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Handy Gadgets For An Efficient Home

Tech to make your life easier and greener

From eco-friendly air fryers and smart thermostats to stove fans and reusable homeware, here are some practical and handy gadgets for the home.

Handy Gadgets For An Efficient Home

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Silver reusable straw

Fortnum & Mason

Silver Plated Straw, £17.95, fortnumandmason.com

If you fancy a luxurious reusable straw, take a look at this one from Fortnum & Mason. It’s silver plated and can be reused time and time again, eliminating the need for the single-use plastic variety.

Yellow beeswax wraps with a green and orange print


BeeBee & Leaf Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps Woodland – Family Pack of 5, £19.99, lakeland.co.uk

Bid goodbye to clingfilm and say hello to beeswax food wraps. Made in the UK from organic cotton, and coated with British beeswax, they are a brilliant, natural and reusable alternative to single-use plastic. These are printed using organic fabric dyes and come in a pack of five.

Black mini stove fan


4 Blade Stove Fan with Temperature Gauge, £49.99, vonhaus.com

Simply place this aluminium fan on top of a freestanding stove or log burner to help to maximise airflow and distribute heat effectively around the room. The thermoelectric module acts as a mini generator, powering the fan’s motor and creating motion – so no batteries or plugs are required. As the fan heats up, it will spin automatically, with a maximum airflow of 180CFM and starting temperature of 50 degrees.

Simba organic sustainable mattress


Simba Green Organic GO Hybrid Mattress, from £1,579, simbasleep.com

Buy well, buy once: this mattress is Simba’s most sustainable and organic mattress yet. It’s crafted from layers of 100 percent recyclable materials to provide support and cooling and to help relieve pressure, for the most comfortable, deep sleep. What’s more, it comes via a carbon neutral delivery service. Team with one of Simba’s new bed bases to complete the look.

Smart light bulb with yellow branded box


Smart Bulb, £12.99, heyimhome.co.uk

The Smart Bulb E27 and B22 is not only smart, but energy-efficient too, offering a lifespan of over 25,000 hours. These bulbs are super simple to install and partner seamlessly with Amazon Alexa and Google Home to help schedule your lighting.

White thermostat and branded box


Starter Kit: Wired Smart Thermostat V3+, £179.99, tado.com

To set up this easy-to-use smart thermostat, simply download the app and follow the step-by-step installation guide to begin powering your heating via your phone. The thermostat comes in a wireless model too.

Silver bin with automatic lid opening

Simple Human

Touch-Bar Stainless Steel Recycling Bin, £194, selfridges.com 

This slick stainless steel recycling bin has a 48L capacity as well as a handy touch-bar mechanism. No more fumbling with clunky bin lids.

Foil radiator quilt


Versatile Insulation Roll, £125, dunelm.com

A handy hack that’s taken over TikTok is foil insulation rolls. Designed to be a reflective barrier, they can be placed behind your radiator to reflect heat back into the room. This one has six layers and comes in at a thickness of 15mm which compresses down to 6mm.

Pink Hetty vacuum

Hetty Eco

Bagged Vacuum Cleaner with Deluxe Accessory Kit, £119.99, lakeland.co.uk

Move over Henry: Eco Hetty is in town. It features a high-efficiency motor that uses 30 percent less energy compared to other models. It also has an EcoBrush to remove dust, dirt and hair, and comes with an array of add-ons. At a 6L capacity, it’s easy to move around and simple to empty. It even comes with a Lakeland three-year guarantee.


Orbi™ Quad-band WiFi 6E Mesh System, 10.8Gbps, Router + 2 Satellites, £1,699.99, netgear.com

This award-winning WiFi system is powerful, smooth, and ultra-fast. Offering reliable WiFi throughout the house, it offers combined speeds of up to 10.8Gbps that can cover up to 7,500sqft. Say goodbye to buffering: from here on out you’ll have the smoothest streaming from movies to conference calls. For best results, place evenly around the house in open areas – think on a bookshelf or worktop rather than inside a cupboard.

Black air fryer on marble countertop


Air Fry Oven, 12L, £129.99, lakeland.co.uk

The gadget of the season, air fryers have recently been in high demand – and it’s easy to see why. This multi-functional air fry oven by Lakeland boasts an extra-large 12-litre capacity and has 10 pre-set programmes allowing you to cook a range of dishes, from brownies to a classic Sunday roast.

Matte black kettle and 2-slice toaster


Kettle and 2 Slot Toaster Set in Black, £179.90, zwilling.com

Zwilling’s efficient kettle features a plastic dual-wall body, keeping water heated for longer while the kettle remains cool to touch on the outside. If you’re sick of limescale, you’re in luck, as the stainless-steel container has a built-in limescale filter. There are also safety features including restricted lid opening to prevent billowing steam as well as an automatic shut-off if the kettle overheats. For toast connoisseurs, this set also includes a two-slice toaster which auto-adjusts to ensure your toast is evenly brown all over. It dons three settings – thaw, warm and bagel – and also has an auto shut-off safety feature which prevents burnt toast.

Grey saucepans on counter with vegetables and wooden spoon beside


Earth Non-Stick Pan – 3 Piece Saucepan Set, £140, dunelm.com

Part of the Earth Pan range, this grey set consists of three saucepans with shatterproof glass lids. Each is made from a recycled aluminium body with recycled plastic handles and features toxic-free, non-stick ceramic. The pans are dishwasher safe and compatible with all hobs including induction hobs. 

Silver Ninja cooker with black accents


Foodi 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker 6L OP350UK, £179.99, ninjakitchen.co.uk

Truly a one-pot wonder, Ninja claims you can save up to 45 percent on your energy bills with this Foodi 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker. There are nine cooking functions including Pressure Cook, Air Fry, Slow Cook, Steam, Bake/Roast, Sear/Sauté, Grill, Yoghurt and Dehydrate, allowing you to make a whole host of meals, sides, and puddings. Think everything from roast chicken to chips and cherry cobbler.