10 things all new homeowners should invest in
These products will practically pay for themselves in the long run.
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If you’re a first-time homebuyer anticipating the big move, you’ve probably made a list of the essential items you need for the home, like blinds, shower curtains, hangers, and cleaning supplies. But what about bigger items? Investing in quality furniture and appliances is a smart move if you don’t want to replace these items a few years down the road. And you certainly don’t have to buy everything you've been eyeing all at once. The following list contains some of the best items we've tested that new homeowners are investing in today, from lawn mowers to smart light systems.
1. A robot vacuum that cleans for you
If you’re moving into a new home, you might be gaining square footage from your old apartment or rental. More space can be nice, but it’s also more space to clean. To help with your regular vacuuming routine, check out the iRobot Roomba i7+. We chose it as the best robot vacuum on the market thanks to its ability to learn the layout of your home so it can navigate on regular schedules without getting stuck. It’s also the first robot vacuum we tested that can empty itself out.
The iRobot Roomba i7+ is compatible with smart home technology so you can use voice-commands to clean in the moment. It also contains a high-efficiency filter to trap cat and dog dander, so it’s great for pet-owners who don’t have as much time to regularly sweep or vacuum.
Get the iRobot Roomba i7+ at iRobot for $649.99
2. A supportive mattress that will better your night's sleep
The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress was our sleep writer's favorite mattress she tested by far. She tested a variety of mattresses for 100 nights and the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress came out on top. This mattress is firm and supportive, so it’s a good fit for back, side, or stomach-sleepers. The mattress is made with two layers of foam and the top is infused with cooling gel. You don’t need to worry about coordinating the pick up of this mattress either—it ships right to your door in a box. The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress was also one of the least expensive mattresses we tested, so you’re getting an amazing value for the price.
Get the Tuft & Needle Queen Mattress at Tuft & Needle for $590.75
3. A dependable washing machine that excelled during testing
Out of the 19 washing machines that we tried out in our labs, the Electrolux EFLS627UTT came through as the clear winner in our roundup of the best washing machines. This washing machine has a specific compartment for detergent pods so your detergent is distributed evenly. It also has a stainless steel drum that won’t chip or rust over time. Both the Normal and Quick cycles excelled at stain-removal, so even if you’re in a hurry the Electrolux EFLS627UTT will get the job done. Pair it with the Electrolux EFME627UTT dryer for an unbeatable pair.
Get The Electrolux EFLS627UTT at Appliances Connection for $1,073.10
4. A picture-perfect TV with stunning contrast
The television becomes a centerpiece for a lot of homes--it’s where you watch movies, play games, and listen to music. Our testers reviewed a handful of top-rated TVs and picked the LG OLED65C1PUB as the best TV money can buy. One of the most striking features of this television is its amazing display and contrast. The colors come through bright and true-to-life. It is one of the brightest OLED TVs that we tested, so it will provide amazing picture quality for all of your favorite media. The TV has HDMI 2.1 inputs so you’ll be able to play video games and stream in 4K. The LG C1 also has its own built-in smart software with apps that our testers found easy to navigate.
Get The LG OLED65C1PUB from Best Buy for $2,499.99
5. A refrigerator that keeps foods organized
One of our top recommendations for a quality refrigerator is the LG LSXS26366S. This is another appliance that our testers couldn't find a single fault with. This refrigerator has three doors, meaning that with the press of a button you can access door-in-door storage to grab quick snacks and condiments without opening the main storage area of the refrigerator. The LG LSXS26366S also excels at temperature regulation. With adjustable shelves and 26 cubic feet of space, you’ll have plenty of room for meal prep, leftovers, and beverages. The ice maker is located in the refrigerator door too, so absolutely no space is wasted.
Get The LG LSXS26366S from Appliances Connection for $1,595
6. A lawn mower to create a perfectly manicured lawn
If you’ve only ever lived in rentals, a lawn mower is a purchase you’ve likely never considered. However, once you own your own home you’ll be responsible for maintaining the lawn and exterior, so it’s a good time to consider purchasing a quality lawn mower.
The Honda 662300 4-in-1 Walk Behind Mower is a top-rated lawn mower by consumers, holding a near-perfect rating from Home Depot shoppers for its powerful propulsion and easy-to-use controls. It has seven position cutting height adjustments and a 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director that enables you to quickly switch between mulching, bagging, discharge, and leaf shredding. The GCV200 Honda mower engine is top-of-the-line, so this machine will last you for years to come. For added assurance, this mower comes with Honda’s 5-year warranty.
Get the Honda 662300 4-in-1 Walk Behind Mower from Home Depot for $629
7. An incredible sound system for multi-room listening
If you’re looking to build your perfect home theater, we highly recommend checking out Sonos’ selections of speakers and subwoofers. Sonos provides you with high definition sound, featuring Dolby Atmos for amazing clarity and immersion. Sonos also utilizes smart technology for easy voice control and automatic remote detection. Their custom app is super user-friendly and available on both iOS and Android. The Sonos Roam in particular was named our best portable speaker, while the Sonos Arc topped our list of the best soundbars.
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8. A spacious grill for backyard barbecues
Now that you have your own outdoor space, it’s a good time to consider purchasing a grill for outdoor cooking. The Weber Genesis II 435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill is our top upgrade pick for gas grills, as its stainless-steel burners and cooking grates are built to last and provide even heat distribution. Side tables are conveniently located for seasoning and prepping, and a side burner can be used for simmering sauces and veggies. Locking swivel casters and wheels make for easy mobility and storage.
This grill also comes with a 10-year warranty on all of its parts. You can also connect your mobile devices to the iGrill 3 app-connected thermometer to view real-time temperatures for easy monitoring. This grill will last you through the years and is guaranteed to provide quality meals for your family’s summertime barbecues.
Get the Weber Genesis II 435 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill from Home Depot for $1,249
9. An alarm system to help you feel safer
During our testing of the best DIY smart home security systems, we found the Ring 5-Piece Alarm System provided an amazing quality monitoring for a good price. You can also buy 8, 10, and 14 piece sets, but we found the entry, 5-piece kit to be a great starter set for your new home.
The system is easily self-installed and contains door/window sensors, motion detectors, and a keypad. Pair this system with your Alexa device for convenient voice-activated control. Professional monitoring is only $10 a month and includes real-time alerts and 24/7 emergency response. Self-monitoring is free and available on Ring’s app if you prefer. Even with self-monitoring, the smart alerts notify you when and where sensors are triggered. The app allows easy remote control, so even when you’re away from home you’ll feel safe and secure.
Get the Ring 5-Piece Alarm System from Amazon for $199.99
10. A smart light system for better ambiance
Reviewed has tested a number of smart light systems, and the Philips Hue 4pk White and Color Ambiance A19 LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit was chosen as our favorite smart bulb. The user-friendly app was one of our favorite aspects of this smart light system. You can literally pick any color of the rainbow to display through these bulbs, and they can easily be set on a schedule to turn on and off at your preferred time.
These bulbs will work with any of your smart home devices too, including Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri. You can also control these bulbs through Bluetooth, so no extra software or hardware is required to get the most out of this system.
Get the Philips Hue 4pk White and Color Ambiance A19 LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit at Home Depot for $192
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