Push a button, tap a screen, say a command -- that's all it takes these days to have virtually anything you want at your fingertips. While some products out there may seem superfluous -- looking at you, bluetooth fidget spinners -- others actually can make your life easier. We scoured the web to find some of our favorite tech gadgets that are worth the cost to improve your quality of life.
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it from Best Buy
Why We Love It: Not having to fumble with a chord is a definite perk with this wireless charging pad. Just place your phone on top and it does all the work. Reviewers say that it works great with the newest Samsung and iPhones, and it can also charge through heavy-duty phone cases.
Est. Price: $60 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: The Kindle e-reader makes reading accessible anywhere, which is always a good thing. The single battery charge can last weeks, and it can hold thousands of books. Plus e-books are typically cheaper than hard or paperback versions.
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Est. Price: $20 | Buy it from Walmart
Why We Love It: A wireless keyboard is practically a must-have item these days. It saves desk space, eliminates chord chaos, and makes it easier to work from anywhere. This Logitech is a best seller, and comes with a wireless mouse as well.
Est. Price: $30 | Buy it on Newegg
Why We Love It: While some laptops come equipped with multiple USB ports, many do not. A hub is crucial for when you're working remotely and are in need of connecting your wireless keyboard, mouse, while simultaneously charging other devices. This 7-port hub should give you all the outlets you need; however, there are many others on the market that offer 3-10 ports.
Est. Price: $300 | Buy it from Brookstone
Why We Love It: Okay so a drone might seem like a bit of a splurge, but if you're into photography or filmmaking then it's actually a smart purchase. There's no denying the incredible aerial shots you can get. Plus let's face it, they're super cool and make great gifts. This one is relatively affordable compared to others on the market, and users say that it's great for beginners.
Est. Price: $130 | Buy it from Best Buy
Why We Love It: A wireless speaker is great for home entertainment, and Bose are unparalleled when it comes to sound quality. This one is on the cheaper side of the Bose world, but it packs a punch. 97% of customers recommend it too, saying it pairs very easily with bluetooth devices.
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Est. Price: $10 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: If you're a runner, a smartphone armband is useful for listening to music and keeping you motivated. This one has a water and sweat-proof design, plus users confirm that you can actually use your phone through the protective covering.
Est. Price: $249 | Buy it from Home Depot
Why We Love It: Save on your heating and cooling bills by investing in a smart home thermostat. The Nest learns the temperatures that you like during different times of the day and automatically adjusts to your schedule. It also keeps an eye on the weather to get the temperatures that will save you the most.
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Est. Price: $43 | Buy it from Best Buy
Why We Love It: Perhaps the sleekest looking mouse out there, the Arc Touch features an ambidextrous design that will please both right and left-handed users. Its laser beam is also four times larger than a standard mouse, allowing it to navigate smoothly over a variety of surfaces.
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Est. Price: $99 | Buy it from Home Depot
Why We Love It: Forget fumbling with that old plastic garage door opener and take control with your smartphone. You can also monitor to see if the doors are open or closed when you're not home, and receive email alerts if someone else opened it.
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Est. Price: $130 | Buy it from Walmart
Why We Love It: This takes everyone's all-time favorite slow cooker to the next level. Coupled with the WeMo app, you can control and monitor your slow cooker from anywhere. You can adjust cooking time, change to a warm setting, or completely shut it off via your phone.
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Est. Price: $67 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: If you want precision when it comes to cooking meat, we recommend purchasing a smart digital thermometer. Not only will it give you peace of mind, but it will save time constantly checking to make sure your chicken isn't raw. This one is bluetooth enabled so you can monitor it remotely.
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Target
Why We Love It: This a great tool for bakers as it combines the precision of weighing ingredients with the versatility of a pourable measuring cup. It tells you exactly when you have the correct measurement in volume or weight, and also lets you choose your preferred unit of measurement.
Est. Price: $77 | Buy it from Bed Bath & Beyond
Why We Love It: This kettle has six preset temperatures for different varieties of tea or French Press coffee. It heats up quickly, stays warm, and the best part is that you never have to turn on the stove.
Est. Price: $120 | Buy it from Macy's
Why We Love It: Simply attach this device to any cooking vessel, add water, and push start. It heats and circulates water to a precise temperature, resulting in tender, perfectly cooked dishes. It's the ease of a slow-cooker combined with the quality of a five-star chef.
Est. Price: $45 | Buy it from Walmart
Why We Love It: Baking bread from scratch is extremely daunting, but there's no denying the quality of fresh bread. This machine has settings for over 12 different kinds of bread, from classic french to gluten-free. Just dump the ingredients in, and let the machine handle the rest. The bread pan is also dishwasher safe.
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Est. Price: $671 | Buy it at Sam's Club
Why We Love It: Maybe a bit of a splurge for some, but this type of desk can add years back on to your life. Sitting at a desk for over eight hours a day can do serious damage to your posture. A treadmill desk not only gets you up and moving, but it also makes the day go by quicker for a more pleasurable office experience.
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Est. Price: $109 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: Pretty much a necessity these days, wi-fi routers come in all shapes, sizes, and power. This Netgear option has over 4,000 reviews and a solid four-star rating. Users say the setup is easy and the speed is excellent. Plus it's compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa.
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Est. Price: $40 | Buy it from Verizon Wireless
Why We Love It: Otterboxes have now long been the reigning champ in durable phone cases. It's definitely worth the investment to save on the hundreds it could cost you to fix or replace a broken phone. Users like this option because it is slimmer and sleeker than most Otterbox models.
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Est. Price: $159 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: The beauty of the Nest security camera is much like the thermostat system -- it's seamlessly connected to your smartphone, has simple installation, and is excellent at detecting activity. This one can withstand rain or shine, and includes a built-in speaker and microphone.
Est. Price: $199 | Buy it on Furbo
Why We Love It: Have you ever wanted to know what exactly your furry friend does at home while you're away? Well now you can with the Furbo dog camera. This device lets you watch and talk to your pet, as well as shoot out treats from your phone. It would also be great to monitor a new or sick pet.
Est. Price: $60 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: It's good to feel protected, and the dash cam does just that. Intended to record and monitor driver safety, this car camera is one of those gadgets that some people swear by. But for something that you probably (hopefully) won't need very often, we recommend sticking to one under $100.
Est. Price: $160 | Buy it on Chewy
Why We Love It: This self-cleaning litter box rakes waste into the covered compartment after your cat uses it, and has a timer that resets if safety sensors detect the cat has re-entered. It also has a cover to keep any extra littler from leaving the box. The price is totally worth the convenience and cleanliness.
Est. Price: $250 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: Truly the first of its kind, this "smart" suitcase connects wirelessly to your smartphone so you can charge it without having to find an open plug in the airport. It also has a built-in SIM card so you can check your bags and always know where they are.
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Est. Price: $70 | Buy it on Amazon
Why We Love It: $70 for a water bottle may seem steep, but this is one smart cup. The LED indicator lights track your progress of staying hydrated, and a vibrating alert reminds you when it's time to take a sip. Plus it's compatible with your Fitbit or Apple Healthkit.
Est. Price: $15 | Buy it from Target
Why We Love It: This is the first FDA-approved, app-enabled thermometer. The interactive app is useful for parents, and can keep kids occupied while you're taking their temperature. The app offers real-time expert medical advice too based on the readings.
Est. Price: $50 | Buy it from Lowe's
Why We Love It: If you're not ready to invest in a full-fledged smart detector system, try this cheaper plug-in. It easily connects to your home's wi-fi, and will alert your mobile device if it detects smoke or carbon monoxide in the house.