The holiday shopping season is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still recommend some of the newest and coolest gadgets for you to buy for yourself or as a gift for friends or family.
Staying current with all of the new gadgets and products out there isn’t easy, and neither is separating all the junk from the truly ‘Must Have’ gear. Most people (even tech and gadget enthusiasts) don’t have time to try every product or read hundreds of reviews. So we’ve done it for you.
Here you’ll find a comprehensive guide to all of our knowledge and research on the topic. In fact there’s so much stuff out there that we created 4 different guides to make sense of it all.
These are the coolest and most interesting gadgets released throughout all of 2015, sorted into 4 categories: Tech, Home, Travel, and Kitchen Gadgets.
The Coolest Gadgets from 2015:
The Best Tech Gadgets
This category tends to see as many new products as any, and 2015 was no different.
There are a couple of big trends among the must-have gadgets in the last couple of years. One is cyber-security. With all of the data breaches in the news recently, more and more people are becoming aware the importance of staying on top of this. The first item on our tech gadgets list helps tackle this challenge.
Another common theme among the coolest tech gadgets is customization and responsiveness. People don’t just want a one-size-fits-all product anymore. They want to be able to adjust it to their lifestyle and optimize it to suit their needs. If something can’t be customized out of the box, it’s going to be limited in terms of the number of people it can help.
A few of the gadgets on our list offer this type of detailed customization and we believe more products will follow this trend in the near future as machines get smarter and technology improves overall.
The Best Home Gadgets
There are a lot of products out there designed for a high tech home, but a common theme we saw among the must-have gadgets for the home this year was ‘smart’ technology and data.
3 out of 5 of the products on our list of coolest gadgets for your home involve some impressive technology that uses data to make your life easier.
There are a couple of different ways this happens. Some new gadgets have found ways to improve on basic household items (like a thermostat) by using technology to help the product learn from your preferences and adjust to your needs. The end result is a thermostat that knows your habits and adjusts without being asked, while still allowing complete control via smartphone app whether or not you’re home.
Another way that gadgets are using data to help us is through analysis and reporting. This year will see more products than ever focused on keeping you informed about what’s going on in your home and life. For example, how about a doorbell that shows you who’s at your front door via video, and allows you to answer via your smartphone (even if you’re miles away).
People are busier than ever these days. As we spend more time away from home (at work and elsewhere), more people will turn to helpful technologies like this that allow you to keep tabs on what’s going on around your home at all times, from seeing who’s at your front door to checking what your temperature is currently set at and adjusting it if needed.
The Best Travel Gadgets
There are a ton of travel gadgets on the market. This is probably the hardest category to find the good stuff, because it’s hidden between hundreds of copycat products and gimmicks.
Even specific things like portable chargers have hundreds of different product variations and designs. We dug through the mess and found a couple of the most innovative chargers that are truly exceptional based on their design and functionality (how about charging 3-4 items at a time from a single outlet and single cord?)
That’s just one example. Our list also includes some other innovative gear that can help with everything from packing for a trip to locating your luggage if it’s ever lost or stolen.
One of the coolest items we found is a voice translator that instantly translates between 25 languages, both ways in a conversation. So you can have a live conversation with somebody and the device will translate your speech to them in their language, and translate all of their responses back to you in English.
The Best Kitchen Gadgets
Spending time in the kitchen and cooking doesn’t have to be boring. We’ve uncovered some new gadgets that are not only useful but can also make the whole process of preparing and eating food pretty fun.
One example from our list is a stove that cooks 100% with solar energy. This isn’t just a way to save on the power bill, it’s a pretty fun way to prepare your food next time you have some guests over for an outdoor cookout or barbecue.
Whether you’re spending time in the kitchen alone or entertaining friends/family, this list of the top 5 coolest kitchen gadgets will definitely help change up your routine and create a pretty unique and fun experience next time you’re preparing food and drinks.