Living in a small apartment can be tough, even for the most organised person. Either you’re forced to live a “minimalist” lifestyle or you end up piling one thing on top of another, and before you know it, you’ve forgotten what your sofa looks like. To help you avoid living like you’re in a bad episode of Hoarders, we’ve scoured the internet to find the coolest home gadgets to perfectly fit your humble abode.
1. POUT NOSE1 Air Purifier
Having an air purifier can work wonders when it comes to combating dust particles, bacteria build-up, and pesky allergies. While it’s useful to have one in a small home where these problems are magnified, these home gadgets often take up a lot of space. Enter the POUT NOSE1 Air Purifier, which has a lot more to it than just a cutesy name. With a 360-degree ventilation system, sleek simplistic design, and a long-lasting filtration core, this lean, mean, cleaning machine can get rid of up to 95 percent of dust and bacteria in the air. Having a bad allergy day at the office? This baby is powered by USB connection, which means you can pretty much take it with you anywhere you go.
How much: $538–$698
2. Philips Air Fryer
Hands down, air fryers are one of the most useful tools to have in the kitchen. This nifty home gadget provides a healthy alternative to traditional frying methods, since it uses hot air to cook foods with little or no added oil, while still keeping the crispy results we all love! Our favourite is the Philips Air Fryer, the OG on the market. All you need to do is set the right temperature, prep the timer, and kick back until your dinner is served. Can it do a whole spring chicken with veggie sides? Yup, just pop it in for about 15 minutes. Can it do fries? You bet. What about heating up leftovers? Can, can, can. This wonder gadget rivals even the best of tabletop ovens.
How much: $1,998
3. Aspara Nature Smart Hydroponic Grower
What do you get when you put together LED grow lights, an automatic watering network, and a smart hydroponics set-up? A connected control system for an indoor garden to grow your own vegetables, of course! Aspara is the newest home gadget to have for growing herbs and vegetables with no need for any chemicals or pesticides, or even soil—for those who cannot abide by mess. It uses 90 percent less water than conventional farming and yields 50 percent faster plant growth. Best of all, it’s much cheaper than buying your vegetables every day and you don’t have to do anything but wait! We’re on board with this mini farm that doubles as a lovely tabletop decoration in your home.
How much: $3,600
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4. Smart Frog Electric Clothes Dryer
Accidentally smudged some lipstick on your favourite dress just before going out? Or did you forget to wash your lucky shirt before a big day? If you don’t have the luxury of owning a tumble dryer at home—this is Hong Kong, after all—then this Smart Frog dryer gadget is the answer. Simply hang your washed item of clothing onto the hanger, press a button, and your clothes will be clean and dry in no time. This magic hanger can even dry your soggy shoes on a rainy day, and is portable too, making it perfect for those who love to live and travel light.
How much: RMB¥138–RMB¥188
5. AVITA Loona Smart Mirror
How smart can a mirror be? You’d be surprised. AVITA features an HD touch screen integrated into a mirror to offer you endless possibilities of a smart home, wherever you hang it in the house. There are weather forecasts, news updates, movies, and music—you name it! It combines almost all of the functions of a smartphone, making itself using in the living room, bedroom, and also the bathroom. Music in the shower is literally the dream, so we guess you won’t be needing that gigantic TV after all.
How much: $5,980
6. Ring Video Doorbell 2
A smart way to ensure reliable home security is to install a Ring Video Doorbell, where you can see, hear, and speak with anyone in front of your door from wherever you are. It’s basically like a peephole that’s condensed into an app, so you can answer the door from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Not only does it make your front door more formidable, it also saves you from missing parcel deliveries when you are not home. You can also let friends hang out in your house if you are just on the way back, or check out the pizza guy before you open the door—wink wink!
How much: $1,950
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7. Panasonic IH Daily Hot Plate
Ladies and gents, this is no ordinary hot plate. Forget about finding storage space for all your different pots and pans—Panasonic’s IH Daily Hot Plate is the ultimate kitchen gadget to have. With its top-of-the-line induction cooking technology, you can pretty much fry, steam, and boil anything you like. Afterwards, all you have to do is simply wipe down the cooker surface, and you’ll be done with cleaning up. Why worry about dirty dishes piling up in the sink when you can spend that time catching up on the latest Netflix shows?
How much: JP¥47,990
8. Studio 3B™ 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set
Need some extra storage space under the bed? The Studio 3B™ 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set—boy, that name certainly is a mouthful—is a simple, yet practical gadget that every small home should have. With the ability to fit onto any sort of bed frame, this bed-raising gadget is embedded with two USB outlets and two US Type B power outlets (sorry guys, you’ll need an adapter for this one), while giving you extra 7 inches (in height) of storage space underneath your bed. Just promise us you won’t start sweeping al your belongings under there and call it tidying up!
How much: US$29.99
9. RSH Smart Bulb
A RSH Smart Light Bulb is exactly what you need to make a space feel more like home. With a mobile app that is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you can simply slot the light bulb in anywhere inside your home and operate it from your phone. With a whole colour wheel for you to choose from, customise your living or sleeping atmosphere according to your mood and needs—maybe classic pink for date night, orange just before you sleep, or even a bit of blue when you are watching films. Just the thing to make your small home a little bit more cosy and personal.
How much: $238
10. Rasonic Mini Cube Dishwasher
Even with all the gadgets in the world, sometimes a little washing up is unavoidable. That’s when having a dishwasher can come in handy—except that your minuscule kitchen can barely handle your home gadgets as it is. Enter the Rasonic Mini Cube Dishwasher—compact, easy to use, with no installations needed. Don’t be fooled by its size either, as this tabletop device can hold plates and utensils for up to a four-person meal. Cleaning up after a dinner party will be the least of your worries. Oh, and did we mention it automatically sterilises and dry everything for you too? Amazing.
How much: $1,980
Originally published on October 10, 2018 by Jenny Leung. Updated on 14 August, 2019 by Ching Yuen.
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