There’s a lot to love about a clean home, but doing the work to clean it is a different story. An estimated 8 in 10 Americans have at least one spot at home that’s always a mess, and 34 percent feel too overwhelmed to tackle the problem, a recent survey indicates. Fortunately, we live in a tech-first world full of gizmos that can transform our spaces from chaotic to sparkling without too much elbow grease on our parts. So if you could use an extra set of (virtual) hands to automate your chores, look no further than the devices below.
Whether you have wood, tile, or carpet floors, a robotic vacuum is a must for any living space. The iRobot Roomba is the most well-known robotic vacuum on the market, and it’s not a stretch to see why. This device comes with electronic sensors to help it navigate your home independently, cleaning the floors, steering clear of obstacles, and even accessing those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Roomba returns to its docking station to recharge for the next use when it’s finished. The most inexpensive model costs $200, or you can splurge on a Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba for about $400 and enjoy the extra convenience of turning it on from your smartphone. Either option is worth the investment.
Digital Voice Assistant
“Hey, Alexa. Make my life easier, please.” That’s exactly what a digital voice assistant is here to do—regarding your household tasks. These smart home devices retail anywhere from less than $150 to over $300, and the three main brands you’ll want to choose from are Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Microsoft Cortana. A voice assistant is an automated speaker that will perform any number of functions you ask. Just program it to respond to your voice, then tell the device to turn on the TV, play music, control the lights, make a phone call, order groceries, find information, help you remember a task, and more. This is especially useful for senior adults or anyone else with limited mobility issues.
If hauling kitchen or bathroom trash to the curb all the time is not your idea of fun, no problem—a trash compactor has you covered. This appliance reduces the size and volume of household trash, which cuts down on the number of plastic trash bags and the total amount of waste you’re contributing to landfills. Not only can this eco-conscious device help lower your carbon footprint, it will also eliminate unpleasant odors from the space while reducing those dumpster hauls from a regular chore to a monthly occurrence. It’s worth mentioning: that automatic trash compactors are not cheap ($700 to over $1,000). But efficiency and environmental sustainability are hard to beat. Plus, you won’t have to purchase any trash bags.
Auto Window Cleaner
If you think a robotic vacuum is high-tech, just wait until you meet the Winbot robotic window cleaner. Thanks to this gizmo, you won’t have to lift a finger to wipe the smudges off your window panes,window tint, which activates the microfiber pad beneath it to absorb excess moisture for a streak-less finish. Purchasing a Winbot will cost you around $400, but the convenience justifies the cost. You can even operate this device remotely through a mobile app on your smartphone—what could be easier, right?
Plant Watering Tray
Decorating your home with indoor plants can yield various wellness benefits, from enhancing air quality, reducing stress levels, and promoting healthy sleep. But as any plant enthusiast will tell you, keeping them alive is often harder than it seems. The trick is to achieve the right water balance—too much will oversaturate the roots, while not enough will cause the leaves to wilt. This can be a hassle, but the Tableau House Plant Watering Tray removes all the guesswork with a unique irrigation system miming nature’s dry-wet cycle to sense when your plants need water. All you have to do is fill the reservoir periodically, then Tableau will take care of the rest for about a month of automatic watering.
These Gadgets Will Take the Effort Out of Household Chores
The fact is, sometimes you can’t be bothered to clean. Not that you don’t appreciate a tidy home environment, but all the effort wears you out just thinking about it. And this is where technology comes to the rescue. From vacuuming floors and scrubbing windows to compacting trash and watering plants to helping you remember critical information, these devices will streamline your life—and let’s be honest, we could all use more of that.