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The best tech gadgets for living in a small apartment

by Kayla Matthews | April 14, 2018April 14, 2018 11:00 am PDT

You may have no choice but to choose a small place to live depending on your budget and the real estate market, among other factors.

However, they come with challenges, frequently making it necessary to change lifestyle habits or get rid of possessions to live comfortably.

By using some purposeful, tech-centric gadgets, though, you’ll find it’s easy to have a fulfilling life in a modestly sized abode.

1. Plume Wi-Fi System

Wi-Fi is a necessity in today’s society, and Plume offers a pod-based solution that gives you a reliable connection throughout your apartment. Connect one pod to your router or modem with an Ethernet cable, and then put another in every room that needs Wi-Fi.

Each pod fits into an electrical outlet, ensuring you can always get online without using a gadget that cramps your space. Usage data stays in the cloud, accessible when needed. Plus, Plume has adaptive characteristics that adjust your speed based on internet activities. It’s $179.00 for a three-pack of pods, which is typically enough for a small apartment.

2. Tablift

Being a tablet owner can help you manage space-related shortcomings associated with an apartment. For example, stream shows on your tablet to skip the TV and save space. Or, you might have an e-reader and use it instead of buying books stored on a space-sacrificing shelf.

It’s not comfortable to hold a tablet, especially while you’re on the couch or in bed. Thankfully, the Tablift can do it for you.

It features a patented design that secures a tablet of virtually any size on an uneven surface, such as a couch cushion or comforter. Even better, the Tablift folds up after use, so you can stash it in a place that’s out of sight but easily accessible. ($39.95)

3. The ChargeHub

The lighting, height of the furniture and the color in a room are all some design-related elements that make a small space look more inviting than it might without attention paid to decorative characteristics. Unfortunately, there are problems you can’t fix with a room redesign, such as a lack of electrical outlets for charging your mobile devices.

The ChargeHub works with up to seven USB-compatible devices at once, depending on the model. Also, the brand’s SmartSpeed technology gives up to 2.4 amps of power per port so that your gadgets get recharged faster than expected.

And, there are upscale design elements associated with the ChargeHub. You can choose from a beautiful range of colors, plus opt for a customized insert, such as one with a pet photo or your favorite landscape snapshot. ($29.99-89.99)

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4. Heatworks Tetra Dishwasher

Dishwashers are rare in many small apartments, leaving dwellers to resort to the drudgery associated with cleaning their dishes by hand. Even when a small apartment comes equipped with one, people don’t always use them if they’re only washing dishes for one or two individuals and don’t want to be wasteful.

The Heatworks Tetra Dishwasher is a perfect solution to the above scenarios. It’s a countertop model that doesn’t require a plumbing hookup and plugs into a standard electrical outlet. Use it to wash two place settings with only a half-gallon of water.

Alternatively, there’s enough room inside for a dozen pint glasses, which could come in handy after a party. Each wash cycle only takes ten minutes, making the Tetra fit into your busy lifestyle.

The company showed off this model at CES 2018, but you can’t buy one yet. When the dishwasher does hit the market in the latter part of this year, it’ll be under $300.

5. Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is the smallest of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled smart speakers, making it a perfect choice for a tiny living space.

Approximately the size of a drink coaster, the Echo Dot can play your favorite tunes, give you information about local businesses, let you order pizza from Dominos or a ride from Uber and much more. After owning one, you’ll notice it proves that the “good things come in small packages” saying is sometimes right. ($49.99)

6. OGarden

Living in a small apartment severely limits the fruits and vegetables you can grow, but the OGarden opens up the possibilities with its cylindrical, self-contained system that simultaneously accommodates up to 30 types of organic produce.

The main thing you need to do is keep everything watered. The OGarden takes care of nourishment and light.

Granted, this item is a substantial investment. The fact that it comes with a ten-year warranty could make you feel better about splurging for the benefit of sustainably grown produce. ($1,695.00)

Make life easier

When used efficiently, technology makes life easier. These gadgets demonstrate how it can do the same in an apartment that lacks space.

Image by Sérgio Rola

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Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a writer and tech blogger, talking about connected devices and smart tech on websites like MakeUseOf, VentureBeat, Motherboard and...


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