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    33 Gadgets That'll Turn Your Home Into A Smart House

    Did your house go to Harvard or something — 'cause it's really smart.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An awesome portable mini projector that uses LED lights to deliver 1080p full HD and make your next movie night totally epic.

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    Promising review: "This was one product that I am completely glad to have invested in! The size of the projector is wonderful! I plugged in my Roku Ultra which is also HD and the picture quality was great! Considering I don’t have much wall space for projection, I currently have it at about 50” or so and the picture is as clear as a TV! For the price, this was awesome! Having USB and HDMI allowed me to turn a small projector into a complete TV and sound system! I will definitely recommend this product and continue to use this brand for other electronics!" —Catherine Castellanos

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    2. A USB-powered LED light strip to bring the perfect amount of ambient lighting to your TV-watching experience.

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    Promising review: "Easy to install. Lights provide ample lighting; USB allows lights to be a stand-alone fixture without tying up another wall socket. The USB interface also acts to turn the lights on and off with the TV. Backlighting also seems to make the screen seem sharper." —Shaun

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL).

    3. An awesome handheld Bluetooth speaker designed with a 16-watt sound and a deeper bass for a perfect sound that travels with you to any room in your house. It also has 24 hours of playtime before it needs a charge and is totally waterproof.

    A customer review photo of the speaker in some grass
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    Promising review: "This tiny thing can boom sound like no other speaker of its size. I blasted the speaker full volume in a room downstairs. A few rooms and a flight of stairs away, I could still hear every lyric to the song I was playing. (You can tell I got a bit excited). It instantly connected to my phone via Bluetooth. It also seems sturdy enough that it can be knocked around a bit, which is helpful to me since I’d use it outside a lot. It’s the smallest portable speaker I’ve ever used, yet produces more sound without any distortion at high volumes. The quality of the sound at all levels is phenomenal. I’m excited to see what mileage I get out of it. But as far as I can tell, this speaker is the best one you can get for this amount of money. And I’d argue it’s worth more." —Connor

    Get it from Amazon for $26.72.

    4. A splurge-worthy SwitchBot Curtain Smart Electric Motor so you can darken things up with a push of a button. It takes just about 30 seconds to install and doesn't need any screws, nuts, or bolts. It just snaps right on!

    A person installing the motor to their curtain rod
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    It works with their app which is available for iOS and Android. It's designed with a timer that'll close your curtains at night and open them in the morning. It also has a light sensor to automatically know when to open and close them. It can also work with your Alexa devices and you can buy a small solar panel so you never have to worry about power. You can also buy their smart remote.

    Promising review: "Perfect wake-up alarm! Sunshine! I love this little device! It was very easy to set up. Just follow the directions, step by step. It took five minutes. I set a schedule in the app so the curtains open at the same time my alarm goes off and they close in the evening. I’ve had it for about three months now. Working great." —Mollie


    Get it on Amazon starting at $99 (available in two colors and for curtain rods and U-rails). There's also a great motor option for anyone with shades

    5. A Wi-Fi-enabled light switch you can control from your phone, Alexa, or Google Assistant, totally eliminating the need to get out of bed to turn off the lights when you're already all cozy.

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    Promising review: "I bought this switch for the bedroom so that my fiancé and I wouldn't have to get out of bed to turn off the overhead lights. Once I figured out that the directions for installation were on the Kasa App I was able to easily wire it into our switch box. Setting it up to work with our Amazon Alexa units was also very easy. I also watched a YouTube video that demonstrated the installation." —Michael P. McDonnell

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    6. An indoor wireless Wyze smart camera with HD, real-time live stream capabilities, two-way audio, motion/sound recording (it'll automatically record a 12-second video clip when motion or sound is detected and saves that video to the cloud for 14-days, for free), mobile push notifications to alert you when something is detected, night vision, Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities, and over 10,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. TEN. THOUSAND.

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    Promising review: "My husband and I lost everything we owned in an apartment fire earlier this year. We received our first Wyze cam as a housewarming gift due to its smoke detector alert feature. We loved it so much that we bought another! We took a vacation to Ireland last month and it made it much easier to be away from home because we could check in on our cat any time we wanted. Pros: Night vision, easy setup, adjustable motion detection sensitivity, picture quality. Cons: Sound quality isn’t perfect." —Meaghan

    Get it from Amazon for $32.78.

    7. A pack of TP-Link Kasa Smart Plugs with access to the Kasa app that can act as a remote control — plus, it has voice control so you can access anything plugged in with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

    @toponlinefinds / Via tiktok.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I've been using both for about 3.5 months now. They keep a clear concise signal and always work when I need them. Setup was easy and the directions are clear. They are a little on the big side as they fit the outlet but they work really well. I have both Kasa and WeMo and personally, I like the Kasa brand better because of the app, easy setup, and connection that's reliable. I also have the Kasa light switches and they update them frequently so they always work well. Never had any issues with Kasa. I'm thankful and appreciative cuz who has time for that. They work well for anything with a manual switch that can be left on and plugged back in without you have to use the switch to turn it on again. I have lamps in all my rooms and fans in the summer to use them with. They work great for Christmas lights and inside the chicken coup to turn on the heat lamps on a schedule or remotely. I will eventually find more uses, I'm sure. I will be buying at least three more thanks to the quality and price." —ya think

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99 (for two).

    8. A set of Alexa and Google Home voice-controlled LED Lights that are easily applied under and above your cabinets and that can shine in up to 16 million color options. MILLION.

    A customer review photo of their cabinets with lighting above and below
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    Promising review: "We love our new strip lights so much that I decided to buy a second set. The first one was installed above the kitchen cabinets where we placed some artwork and vases. The second set was placed under the kitchen island top. Grandkids love speaking to Alexa to change the colors of the lights. Set up was extremely easy and it works with the Alexa app." —junin07

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizing options).

    9. A totally soothing Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock that simulates the sunrise, so waking up (at any time) feels totally natural — because let's be real, these days, time is just a concept.

    A customer review photo of the alarm clock on their nightstand
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    Promising review: "Ok guys. Here’s the deal. This is gonna be a long review but TLDR; this is an amazing little product and I highly recommend it. I suffer from mild insomnia and generally have to use sleep aids, which is fine but not ideal for every night. I also moved from SoCal to Washington state a year ago and I have NEVER been exposed to so little sunlight in my life! Living in the dark winters here is insanely difficult for me. This👏🏼Little👏🏼Alarm👏🏼Clock👏🏼 Has changed my life and I’ve only had it for like three weeks. The sleepy time setting has the ability to KNOCK me out without the use of sleep aids! What?! My brain totally responds to the way the light functions. The morning alarm is so gentle and peaceful (you can completely control the noise and brightness settings). I wake up much more naturally rather than to the blaring honk or passive-aggressive chiming of a traditional alarm (looking at you Apple). The light settings are so fun as well! I love having it on a low setting in while I’m journaling, reading, watching tv, anything really! I would pay two or three times the price for this thing. It’s 100% worth it." —KatieM


    Get it from Amazon for $39.98+ (available in two options).

    10. An Amazon Fire TV Stick so you can stream all your favorites from the comfort of your sofa — it's also great if you're planning on going anywhere. It's about the size of a USB drive so it can come right along with you.

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    Promising review: "For anyone wanting to turn an otherwise ~dead~ TV into something usable without a direct cable connection, and has WiFi in their home, this stick is a wonder. It has all the conveniences of your Amazon Prime account built into it with free movies and apps. I personally bought this for a TV we had sitting around that wasn't being used. I hooked it up inside of my mom's room where she now enjoys watching movies regularly at night. She absolutely loved it, and it makes a great gift option too for a family or friend who's into entertainment. Even without being an Amazon Prime member you can get a great value out of this device with all the free apps it comes with. I'd highly recommend this powerful streaming stick to anyone who wants to add a fully workable TV, without the costs of cable, to their own bedroom or guests' room they may have inside the house." —Lolifoxer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    11. An easy-to-install outlet cover plate designed with LED lights so that it can double as a nightlight.

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    Promising review: "These go on in about 30 seconds. They are awesome. I did not shut off the power to my outlets, but I have experience getting shocked doing residential electrical work, so I've learned my lessons about what not to touch. Even a true beginner would be able to install these without issue. Their tolerance for low light is on the sensitive side, so they end up on more than off but the downward cast light is not bothersome. I was put off by the price at first but bought a two-pack to try out — ended up going back for 10 more." —Oliver North

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $26.98 (also available for light switches).

    12. A smart end table designed with a Bluetooth speaker, wireless charging surface, and USB plug — imagine never waking up and realizing you forgot to plug in your phone!

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    Promising review: "The sound quality is great for the normal consumer. An Audio Engineer may point out some differences. I love the fact that it has Bluetooth capabilities and wireless charging. The wireless charging only charged my phone a little and not 100%. I had to remove it from the charging location then place it back on to continue charging." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (available in two colors).

    There's also this version with a built-in lamp!

    13. A dimmable Macally Table Lamp designed with four fast charging ports and touch control making it the perfect bedside companion.

    The light on a night table with a charging cellphone plugged in
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I feel like I keep saying this but this is one of the best products that I’ve purchased on Amazon. The touch to adjust the light is so simple — three dimming options (starts out at its lowest), at its brightest it puts out a fair amount of light. Perfect for a bedside or end table. Yes, as others have stated it’s pretty small. Check the measurements to avoid size expectations." —carmen wray

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two options). 

    14. A third-generation Echo Dot — a voice-controlled device you can use to play music, make calls, send and receive text messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks, control your TV, and so much more.

    The Echo Dot in sandstone
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    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying this). The sound quality is really good, especially considering its small size and relatively budget-friendly price. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Don’t even 'add to cart,' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A Wi-Fi range extender so you can make the most out of your internet when you're curled up in bed binge-watching The Office for the 80th time.

    The TP-Link AC750 Wifi Range Extender
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I needed this to get a better signal in the upstairs master bedroom but had no idea what I was doing. Read all the reviews and finally decided to give this a try. Just plugged it in, pressed a button on my router, and presto! It was done! If your router doesn't have that button, there are easy, step-by-step directions. Nothing to it. Moved the repeater upstairs to the hallway, which is quite a distance from my router, and had a full-strength Wi-Fi connection for the bedroom! It was easy and the price was certainly good." —Spyoki

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    16. A self-charging Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac Super-Thin Vacuum Cleaner designed to be super quiet and have an increased suction power, which it turns on when it senses that extra vacuuming strength is needed.

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    It also vacuums for up to 100 minutes on hardwood floors with consistent, powerful suction at a volume no louder than an operating microwave. It comes with a remote control (two AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, five cable ties, a welcome guide, and a 12-month warranty.

    Promising review: "The Eufy comes in at half the cost of the four-year-old Roomba that we previously used — out of the box, after a full night's charge, it worked flawlessly. The remote is easy to use and after a two-minute look-over of the manual, the thing just WORKS. Roomba would basically never make it back on the charger, it would push it all over our kitchen but never actually park itself correctly. The Eufy did it on the first attempt and has done it daily (unless it gets stuck somewhere) ever since. The Eufy is much slimmer than the Roomba so it is able to navigate some areas that were previously left untouched. The dust bin is always full or near full when we get home and check it, so it definitely is doing its job trying to keep up with our two large dogs and their fur." —Garrett

    Get it from Amazon for $195.99+ (available in two colors)

    17. A handy iRobot Braava robot mop because robots don't only sweep your floors nowadays, they mop them too!

    A photo of the iRobot mop cleaning tile and hardwood floors
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    it works with Alexa voice control when paired with an Alexa device; cleans finished hard floors like hardwood, tile, and stone; can target specific spills or messes with a request through the app.

    Promising review: "We have two German Shedders and I bought the iRobot Roomba 960 vacuum last year, not expecting much...but am completely ecstatic with that purchase. I run her (Rosie) daily and we no longer are slaves to our vacuum. After doing a ton of research and reading reviews and joining FB pages with iRobot groups I decided to give the mop a try. Well, so far I just love her (named her Flash Bazbo). It is so great watching Flash follow Rosie around the house cleaning and getting the job DONE. It is almost like watching when Link rescues Princess Zelda from the Dungeon and she follows him so closely. Fun to watch and my floors look great. Some people have complained about streaks, I see NONE, my house is 100% tile, some wood grain, and some marble pattern. It all looks amazing. I do maintenance and cleaning weekly on both products, and so far my efforts have paid off. There are great sites here on Amazon to order supplies and replacement parts. I figure I am spending almost zero time vacuuming, why not spend about 20 minutes weekly to take care of/upkeep these expensive (yet totally worth it) products." —alsatian5

    Get it from Amazon for $499.99.

    18. A smartphone-controlled LED bulb you can dim, change colors, and set to a timer so that it wakes you up like the morning sun — even if your wake-up time is before said sun rises.

    The light bulb next to a smart phone showing how it is controlled
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    Promising review: "This light is amazing! As a new mom, the 20% red is perfect for middle-of-the night feeds and diaper changes without fully waking everyone up! I love being able to control the bulb from our Alexa OR the app! I was pleasantly surprised by just how bright it gets! We will be adding these to more rooms in our house!" —Tricia Siclari

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. A six-outlet USB wall charger and surge protector, which also has a smart night-light that has a dusk-to-dawn sensor to automatically turn on when ambient lighting becomes insufficient. The light also has a touch sensor and three levels of adjustable brightness.

    The USB wall charger and surge protector
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So happy that I bought this beautiful wall charger. It looks much more expensive. The six outlets are nicely positioned that I can use all of them at the same time. Two USB outputs are ideal for charging our phones. Highly recommend!" —Elaine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    20. A compact coffee mug warmer so you never have to worry about that forgotten cup of coffee on your desk that gets ice cold before you finally have a chance to drink it.

    A mug filled with coffee placed on the warmer
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    Promising review: "I was on the fence about this item, but finally decided to splurge on a little gift to myself. This makes such a difference in my comfort level at the office. I often have to leave my desk to visit other departments and hated coming back to cold coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. I especially stopped drinking tea, because by the time you let your bag steep, it's cooled down. This product is simple but awesome and it makes me super happy. TIP: I keep a spare mug with some of those scented wax melts — break off a snap piece and let it melt and make the office smell goooood! (If your office is relaxed about stuff like that and nobody around is sensitive to it.)" —marymodern

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A voice- or phone-controlled Nest thermostat that'll learn your preferences based on the time of day and season and make sure your home is always the perfect temperature and you guys aren't playing out the Great War of the Thermostat.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've never had a smart thermostat before, so I have nothing to compare it to. But this Nest device is amazing. Even better, the installation instructions are CLEAR and EASY to understand! There are interactive pictures and a text-based set of instructions online that take you through each step, and troubleshoot along the way. The thermostat works with my Google Mini and of course the Nest app. You can program what times you want the house to be at which temp and it will either start heating/cooling at that time, or you can set it to start before then, so it's nice and comfy when you get home. It has features for dealing with humidity and can even learn your temp preferences and adjust accordingly." —L Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $232.99+ (available in seven colors).

    22. An LED flame speaker to give you that relaxing I-just-lit-a-candle feeling and soft sound you might need before bedtime but don't want to light your whole house on fire.

    A person sleeping next to the flame speaker
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is an amazing little decor item! The sound from the speaker is loud and clear. The flameless candle is so true to life! It fools everybody who sees it. The best part about this product is the battery life. I use this on my deck every night and it lasts days without needing to be charged. Great product!!!" —Allysen Storch

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    23. A smart power strip that'll let you control up to six devices using your voice or phone!

    The power strip with a laptop and cell phone plugged in
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't use the TP-Link (Kasa) app (except for setup) so I'm not super interested in the power usage info, but for Google Home, this is a must-have for that room where you have several things plugged into a power strip that is suited for automation. Each outlet can be turned on/off manually OR via the Kasa app/Google Home. Super easy to set up (Kasa App is pretty good) and adding to Google Home was a snap. I know I have three devices plugged into this smart power strip configured for Google Home and two devices just using power. I could not be happier with the quality and reliability of the TP-Link smart outlets/power strips that I've purchased (so far I have seven). Highly recommend this item." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    24. A Pulse Massage Oil Warming Dispenser that automatically dispenses warm oils without even the touch of a button — making it especially great for anyone with limited mobility.

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    Promising review: "WOW! We've come a long way baby! The warmth is amazing! Couldn't imagine ever going back to a cold, messy, sticky experience. Girls, treat yourself or let your partner know about this...it will change your life." —Stacey12

    Get the warmer from Nordstrom for $199 (available in two colors).

    25. A multi-talented bedside radio alarm clock designed with a USB charger, Bluetooth speaker, QI wireless charging, and a dual alarm dimmable LED displa.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "So glad that I bought this clock. Made my life a little easier. It has everything I need and more. The setup was easy, the sound is crystal clear, and I can personalize the brightness. Also, when I’m ready for the Bluetooth connection it’s there and ready to go. I really like it at night when I’m tired, I no longer have to fish around for that cellphone charger cord to plug my cellphone, I simply place my cellphone on top of the clock and the charge begins. I highly recommend." —Leigh Ann Pagano

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (available in five colors).

    26. An awesome and investment-worthy Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool that's a humidifier, fan, and air purifier designed using the kind of state-of-the-art technology Dyson is famous for. It also has all the bells and whistles like sleep timers, a magnetic remote, sensors that seem to detect everything, an LCD screen, a sleek design...you know, Dyson stuff.

    Elena Garcia

    Check out our full review of the Dyson Air purifier to see just some of the technology behind this state-of-the-art machine.


    Get it from Dyson and Nordstrom for $799.99.

    27. A smart cover and mattress that'll track your sleep patterns, act as an alarm clock, heat up or cool down depending on your preferences, and work with your Amazon Alexa.

    The Eight cooling and heating mattress
    Eight

    Get it from Eight starting at $2,195+ (available in four sizes).

    28. A super fancy and state-of-the-art Samsung 65-inch 4K Smart TV for a high def smart TV that looks like a piece of art — literally! It has a quantum processor and 100% color volume with quantum dots that produce over a billion shades of color so you can display actual artwork, and it has customizable frames that stick on with magnets for a totally sleek look.

    Amazon, @lollyjaneblog / Via tiktok.com

    Promising review: "We were very excited to purchase this, we have been holding off for a couple of years. When the new 2020 model came out we decided to finally bite the bullet. It does look pretty much exactly like my brother's 2018 model. Pros: Looks good on the wall, pretty believable as a picture frame. One Connect box is pretty slick, provided you have space for it. I like that I can transfer pictures from a flash drive directly to the TV and it saves them. I like Samsung's app layout. I LOVE that I can airplay from my iPhone/Mac. It shuts off automatically if it doesn’t sense anyone in the room, seems to work well. Easy to mount. Fun browsing pictures and having a different piece of art every day. Cons: The picture washes out immediately when turning to an angle. Overall picture quality is just fine. Can’t tell the difference between this one and the 2018 model. Overall it’s a fun TV because it looks like a picture frame." —jallove7

    Get it from Amazon for $1,897.99+ (available in six sizes and in four frames).

    29. A very cool Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame that lets you share photos through their app so you can create different albums and get photos from everyone in your household.

    The frame and a phone showing the app where you can create albums
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Beautifully packaged, kinda like an Apple product. VERY easy setup. Added two friends via app, now I'm receiving photos from across the county during social distancing! A must-have." —NHA4wine

    Get it from Amazon for $154.99+ (available in four sizes and in three finishes).

    30. A motion-activated toilet light perfect for lighting up your midnight visits to the bathroom.

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    You can choose between five brightness settings and 16 colors, or have it cycle through different colors. It automatically turns off when you leave or turn on the bathroom light.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest thing for kids or adults alike. I have it set on just the blue light. When I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, it makes me smile. It lights up enough for you to see, but isn't bright enough to be bothersome or wake you up. It's easy to install and I'd recommend it to anyone. I showed it to a friend at work and they are buying it for their grandparents who complained about getting up in the middle of the night in the dark." —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    31. A smart garage hub and sensor so you never have to worry about whether or not you closed the garage door.

    A photo of the hub on the ceiling of a garage
    Amazon

    This works with the free myQ app for iPhone or Android to help you get connected with your very own Smart Garage. You can also give access to friends or family, create a close schedule, and receive real-time notifications about garage door activity. 

    Promising review: "This is great, I like having control of my garage from my phone. I can open and close my garage from anywhere, get notifications if my garage is opened or closed or if I forget to close it." —MrClean

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98.

    32. An Adesso Smart Home Circadian LED 3-Arm Arc Lamp designed with a Smart Switch which works with your Alexa devices to turn on, off, and even dim the lights.

    The Adesso Smart Home Circadian LED 3-Arm Arc Lamp
    Amazon

    Adesso smart lighting products are struggle- and tinker-free lamps and lights with a modern design. They have brushed steel finishes and high-quality white fabric shades. They're designed and set up so they can be controlled using your Alexa devices.

    Get it from Amazon for $239.99

    33. And an investment-worthy Lululemon MIRROR — a complete home gym that attaches to your wall. With barely any space, it can turn any area of your home into a cardio class, a yoga studio, a boxing ring — there are 50+ genres of workouts for you to choose from. And when it's not in use, it just looks like a lovely mirror in your home.

    Lululemon

    The MIRROR comes with a low profile and adaptable wall mount that works with all wall types, as well as a carbon steel leaner stand. To control your MIRROR you can use the MIRROR companion app on your iOS or Android device. The app lets you pair your accessories, pick your music, customize your workouts, track your progress, and more.

    Get it from Lululemon for $1,495 (right now, you can save $250 with code FEB21).

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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