Which home gadgets will Londoners be buying in 2020?
The smart home has been a thing for a while. And, whether or not you like the idea of controlling your lights, heating and doorbell with your phone, this type of tech innovation seems here to stay. But what are the new smart tech devices we’ll be embracing during the 2020s? The Evening Standard Homes & Property has been investigating, and here are five you might want to consider.
1 LG Signature R9 “rollable” TV
If you find a traditional telly a bit of an eyesore, LG have announced the first rollable OLED TV. The flexible, 0.2mm screen can disappear into a discreet, minimalist table, which responds to voice commands. Price to be confirmed.
2 Google Nest speakers
These compact, mini speakers can be wall-mounted and come in attractive fabric covers – made from recycled plastic water bottles. With built-in Google Assistant you can control smart home appliances (doorbell, smoke alarms, central heating thermostat, Philips Hue light bulbs and more) and, of course, play music or search the internet. Prices start at £49.
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3 MiniBrew Craft hi-tech home beer kit
Home brewing has come a long way since the 1970s. This Dutch, hops-to-glass machine, lets you brew five litres of craft ale from raw ingredients – in much the same way as a Nespresso machine makes your coffee. It even comes with a traditional-looking, copper-coloured keg and you can keep your home brew for up to three months in a built-in cooler. The device will set you back around £1,020.
4 LG Styler steam closet
A wardrobe which cleans your clothes while they hang there really is a revolutionary idea. This new steam closet refreshes clothes in as little as 20 minutes, banishing odours, removing creases and probably making a big difference to your dry-cleaning bill. It’s priced at £1,899.
5 Ikea Oddlaug sound-absorbing panels
If you’re plagued by noisy neighbours, this economical solution from Ikea could be for you. These sound-absorbing panels fit together to create a wall hanging in a design of your choice while blocking out unwanted noise. They cost £25 for a pack of 15.
Read about more innovative products in this Homes & Property article.