Home gadgets may get a little lost in the noise generated by ‘sexier’ technology such as sleek electric cars, powerful digital cameras, large OLED TVs and shiny shiny smartphones, but don’t doubt: small electronics can be big. a beneficial effect on our daily lives by keeping our homes clean, our food delicious and our drinks refreshing.
2022 was the year when most of us felt free to explore the outside world again after nearly two years of lockdowns and other restrictions, so maybe our appreciation for the comforts of home wasn’t so bad. That said, as the weather turns colder, the nights draw in and the price of a night out reaches eye-watering levels, we’re spending more and more time indoors. Better to appreciate the allure of a spotless living room, a cracking cup of coffee or a pint of beer. So what better time than now to present our picks for the best small appliance of the year?
Small machine of the year: Sage Barista Express Impress
The days when 90% of the British public would accept a sad cup of Kenco instant coffee are long gone. Although we still have a long way to go before we rival the Italians, Americans or Australians in respect for a well-crafted cup of joe, the United Kingdom is now a nation of ‘good coffee people’ who can turn their noses up. in an overly bitter ristretto or a long juicy Americano.
The process of making sparkling coffee can be tricky and time-consuming, but not with the Sage Barista Express Impress. Sitting somewhere between a fully manual espresso maker and an automatic bean-to-cup filling machine, it requires a lot of guesswork and experimentation in the creation of coffee by bringing water to a pressure of 9 and 65-70º C, leaving you with but one important task: setting grinding roughness (work to be finished within a few cups of the trial).
With its stainless steel pickup and beautiful bean hopper, portable shelf and built-in steam wand, the Barista Express Impress has all the features you could ask for in a coffee maker, with build quality and looks to match – and it’s as easy to use as any entry-level machine out there. Just something to get you off those Nescafe pots.
Highly Recommended: Roidmi X30 Pro
When is a cordless vacuum cleaner better than a cordless vacuum cleaner? When – like the Roidmi X30 Pro – it can happily moonlight as a wet mop for hard floors. In fact, this stylish Dyson winner can wipe on and off in one fell swoop, leaving your kitchen/bathroom spotless and sparkling in no time. While it won’t completely replace your mop, it’s a great feature for those times when the floor isn’t dirty but you could use a simple wipe.
Simple and thoughtfully designed (we liked the OLED battery life indicator and the choice of three suction power levels), it comes with a five-year warranty for peace of mind. If you’re in the market for a battery-powered and compact cleaner, we can’t recommend this paragon of purity enough.
Also shortlisted: Pinter
A tip of the hat must also go to this home brewing gadget, which has a 10-pint canister and a simple app that takes you step-by-step through the fermentation process. It’s available in a range of fun colors and designed to work with Pinter’s proprietary system, which allows you to order a variety of beer carton compatible packs by post.
About Stuff Gadget Awards
The Stuff Gadget Awards is where we reward the best technology we’ve seen over the course of the year with gadgets that celebrate their status as the crème de la crème of gadgets. Read more about The Stuff Gadget awards.