It’s official: this year’s hottest colour is Classic Blue, according to the colour gurus at Pantone.
Pantone describes it as a ‘solid and dependable blue hue, evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky’ that expresses ‘constancy and confidence’.
Manufacturers have dutifully splashed it all over the latest home and tech gadgets. If you don’t fancy committing to painting your walls in this striking colour, a well-placed bolt from the blue could be just the thing.
We can’t guarantee it will bring you the sense of peace and tranquility Pantone describes, but if you like the look, we’ve rounded up the best blue-hued gadgets to bring a splash of 2020 colour to your home.
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Best Pantone Blue gadgets for 2020
1. Get your caffeine hit in classic blue
Kicking off with the kitchen, Sage has thoughtfully launched a range of gadgets in a stylish matte blue.
The Sage Bambino Plus coffee machine (£400) is a traditional coffee maker that works with ground espresso coffee. It pairs an ultra-compact design with simple controls and a cool blue and chrome exterior.
Handy features include digital temperature control for dispensing water at the correct temperature, along with controls for one cup, two cups and a steam wand for milk frothing.
If you prefer pods, the blue Sage Nespresso Creatista Plus (£450) could be a contender. It works with Nespresso Original and Nespresso-compatible coffee pods. You could even pair it with the Sage Soft Top Luxe kettle (£100) and Sage Toast Select Luxe toaster (£100) if you’re keen on a matching set.
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2. Beat breakfast blues with a stylish kettle and toaster set
A stylish kettle and toaster pair can revive a tired kitchen. If you want to combine the enduringly popular trend for rose gold with this year’s Pantone choice, the Tefal Loft kettle (£40) and Tefal Loft 4-slice toaster (£40) could be just the ticket.
This unique-looking set has a striking textured matt blue body with rose gold accents. At full price it’s £80 apiece, but the kettle and toaster are currently on sale for £40 each, so now could be a good time to snap them up.
3. Quench your thirst and save the planet with a blue bottle
A good reusable water bottle or coffee cup can help to reduce your plastic waste footprint, and make for a great commuting companion or running buddy.
Brands such as S’well and Chilly’s offer a vast range of colours and prints on both their reusable bottles and coffee cups, so if you’re keen on a blue bottle there’s sure to be a hue for you.
S’well has some nice blue patterned options, but Chilly’s comes closest to the favoured ‘Classic Blue’ with its offering (pictured above). It also makes an insulated reusable coffee cup in the same colour.
4. Keep cool with a fashionable fridge freezer
We’ve seen various retro-styled fridge freezers in the Which? test lab suitable if you’re designing a colourful kitchen. The Smeg FAB30RBE3 (£1,399) fits the bill – and it’s available in many different colours, from the classic Smeg pastels, to – you guessed it: Classic Blue.
This retro-look model has 163 litres of usable space, enough for up to nine supermarket carrier bags’ worth of shopping. The freezer compartment up top provides a substantial 62 litres of usable space.
It’s pretty pricey for a fridge though. If you’re happy to stick to a more subtle colourway for your fridge freezer, head to our fridge freezer reviews to see which Best Buy models offer great value for money.
5. Block out white noise with bold blue headphones
If you’re shopping for a pair of over-ear headphones, take a look at the Jabra Elite 85h headphones (£200). Available in a range of colours including a stylish blue, they’re well-suited if you want to block out annoying sounds and listen to music, podcasts and more uninterrupted.
The Jabra Elite 85h headphones have a handy foldable design, so you’ll have no trouble squeezing them into a backpack. Built-in controls let you play around with track selection, volume and your voice assistant of choice.
Alternatively, if you’re on a tighter budget but still want to go blue, consider the JBL Live 650BTNC headphones (£150). They’re wireless, over-ear, noise-cancelling headphones with support for Apple’s Siri for iPhone, along with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for Android. They are also available in blue, though it’s not quite the Pantone-approved shade.
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6. Brighten the room and your airwaves with a retro-look radio
The Roberts iStream 3 (£180) will grab the attention of music-lovers with an eye for retro tech. This DAB+/FM/internet stereo radio comes with Bluetooth support that lets you pair it with a smartphone or tablet.
There’s room for up to 30 stored radio stations on the iStream 3 – 10 for DAB+, 10 for FM and 10 for internet channels. So whether you want blues, jazz, classical or rock, you can store your favourites with ease.
Our expert radio tests cover the latest releases from big-name audio brands including Pure, Roberts and Sony. See our radio reviews page for more.
Go against the grain: other eye-catching colours
If blue isn’t your thing, you may be able to pick up some ‘last-season’ colourful appliances for less.
Alternatively, if you’ve gone the whole hog and opted for blue walls, copper tones and metallics should pair nicely with a blue-themed room.
A bold choice that’s sure to bring a ray of sunshine to your home. If it’s yellow kitchen appliances you’re after, Delonghi has some eye-catching options to chuck into the mix.
The DeLonghi Icona Capitals kettle (£100) has a matching toaster, the DeLonghi Icona Capitals toaster (£100), which fits four slices. It’s one of the few toasters we’ve tested that has a bagel mode, while the kettle allows you to boil just one cup at a time, saving energy if you’re only making a cuppa for one.
We’ve seen these drop to half price recently (£50 each), so if you’re keen it’s worth holding out for a deal.
Copper and rose gold
These warmer metallic tones have become wildly popular in recent years, and there are still plenty of gadgets around with tantalising copper tints.
The Beko Cosmopolis WKM8307W kettle (£70) is a real looker, flaunting a modern, geometric design. It’s available in white, black or blue – with either rose gold or chrome accents, and can be paired with either the two-slice Beko Cosmopolis toaster or the four-slice Beko Cosmopolis model.
If you’re in the market for a slow cooker, Morphy Richards launched a black and rose gold Sear and Stew slow cooker last year (£30). You can easily fit a whole chicken into this oval-shaped slow cooker, which has manual controls to let you pick between low, medium and high cooking temperatures.
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Timeless classics: black, red, cream and stainless steel
These colour options are among the most popular picks in terms of kitchen appliance colours. To make sure you’re siding with a product that looks good and functions just as well, consult our expert kitchen appliance reviews.