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Ideal Home Show 2011: Top 5 home gadgets

Our round-up of the coolest gadgets on show

Neato Robotics XV-11 vacuum

Neato Robotics XV-11 vacuum

We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting home appliances, so we popped along to the Ideal Home Show 2011 to see what was on display.

The top five most interesting home gadgets we saw were:

1. The intelligent robotic vacuum

The Neato Robotics XV-11 vacuum was on show in the Ideal Home of the Future, and we were told that its intelligent infrared sensor and live mapping system means that it won’t bump into anything.

Neato Robotics says its vacuum is aware of its surroundings, safe around staircases and will even follow you around to ensure your floors stay spotless. You can see robot vacuum cleaners in action in our hands-on reviews of robot vacuum cleaners.

2. The fridge-in-a-drawer and dishwasher-in-a-drawer

In the kitchen of the Ideal Home of the Future we found Fisher & Pakel’s CoolDrawer and DishDrawer – a fridge and dishwasher stylishly contained in sleek black drawers.

We’ve tested Fisher & Paykel’s built-in DD605FDH dishwasher – which consists of two DishDrawers – and liked that we could put dirty pots and pans in one and lightly-soiled items in the other. Find out how well it cleaned our dishes – and how well we rated it for water- and energy-efficiency in our full .

Encompassco Rollfire

The Encompassco Rollfire

3. The roll-able fire

We’ve never seen anything like the Encompassco Rollfire before – a portable fire that can be rolled around the house. It’s fuelled by bio-ethanaol and magnets make sure the fire in the centre always remains level.

It certainly looks great but it’s not cheap – with a price tag of over £2,000.

4. A super water-efficient washer dryer

Siemens showed off its WD14H420GB washer dryer at the show, which automatically adjusts its water level according to the load size and fabric type, to save on water and energy consumption.

Because it uses air rather than water to cool the hot humid air from your wet laundry, its drying programme is extremely water efficient – which is great news if you have a water meter. We’ve tested this washer dryer in the Which? lab and you can read full test results in our Siemens WD14H420GB washer dryer review.

5. The ultimate bath

If you wanted the ultimate bathtime experience, and money was no object, you might consider buying the Bath-o-matic Eco Whirlpool Ultimate.

The model on show in the Ideal Home of the Future not only featured a pop-up television at the foot of the bath and chilled champagne at the press of a button – but you could also text it on your way home, and arrive to a perfectly filled bath at your desired depth and temperature.

Sound barmy? Check out the three weirdest gadgets at the Ideal Home Show for a real dose of oddness.

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