While we do admit that technology can sometimes be bad for our health (especially our sight with all the time we spend in front of our phones and laptops), no one can deny that it also has the power to completely transform our lives for the better. For instance, it has totally revolutionized healthcare, both for professionals and ordinary people.
It has never been easier to track our basic health indicators with the help of such gadgets as the Apple Watch, for example. But wearable tech is just one way to stay informed and improve on your physical and mental wellness.
Thanks to technological innovation, there are plenty of smart devices that can turn our homes into wellness sanctuaries. From kitchen appliances that inform us about the nutritional value of every ingredient we put in our meals to air purifiers and even smart toothbrushes, the sky seems to be the limit.
Here, we rounded up the most effective gadgets that you’ll want to add to your house if you want to make it a healthy haven.
Molekule Air Purifier
You should keep track of air quality not just outside but inside your house, too, especially if you or your loved ones suffer from conditions such as allergies or asthma. Air purifiers are nothing new but Molekule is a total game-changer. It uses technology that destroys “pollutants 1000 times smaller than what traditional HEPA filters can trap,” according to the company. The sleek aluminum device features two filters that capture particles, bacteria, and viruses and breaks them down at a molecular level. It will completely purify the air in a 600-square-foot room once every hour. And it does so quietly and in an energy-efficient way.
To buy: $799, molecule.com
Vitruvi White Stone Diffuser
Instead of burning candles or incense sticks, which, in our experience, either smell too strong or too weak, opt for a stylish diffuser like this one from Vetruvi. You can regulate the strength of the smell by either adding more or less essential oils to the water reservoir. It is incredibly easy to fill up and clean. Just add water and a few drops of your favorite calming essential oils, place back the cap and cover and voilà. Another thing we love about it is that it really doesn’t look like a diffuser but rather like a modern piece of home décor. It is made from porcelain and has a matte finish for an artisanal look.
To buy: $119, vitruvi.com
Vitamix Perfect Blend Smart Scale
A huge part of healthy eating is portion control and nutrition awareness. The Vitamix smart scale will make sticking to your nutritional goals a breeze, as it is so much more than just a food scale. It works together with the Vitamix app to show you the exact nutritional information for every ingredient you weigh as well as calories count and number of servings. There are also hundreds of healthy recipes in the app that are extremely easy to make. And speaking of the app, it enables you to create a personalized eating plan, grocery lists, and of course, follow your overall progress. You can even sync the scale with your favorite fitness app via Apple Health and Google Fit.
To buy: $100, amazon.com
Withings Sleep Sensing & Home Automation Pad
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to your overall health and the Withings Sleep Monitor is the first step to achieving that. It measures all the parameters that impact your sleep cycles such as heart rate, breathing disturbances, snoring, sleep duration, and sleep depth. The pad, which you place underneath your mattress can also be connected to your thermostat and other smart devices in your home so you can control them all without having to get up from your bed.
To buy: $100, withings.com
Qardio Base 2 Smart Scale
This smart scale not only helps you track your weight (in pounds, kilograms, or stones) but it also shows you changes in your body composition and calculates your BMI. It automatically recognizes your family members and even has a pregnancy mode for moms-to-be. The scale shares your information with the Qardio App where you can track your progress over time for better weight management. And finally, the sleek circular glass design looks super modern and fits any bathroom interior.
To buy: $150, getqardio.com
Peloton has really revolutionized at-home workouts by giving people access to live and on-demand classes led by professional trainers. The result? First of all (and most importantly), it’s easier than ever to motivate yourself to get up from the sofa and move since you actually have a living human being working out with you. Second of all, your workouts are way more effective so you are able to see results and keep your fitness goals.
After each class, you can also see a summary of how well you did that includes your heart rate, resistance, and output. So whether you are just starting out or you are a pro preparing to conquer a marathon, Peloton will create a custom training schedule for you, and you don’t even have to leave your home.
To buy: $4,295, onepeloton.com
Oral-B Genius 8000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Dental health largely depends on your dental hygiene or, in other words: brushing your teeth in an effective way is important! With most toothbrushes though it’s impossible to know how good of a job you are doing. Enter Oral-B’s new smart toothbrush. It not only gives you real-time feedback (the toothbrush has Bluetooth) but you can even have your dentist provide you with guidance via Oral-B’s app. The brush also has a pressure sensor so you can see how much time you’ve spent brushing your teeth. The brush’s battery has an impressive life of 12 days in between charges and there’s a travel case included in the package.
To buy: from $200, oralb.com