We'd be the last people to claim that we're up to date on the latest home gadgets out there. It seems new products are release each and every week and advances in technology are changing things so much faster than we can keep up with. Now, not everything is useful, and you should definitely not fall into the trap of feeling you need to get the latest products that might not even get used. But there are at least a handful of great products that can make your apartment much easier to live in and enjoy. From technology to just plain convenience items, here are the seven best new products we've come across on the web.
hOmeLabs 21 Gallon Automatic Trash Can
Who says a trash can has to be ugly, gross, and manual only? The new generation of automatic trash cans keeps your fingers away from the lid. This 21-gallon beauty has a split door and its own infrared sensor that can be adjusted for side or top activation. You can also use it manually if you so choose, but we're not sure why when the included AC adapter or battery operation means no touchie. There's even a smart bag retainer ring that keeps the garbage bag hidden for a cleaner view and easier bag removal. It's so cool to use, you'll find a reason to make more trash. Resist the urge.
Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor
Indoor air quality is a big deal. Just because you think your home is clean doesn't mean it is. You might even have an air purifier, but to really know for sure, get a monitor that tells you what you're breathing in. The Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor tracks and measures particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, humidity, and temperature. The color coded LED display will tell you if you're good or if you need to improve the quality, and you get warnings on your Alexa smartphone app. It also works with other Alexa-enabled devices such as air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and fans to improve the air. Brilliant.
Laiya Full Length LED Mirror with Automatic Sensor
This full length mirrors is more than just a reflection of who you are. It illuminates you without your having to touch it. The smart sensor picks up your presence and turns on when you are about three feet away from the sensor. You don't even have to turn on the room light to see what you look like, which makes things that much more convenient. When you walk away, it will turn off slowly an dautomatically. You'll want to use it so much that everyone will think you're vain. Oh well.
Meshforce Mesh WiFi System M3s Suite
Old routers are a thing of the past because of their uneven distribution of the signal. A good mesh system evens things out and even sends the signal to the furthest reaches of your apartment. One of the best reviewed and most affordable systems is the Meshforce's Flagship Mesh WiFi: It can provide gigabit ethernet speeds and can manage up to 60 devices (please tell us you don't have that many on at the same time). Setting up the M3s WiFi system takes only 10 minutes, and you can manage everything remotely through the accompanying app. Perhaps the best part is the fact that you can manage your kids' Internet access individually. Oh, relish the power.
Midea 12,000 BTU Smart Inverter Window Air Conditioner
Most portable window AC units are ugly, noisy, and inefficient. This is the new generation. The Midea Smart Inverter unity is 9 times quieter than a normal window unit (yes, you can finally hear yourself think!). The U-shape design actually allows you to bring your window down to shield you from outside noises, and the design minimizes vibration. With the advanced DC Inverter technology, the unit will save you up to 35% in energy costs and qualifies as the first window AC unit to receive the Energy Star rating. Almost as vital is the Wi-Fi connection and operation via the MideaAir app on iOS or Android. It even runs via voice command through Alexa or Google Assistant.