Technology is meant to help take the load off your shoulders. It’s why so many people use smartphones, computers, snow blowers, harvesting equipment and automated systems.
But you don’t need to spend big money for convenience. Tons of affordable gadgets can help you get ready for your day, enjoy healthy and flavorful herbs, access your home with ease and even charge enough devices at once to keep the whole family happy.
So, what amazing tech is out there, just waiting to change your life? Here are 15 gadgets guaranteed to do all the hard work for you.
Promising review: The alarm clock works excellent, it's easy to set the time and alarms, the wireless charger works perfectly with my galaxy s20+ and my galaxy buds+. 100% recommended.
Promising review: This is a "where have you been all my life" item. I can no longer use a manual can opener and trying to hold larger cans for electric can opener, not happening. This opener is a breeze to use. The on/off button is sensitive and does not need a lot of strength to initiate and stop. It is lightweight and easy to hold. The fact that the cut edges are not sharp is wonderful. Being able to use the top of the can to reclose, for any reason, is a plus.
Promising review: This solved my problem where my gobbler would eat my grazer's food. It works perfectly! My cat took to it really quickly. My other cat just can't seem to figure out why it doesn't open for him as well. It's quite funny watching him walk over to it all the time wanting it to open for him.
Promising review: I love being able to control the humidifier from my phone. Setting up schedules within the app is easy, intuitive, and incredibly useful! The humidifier is almost silent when running at max humidity level.
Promising review: This is a great little remote. I have it on my nightstand and it makes it very easy to open and close my curtains. I love the audible beep after you press so you know that you pressed. I also find it to be very fast. Impressive little product.
Promising review: I'm a big fan of Anker products, and this is among their best. If you need a travel charger or a portable battery backup, this is a no-brainer. Also, it charges other devices at a pretty fast rate.
Promising review: I know it’s a garbage can but I LOVE it. I bought 2 — one for trash and one for recycling. I love the square shape and can fit both side by side in my kitchen. It has totally helped my family actually recycle having it so conveniently located. (Yes they’re lazy.) The step cans never lasted in our house — always breaking so the automatic lids are great!
Promising review: Knowing that I can open/close the door from anywhere feels nice and gives a little peace of mind. This is especially so for the Key delivery service from Amazon since I know the packages I am expecting are delivered inside my garage and I don't need to worry about the Porch Pirates scoring my booty again and again.
Promising review: I wish I had had this six months ago and it might have saved me over $11,000. ... Even a chance at this working is worth the cost ... when without it I have already paid over $11,000 and the bill is not even [paid off] yet.
Promising review: This is literally exactly what I was looking for, but better! I wanted something that would automatically press the button to unlock the downstairs door from my phone (so that I wouldn't have to sprint like a madman to the other end of the house to hit it) and this does the trick exactly. Not only can I buzz open the downstairs door from inside, but ALSO from outside, eliminating the need to mess with keys. This device is genius. Pure genius.
Promising review: I’ve always wanted a digitized security lock ... Its sleek design adds a nice touch to my office’s overall style. It’s got keyhole, keypad and fingerprint reader and I can give different personnel access and schedule in the app. Very useful stuff. It’s also easy to install ... I recommend it to anyone who is looking for extra security and easy management at [my] fingertips.
Promising review: I bought this to plug in some arcade cabinets. I can individually name each plug, so I can turn on just one machine I want to play with my voice. I also created a group called arcade, so just asking Alexa to turn on the arcade turns all 3 of them on at the same time.
Promising review: I got this as a birthday present for my husband, the classic man who's impossible to buy for, and he was thrilled with it. He's a by-the-numbers kind of guy, and followed the directions carefully. As a result, all 6 of the herbs have germinated, and we are already using some of them (basil, thyme and dill) only 3 weeks later.