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Five innovative gadgets at Grand Designs Live

Our picks of the latest time-saving home innovations

A round microwave, a spoon that stirs your dinner by itself and a robotic vacuum cleaner top our list of time-saving innovations we spotted at this year’s Grand Designs Live show.

Here at Which? we are always looking for new designs to make your life easier, and Grand Designs Live 2012 didn’t disappoint. Take a look at our picture gallery below for a selection of some of the most innovative designs that might make your hectic home life a little easier.


Fagor Spoutnik microwave

Have you ever seen a round microwave? This space age circular design has a 360° transparent viewing dome that lifts to allow easy access to your dinner. An LCD control panel displays its four cooking options: re-heat, high setting of 700W, low setting of 500W and a defrost mode. As well as a funky design, it comes in three colours – blue, green and purple. £199, from Fagor.

Our experts are currently scrutinising the Spoutnik microwave at the Which? test lab. See our microwave reviews for the latest Best Buy recommendations.

Siemens WM14S890GB washing machine

This 8kg-capacity washing machine from Siemens’ iQ700 range can detect how much detergent’s needed for each load and dose accordingly. It also has a set of special programmes for different types of laundry such as outdoor wear and blankets.

We’ve reviewed and rated this washer to see whether it’ll really make your life easier – see our full Siemens WM14S890GB iQ700 review.

Miele H5981 BP oven

If you’re new to cooking, you might find the automated programmes on this Miele oven a helping hand. Use the LCD control panel to select the meat you’re cooking, and then the oven will set the temperature and cooking time for you. To monitor the progress, a wireless probe can be used to test the temperature inside the meat, and then the oven will adjust the temperature accordingly. If that wasn’t enough, some of the Miele ovens also come with a self-cleaning feature. Around £4,800 for a 90cm, Miele.

Our guide to buying the best oven reveals other must-have , as well as the Best Buy ovens you can rely on.

Samsung Navibot SR8980 robot vacuum cleaner

Having reviewed the previous incarnation of this robot vacuum cleaner, Samsung says it has further improved its cleaning power. The Samsung Navibot SR8980 is thinner, so it can fit more easily under furniture, has a 2 litre bin in the docking station and a 500ml internal dustbin. Like the last model, is has a visionary mapping system so it can remember the size and features of your room and clean accordingly. 38 sensors stop it from falling down stairs or damaging itself. It’s available from June/July 2012 for around £599, from Samsung.

UPDATE: This robot vacuum cleaner is no longer available, but you can see our hands-on reviews of other robot vacuum cleaners.

Auto Stirrer

Having to stand over the hob to constantly stir your dinner can be a pain. But this handy little tool will do the stirring for you so you can focus on other things. The cordless appliance has heat-resistant silicone feet and handle, is dishwasher safe, weights a light 125g and can run on its batteries for around four hours. £14.95, from AutoBin.

Find the latest kitchen gadgets in our first look kitchen appliance reviews.

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