essentials set is a good option. It includes a Mate, a Slim, and two stickers for everything from your TV remote and keys to your wallet and planner. The best feature is that the Tiles work with a free app on either iOS or Android operating systems.
Today’s The Day To Bidet
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that toilet paper is gold in the event of a crisis. I’m not saying you can forego buying toilet paper, but this bidet attachment offers a secondary cleaning option so you’re totally covered. Fun fact: Bidet sales went up dramatically in 2020 as most of us wanted to flush the entire year down the toilet. This bidet is a definite “do.”
Keep Your Cup Warm Within Reach
Whether you’re on a video call or just strapped to a desk all day, it calls for one thing: Coffee — and lots of it. This mug warmer is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite brew, keeping it the perfect tasting temperature whether you grabbed it at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. The best feature is the intelligent design that recognizes when it’s not in use and automatically shuts itself off.
Manage Online Time With Circle
If you live with kids or teenagers armed with their own smartphones, tablets, and computers, you’ve probably had at least one fight that included, “Put your phone away at the table” or “Get off your tablet and go to bed.” With Circle Home Plus, you can put your foot down on your in-home internet usage by setting screen time limits and blocking content on devices ranging from phones and tablets to gaming consoles and smart TVs.
Crush Your Goals With This Smart Scale
As I heard a fitness coach once say, “Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard.” This smart scale will aid you on your weight loss journey by providing measurements beyond pounds, such as body fat, BMI, bone mass, and muscle mass. Sync it with the matching app, and you’ll always have a snapshot of your progress at the touch of your fingers.
The Easiest Storage From Phone To Desktop
If you’ve ever struggled with moving important photos and videos, meet your new best friend. This external storage flash drive offers one-click backups from your smartphone, tablet, PC, and more. Free up space on your devices while keeping photos, videos and documents secure with a password and touch ID encryption. Choose from eight colors or buy one of each for home, work, school, and beyond.
An Easier Way To Wine O’Clock
Tell me if this sounds familiar: It’s finally Friday, you’ve survived another busy week and all you want is a glass of wine to wind down for the weekend. But, you can’t get the cork out or it’s taking a long time and you’re getting frustrated. This electric wine aerator and pourer cuts to the chase, while also prolonging the life of your bottle and improving the taste. You’ll love the easy one-touch operation, too.
Keep An Eye Everywhere With Ring Cameras
Ring indoor cams are small in size but big on peace of mind and, surprisingly, you can grab them for approximately $60. These compact plug-in indoor cameras let you see, hear and speak to people and pets from your phone, tablet, or some Echo device. Wondering why the kids are so quiet in the playroom? A quick glance will tell you whether you need to worry or can breathe easy.
This Tablet Is Fire
Amazon Fire tablets are, without a doubt, the most economical tablet option on the market. Why? Because for just $50, you get a full-function tablet where you can do everything from browsing the internet to check your email or catch up on your latest read. They’re also equipped with Amazon Alexa so you can dish out commands and questions — no hands required.
A Mini Label Maker For All Your Projects
I recently bought this mini label maker and have been pleasantly surprised with how useful and efficient it is. It works with either an iOS or Android smartphone app and lets you customize everything from the template you use to the font, spacing, and style of your text. I especially enjoy what a small footprint it has and how quickly it shoots out your labels — much faster than traditional label makers.
Let Smart Plugs Do The Work
It took me a while to get onboard the smart plug wagon, but once I did, get out of my way. I’m trying to put everything on a smart plug right now: Lamps, wax burners, exterior lights, the crockpot … you get the idea. This set of four will give you a good head start to smartifying (I made that up!) your entire house. The best use I found over the past year? Turning the Christmas tree on and off.
A Smart Garage Solution
Is your garage door smart? It can be — for a lot cheaper than you might think. The $30 smart wi-fi garage door opener gives you the ability to remotely control your door by opening or closing it or checking its status. (Did I remember to put the garage door down when I left for work? Now you’ll know.) This unit installs quickly and works with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Let There Be Smart Lights
While you’re making everything inside your home smart, you might as well update your light bulbs with these smart bulbs. A four-pack for roughly $5 apiece, these bulbs work with both Alexa and Google Home so you can turn lights on and off — as well as dim or brighten them — with just your voice.
Hands-Free Entry Simplified
Nothing will simplify your life like a smart lock that lets you into your house — no fumbling for keys, no struggling with turning a key in a lock when your hands are full. This August smart lock will allow you to lock and unlock your door, provide you with keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. Having installed one myself, I can tell you it’s easy-peasy.
Keep The Temp In Check With A Smart Thermostat
There is something supremely satisfying about a digital thermostat with a clean display that can also be color-coordinated to your home decor. This smart thermostat from Honeywell has a lot of cool features, including a display of the outdoor temperature, a touchscreen, flexible programming options, and — oh yeah — a color-coordinated home screen. Get monthly energy reports to stay on top of your energy use.
The Best Power Strip With Voice Control
Smart plugs, bulbs, garage door openers — why not a smart surge protector outlet strip? This one works with Alexa and Google Home and, like most other smart gadgets, has an app where you can keep an eye on everything. Apart from its smart design, I particularly enjoy this outlet strip because it also has elusive USB ports for charging smartphones and other USB-charging devices.
A Hands-Free Faucet For You (Or Your Pets)
When I first took a look at this product, I envisioned its perfect usage being me with dirty hands in the kitchen and being able to turn on the faucet without dirtying it up. Once I dug a bit deeper, I also discovered it might be the perfect touchless faucet attachment for people with pets. It features an automatic sensor that turns on and off when activated. It’s also great for conserving water usage.
The Power Of Alexa Inside Your Car
What could you do with hands-free Alexa in your car? Now you don’t have to wait to find out! Echo Auto lets you add the power of your own personal “assistant” to your ride. Use it to play music, check the news, make calls, add to your to-do list, set reminders, pay for gas, and more. And, it takes up very little space, so you’ll still have room for your coffee and mixtapes.
Leave The Vacuuming To The Robot
I never thought I’d be that person to have a robotic vacuum, but hey, it’s been a weird year so here we are. This robot vacuum cleaner has a 90-minute runtime and enhanced obstacle avoidance — all while picking up dust, crumbs, and pet hair. Its low-profile design can go anywhere and recognizes potential “drops,” like stairs, to steer around them. I especially love that this is allergy- and pet-friendly.
Lock It Down, TSA-Style
A lot of people are finally getting back to air travel so investing in a TSA-approved smart lock that you can control from your phone is a worthy addition to your wish list (or cart). This one from Airbolt lets you lock or unlock your device with the push of a button, as well as tracking when your bag was last seen via the app. TSA access can also be turned on or off as needed.
Meet Meater, The Smart Thermometer
I’m surprised I put this product at No. 29 because it’s No. 1 in my heart. Being a full-fledged grown-up, I decided a few months ago to invest in a nicer meat thermometer. This one from Meater will exceed your wildest expectations. It pairs with a smartphone app that also helps you determine what cut of meat you’re working with and your preferred temp and alerts you at various stages so your pork, steak, or chicken comes out perfect every single time.
Fitness Smartwatch Into Your Daily Routine
I get it, smartwatches are expensive — but they don’t have to be. Let me introduce you to this one that features a fitness tracker, sleep monitor, and pedometer for less than $40. Choose from a variety of colors from black to pink and never worry about whether the band is going to be long (or short) enough with the adjustable bracelet. This watch also lets you track calories burned, receive SMS notifications and control your tunes.
This Multi-Chopper Is Your New Sous Chef
If you’ve ever made homemade salsa, you’ll immediately understand the importance of having a multi-chopper and slicer like this one from Mueller. This eight-in-one kitchen gadget will simplify any chopping, dicing, cutting, and slicing you have to do for any recipe (not just salsa, although I highly recommend making your own). The included storage container catches all of your bits and pieces.
Put The Iron Away And Grab This Steamer
I’ll let you in on a secret about me (that I likely share with 80 percent of the adult world): I hate ironing. I’m that person who’ll throw it in the dryer with a spritz of wrinkle remover and hope that does the job before I have to leave the house. This steamer, then, has changed my life. It zaps wrinkles efficiently and features a 9-ft. power cord so you can get your steam on from anywhere in the house.
Add A Ninja To Your Kitchen
I’ve owned an embarrassing number of air fryers since they first became popular a few years back: The bucket style, the double-bucket style, the rotating rotisserie style. But I’ve finally found my air fryer soulmate in this toaster oven-reminiscent version from Ninja. They call it the “ultimate meal-making machine,” and they’re not lying. Not only does it air fry, but it also roasts, broils, bakes, toasts, dehydrates, and more.
A Water Flosser At A Reasonable Price
Earlier this year, my dentist recommended I start using a water flosser. My immediate reaction: “Oh great, how much is that going to set me back?” Surprisingly, not much, especially if you choose this $40 option like I did. It has more than 41,000 reviews and growing, including this one: “Portable, simple, and effective water flosser that I can travel with or use daily at home.”
Take Notes With Rocketbook
I’m all for smartphones and tablets, but sometimes you just need to take notes on a good, old-fashioned piece of paper. But, this isn’t your mom’s notebook; this is the Rocketbook, a top-spiral notepad that lets you blast your handwritten notes to all of today’s most popular cloud services. It comes with the required pen and a cleaning cloth, so you can re-use these pages over and over.
Be Your Own Barista With This All-In-One Coffee Maker
After you buy this Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System, your local barista may put out an APB to figure out where you are. Why? Because now you can be your own barista: Hot beverages, cold drinks, even those fancy coffeehouse options are simple with this machine, which includes six brew sizes, five brew styles, a frother, glass carafe, and auto-IQ coffee and tea baskets.
Flex Your Green Thumb With An AeroGarden
This was my splurge purchase with my birthday money this year, and I couldn’t be more pleased. This indoor hydroponic garden from AeroGarden allows you to grow your favorite vegetables and herbs right in your kitchen. It comes with everything you need to get started, including the LED lights, a control panel that tells you when to add water or plant food, and even six herb pods. What are you waiting for — get growing!