5 Cool Home Tech Trends Right Now

5 Cool Home Tech Trends Right Now

Technology can do some amazing things — especially for homeowners. Don’t like cleaning? Let a robot do it. Hate to cook? There’s tech for that, too. Want to steer clear of illness? There are home tech trends that have you covered.

It sounds futuristic, but these are technologies that are available right now — and not for some crazy price either (at least most of the time).

1. Self-emptying robot vacuums

Robot vacuums have been around for a while, but the newest models take automated cleaning to a new level. Now, these little babies don’t just clean your floors for you; they also have a built-in disposal system, so there’s no more emptying, bagging, or mess. 

2. Sanitizing UV lights.

With COVID-19 still a concern for many Americans, UV sanitizing lights have been a popular home tech trend this year with homeowners. These can sanitize entire rooms, destroying germs and bacteria in just minutes. Most only cost a few hundred dollars, too.

3. Touchless everything.

This home tech trend is pandemic-driven, too. In an effort to reduce transferred germs and viruses, many homeowners (and home builders) are installing touchless features — things like touchless faucets, door handles, doorbells, light switches, and sometimes even toilets. Some manufacturers have even made touchless appliances, like dishwashers and ovens.

4. Connected, smart refrigerators.

Smart fridges are pretty amazing things. Many connect to mobile apps, so you can always see what’s there — or what you need to pick up at the store — and some even let you order groceries or find recipes via a touchscreen, too. Another cool feature? Expiration date monitoring. (Never worry about drinking spoiled milk again!)

5. Crazy kitchen gadgets.

Want a sweet treat without any work? Instant ice cream makers like ColdSnap are an option. These work much like a Kuerig, using a pod-like system to produce smoothies, ice cream, yogurt, and even cocktails.

Other home tech trends include automatic pan stirrers, app-based meat thermometers, and even pans with embedded sensors that ensure you don’t undercook (or overcook) your meal.

If you’re thinking of upgrading the technology in your home, a cash-out refinance may be able to help you pay for it. Get in touch with an Embrace Home Loans office in your area to discuss your options or see if you’re eligible.

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By Aly Yale / May 17th, 2021 / Categories: / Tags:

Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer focusing on real estate, mortgage, and the housing market. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Bankrate, The Motley Fool, Business Insider, The Balance, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as an editor and reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She graduated from Texas Christian University's Bob Schieffer College of Communication with a major in radio-TV-film and news-editorial journalism. Connect with her at AlyJYale.com or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.