Guest post by Erin Holdgate, from Zillow

From TVs to refrigerators, the smart appliance market has never been bigger. If your wish list is also growing, be sure to check out a few of these high-tech home fixtures to modernize your space.

  1. Bluetooth showerhead

Gone are the days of dripping water all over the bathroom floor when you adjust the volume of your speakers. Bluetooth showerheads deliver your music, podcasts or news into your shower without the safety hazard. Many are made by trusted showerhead brands, so you aren’t risking a leaky fixture or compromising on quality. Since the speaker detaches for charging, you can bring it around the house with you, essentially making this gadget a two-for-one.

Check out the Moxie Showerhead by Kohler:

  1. Remote-control window blinds

Remote-control window blinds are perfect for those who struggle daily with the sun blasting through skylights and windows, or waste time untangling those lift cords that never seem to match up quite right. With the touch of a button, you can adjust all of the blinds in your home, including those hard-to-reach ones, without having to leave your seat. The motors for these blinds come in a variety of price points and warranty packages for virtually every type of window, making them a great way to modernize the home on any budget.

  1. Smart thermostat

If you love sleeping with the air on full blast, but need heat to get moving in the morning, consider upgrading to an ever-popular smart thermostat. They learn your schedule, which means your home will always be at the perfect temperature for whatever you’re doing. You can sync these thermostats to an app on your smartphone and adjust the temperature from anywhere. This means you’ll never have to wait for your house to cool down after that summer vacation, or worry if the heat is blasting while you’re at work. The best part is your smart thermostat will eventually pay for itself in energy savings, making it the gift that keeps on giving.

Check out the Nest Learning Thermostat.


  1. Area rug heater

High-tech heated floors meets old-school blanket warmers in this gadget. These under-rug heating pads hide right under most standard-sized rugs, making them the perfect accessory for any home this winter. Popular brands meet a series of fire safety standards, and can be hard-wired to a thermostat. These make a great substitute for chunky space heaters in small apartments or bedrooms, and an energy-efficient solution to drafty windows or doorways in older homes.

  1. Smart electricity switches and sockets

Whether you’re gone for the day or the whole week, you’ll never have to worry whether you unplugged the iron again. You can now control your home’s lights and appliances, and track daily electrical usage, from your phone. There are many different types of smart electrical switches and sockets on the market right now. Some simply plug into existing sockets, and are great for counter-top items like curling irons and coffee pots. You can opt to upgrade every socket and light switch in the home, but this project may require additional hard wiring.

While these gadgets can help take your home from basic to high-tech, many others don’t sell themselves. If you’re buying or selling a smart home, be sure to research the market value of these additions in the real estate market.