You’ve seen the show “Home Shopping Network,” and you might even be a fan of it. Every time there’s a new product on sale, you know that they tell you about all the benefits and features that make it worth your money. But what happens when people start putting these products in their homes? Do they break? Do they do anything weird? Find out in this article.
Dutch gates and half doors
A Dutch door (also called Dutch gates and half doors) is a type of sliding door which separates two rooms. Dutch doors usually consist of two separate leaves, one hollow and one glassed-in. The glassed-in section can be either stationary or a casement window that opens like an ordinary window (these are often referred to as Dutch windows). The Dutch doors were invented in the sixteenth century in Holland to solve overcrowding and people shoving through tiny openings. They were ubiquitous at that time, with almost every Dutch house having them. They are now back and trending big.
“The ‘Eco-friendly’ Lightbulb That Worms Worm Tea”
This lightbulb is made by Koubachi, a startup company that claims to make eco-friendly products. You put it in your plant’s pot, and the bulb heats the soil enough to make it hospitable for worms. These worms digest liquid wastes, which help plants grow faster while keeping homes cleaner. Because of their diet, they also prevent bugs from attacking the plants. So instead of buying liquid fertilizers or bug sprays, why not just get this EcoSphere? The starter kit costs $32.95 on Amazon, but you’ll have to purchase replacement worms ($14.99 for 12) every once in a while ($12/year).
“Japanese Toilet That Saves Water and Power”
People in Japan are known for their clean and efficient toilets and public bathrooms. Since TOTO introduced its products onto the toilet market, competing companies have been trying to beat them at their own game. This is one of those attempts, dubbed “The Washlet TOTO.” It has a heated seat (goodbye winter mornings), deodorizes itself (maybe you don’t need Febreeze after all), and it can even dry you. It sanitizes the seat and bowl after every use. It can also save money. The Toto website says that this model costs $2/month to run! The one downside is that it uses a lot of water: 1 gallon per flush, two flushes for solid waste, and three colors for liquid waste. Keep in mind that although this seems like a lot when compared to older models, which used up to 5-6 gallons for each flush, the number isn’t too bad. Check out the Washlet at your local home improvement store or on Amazon!
“Smart Mirror That Can Charge Your Devices”
This mirror is called the C by GE and was recently released. It’s not just an ordinary mirror; it has LED lights that can change into different colors, and you can even talk to it. For example, if you want the lights red, you say “Hey C,” then “mirror on,” then “red.” If you want some white ambient lighting for a party, tell the C to “mirror on,” then “white.” One of its most incredible features is that it doubles as a speaker! You don’t have to pair your phone with anything new—connect your devices using Bluetooth technology.
The speaker itself has five drivers, two tweeters, and two woofers. In addition, there are two USB ports on the side so that this mirror becomes a charging station. Those who have this mirror say that it does an excellent job dimming the lights to help you fall asleep. I think this is a pretty cool gadget. You can find one on GE’s website for about $5,000 or buy it from Amazon!
“The Toilet That Cleans Itself”
There are so many different types of Japanese toilets out there now, and TOTO has been dominating the market lately with their Washlets. It’s not just a standard toilet anymore. This thing cleans itself after every flush! Plus, they have countless features. For example, they have air dryers instead of paper towels. They also have built-in speakers and even bidet functions (though I’ve heard people say they prefer bidets over these types of toilets). The price varies from $550 to $3,000, depending on the model and whether you get a bidet with it.