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Laundry-folding robots and recipe-suggesting fridges: these are the smart tech products we want in our homes

Smart thermostats and vacuum cleaners top the list

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Hands up if you've got a smart device in your home? Order shopping through Alexa? Check the weather via Google Home? Our lives are busier and more connected than ever, so it makes sense that we're looking to satisfy our need for speed and convenience. But how far would you go in the quest for a smart home?

Phone recycling company (opens in new tab) has tried to answer that very question. Their analysis of a report by Mindshare (opens in new tab), who surveyed over 6,000 Brits on the smart technology they'd love to own, has revealed the emerging technological trends across households in the UK.

The smart tech Brits would most like to own.

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Top of the list is a smart thermostat that automatically adjusts based on a person's body temperature, with 46 per cent of participants saying they'd be interested in it. Smart vacuum cleaners (40 per cent) that can move items off the floor come next, followed by smart fridges (37 per cent) that can suggest recipes based on what food is inside them.

A laundry-folding robot came in at 32 per cent, while smart shelves – which can reorder items as soon as they run out – trailed behind at 30 per cent.

Shawn Hallums, spokesperson for, said: 'Technology has significantly evolved. We are in the era of instant gratification – when people want to utilise technology to make aspects of their life easier and more efficient.

'Companies have created a multitude of devices and applications to cater to this apparent need. Now with a plethora of innovations available on the mass market, many of them have proved to be hugely popular and valuable. 

'As existing as well as new technology advances and develops, consumers expectations will undoubtedly grow.'

What would you choose?

Ellen Finch
Deputy editor

Joining as features editor in 2017, Ellen now looks after the day-to-day running of Real Homes magazine as deputy editor. She also commissions and writes many of the real case studies you'll see on the site, and loves speaking to people about their homes and get the details on the hacks they've tried and loved. She's currently gearing up to buy a home of her own in 2023 – hopefully with a garden to plant veg and wildflowers – and has a special interest in sustainable living, clever book storage, and cats.