8 Classy, High-Tech Home Upgrades

Over the past several years, there has been a boom in home technology adoption, with homeowners continuing to buy up the newest tech-inspired products that help to make their lives more entertaining and, ultimately, more efficient. 

From smart home systems like Amazon Echo and Google Home to robotic vacuums and security systems, there are seemingly countless ways to literally put control of your home at your fingertips.

Of course, with a wealth of options now on the market, the trick is to find an intuitive system that integrates seamless functionality without sacrificing aesthetics. Here are eight, classy, high-tech upgrades that won’t clash with your home’s interior design.

1. LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Refrigerator

LG introduced this refrigerator at CES 2017 — and it’s certainly one of the newest must-haves in smart home technology. Amazingly, this refrigerator features a touchscreen that can display your current stock of food and beverages without you having to actually open it. 

At the store and forgot if you already have enough eggs, milk or bread? No worries. The Instaview can snap a photo of the inside of your fridge, so you can quickly determine what you need to buy versus what can wait. Another major selling point is the Instaview’s full Alexa integration, which allows you to easily order groceries directly from the touchscreen.

2. Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

The minimal interface of the Ecobee4 is so sleekly designed that you almost forget how much it can do to make your home more comfortable. Additionally, this version has a built-in Alexa integration and a remote sensor that can detect and adjust the temperature accordingly within individual rooms of your home.

3. JBL Speakers

JBL Bluetooth speakers are perfect for listening to music by the pool or around the house. In fact, this portable line of sturdy and splash-proof speakers are small enough that they won’t overtake your décor, yet will deliver an immensely clear stereo sound. The Xtreme version features a 10,00mAh Li-ion battery that will allow you to enjoy listening to your tunes for hours and hours.

4. Samsung KS8500 4K TV

The newest offering in TV technology is the curved screen. Not only does this angular upgrade look beautiful, but it also solves some practical problems, too. One of Samsung’s newest models, the KS8500, allows you to view the TV screen from virtually anywhere in a room and cuts down on glare from lights and sunshine.

5. Netgear Arlo Pro

This unassuming surveillance camera from Netgear features wireless connectivity, making it easy to install and access from anywhere. Additionally, the Arlo Pro can fit seamlessly into your home and includes two-way audio and recording functionality triggered by sound. Still not sold? One other great feature is its USB connection that allows you to store video on a USB drive rather than from the cloud.

6. Philips Hue White Light Bulbs

Light bulbs may not seem like an exciting new technology, but Philips Hue White bulbs feature a hub that allows you to connect to a smart home system, meaning you can turn on and off your lights from virtually anywhere. This is especially helpful when you’re on vacation or away from home longer than expected.

7. Sleep Number Bed

Not only does this Sleep Number bed allow you to customize the comfort level on one or both sides of the bed from your smartphone, it’s also packed with a slew of other smart technology that will track — and even help to improve — the quality and length of your sleep.

8. Moneual Rydis H68 Pro

Robotic vacuums have been around for some time, but Moneual has rolled out a new model that’s truly worth your wallet’s consideration. This device vacuums and mops your floors — at the same time — and can keep tabs of which areas of your home it has already cleaned. No one wants to clean the same spot twice, right? Finally, run the robotic vacuum at night and marvel at its ability to nestle back into its charging base by the next morning.

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