Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. There will be ample turkey for everyone, an abundance of gifts, and the chance to delight your guests by hosting an impressive party.
Sounds great, but why stop at an impressive party? You can take your hospitality skills to a whole new level by deploying your smart home. It’ll not only amaze your visitors, but can also help the entire day go off without a hitch.
Here’s how smart home gadgets can help turn this year’s Thanksgiving Day into one to remember.
As your guests start to arrive, you don’t want to be dragged to your front door every two minutes to let people in. It’s a recipe for burned turkey and overcooked vegetables.
Of course, you could just pay your youngest kid a couple of bucks to chaperone your visitors for a few minutes after their arrival, but where’s the fun in that? For a more tech-orientated solution, you should check out a smart lock plus smart doorbell combination.
There are lots of options out there. If you want a lock, you can’t go far wrong with August’s range of products. The third-generation model, which is typically available for between $230 and $270 on Amazon, lets you lock and unlock your door directly from your smartphone.
A smart doorbell (such as the Ring Video Doorbell or the SkyBell Video Doorbell) will complement the lock perfectly by allowing you to see who’s at the entrance before granting access.
Despite all the visiting and games, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving Day celebration is the food. And for people who love to cook, there is no shortage of smart products for the kitchen. We’ve looked at some in detail elsewhere on the site.
For a bit more inspiration, keep reading. Here are three smart kitchen gadgets that’ll ease some of the stress.
The less mess you make in the kitchen, the better. Therefore, this seven-in-one pot is an instant winner. It replaces the need for a separate pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté device, steamer, and warmer by rolling all the functions into one.
The Bluetooth feature lets you keep an eye on the cooking progress without needing to open the lid.
Sure, it might be called a “BBQ thermometer,” but the device works perfectly on any meal. It has 11 pre-programmed settings for different types of meat. As soon as your culinary masterpiece has reached the correct temperature, you’ll receive an alert on your phone.
Not only will your guests be impressed by your turkey-cooking skills, but they’ll also be grateful for avoiding food poisoning.
Any good meal should end with a cup of coffee. In moderate amounts, it’s an excellent digestive. But who really wants to go and make coffee for 20 people on a full stomach? You want to sit there and enjoy the conversation instead.
A Behmor Coffee Maker could be the answer. It can be operated from your smartphone and lets you customize the coffee’s temperature and strength.
Now you just need to convince someone to stand up and serve it. Or chuck a few more bucks to one of your other kids.
Time to Eat
It’s a miracle. Your turkey is perfect, your vegetables are cooked-but-firm, and granny hasn’t accidentally put coffee in the gravy jug. Everyone’s about to sit down for a wonderful feast.
But your smart home doesn’t need to stop. It can keep working in the background to make sure everything stays perfect.
Two of the most critical non-food aspects of a meal are the lighting and the ambient air.
Regarding the air temperature and quality, why not check out the Honeywell HPA250B Bluetooth Air Purifier? It works in rooms up to 310 square foot and uses a carbon pre-filter to reduce unpleasant cooking odors.
Everyone loves an after-dinner game. But instead of dusting off Monopoly or Trivial Pursuits for its once-per-year outing, why not try something more high-tech?
For example, you could buy one of the iPawn games. In case you’re not aware, the games ship with special playing pieces that work on an iPad screen. Some of the most popular releases include Air Hockey and Fishing. Best of all, the games are inexpensive — they usually cost less than $15 on Amazon.
And if you want to keep the kids entertained (after all, they’ve been working all day and deserve a rest), you could buy Robot Turtles. There is a board game version and an eBook version, both of which are electronic games that teach your little treasures about computer programming.
Parties are always great fun, but the post-party cleanup is a nightmare. Even though you spend hours vacuuming and disinfecting every inch of your home, you can be certain you’ll still find a moldy cocktail sausage behind the couch a few months later.
While not even the smartest of smart home gadgets will be able to locate every errant snack, a smart cleaning robot will at least make the clean-up operation a bit more manageable.
Is your mess too stubborn for a vacuum alone? Roomba now offers two smart robot mops that may work better for you! The Braava Jet costs $199, and the Braava 300 costs $299.
Your Smart Home on Thanksgiving Day
In this article, we’ve introduced you to a handful of smart technology you can deploy this Thanksgiving Day.
Of course, we’ve only just scratched the surface. No matter what smart devices you have in your home, you’ll be able to set them up in a way to both impress guests and make your day easier.
Which smart home gadgets will you be using for your celebrations? Leave your tips and suggestions in the comments section below, and remember to share this article with your friends and followers on social media.
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