Garden Gadgets: Those of us fortunate enough to have a garden at home have spent more time in it than ever before, so it’s no wonder that we want to make it as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. We’ve gathered some of the top garden gadgets to offer you some ideas for sprucing up your outside environment.
Garden Gadgets: Innr Outdoor Smart Lighting
Innr’s outdoor smart lights should keep the party going past sunset for those get-togethers that last late into the evening.
Choose from pedestal lights, spot lights, and lighting strips to create a unique look for your area, then manage everything from your phone with the Innr app.
This allows you to design an automatic schedule, integrate your lighting into a smart home routine, and select the colour you want them to be. With Alexa or Google Assistant, you can even change them with your voice.
Because they use the Zigbee protocol, you’ll need a control hub that can handle it. Some of Amazon’s most current Echo models, such as the 4th Generation Echo, the Echo Studio, and the Echo Show 10, come with built-in Zigbee capability, but if not, the Philips Hue Bridge or Samsung SmartThings Hub would do.
Innr’s lights come in three-packs, but they can be increased to ten with only one control box, or you may utilise several control boxes to operate individual lights independently. They’re simple to install with a little tech know-how, but they’ll need an outside socket, so you’ll need an electrician for that.
Garden Gadgets: Gardenature smart bird box
A smart bird box is ideal for getting to know the feathered creatures who live in your garden for the tech-savvy birdwatcher. Gardenature offers a variety of alternatives, but we really enjoy their IP camera bird boxes, which can send live HD video from within the birdbox to your smartphone or tablet.
You’ll usually only need to run one cable from the birdbox to your router, but if you have outdoor mains power nearby – in a shed or outbuilding – the company also sells powerline adapters that can push your internet signal through your electrical ring main, saving you the trouble of running cables for miles.
Sonos Move portable speaker
For a long time, Sonos has been one of the greatest multi-room systems you can buy for your house. The garden, on the other hand, has been left out of the party because its speakers have always been dependant on Wi-Fi and mains electricity.
Until lately, that is. The Sonos Move is a wireless and Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker that can be used both inside and outside the home.
That means it may be used as part of your multi-room system while connected to your house’s Wi-Fi, or it can be used with Bluetooth away from home to stream directly from your phone.
It has a nice handle for carrying it around and gives 10 hours of wire-free playback. It is waterproof to IP56 and has a handy handle for carrying it around. Simply place it back on its charging ring when it’s time to charge it, and it’ll be completely charged in three hours.
It sounds amazing, as you’d expect from Sonos, and is aided by the Move’s Auto Trueplay feature. This learns a little about the area it’s in and adjusts the sound to make sure it’s as good as possible.
It’s on the pricey side compared to some other wireless speakers but its performance more than justifies it – particularly if you’re looking to set up a multi-room system in your home.
Looking for something smaller and cheaper? The Sonos Roam has just recently been announced, and costs £159.
Anker Nebula Mars II projector
Why not invest in a portable projector like the Anker Nebula Mars II for watching movies outside this summer?
We prefer the Mars II since it comes with everything you need in a single package, making setup a breeze. That means it’ll have built-in Wi-Fi for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC iPlayer, as well as a great speaker and a rechargeable battery that’ll give it four hours of battery life when not plugged in.
With automated focusing and keystone correction, all you have to do is aim it at a blank wall and the projector will take care of the rest. It can project an image up to 100 inches with a resolution of 720p HD, however for the best picture, we recommend keeping it smaller than that.
We’d also recommend starting the movie while it’s as dark as possible. The light output is just 300 lumens, so it won’t be the brightest picture you’ve ever seen, but it’s excellent for adding a little extra fun to those summer nights thanks to its simplicity and ease-of-use.
Garden Gadgets: Cooper Cooler drink cooler
On a hot day, ice cold beverages are essential, but when the fridge is brimming with food from the BBQ and you’ve got thirsty visitors, you may discover that the available fridge capacity is insufficient to meet the demand.
The Cooper Cooler will take your warm beverage and turn it into ice cold in minutes, whether it’s a can of Coke, a beer, or a bottle of wine. All you have to do is fill it with ice and water, select the beverage you want to chill, and turn it on.
The Cooper Cooler will gently spin your drink and spray it with ice cold water to keep it at the same low temperature throughout. In less than a minute, you can have a fridge-cold beer or a bottle of wine, and in less than six minutes, you can get a bottle of wine. This is a game changer.
Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub
Summertime means BBQ season, and if you’re in charge of the cooking, you know how important it is to have the meat grilled to perfection.
Weber, the BBQ masters, have luckily devised a brilliant piece of technology that allows you to get it perfect every time while also allowing you to move away from the grill.
The Weber Connect serves as a step-by-step grilling helper, alerting you when it’s time to flip burgers or turn sausages.
It comes with two probes for inserting into the meat you’re cooking, but it can hold up to four more for monitoring four separate pieces of meat at once. These will keep track of the temperature of the meat and, with the Weber Connect app, will assist you through the process of cooking it perfectly every time, with various instructions depending on how you want it cooked.
It connects to your existing BBQ through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so there’s no need to spend a lot of money to upgrade your grilling experience..
Garden Gadgets: Ooni Koda 12 pizza oven
BBQs are unquestionably the king of summertime feasts, but how about some stone-baked pizza al fresco? Please include us.
The Ooni Koda 12 is a gas-powered pizza oven that is ready to use right out of the box, saving you time and effort over using wood or charcoal. All you have to do is connect it to the gas, place the stone-baking board on top, and you’ll be ready to cook in it in under 15 minutes.
It reaches temperatures of up to 500°C and cooks your homemade pizzas in just 60 seconds, so there’s no time to waste.
Of course, you don’t have to stop there; the Ooni Koda 12 can also be used to roast fish or veggies, as well as grill steaks, if that’s your thing. You may change the heat control dial to settings that are appropriate for the dish you’re cooking.
When you’re done cooking, just remove the stone-baked board for cleaning, fold the legs, and the Ooni Koda 12 is small enough to store in a shed or in your kitchen.
Kitsound Diggit 55 speaker
The Kitsound Diggit 55 is meant for the great outdoors – literally. If you’re searching for a more cheap Bluetooth speaker to set the soundtrack to your BBQs, look no further.
It has a ground stake that can be removed, 360-degree sound from twin opposing drivers that spreads your music in all directions, and an Outside EQ Mode that boosts the loudness and bass to better fit an outdoor situation.
Do you want a sound that is more expansive? If you buy two, you may easily connect them to make a stereo pair for a more immersive soundtrack.
It has tough IP55 resistance to dust and water, a 15-hour battery life and an LED downlight for adding a bit of a glow to your night-time garden party. Its wooden design looks the part too, so it is stylish enough to be taken inside when you retire for the evening.
Flymo Easilife 200 mower
One of the most time-consuming gardening tasks is mowing the grass. It always has to be done when you’d rather be doing anything else, which is why it always falls at the bottom of your to-do list, generally until you have visitors.
It’s a no-brainer to get a robot lawnmower to do the job, but, like robot vacuums, it’s taken some time for them to function properly and be worth the investment. The Flymo Easilife 200, thankfully, is the company’s second generation of robot gadgets, and it shows.
The setup, like with other robot lawnmowers, is the most time-consuming part, and you’ll need to spend some time stringing guide and boundary wires.
Gardena smart irrigation control
It’s critical to maintain your garden well-watered if you want it to look its best. There are two ways to accomplish this: either stand there with a hose for hours or put up a sprinkler system to do it for you.
With a healthy dose of technology, the Gardena Smart System takes the trouble out of keeping your lawns and flowerbeds irrigated. The sprinkler works through a smart gateway that connects to your router via ethernet or Wi-Fi, and then the water control unit, which you connect to your outside tap. There are a few different parts to the system depending on how green-fingered you want to be, but the sprinkler works through a smart gateway that connects to your router via ethernet or Wi-Fi, and then the water control unit, which you connect to your outside tap.
You can operate the system using an app on your phone once it’s all set up and linked to your Wi-Fi. You may either start the watering manually or arrange it to start automatically on a schedule. You can even take it a step further by including one of Gardena’s smart sensors into your system, which can detect when your soil is becoming too dry and decide when to water on its own.