20 Father's Day gifts for tech-obsessed dads
Spoil Dad this Father's Day with a techie gift he'll love.
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Father’s Day is fast approaching and takes place on Sunday, June 16. That means it’s time to think long and hard about what your going to get your pop—or other important father figure in your life—for his celebratory day.
Instead of getting him something boring and predictable like a new wallet or toolset, why not spring for a gift that speaks to his love for all things tech. From electric smokers to virtual reality headsets, we’ve rounded up the top tech gifts to get Dad this year. For more ideas, check out our Father’s Day 2019 Gift Guide.
1. A Bluetooth grill thermometer so he can make his favorite meals
If your dad likes to grill, then the Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer can help him cook his food to perfection. It has 4.5 overall stars on Amazon out of more than 1,300 reviews. The stainless steel probes connect via Bluetooth to let Dad know the food’s temperature as it cooks. The device syncs to an app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, that lets Dad view the temperature history timeline, view the real-time temperature, get alarm and alert notifications, and other features.
2. A tablet that works with a smart pencil so he can ditch the pen and paper
For the dad who likes to doodle and take notes on the go, the latest model of the Apple iPad is a solid gift. The tablet features a 9.7-inch Retina display and up to 10 hours of battery life, so Dad can enjoy his new iPad all day long. If you really want to go above and beyond, get Dad an Apple Pencil to go with his new iPad. The pencil can be used just like a regular writing utensil to transform Dad's new iPad into a coloring book, notepad, and more.
3. A smart speaker so he can check the score
If your dad likes keeping up on the latest sports score, then an Amazon Echo Dot is the perfect gift to help him out. It's Amazon's most popular smart speaker that can play Dad’s favorite tunes, read him the latest headlines, relay the weather, help him set alarms and timers, and of course keep him informed about his favorite team. Once connected, your dad can even use Echo to give you a call—handsfree.
4. A smart sprinkler system that he can control from his phone
If your father takes pride in a well-manicured lawn, then the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller can help him water the grass without stepping foot outside. Our editors ranked the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller the best overall smart sprinkler controller of 2019. It's easy to use and has features like Weather Intelligence, which enables the ability to automatically skip a session if rain or excessive wind is underway; and Smart Cycle, which splits watering times into shorter, more frequent cycles to prevent runoff. Even better? It can be integrated with Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple Homekit. Without lifting a finger, Dad can control the sprinkler system by giving commands like, “Alexa, tell Rachio to water the front yard for three minutes,” or “Siri, stop watering.”
5. An all-in-one charging station for multiple devices
If your dad loves gadgets, he probably has lots of things to charge. If so, the Nexgadget Bamboo Charging Station has him covered. The sleek organizer can hold and charge up to six of Dad's favorite devices in one spot, including smartphones, tablets, headphones, and smartwatches. The station even comes with a 5-pack of charging cables so Dad won’t have to use his own.
6. A streaming media player so Dad can watch all of his favorite shows
Does your dad enjoying kicking back and putting on a movie or getting lost in a TV show? The Roku Ultra is so much more than your basic streaming device. In fact, our editors ranked the Roku Ultra as the best media streaming device of 2019. The Roku Ultra supports 4K content and HDR at up to 60 frames per second. The remote control can also control Dad’s TV and it has quick buttons that can be used to access popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Sling, and others. Additionally, the remote has a headphone jack so Dad can plug in and listen wirelessly.
7. Tracking devices so Dad can easily locate missing things
If your dad has been known to misplace his wallet, keys, and other small items from time to time (haven’t we all), then he’ll appreciate the Tile Mate and Slim Combo Pack. Using the Tile app, available for iOS and Android devices, the Tile square attaches to the item you want to track, and it connects via Bluetooth to Dad's phone or tablet. The Tile plays a sound when Dad uses the app to track missing items. Dad will thank you later for this useful gift.
8. A portable Bluetooth speaker so Dad can rock out anywhere
Dads who enjoy listening to music and podcasts will like the JBL Flip 4 Portable Speaker. We tested 22 portable bluetooth speakers and the JBL Flip 4 was the best option. While it's not the cheapest Bluetooth speaker on the market, it's worth the money for several reasons: Our testing found that the speaker is waterproof, sturdy, has good volume and rumbling bass, and connects to multiple devices. Dad can use this one indoors and outdoors.
9. A smart caddie that can help Dad the next time he's on the green
Help Dad hit his next hole-in-one with Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors. These sensors use artificial intelligence to help Dad know which club to use on a certain hole and also help to identify his strengths and weaknesses on the course. The hands-free device, which was developed in partnership with Microsoft, also shows the exact distance to any location on the green—a feature that even the most experienced golfer will appreciate.
10. A temperature-controlled mug so his coffee can stay warm all day long
Dad's morning cup of joe will never go cold again, thanks to the Ember Temperature Controlled Ceramic Mug. The cup holds 10 ounces of liquid and will stay at a designated temperature for up to one hour off of its charging coaster. The charging coaster can keep the cup to the desired temperature all day. It’s easy to use, and Dad can even keep tabs on the temperature of his drink via the Ember app. The app will let Dad know when the mug has reached the right temperature and even gives him the option to personalize the mug's LED color.
11. A smart light bulbs kit that’s perfect for beginners
If your dad doesn’t want to get off the couch or out of bed to turn the lights on and off, then this Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit will be his new best friend. We tested 16 smart bulbs and the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit was the best due to its easy setup, ample features, and intuitive app. This starter set requires a hub to work, but luckily the hub is included with this kit. Another bonus? Dad can easily control the color-changing lights using smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.
12. A smart TV with built-in streaming services
If your dad is on the market for a new TV, surprise him with a TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV. One Reviewed editor, who has been analyzing TVs for almost seven years, reviewed the TCL smart TV and found it to be a great option from almost every perspective. This model even works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and includes thousands of streaming channels and over 500,000 movies and TV shows via the built-in Roku app. With this TV, Dad certainly won’t run out of shows to watch any time soon.
13. The best noise-cancelling headphones so Dad can relax
After Dad is done installing his new light bulbs and setting up his smart TV, he will likely be ready to kick back and relax. Help him tune out the busy world around him with a pair of Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones. The noise-cancelling, over-ear headphones won our roundup of the best wireless headphones of 2019. They come with active noise cancellation that's strong enough to block out everything from the rumbling of a train to the hum of an air conditioning unit. Our editors found the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones to be light and comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. Not to mention, the 20-hour battery life makes these a standout star. We're sure Dad will agree, too.
14. A waterproof smart watch that’s outfitted with GPS, a heart sensor, and more
If your dad is interested in wearable tech, then the Apple Watch Series 4 is the best arm candy for him. The latest edition of the Apple Watch boasts a 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker over previous models. It also has helpful health features like electrical and optical heart sensors and a gyroscope for fall detection. The waterproof smart watch also comes with workout detection for yoga, hiking, running, and more. Oh, and of course it has a step counter so Dad can see how far he's walked. The Apple Watch Series 4 also comes with cellular service so Dad can use his spiffy new watch to make phone calls, stream music, and more from anywhere.
15. A portable mini projector for turning the side of the garage into a big screen
With over 500 customer reviews and an overall rating for 4.5 stars on Amazon, the Nebula Capsule by Anker is a great portable mini projector that Dad can use indoors or outdoors. The device connects via WiFi and has a built-in 360-degree speaker. The projector's display is up to 100 inches and comes with four hours of video playtime—perfect for watching a movie or sporting event.
16. A virtual reality headset so Dad can experience the world in 3-D
Virtual reality is all the rage these days, so why not bring your dad to the forefront of the latest technology? The Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset works with the Oculus App on both iOS and Android devices, which will connect Dad with all kinds of experiences like watching TV with friends, listening to music, playing games, and more. This headset can hold three HD movies, 10 games, and up to 20 apps.
17. An electric smoker so Dad can relax while he cooks
Instead of watching the smoker for hours on end, he can kick back and enjoy himself while the Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker does all the work. The cooker comes with a digital panel that he can use to turn the smoker on an off, adjust the temperature, and the cooking time. The fully insulated smoker is outfitted with an integrated temperature control so Dad's smoked meats and other goods will be cooked to perfection.
18. A sleek soundbar that will turn his living room into a movie theater
If your dad is a TV nerd, then he would probably enjoy a good speaker to amplify the sound. We tested the 13 best soundbars under $500, crowning the Sonos Beam as the overall winner. The speaker connects through the Sonos app and using WiFi. Despite the fact that there is no external subwoofer, the Sonos Beam delivers incredible sound quality with attention to detail that's heard in every frequency from bass to treble.
19. An easy-to-use drone to give Dad a birds-eye view
Give your dad a gift that will let him see the world from a new perspective. The Dji Spark Drone was the winner of our best drones under $500 roundup and we're confident Dad will agree with our top pick. As soon as Dad unboxes the drone, he can take flight and reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Our editors chose this drone because of its ease of use and precision in flight. Not to mention, the drone has great video and still photography capabilities that Dad will love.
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20. A smart sous vide cooker so dad can cook his food to perfection
With more than 3,200 reviews and an overall rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon, there’s a reason our editors love the Anova Precision Cooker Bluetooth. Out of the 10 precision cookers we tested, the Anova model wowed us because it maintains the desired temperature well (which is very important in sous vide cooking) and comes with a digital display that Dad can easily read. The sous vide cooker connects via Bluetooth to the Anova app, so Dad can monitor the temperature from afar. Soon, he’ll be serving up restaurant quality meals. Just make sure he invites you over for a taste test.
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