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Smart Design With Suzette: Welcome To My (Smart) House

on July 7, 2017 - 8:30am

Perfect Bake Pro. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If there one thing that’s hotter than ever right now, it’s a Smart home. Once a year I write about the hottest technology in a wired home, but this list is quite interesting – especially if you like to cook, bake, clean, or like to live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of the best smart home devices of 2017.

COOKING

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology $200


When it comes to smoking ribs or other meats in the backyard, you’ve typically got two choices, charcoal or gas, and neither is perfect. It’s possible that this smoker is, since you control the temp remotely, using apps for iOS or Android. You just wait for the app to tell you when the food is ready. Inside there is 725 square inches of cooking space on four chrome racks that are easy to clean. Fill the smoker box with wood chips and it will work for nearly seven hours without a refill.

June Intelligent Oven $1500
The June is a smart countertop oven that comes with an array of high-tech features including Wi-Fi, a camera, and artificial intelligence that allow it to weigh, monitor and cook just about anything without requiring much input from you at all. All you have to do is pop in what you want to eat, wait until the oven asks if the food is indeed what it thinks it is, select how you’d like it cooked and let it do its thing. The results are spectacular for fish, meat, vegetables and even Eggo waffles.

Perfect Bake Pro $70
The Perfect Bake Pro takes out the guesswork and risk when baking. It’s a baking scale connected to an app to help newbies (and seasoned bakers alike) get everything just right when it comes to kitchen chemistry. Just follow the app as the scale measures everything you add. As long as you can tell salt from sugar, you’re probably going to be just fine.

CLEANING

Eufy RoboVac 11 $219
With high-end models going for as much as $1,000, robot vacuums aren’t exactly an expense that’s easy to justify. So it’s a pleasant surprise that this vac is a quiet, efficient robotic vacuum cleaner that costs just $219.00, an absolute bargain by market standards. It lacks the Wi-Fi connectivity you find in pricier bots and you’ll occasionally need to rescue it from tricky-to-navigate areas, but when it comes to cleaning, the RoboVac 11 does its job quite well. If you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, it delivers strong bang for your buck.


Neato Botvac Connected $630
Neato’s Botvac Connected has a laser-guided navigation system that can map out a floor plan for the best cleaning route based on doors, furniture placement and walls. It’s U-shape design means it can get into tight corners and against walls in a way circular robots can’t. It also features built-in Wi-Fi for app control with your smartphone, so you can turn it on no matter where you are and come back to a clean home.

iRobot Braava Jet 240 $170
A vacuuming robot isn’t enough these days. Don’t you want your floors mopped as well? iRobot’s will do exactly that. It’s small, quiet and perfect for apartment dwellers without a lot of floor space or time to clean it. It sprays a jet of water to clean deep and can even do damp sweeping, like a Swiffer.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

QardioBase Smart Scale $130
Using technology at home to be healthier just makes good sense. For tracking fat, BMI, water, muscle mass, bone composition and even pregnancy, look no further than this smart scale.  It shares the info it reads with a smartphone app for your easy access. Plus, it just looks great.


Jawbone UP3 Fitness Band $180
The Jawbone UP3 is a high tech fitness band. You can integrate it with Samsung’s SmartThings (Smart Home HUB) so that when you wake up it will turn on the downstairs lights and start brewing coffee.

OUTDOOR

Robomow RS622 $1700
Robot lawn mowers don’t come cheap, but they definitely come in handy. This model is good for handling up to 23,000 square feet (other models available for different sized lawns.)  Once you go through the process of setting up a perimeter to let the mower go on its automated cutting pattern, it’s dual (two-season) cutting blades spin at 4,000 rpm, mulching grass back into the soil so there’s no need for cleaning up or dumping bags of grass.

How smart is your home? Raise your home’s IQ with these smart home gadgets.

Feel free to contact Los Alamos Interior Designer Suzette Fox to help with your home.

Find her on Facebook at facebook.com/SuzetteFoxInteriorDesign and on her website www.suzettefoxinteriors.com


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