Whether you plan on spending the remaining nice days outdoors this fall or are looking to give your home and office space a boost, there are a few gadgets that can help. And with the change of season comes new tech products that you’ll want to upgrade and add to your fall routine.
If you were looking to turn your home into a smart one, Wirecutter Deputy Editor Annemarie Conte stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about the best smart products to shop. From thermostats to outdoor plugs, Conte says these Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets are easy to use.
Keep reading to see all the top tech gadgets rated by Wirecutter that you’ll want to try for yourself this fall.
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Protect and control the locks of your home, from anywhere, with this smart lock. According to the brand, the six-in-one system connects through an app, which allows you to share an electronic key, set access times and more. Plus it features fingerprint ID, smart auto-lock and a manual key.
The brand says you will save up to 26 percent on heating and cooling costs with this smart thermostat. Conte says this was the most versatile option they tested, which connects to Andriod, Apple and most HVAC home systems. According to the brand, you can control the temperature of your home anywhere through an app. Plus it will adjust to your desired temperature while you’re sleeping and before you get home.
Conte says this affordable camera is perfect for pet owners. According to the brand, you can install it indoors or outdoors and it will record up to three days of video. Other notable features include two-way talking, which allows you to talk to your pet, and night vision.
Conte says this smart bulb was the brightest bulb they tested and loves the endless features. According to the brand, the bulb connects through an app where you can choose from 16 million colors and control the dimness and brightness of the bulb.
This outdoor plug is easy to install and great for holiday decorations, says Conte. Featuring two plugs, the brand says you can use voice or the remote control to turn on and off, set timers and schedule any outdoor electronics — all through an app.
Conte says this smoke and carbon monoxide protector was Wirecutter’s top pick because it senses slow and fast burning fires. According to the brand, you can connect this Nest protector to Wi-Fi and it will send a message to your phone when it goes off, allowing you to monitor the safety of your home from anywhere.
More tech and gadgets, according to Mario Armstrong
Digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong previously joined TODAY to share the latest on this season’s tech must-haves. From the latest Apple iPhone launch to turning your home into a smart one, Armstrong has you covered on the best in tech for your home, office and more.
HP Instant Ink
There’s nothing worse than being low on ink when a big school or work project is due, says Armstrong. That’s why he likes this printer ink subscription that delivers ink or toner right to your home before you run out. According to the brand, this subscription is as-needed (not monthly), which allows you to choose plans based on how much your household prints — starting at 99 cents.
These handy smart plugs connect to your in-home Wi-Fi, which allows you to control your home appliances and electronics from your phone, says the brand. You’ll be able to set timers, turn on and off lights from the other room, at work or even while on vacation.
According to the brand, you’ll be able to independently control up to six items with this smart power strip. Plus it features three USB ports to charge and control electronic devices. In addition to the smart capabilities, the brand says this surge protector will protect sensitive household items from sudden power surges during storms.
The latest from Apple, the iPhone 14, has an upgraded front-facing camera that features auto focus, plus emergency SOS and crash detection, says the brand. Armstrong says these new camera features are great for both bright and low-light pictures. He also loves the video stabilization for when you’re trying to get the perfect shot of something moving, like your kid’s soccer game.
Armstrong says you can turn any TV into a smart one with this Roku streaming device. According to the brand, you’ll be able to watch all of your favorite streaming apps with 4K picture quality. Plus the brand says this device is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google and iPhone’s Siri.
This 3-in-1 charger allows you to charge all of your devices at once and up to 30 minutes faster, says the brand. Featuring two USB-C ports and a USB-A port, you can plug in your laptop, phone, earbuds and more. One Amazon verified reviewer wrote this product is worth the splurge, “for the money, you can charge three devices and minimize the amount of chargers you bring with you while traveling.”
Fitbit’s latest health and fitness tracker, Inspire 3, really does it all. According to the brand, this device will track your steps, heart rate, sleep and even features stress management tracking with guided breathing sessions. Plus it features a lightweight and sleek design, so you can wear it all day, no matter what the occasion is.
Tandem Expense Sharing App
Armstrong says this app is a great way for couples and families to simply share and pay expenses, while maintaining financial independence. According to the brand, you can customize how you split finances, such as rent, gas and groceries, which allows you to leave complicated spreadsheets in the past.
More must-have gadgets for the outdoors and home, according to Jason Chen
Wirecutter Deputy Editor Jason Chen stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share some handy products that are perfect for the changing seasons. From a portable outdoor lamp to a heated mattress pad for those extra chilly nights, Chen has you covered.
This portable outdoor lantern will come in handy for your next backyard bonfire, camping trip and more. According to the brand, it features a frosted shade for even light and will last up to 70 hours with AAA batteries.
Nothing is more satisfying than getting into a warm, cozy bed. Chen chose this heated mattress for those extra-cold nights. It features 10 heat settings and auto shutoff. It has over 4,000 Amazon five-star ratings and one verified reviewer wrote, “it helps me sleep deeper, maybe I needed a warm bed and did not have one before. It also helps my arthritis, I can sit longer at my desk now.”
Chen says this laptop stand is a great option for those traveling back and forth between the home and office. According to the brand, the adjustable height brings the laptop to your eye level to protect your posture and keeps you from feeling hunched over all day. The brand also mentions it’s compatible with MacBooks and most PC laptops and notebooks.
Whether you’re a remote or hybrid worker or travel a lot, Chen likes this Logitech bluetooth keyboard. Coming in three different colors, the brand says this universal keyboard is compact, making it easy to travel with. They also mention it is compatible with most devices, including Windows, Mac, Chrome, iPads and more.
Upgrade your office or work-from-home space with this cozy footrest, which features an adjustable height and memory foam cushion. According to the brand, this product is perfect for those who sit for a long period of time and they say it will help relieve pain and pressure from the back and hips.
Whether you’re sitting in the bleachers for an evening game or out for a stroll, Chen loves this 3-in-1 gadget for those chilly nights because it functions as a hand warmer. The brand also mentions it can be used as a portable phone charger and LED flashlight, making it perfect for evening walks or even fall camping.
More must-have gadgets for outdoors and home, according to Steve Greenberg
“Gadget Nation” author and tech expert Steve Greenberg previously joined TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share some useful and entertaining gadgets. From cool picks for outdoor gatherings to solar-powered bug zappers, Greenberg’s recommendations are sure to be a hit.
Spruce up your backyard decor or set the mood with these fun lights at late-night barbecues. You can switch up the color of the lighting, from warm white to cool white to blue, just by tapping the top of the dome. You can also dim it by pressing down on the top, too. Plus the brand says it is water-resistant.
Sunfox Solar Speaker
From the pool to picnics, a portable speaker can come in handy for just about any occasion. Greenberg picked this handheld option from Sunfox, which can fully recharge in as little as 16 hours of sunlight or within two hours via a USB port. According to the brand, it is also waterproof, sand-proof and shockproof, so you can bring it along for many outdoor adventures.
Ice cream shouldn’t be enjoyed as a soup. These insulated bowls can help prevent frozen treats from melting, and even come with their own lids. According to the brand, they can help keep ice cream at the right temperature for up to 200% longer than traditional bowls.
Bug bites are often unavoidable, but according to the brand, this gizmo can at least help to take away some of the itching and swelling they cause. With the press of a button, the device channels heat to the ceramic plates on its end (up to 124 degrees), which can be applied directly to the bite. The brand says it is a chemical-free way to reduce bug bite reactions for everyone ages 2 and up.
The Solar Insect Zappers
Rather than wasting your own physical energy trying to keep bugs away, Greenberg found these solar-powered zappers that you can place around your yard to help eliminate mosquitoes and other insects. According to the brand, they only require moderate sunlight and can provide protection for up to eight hours on a full charge.
Whether you’re an apartment dweller or simply don’t have enough room for a fire pit in your backyard, this portable fire pit can bring the bonfire vibes right into your home — without any of the smoke. All you need is some rubbing alcohol and a well-ventilated room to light it in.
Relaxing in the pool sounds nice, but not everyone wants to get wet while doing it. This float was designed with those people in mind. It is elevated above water, so your chances of getting wet are lower. It can support up to 250 pounds, is ergonomically contoured for comfortable lounging and features a sun canopy to help keep you cool, too.
More must-have gadgets for outdoors and home
Whether you’re looking to create the ultimate home theater or host outdoor movie nights, this mini projector is a great addition for your home or backyard. Featuring an easy WiFi setup, you can even hook up to Fire Sticks, Chromecast, laptops and more, according to the brand. Add in an 80 to 100 inch projection screen for optimal viewing, the brand shares.
Your next gathering will be a hit with this wireless karaoke microphone, which features bluetooth capabilities. By pairing with your phone and hooking up with the included singing app, you’ll be able to show off your karaoke skills with your favorite songs.
This waterproof speaker is perfect for the shower, hiking, vacations or anywhere you might want to listen to music. According to the brand, it can be fully immersed in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.