The Best Tech for Hosting the Perfect Christmas

The Best Tech for Hosting the Perfect Christmas


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It may be the most magical time of the year, but for many, hosting Christmas for family and friends can be a daunting prospect. With the piling pressure of making sure the food is perfectly cooked, drinks are topped up, and all guests are kept suitably entertained for the duration, it can feel a bit like you’re spinning plates.

With the aid of the latest tech and smart tech, you can ensure that Christmas runs exactly as it’s supposed to. Deliver succulent roasts to the table, complemented with perfectly chilled wine, against a background of warm ambient lighting. Create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests, and make things as stress-free and as much fun as possible.

Here is the best tech for hosting the perfect Christmas.

Taking care of the ‘Christmas cheer’ is an important part of hosting a great Christmas. Many of us enjoy a few (responsible) drinks over the Christmas period, and it makes the toasting even more pleasurable when everybody’s glass of fizz is perfectly chilled.

This 18-bottle compressor wine cooler refrigerator with Wi-Fi is the perfect place to store your red, white and sparkling wines, as well as that all-important Champagne. Compressor technology prevents your bottles from being adversely affected by outside temperatures and enables them to be perfectly preserved with a temperature range of 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using the free My Ivation app you can enjoy complete control of this smart fridge with your phone. All your bottles can be cataloged on the app, including their name, color, country, region, year, etc. You’ll know at a glance what you have stored. So there’s no need to keep opening the fridge to check, letting unnecessary moisture in that may impair the quality of the wine. You can also remotely adjust and maintain the most effective temperature for your inventory.

This smart unit also comes equipped with a built-in lock, just in case there’s anything valuable in your collection that needs to be securely stored. Offering a great solution for remotely managing your own wine stores, this compressor refrigerator will allow any host to kick things off the right way this Christmas.

Key Features

  • Smartphone control
  • Temperature stability
  • UV-resistant thermopane glass
  • Interior lighting
  • Holds 18x 750ml bottles
  • Vibration-free operation
Specifications

  • Brand: Ivation
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Color: Black
  • Material: Glass
  • Weight: 43 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.72 x 13.58 x 30.31 inches
  • Power Supply: Corded electric
  • Programmable Buttons: Yes
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Multi-Device Pairing: Yes
  • Mounts: Freestanding
  • Timers: Yes
Pros

  • Perfectly chilled wine!
  • Catalog your wine stocks on the app
  • Locks out moisture that can spoil the wine
  • Uniform air circulation
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Ivation 18 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler Refrigerator with Wi-Fi Smart App Control

You might argue that Christmas is all about coming together and making the most of each other during a rare pause from the pressures of our busy everyday lives. And not about watching television. And you’d be right, mostly. But sometimes, it’s great to come together and watch a great family movie, drama, or Christmas special.

This 55-inch curved UHD TV from Samsung allows you to do just that and might not break the bank in doing so. It has a crystal-clear display with four times the natural resolution of full HD. Its high dynamic range provides a full spectrum of colors and visual detail, which won’t dampen even during darker scenes.

Its curved screen amplifies the visual experience and draws viewers in, creating a much greater sense of immersion. Mirroring music or movies from your smartphone can be done with a simple tap of your phone against the edge of the screen, and voice control lets you quickly access the content that you want from your favorite streaming platforms.

With cables that can be discreetly hidden in the TV stand as well, you have a handsome smart TV with stunning picture quality that won’t clutter up your living room. The perfect place to curl up in front of, once you’ve unwrapped those presents and feasted on that delicious food.

Key Features

  • 4K UHD resolution
  • 55-inch curved screen
  • Crystal display
  • Voice control function
  • Mirroring function for smartphones
  • Smart TV
Specifications

  • Brand: Samsung
  • Screen Size: 55-inch
  • Dimensions: 4.1 x 48.7 x 28.1 inches
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Bracket included: No
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Weight: 39.9 pounds
Pros

  • Fantastic picture sharpness and quality
  • Supports multiple voice assistants
  • Curved screen cuts reflections
  • Reasonably priced
Cons

  • You might possibly be looking for an even larger screen
  • Deep blacks aren’t very prominent
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SAMSUNG 55-inch Class Curved UHD TU-8300 Series – 4K UHD HDR Smart TV With Alexa

Distractions can sometimes spell disaster in the kitchen. Most of us can relate to the scenario where your attention is suddenly required elsewhere mid-cook, and you leave the kitchen to go host. Your return to the kitchen is delayed, and food gets spoiled. If this is you, you might want to consider the benefits of a smart air fryer.

This Cosori Pro smart air fryer is a 5.8-quart cooker with 11 cooking presets, boasts a dishwasher-safe interior basket, and works with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can also find over 800 recipes for this air fryer online if you’re feeling adventurous. App control via the VeSync app lets you keep track of what’s cooking, no matter where you are in the house; and you can remotely control all the timers and alarms that you care to shake a stick at.

Practical benefits include the ability to cook food up to 50% faster than conventional ovens, and a dramatic reduction in your food’s oil content (as much as 85% less) when compared to traditional deep frying. Easy clean baskets and non-stick surfaces make this air fryer a breeze to clean as well, so you can keep on doing your thing as host, and not be stuck scrubbing away in the kitchen.

With its app-guided recipes and videos doing lots of the heavy lifting for you, the Cosori Pro Smart Air Fryer makes a great addition to any kitchen this Christmas.

Key Features

  • 5.8 Quart
  • 11 cooking presets
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • App-control functionality
  • Dishwasher safe cooking basket
  • Cooks up to 50% faster than a conventional oven
Specifications

  • Brand: Cosori
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 15.43 pounds
  • Capacity: 5.8 Quart
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 14.3 x 12.7 inches
  • Power Supply: Corded electric
  • Programmable Buttons: Yes
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Power: 1700 watts
  • Timers: Yes
Pros

  • Cooks just about anything
  • Hundreds of recipes available via app
  • Easy clean
  • Cooking presets offer versatility
Cons

  • You’re not going to fit a turkey in here
  • Basket can be awkward to handle due to weight distribution
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COSORI Pro Smart Air Fryer

For many families, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned singsong at Christmas time. Everybody has their favorite Christmas songs and carols, and it can be loads of fun to gather around and belt out a few showstoppers—even if the pitch isn’t quite perfect. With this Bose Home speaker, you can fill your living room with the wonderful sounds of Christmas.

This Bluetooth speaker works with Alexa and Google Assistant and offers 360-degree wall-to-wall sound. An eight-microphone array allows for superior voice pick-up, and everything can be managed from the Bose Music app; letting you jump from stations to playlists and back. It’s compatible with all your favorite music streaming platforms and has a full-color LCD display to show you what’s playing and its cover artwork.

This is a very compact Bluetooth speaker with a big, big sound. It can be easily paired with your smartphone or tablet and can be controlled via the buttons on top, via your phone, or with its voice command functions. It even offers support for Apple AirPlay 2. Maestro, take it away!

Key Features

  • 360-degree wall-to-wall sound
  • Features eight microphone arrays
  • Compatible with Bose music app
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Full color LCD display
  • 50-watt speaker
Specifications

  • Brand: Bose
  • Speaker Type: Built-in
  • Maximum output power: ‎50W
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Weight: 4.65 pounds
  • Dimensions: 4.31 x 6.68 x 8.01 inches
  • Battery: 1 Lithium-Ion battery
Pros

  • Incredible sound quality
  • Compatible with all music streaming services
  • LCD display is a neat additional touch
  • Simple to pair to multiple devices
Cons

  • If you don’t like your music loud, this one’s probably not for you
  • Lighting on the top would help to navigate controls in darker rooms
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Bose Home Speaker 500: Smart Bluetooth Speaker with Alexa

Ordinarily, you might be alarmed to find a ninja in your kitchen at Christmas, but not this ninja. The Ninja DT251 Foodi is a 10-in-1 XL air fry oven, and it’s here to help. Among its 10 built-in functions are the ability to air fry, air roast, whole roast, and more. It has an integrated Foodi smart thermometer to achieve the perfect level of doneness and can preheat in as little as 90 seconds.

It can cook up to 30% faster than a traditional oven, which is reassuring if you have lots of hungry mouths to feed, and it uses up to 75% less fat compared to standard deep frying. It offers two-level even cooking, with no need for rotation, and is large enough to cook a 12-pound turkey. Top-to-bottom ventilation means that hot air is properly circulated throughout, and all food is evenly cooked.

Versatile enough for near endless amounts of meal options, and large enough for housing that all-important roast, the Ninja DT251 Foodi XL air fry oven is one ninja you’ll gladly be surprised by this Christmas.

Key Features

  • 10 different cooking functions
  • Two-level cooking
  • 30% faster than most conventional ovens
  • Preheats in as little as 90 seconds
  • Full surround air flow for even cooking
Specifications

  • Brand: Ninja
  • Color: Stainless Steel finish
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 33.75 pounds
  • Capacity: 12 Liters
  • Dimensions: 17.09 x 20.22 x 13.34 inches
  • Power Supply: Corded electric
  • Programmable Buttons: Yes
  • Power: 1800W
  • Timers: Yes
Pros

  • Fast and efficient cooking
  • Uses less fat than conventional frying
  • 10 cooking functions make it versatile for everyday use
  • Big enough to cook a turkey in!
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Ninja DT251 Foodi 10-in-1 Smart XL Air Fry Oven

“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging”. Well not anymore. Thanks to these Twinkly app-controlled LED Christmas lights, unchanging is the last thing that your tree’s leaves will be. Once these lights are wrapped around them, they can be changed as often as you like!

Using the Twinkly app, you can fully configure and customize these lights from your smartphone. You’ll find a virtual editing suite on the app, allowing you to play around with hundreds of possible effects, using over 16 million colors. Set lighting scenes for different moods, and even sync up several Twinkly devices together for multi-object decoration settings. And Twinkly music lets you sync your lighting with your favorite music, for a festive audio-visual experience.

Once you’ve set up your favorite scenes and settings, they can be initiated with a simple voice command via Alexa and Google Assistant. Create the perfect magical mood to wow your guests this Christmas, with these smart Twinkly Christmas lights.

Key Features

  • 400 lights
  • Music reactive
  • Customizable via Twinkly app
  • Waterproof
  • Voice control compatibility
  • Can be grouped for synced scenes
  • 105 feet
Specifications

  • Brand: Twinkly
  • Music Reactive: Yes
  • Multicolor Capable: Yes
  • Color Composition: ‎Multicolor + White
  • Voice Compatibility : Alexas, Google Assistant
  • Service Life: 30,000 hours
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Wattage: 36W
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Length: 105 feet
Pros

  • Tons of variety with scenes and settings
  • Voice control is handy
  • Easy to sync
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Twinkly Strings App-Controlled LED Christmas Lights

Smart thermometers can be a lifesaver for preparing the main event at Christmas time. This 165-foot range wireless model has dual temperature sensors and one meat probe and is capable of monitoring interior meat temperatures up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and external temperatures up to 527 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Meater app operates a guided cook system that lets you keep track of every stage of the cooking process, for perfect results. Custom alerts can be set, depending on what’s cooking, and you can adjust timers remotely. Manage your time effectively with the advanced estimator algorithm, which can estimate how long your food should be cooked and rested.

No matter what you’re cooking, the Meater Plus smart meat thermometer lets you stay in control, without tying you to the oven. Sit back and relax with complete peace of mind, knowing that the food is going to be perfect. This could be one of the best gifts you could give yourself as a host this Christmas.

Key Features

  • 165-foot long range model
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Monitors internal temperature up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Monitors external temperature up to 527 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Offers full app-control over your cook
  • Supports voice control
Specifications

  • Brand: MEATER
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Color: Silver
  • Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Mount: Bamboo
  • Dimensions: 1.46 x 1.1 x 6.18 inches
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Battery Type: 1x AAA battery required
  • Multi-Device Pairing: Yes
  • Timers: Yes
Pros

  • Care-free meat cooking
  • Get on with other things while dinner cooks itself
  • Comprehensive app support
Cons

  • For meat lovers only
  • Range isn’t as long as advertised
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MEATER Plus Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth

Now that the food, drink, and entertainment are sorted, what’s left for a Christmas host to sort? How about some warm, ambient lighting to really help everyone relax and feel at home? These Philips Hue smart bulbs work with Alexa and are ideal for creating the perfect mood.

The Hue mobile app makes things nice and simple when it comes to setting up your smart bulbs. Once you’ve paired your Hue hub, you can enjoy complete control over all your smart bulbs. With over 16 million colors to play with, plus a host of preset and customizable scenes available, you can find the right palette and lighting for every occasion.

Set timers for different times of the day, sync lighting with movies or music, use light recipes for relaxation or concentration and change up light displays with voice control. The possibilities for these smart light bulbs are vast and could be the cherry on top of the Christmas cake for your Yuletide festivities this year.

Key Features

  • 16,000,000 colors to play with
  • Voice control function
  • Customize settings and scenes on Philips Hue app
  • Timer functions
Specifications

  • Brand: Philips
  • Hub Required: Yes
  • Music Reactive: Yes
  • Multicolor Capable: Yes
  • Color Range: 16,000,000 colors, 50,000 shades of white
  • Voice Compatibility : Yes
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Wattage: 10W
  • Type: LED
Pros

  • Syncs with media
  • Set the perfect mood for any time of day
  • Voice control for customized settings makes things even simpler
Cons

  • Costly to install throughout the home
Buy This Product

Philips Hue Single Premium A19 Smart Bulb

FAQ

Q: Why Can Hosting Christmas Feel Stressful?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to feeling stressed around Christmas. From having large gatherings of people in a small area to meeting the expectations of a picture-perfect Christmas.

Q: Where Does the Tradition of Eating Turkey on Christmas Day Come From?

Britain. Turkeys were first bought into Britain in 1526. Before this time, people used to eat geese, boars’ heads, and even peacocks for Christmas.

Turkeys were eaten instead of cows and chickens because the farmers needed their cows more for their milk and needed their chickens for the eggs, which back then were more expensive than they are today.

Q: Is Singing Christmas Carols Really a Family Tradition?

Just as the songs used to bring people together many hundreds of years ago, singing carols at Christmas is still a popular activity to bring families and friends together over Christmas time.

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November 21, 2022 at 02:35AM

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