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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, 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, 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,, 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, sam­, 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, to clean up while you nurse that hang­over.

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