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Smart appliance and home tech gifts for your grad

Facing the real world can be daunting. Here are a few home tech products that can help make post-education dwelling feel more comforting.

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Rich Brown

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Bunn MyCafe MCU

The only product so far to earn an Editor's Choice award from our Appliance reviews team, the Bunn MyCafe MCU makes a fantastic cup of coffee, using either K-Cup pods or fresh grounds.

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Cree 60-Watt Replancment LED

Keep those utility bills down by switching to LED light bulbs. This Cree 60-watt Replacement bulb is our favorite.

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Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

The $59.99 Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid  offers all of the basics, plus a spoon rest on the top handle and a thermometer probe that lets you check the temperature of your food.

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Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum

This Hoover Linx cordless stick vacuum has some of the best performance in its class at a reasonable price. It's also simple, with no storage-hogging attachments to take up space in a small apartment.

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Neato XV Signature Pro

This Roomba alternative goes about its cleaning business in orderly fashion. If your grad has a tidiness learning curve to climb, the Neato XV Signature Pro can help.

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Ninja Ultimate Blender BL810

Help make sure your grad eats right by springing for Ninja's  lethally-effective blender. A single-serve cup accessory for smoothies is a welcome extra.

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Blacksumac Piper

This all-in-one security and sensor hub is perfect for small apartment dwellers that want to keep an eye on things at home while they're out. Tech-oriented grads will also like that it can work as a home automation hub thanks to a built-in Z-Wave receiver.

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Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven

The retro-styled Panasonic FlashXpress toaster oven is a powerful countertop cooking device that cooks fast, has a pleasing loo, and won't take up too much space on a counter top.

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PowerPractical PowerPot V

Outdoorsy grads will appreciate this handy camp pot that can charge portable devices while it boils water.

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