Brit + Co's Smart Home Guide for a Connected House

It’s no secret that technology makes life easier, and you have an arsenal of gadgets on you 'round-the-clock to prove it. But are you up-to-date on the latest tech tools to keep your home running like a well-oiled machine? With new items debuting almost daily, we took a deep dive into the best ones that have all the bells and whistles you *actually* need. Starting in the kitchen, you'll learn about state-of-the-art products that make meal prep a breeze. In your bedroom and bathroom, a few sleek amenities can speed-up your routine. For the living room, we highlighted swaps that help you lounge hands-free; and outside, where maintenance and entertaining can be automated. If you’re ready to ditch the old and bring in the new, scroll below to see the smart home products worth plugging into.

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It’s time to have a kitchen that doesn’t make cooking feel like a chore. Simplify your life with an audio-command microwave (“Alexa, warm my lasagna”) or a high-powered sous vide tool that prepares gourmet, hands-free meals. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a refrigerator that makes shopping lists for you or a coffee maker that brews a latte from your phone. Scroll on for all of these time-saving gadgets — and more!

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Your bedroom should be an oasis, not an area where you deal with inconveniences. Deck it out with techy items, like a mattress that monitors your snooze, a bulb that dims with a voice command, or a full-length mirror that doubles as an interactive gym. They'll help you keep it streamlined (and ensure you’re never the last one out of bed turning off the light again.)

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Quality lounge time and R&R starts with smart products that take care of everything you’d have to get off the couch for. Turn on your favorite flick with voice command, and lower the shades the same way. Ask Alexa to silence calls, while your robot vacuum takes care of the cleaning. If you’re ready for effortless relaxing or entertaining, check out the awesome digital upgrades in the slideshow above.

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And let’s not forget about the bathroom. You can integrate tech items into your morning routine that'll make getting ready a breeze: Like a mirror that tells you what products to use on your skin, a scale that gives you health information beyond your poundage, or programmed outlets that turn off your straightener for you. Scroll through to see everything that will get you out the door quicker (and more flawless) than ever before.

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Between all the home security and smart gardening options available, it can be tough to know which outdoor tech goods to splurge on. With these finds, you can swap your old-school hose sprinkler with one controlled from your phone, monitor all the critter (or intruder) happenings around your house, or flip burgers on a grill that texts you as you go about your business.

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