SMART HOME & LIV­ING

Up­grade your house with the best tech for mon­i­tor­ing se­cu­rity and sav­ing en­ergy, plus lifestyle lux­u­ries to make life eas­ier

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VOICE AS­SIS­TANT

GOOGLE HOME

Google’s home as­sis­tant is be­ing wo­ven into more and more de­vices, but the orig­i­nal Home tower is still one of the best to get. An at­trac­tive de­sign and pleas­ing sound make it a mod­ern must-have.

$79, store.google.com

SMART DOORBELL

RING VIDEO DOORBELL 2

Part mo­tion-de­tect­ing se­cu­rity cam­era, part ring-any­where doorbell, the Video Doorbell 2 alerts you via your smart­phone when you have a vis­i­tor – and you can two-way talk even if you’re not home. $329, ring.com

LIFESTYLE WI-FI CAM­ERA

NEST CAM

This in­door cam streams sharp HD video to your phone or com­puter, and can alert you when it senses mo­tion or sound, so you can tune in – with an 8x zoom and 130-de­gree view, you won’t miss a thing. $319, nest.com/au

KET­TLE

BRE­VILLE SMART KET­TLE

The per­fect cup of tea re­quires care­ful tem­per­a­ture con­trol. The Bre­ville ket­tle of­fers five op­tions de­pend­ing on your de­sired brew, and can keep it­self nicely warm for 20 min­utes.

$169.95, bre­ville.com.au

SMART PLUG

BELKIN WEMO IN­SIGHT SWITCH

This isn’t just a way to switch your de­vices on and off (though it does do that); the WeMo also keeps close tabs on your en­ergy us­age, so you can see just how much that tum­ble dryer is cost­ing you. $69.95, belkin.com/au

MAN­UAL VACCUUM

DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL AN­I­MAL UP­RIGHT

Heavy, yes, but the suc­tion the Cinetic Big Ball gen­er­ates is be­yond com­pare, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing its unique skill at deal­ing with pet hair.

$799, dyson.com.au

SMART LIGHT­ING SYS­TEM

PHILIPS HUE

Philips is the big name in smart light­ing, thanks to a flex­i­ble, ex­pand­able sys­tem. Great app con­trol, clever light­ing op­tions and in­te­gra­tions with other smart home de­vices make it the bright­est of the bunch. From $144, meethue.com/en-au

RO­BOT VACCUUM

iROBOT ROOMBA 980

Strong suc­tion, brush­less ex­trac­tors and clever nav­i­ga­tion mean this Wi-Fi­con­nected vac can take care of just about any clean­ing need. You can con­trol it via Alexa or Google As­sis­tant, too.

$1,199, irobot.com.au

SMART SE­CU­RITY CAM­ERA

NETGEAR ARLO PRO

With a bat­tery last­ing months in­side each cam­era, the Arlo sys­tem does away with the painful process of wiring your se­cu­rity cam­eras, and you get seven-day cloud stor­age of mo­tion-de­tected record­ings. $799 (two cam­eras), arlo.com/au

COF­FEE MA­CHINE

GAGGIA NAVIGLIO

Ev­ery­thing you need to cre­ate a de­li­cious bean-to-cup brew at an en­try-level price. Gaggia’s pedi­gree is all poured into this qual­ity espresso maker, and proves you don’t need to spend a cent more.

$990, gaggia.com

WEATHER STA­TION

NETATMO WEATHER STA­TION Netatmo’s out­door sen­sor pulls in met­rics about tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity and more, but it’s the in­door sen­sor, which keeps tabs on the air qual­ity and CO2 lev­els in your home, com­pletes the pack­age. $299.99, netatmo.com

PRES­SURE WASHER

KAERCHER K7

By us­ing mul­ti­ple pres­sure lay­ers and an ad­justable spray lance, Kaercher’s pre­mium water blaster cleans ef­fi­ciently and quickly, with enough op­tions avail­able to scrub just about any sur­face or ve­hi­cle. $994, kaercher.com

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