With property prices on the rise, many urbanites have opted to live in high rises to save on rent or mortgage. As a result, small homes have become a necessity for many.
However, living in small spaces has its own challenges, especially when it comes to maximising the utility of a limited space. Whether you’re living in a tiny apartment, a studio, or renting a room, there are innovative gadgets and solutions available to optimize your living experience.
In this article, we will explore the best tech options for small home living and how they can help improve your daily life.
Portable Projectors: Entertainment For Small Homes
First on our list are portable projectors for your living room / bedroom. Compared to a traditional large screen TV, these projectors take way less space and require little effort to setup. Most portable projectors now has Android TV pre-installed, allowing users to install the most popular streaming apps in the market, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and more.
Another benefit of portable projectors is that you can easily move it around to enjoy your content anywhere in the house. Got that recipe on YouTube that you want to refer to while cooking? Or wanting to binge watch your favourite anime series in the comfort of your own bed? Portable projectors can do all of the above with ease.
Our pick of portable projectors is the LUMOS ATOM, which has all the essential features you would need. It has 6,000 lumens (375 ANSI lumens, 300 ISO lumens), Bluetooth, and built-in Netflix and YouTube.
Alternatively, if you want a projector that runs Android TV, you can consider the XGIMI MoGo Pro+, which runs on Android TV 10. It also has similar specifications compared to the LUMOS ATOM, however availability in Malaysia is limited.
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Wireless Smart Speakers: Control Your Small Home With Your Voice
Wireless smart speakers are essential for setting up a smart home, including small homes such as apartments and studios. Not only can they play music, these nifty speakers also acts as a hub for your smart home. You can issue voice commands to play music and control other connected smart devices in your home.
Our pick for an entry level setup would be the Xiaomi Smart Speaker with IR Control. This model supports IR control, acting as a remote control for a wide variety of home appliances, including air conditioners, ceiling fans, and TVs. Not only it can control smart devices, you can transform existing appliances into smart ones as well.
If you want better quality audio for a small home, then the Sonos smart speaker line up should be in your shortlist. Sonos is famous for their sound quality on their smart speakers. They are also quite modular, as you can upgrade and setup your audio in individual rooms using the Sonos app. For starters, you can consider the Sonos One, which supports Google Assistant, or the Sonos Beam if you prefer soundbars.
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Multi-Function Kitchen Appliances: Ideal For Small Kitchens
Kitchens in apartments and studios are often tiny. Hence, every discerning home cook living in small homes should look at kitchen appliances that can perform multiple cooking tasks.
Our pick for the ultimate do it all kitchen appliance is the Xiaomi Smart Cooking Robot. It comes with 35 functions, such as stir-frying, baking, mincing, juicing, steaming and more. This smart cooking robot also boasts a large library of recipes that you can follow from a wide range cuisines and food cultures.
Another option would be the Tokit Omni Cook, which operates similarly to the Xiaomi Smart Cooking Robot. It has 21 cooking functions, and also has a smart assistant that can cook a variety of dishes. You can even get the premium bundle, which includes everything a home cook needs in a compact body.
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Compact Air Purifiers: Keep Your Home Free From Airborne Particulates
Urban areas usually have poor air quality, hence air purifiers are essential for combat the dust, airborne viruses and other particulates that could harm your body. Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes, including ones for small homes.
Our pick would be the AcerPure Cool C2. Not only is it a good quality air purifier with a 3-in-1 HEPA filter, it also has an air circulator on top of it to help circulate air around the house. It can cover a wide area of up to 33 square meters (~355 square feet), making it a great option for the living area.
For bedrooms, we recommend the Xiaomi Air Purifier 4 Compact. It offers excellent filtration capabilities in a compact body, perfect for placements beside the bed or under the dressing table.
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That wraps up our list of tech and appliances to make living in small homes a more enjoyable experience. For more buyer’s guides like this one, do check out our full list here.