SMART HOME SURGERY
Our resident experts dish out the answers to your smart home queries
A Matt Bolton replies: How much are you looking to invest, Louie? Because there’s truly a sliding scale of kit that you could lean on here. Start with the atmosphere. Sharp multi-room audio is a must to avoid clashing sounds. Scattering a few units of the deliciously rich Sonos One (£195, sonos.com) around is the perfect choice, particularly as its Alexa functionality means it’ll be useful later on…
Similarly, lighting can make or break a house party. If you’re not one for feature lighting, something like the LI FX Beam (£199, lifx.com) might not be the sharpest investment, but switching your ceiling lights for something that can pull double duty as both party mood lighting and practical family illumination is a good choice. We’d opt for the ever-reliable Philips Hue Colour Ambiance Starter Kit (£169.99, philips.co.uk), in Party mode.
Everything else will likely be on the kitchen end of the equation. Maybe a smart fridge, like the Samsung Family Hub (£3,499, samsung.com/uk), which has cameras inside to monitor remaining booze levels, and a tech-infused oven like the Samsung NV 73J9WIFI (£1,299) to keep an eye on those nibbles. And don’t forget the morning after – use a Dyson 360 Eye (£799, dyson.com) to clean up while you nurse that hangover.