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12 gorgeous household devices we can’t stop staring at

Here's proof that basic gadgets like routers and light bulbs can be beautiful.

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Pretty, pretty gadgets

Companies are working hard to give everyday products such as light bulbs and thermostats a design edge. Click through to see a bunch of beautiful, functional devices you can proudly display at home.

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Amazon Echo Look

The Amazon Echo Look takes full-body selfies with Alexa voice commands. From there, it creates short clips so you can maintain a database of various outfits. Its Style Check feature specifically compares two outfits and gives you feedback on which one looks best. 

Since the Echo Look weighs in on your fashion choices, it makes sense that the camera looks nice, too. 

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ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

The ChefSteps Joule is a Wi-Fi appliance designed for at-home sous vide cooking. Check in on the Joule mid-sous-vide in the app -- or with Alexa voice commands. 

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Feit Electric 6.5W Vintage Style LED

I need to find a spot for Feit's Electric 6.5W Vintage Style LEDs in my house. They combine the energy savings of LEDs with the vintage nostalgia of incandescent filament bulbs. 

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Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini is the cutest smart speaker around. 

Made of fabric and recycled plastic, this Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled Google Assistant device responds to the wake phrases "OK Google" and "Hey Google" -- just like the Google Home and Google Home Max

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Hive View Camera

Not only does Hive's View Camera look pretty neat, it also has 1080p HD resolution, live streaming and person detection.

You can detach the camera from its base easily and set it wherever you want (indoors) running on battery power for up to an hour. 

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KitchenAid Pro Line 4-Slice Toaster

KitchenAid's cool, retro design isn't limited to its stand mixers. This Pro Line 4-Slice Toaster looks pretty awesome and is available in four colors: White, red, black and silver. 

Unfortunately, it doesn't work particularly well. 

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KitchenAid Siphon Brewer

Like the KitchenAid toaster we featured earlier, the Siphon Brewer adds a retro vibe to your kitchen. 

Unfortunately, that neat design is a little tough to clean, but it makes great coffee.

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Kwikset Obsidian Keywayless Smart Lock

Kwikset's Obsidian Keywayless Smart Lock looks great and performs well. 

This square deadbolt doesn't have a keyhole. You instead access the lock via the touchscreen keypad and Z-Wave smarts. You'll need a compatible Z-Wave hub such as Wink or SmartThings.

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Nanoleaf Aurora LED Light Panels (Rhythm Edition)

The Nanoleaf Aurora is a modular color-changing LED panel. Add in a Rhythm module to sync your Aurora lights with music. 

These wall fixtures are pretty on their own, but adding in the Rhythm component makes it even more of a design focal point in your home. 

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Nest Thermostat E

The Nest Thermostat E looks minimal, but somehow also stands out. This smart thermostat works with the free Nest app and you can control it with Amazon and Google Assistant voice commands. 

Just say, "Hey Google, set the temperature to 68 degrees." Or ask Alexa to do the same thing.

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Nest x Yale Lock

The Nest x Yale Lock is another deadbolt we'd gladly display on our own doors. The attractive deadbolt features a keyless design that can stand alone -- or be paired with other Nest smart home products

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Norton Core Wi-Fi Router

Want a router that looks perfectly at home in a modern living room? Norton's Core Wi-Fi Router is up to the task. 

In addition to looking much nicer than a typical router (mine's hidden in the basement for a reason), the Core router also performs well. 

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