Refresh your residence with our awesome selection of home gadgets. From a floor washing robot to an instant architect-designed garden office and the sexiest thermostat we've ever seen, these items are anything but gimmicky - and we promise they'll make domestic life that little bit more simple and a whole lot more fun...

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  • iRobot's Scooba 390

    Given that we’re living in the 21st century, it goes without saying that every good home should have a robot. We can’t think of a more useful robotic house buddy than iRobot’s Scooba 390. This floor washing robot uses a four-stage cleaning process to get your floors spick and span. It preps, washes, scrubs and squeegees your floor with no sweeping required. You just need to relax and put your feet up – and out of the way – while it gets down to business. <a href="http://www.irobot.com/global/en/store/store_products.aspx?id=1222">£449 from iRobot.</a>

  • Tetra Shed

    We’re not sure if the definition of a ‘home gadget’ stretches to an add-on room, but we’re going to give it a go. In response to the growing number of people working from home and in need of an office, Tetra Shed came up with this geometric-shaped unit that can be elegantly plonked in your back garden. Made with timber core externally clad in rubber with countless custom finishes, this modular building system provides a practical, adaptable and easy-on-the-eye. The single garden office has a footprint of around just 10m² and internal floor area of around 8m², and can comfortably accommodate two people. <a href="http://www.tetra-shed.co.uk/">The basic office starts at around £15,000.</a>

  • Plumen 001 Low Energy Bulb

    Energy-saving light bulbs have had a makeover – and not a moment too soon. While eco-bulbs may overachieve on the planet-saving stuff, in the past they severely underachieved in the aesthetics department. Designed by Hulgar & Samuel Wilkinson, the Plumen 001 bulbs are designed to be pretty enough to go completely nude so you can save on lamp shade costs, <em> and</em> they last eight times longer than old-school bulbs. <a href="http://plumen.com/about.html">They’re available with bayonet and screw tops and cost £19.95. </a>

  • Nest Thermostat

    This is how you make home heating sexy. Well, kind of. Described by <a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/10/nest_thermostat/"><em>Wired</em></a> as the iPhone of thermostats, celebrated Apple computer engineer Tony Fadell focused his efforts on creating a new home heating solution after leaving the computer giant. Odd? Perhaps. Here's the thinking: with conventional heating systems there’s no easy or automatic way to control the temperature so carbon is being unnecessarily pumped into the air and people are losing billions of pounds in energy costs. Nest connects with smartphones, allowing users to control their heating whether they’re at home or not. Over time it learns your routines and designs a heating or air-conditioning programme around it. And it looks pretty, doesn’t it? <a href="http://www.nest.com/">The device costs $250 in the US and is expected to launch in the UK this year.</a>

  • Le Creuset Bottle Opener

    Bring the bar home! This has to be the ultimate bartending tool for oenophiles. The G10 Lever’s slick nickel design offers effortless cork removal, and the rotation technology allows you to remove both natural and synthetic corks without a hitch. It doesn’t come cheap, but for your money you’re getting a 10-year guarantee and a genuinely innovative piece of craftsmanship. <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/LMG10-Lever-Model-with-Foilcutter.aspx">£140 from Le Creuset.</a>

  • Lockitron

    Do you have a habit of locking yourself out of the house? Are you prone to that nagging feeling that you've left your front door unlocked and open to all and sundry? Meet Lockitron: a keyless lock and entry initiated through a smartphone app. You can instantly grant family and friends access to your home or business from anywhere in the world using your internet enabled smartphone. You can even set it up so that it texts you once your kids have arrived home safely. <a href="https://lockitron.com/preorder">Available for pre-order for March 2013 launch, $179. </a>