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    27 Gadgets That Every Apartment Dweller Probably Needs

    "Alexa, make my tiny apartment more tech-friendly."

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    1. A portable speaker, so you can bring the ~paaarty~ to your bedroom, kitchen, and living room without investing in a home audio system. This small device plays your favorite beats and easily fits on counters and shelves.

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    It also works with Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets.

    Promising review: "This has great sound and gets good and loud for me to hear from the other end of my apartment. I like how it packs a punch, but is so tiny and attractive. Absolutely recommend it." —klb

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in eight colors).

    2. An Instant Pot for making meals in compact kitchens, including chili, ramen, and chocolate lava cake (yes, you *can* make some desserts with this kitchen helper). It combines six appliances in one ~and~ works as a slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, and warmer.


    Promising review: "This is the second Instant Pot we have purchased. They are versatile, easy to use, and capable of producing excellent meals in a short time. With a six-quart and, now, a three-quart Instant Pot, we have replaced two slow cookers and a rice cooker while gaining functionality and saving cabinet space." —Price

    Get it from Amazon for $45.96+ (available in three sizes).

    3. A digital alarm clock, because you can't keep relying on your smartphone (or noisy neighbors) to wake you up every day. It looks great on your nightstand and comes with cool features, including a temperature and humidity sensor, and three light levels.

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    Promising review: "I needed a way to see the time in the dark without moving, without fussing with the phone, without it taking up space on my small nightstand, and without being fully awake. Several tries later, after trying old-fashioned windup clocks and clocks that cast a light on the ceiling, I found this perfect little gem. It's small enough to be tucked into the bookcase at a perfect height, and the light of the numbers is adjustable at three levels."Nelle D'Arlen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    4. A tiny vacuum that'll clean up messes in all the nooks and crannies of your living space. This small wonder sucks up glitter, dust, crumbs, and other debris in hard-to-reach areas. Pet hair and last night's cookies don't have to decorate your couch.

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    Promising review: "I bought this little vacuum as a joke but it actually helps me clean the dust on my desk. With the two different attachments it helps me go in between cracks and small spaces. Since it’s a small vacuum, the suction isn’t that strong, but overall it does the job.” —Urban Outfitters customer

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15 (available in three colors).

    5. An Echo Dot so you can have a virtual assistant help you turn devices on and off, set alarms, check the weather, play music, read the news, and answer questions. (Phew.) Smart home? More like *smart apartment.*

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    Pair it up with a set of smart bulbs and you won't have to use a switch. Just say "Alexa, dim the lights" next time you're binge-watching your favorite movie or TV show.

    Promising review: "I love Alexa! The routines are one of my favorite parts - as well as the integration of a smart plug. Setting up the 'Start my Day' routine changed my mornings! It impressed me how LOUD it can play for its small size! It also does not take up a lot of space, huge plus for a small bedroom." —Kaitlyn Goudey

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in six colors).

    6. A rechargeable lighter for all the candles on your window sill, dresser, and bathroom ledge. It's easy to use, can be stored in a drawer, and comes with a safety lock switch. No more clouds of smoke from matches or lighters...

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    Promising review: "If you're looking for an easy way to light candles, look no further. I've had this thing for a couple months now and I've only had to charge it once! I got tired of using matches and regular lighters to light the candles around my apartment and was initially going to buy one of those elongated neck lighters with the trigger. Thank goodness I decided to go with this electric lighter instead. Easy to use, no gas or fuel required, and the battery lasts a long time. Also, it's super convenient to not have to tilt each candle in order to light it!" —Matt S.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Read more about why readers love this little tool in 31 Gadgets With Reviews That'll Probably Convince You To Buy Them.

    7. A charging station that'll juice up your smartphone and tablet without a ~sea of wires~. Connect USB cables to your devices, plug 'em in, and power them up in one convenient spot. The days of using the one (or maybe two) outlets in your apartment are over.

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    Promising review: "You can charge all of your stuff at once without having to delegate who gets to use the single-spot charger. I particularly like how they each have their own space and I can prop my iPad up and read the recipe in the kitchen while also charging my cell and work phone. Definitely a space and time saver!" —thesassyhaffie

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    8. A rapid egg cooker, so you can whip up an ~egg-stravagant~ breakfast in minutes without using your tiny, two-burner stove. Poached eggs, soft boiled eggs, hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelettes are easy to make with this gadget, which uses steam and water to get cookin'.


    It comes with a poaching tray, omelet tray, six-egg holder tray, measuring cup, recipe book, and recipe database access!

    Promising review: "While researching how to more easily boil a perfect egg, I came across this awesome little egg cooker. You put in the water (measuring cup provided), add the eggs (holds up to six), pierce the egg ends with the pin provided, turn it on, and wait for the buzzer. You can walk away and not worry about watching boiling water. So easy. Both soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs come out perfect. Everything stores away inside the cooker, so it takes up little counter space (a premium in my small apartment)." —CAW

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    Read more about space-saving cooking tech in 28 Gadgets For Anyone Whose Kitchen Is Way Too Small.

    9. A Google Nest Mini that'll be your personal apartment helper. Set timers and alarms. Play music. Ask for the weather forecast. Manage your smart appliances. Small-space livin' just got easier...


    Promising review: "I actually like my Google Mini. I like that I have the option to ask Google anything I want in any room and that it works with other items in my home. The voice recognition is great and I love the options for the voices. You can order groceries, make calls, listen to music, podcasts, books, you can listen to the news, and you can control other items in your home." —Walmart Customer

    Get it from Walmart for $49.

    10. A white noise machine, because footsteps, sirens, and your neighbor's rager shouldn't get in the way of a good night's sleep. This space-saving device comes with 24 soothing sounds that'll help you catch up on ZZZs.

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    Promising review: "This little white noise machine has been perfect! I live in an apartment, above a family with a newborn, and it blocks out ALL SOUND. Great for blocking out street noise too! I use the “ocean wave” sound to help me fall asleep, just because of how peaceful it is. The settings are super simple and easy to use." —Katherine Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95.

    11. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite that's like a digital library for all your favorite reads. You won't have to worry about finding room for a bookshelf *or* spilling coffee all over novels again.

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    Promising review: "I love the experience of reading actual books, but living in New York City, I have been running out of room in my apartment to store them, which is why I purchased the Kindle. This device is small and light, and has solid battery life. I take it everywhere with me and have had no issues so far." —Denay

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    12. A mini air purifier, so you can breathe in ~clean~ air around your apartment. This lil' device can be helpful if you are allergic to dust, mold, or pet dander.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $35.

    13. A portable charger that'll come in handy if the power goes out or you don't have a spare outlet in your apartment.

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    You can buy this flashlight and mini first aid kit to complete your emergency set.

    Promising review: I really like the compactness of this charger. I can take it in my handbag without it taking up much space. It comes with only a short, foot-long USB cord, so you'll need a separate adaptor if you want to plug it into a wall outlet. It makes for a good spare charger if you're going to be out and about without access to a power source for the day, for instance, and need to juice up your phone or device." —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59+ (available in five colors).

    14. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker, because you can step up your shower singing game *and* listen to your favorite playlists in the bathroom.

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    Promising review: "I do my best singing in the shower and this speaker is perfect. Pairs with my iPhone and away we go. The sound is very good. Great design, battery life per charge, and comes with a clip in case you don't want to use the suction cup." —bombercoach11

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors).

    15. An Amazon Fire TV Stick for binge-watching movies and TV shows on Apple TV, Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video. Just ask Alexa to find whatever you want to watch and you won't have to get up from the couch again.


    Promising review: "I just moved into my new apartment and my husband has this older traditional TV. I bought this hoping it would save me from spending on a smart TV and I’m extremely happy with the product. It made my older traditional TV into a smart TV with the apps I need such as Hulu, and Netflix, and Prime Video. It also replaced my remote, I can turn the tv off and on and control the volume." —Wendy Bonilla

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    16. A robot vacuum that'll suck up all the nasty crumbs, dust, and debris around your tiny living space. It cleans messes quietly and has a sensor for avoiding obstacles. The best part? You won't have to deal with an annoying cord if you want to tidy up rooms.

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    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this little guy. It works great, cleans great, finds its way home great, and is quiet. I have a longhair cat and having a robot vac is a must! It cleans up the hair and the other little bits of trash with no problem. It is quiet enough to continue watching TV while it moves through the room. It very seldom gets hung up or needs to be rescued. The low profile of this vac makes it perfect for cleaning under furniture and the cat has never been afraid of it." —Matthew's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A wireless waterproof doorbell, so you don't have to worry about missing visitors, packages, or your Seamless delivery. It has 45 ringtones and an adjustable volume feature, just in case you don't always hear what's happening outside your door.

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    Promising review: This is the best wireless doorbell I have come across. I am a little hard of hearing and it has the volume control where I can make it super loud, but also when I’m ready for bed I can cut it down. It has a ton of different tones for it too. It was easy to set up too just plug the two receivers in and use the kit to put the 'doorbell' on the door or wall. I think it looks really simple and cool too." —Amber Beck

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A single-serve coffee maker for your favorite cup o' joe that doesn't take up a lot of counter space. You can use coffee grounds or K-Cup pods to brew coffee in just ~90 seconds~. It also has an auto shut-off feature, so you don't have to worry about it overheating.

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    Promising review: "I always wanted an easy and fast coffee maker that didn't make coffee so watery. It is so convenient and small; perfect for college students. It doesn't take much space and it won't make a mess. I think it was worth every penny. I have a tiny apartment and needed something tiny." —Evan Hermiz

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    19. And a milk frother, so you can make DIY lattes in your kitchen without spending $$$ at a coffee shop. This small machine adds that barista touch to all your beverages *and* it can easily fit in a cabinet or drawer.

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    Promising review: "I did not know I needed this in my life. I’ve only made one drink, but I’m super excited for future matcha lattes and practicing latte art. Also, my coffee shop costs like $5 almost $6 for a latte, I’m lactose-intolerant so every latte I have to pay $0.70 more. I just hate that, overall this will save me money and I get my cozy, caffeine fix in the comfort of my own home!" —RobinFromCalifornia

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    Read more about this coffee helper in 27 Products Under $30 You Pretty Much Need If You Have A Small Kitchen.

    20. A Furbo Dog Camera for keeping an eye on your fur baby while you're away from home. Livestream video lets you monitor your doggo during the day and night, while an app that connects to the machine helps you calm your pup down, receive barking notifications, and dispense treats.


    Promising review: "Every time we go out with friends or go to work, we constantly worry what our pup Obie is doing. We are worried about if he's getting into stuff, or just going rogue in our apartment. This completely eliminates this and when we do see him getting into stuff, we can big brother voice call our dog to stop. It has been so helpful and amazing. Also, my husband and I just get a kick out of throwing the treats to our dog while we are gone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $198.98.

    Check out our review to learn more about the Furbo Dog Camera and why readers love it for canine safety.

    21. A smart plug Wi-Fi outlet that'll help you manage your apartment appliances like a pro. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands *and* you can control the power button from your smartphone, thanks to the Smart Life app.


    Promising review: Got this right on time…it was super hot and muggy outside and decided to give this sweet gadget a try. Turned on my AC 10 minutes away and when I came in, the apartment was nice and cool. Neat for the lamp as well, never know who may be lurking in your place lol." —Felix

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (sold alone or in a two-pack).

    22. An ecobee SmartThermostat, because you should a) be comfortable in your apartment and b) save money on cooling and heating costs. Use your voice or a few smartphone clicks to adjust the temperature in your apartment. It's that easy.


    A Smart Sensor adjusts your thermostat based on how many people are in the room and the indoor temperature.

    Promising review: "My ecobee3 was incredibly dependable and has saved me a ton of money over the last several years by helping to optimize A/C runtime and comfort levels while I'm both home and away. The ability to control the thermostat remotely via the app, web portal, or even directly through homekit has come in handy countless times. Over the years, I've invested in wireless room sensors for each room in my house, and now I can see at a glance the temperature and occupancy status of any room at a given time." —Jake

    Get it from Amazon for $243.92.

    23. Or a wireless thermometer hygrometer, if you want a more budget-friendly option for temperature management. It connects to an app, where you can check humidity readings and see if rooms are too hot or too hold while you're out for the day.

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    Promising review: "I run cold. So what I consider 'just right' is broiling hot to other people. This thermometer helps me to self-check. If I'm layered up with four long sleeve shirts and a sweater and this thermometer shows it's like 65 degrees Fahrenheit, then I know I can turn up the thermostat a bit. If the same layers of garments are in place and the thermometer shows like 73 degrees Fahrenheit, then I'd better throw on another layer or a blanket." —Melissa R Elsworth

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    24. An essential-oil diffuser that'll help you relax and doesn't take up too much room in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. It's soothing to watch (it swaps between seven light colors when it's on) and comes with a safety auto-switch just in case water runs out.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. Highly recommend for any one looking to add some relaxation to their life. This diffuser emits enough of the oil to really allow you to smell the aroma. I also like the feature that you can keep a solid color or have the diffuser change colors." —Erin Streibig

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    25. A mini projector for movie nights in your apartment: It connects with your smartphone so you can play all your favorite films in a cozy space. Sit back, relax, and get a theater-like experience without leaving your living room.

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    Promising review: "I set up this projector in my living room for casual Netflix/movie-watching. It works great with all the lights off and had the projector far enough back to display eight feet diagonally. I noticed the image is a bit dark at startup, but gets better as everything warms up. I really like how big I can make the view and how lightweight and portable it is." —Marr

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    26. A mug warmer, because you deserve a hot coffee, tea, or beverage *without* using a microwave. It's super compact and doesn't take up too much room on your nightstand, kitchen counter, desk, or dining room table.

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    Promising review: "Best investment I've ever made. Fits my biggest mug perfect and keeps it nice and warm. I live in an apartment with the bedrooms being upstairs, it was always a pain to walk up and down them 10 times to reheat my coffee (I'm a slow drinker).Holly

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    27. A vinyl record player that'll brighten up your living space and turn it into a music venue. Have a dance party alone or with your favorite people with this vintage-inspired gadget.

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    Promising review: "Being a second-time newbie to vinyl, this turntable is perfect. It was so smooth that even my cat liked it! From out of the box to playing Prince's 'Purple Rain' was about five minutes. Perfect for an apartment! Love it, love it, love it!" —VinylGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $57.99.

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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