Birdhouse's top 10 home gadgets

As we are all spending increasing amounts of our lives at home, we have put to together a list of our top, tried and tested, home gadgets to make life a little bit better and a little bit easier… because who doesn’t need that right now?!

By Laura Bird

The velvetiser

This small machine makes THE most delicious, hassle free, hot choc in just 2 ½ minutes. Adding style to your kitchen it comes in three colours, matt charcoal, shiny copper and gloss white. Hot chocolate fans get ready!!

‘Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser’ £99.95 (includes 2 ceramic mugs)

Popcorn maker

Make the most of movie nights with your own popcorn machine. They are quick, simple and fun to use, just add a handful of kennels and waited to hear them start popping! The popcorn is virtually fat-free if you want a healthy snack or for more of a treat drizzle, salt, sugar or melted butter during cooking. Kids will love this super kitchen gadget, enjoy!

We recommend ‘Vonshef Hot Air Popcorn Maker’ £22.99 (includes measuring spoon and 4 popcorn boxes)

cup of coffee in a saucer

Nespresso Citiz coffee machine

A modern, aesthetically pleasing coffee machine that makes for another stylish kitchen staple. The Nespresso Citiz produces the freshest cup of coffee and is very simple to use. Choose from 25 different blends of pods, classified according to drink type and intensity. The must have gadget for any coffee lover!

‘Nespresso Citiz Coffee Machine’ £159.99 (with milk frother £209.00)

Electronic diffuser

Transform you home with uplifting/calming/relaxing fragrances at the touch of a button. This small device really does make a huge difference, we get excited to turn ours on!

We recommend ‘Electronic Diffuser’ The White Company £65 (fragrance oil – £10 each)

The Peleton

The ultimate home workout and quite possibly the future of fitness. Choose from thousands of online classes, with whatever length, music, class type, and instructor you want. Peleton constantly monitors your personal progress and gives the option to compete and connect with others. This high-tech exercise bike is so much more than a workout in the front room!

‘Peleton’ bike prices start from £1750 (+ monthly subscription)

Dyson hair dryer

Take the effort out of having to do your own blow-dry with the Dyson hair dryer. It comes with a heat mat, a hanging hook and 3 fantastic attachments to create your desired look. It’s light weight and regulates air temperature 20 times every second as well as offering four heat settings to give hair the best protection. Make everyday a good hair day!

‘Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer’ £299.99

Dyson airwrap

We clearly have a thing for Dyson! Making salon-worthy looks achievable from home, the Airwrap is a dryer with multiple attachments that blow-dry, curl, wave and straighten without extreme heat. Not cheap but so worth the investment.

‘Dyson Airwrap Styler’ £449.99

Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa Echo

The new echo not only looks more modern but it performers better too. Larger and more powerful than previous versions, ask Alexa for sports scores, latest news, info from the internet or music/radio. She even tracks Santa on Christmas Eve!

‘Amazon Alexa Echo 4th Generation’ £89.99

A robot vacuum

An appliance that does your housework for you whilst you work from home. The robot navigates around the house using clever sensors, lasers and cameras, picking up hair, crumbs and dirt from all types of floors. All controlled for an app. What. A. Dream!

We recommend (who else?!) ‘Dyson 360 Heurist’ £799.99 

Electric toothbrush

With dental appointments currently difficult to obtain, it is more important than ever to look after your teeth. Take the hard work out of brushing with a decent electric toothbrush that will ensure whiter, cleaner teeth and the best gum health.

We recommend ‘Oral B 109’ £250.00 or ‘Phillips Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart’ £105.00