The Technologist's Tools for Good Housekeeping

2012 Apartment Therapy Tech Gift Guide

The task of housekeeping has evolved considerably in the last several years: HEPA air filtration inside air purifiers and vacuums, ultraviolet disinfection for germ-busting via light, house cooling and warming fans without nary a fan blade in sight...

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SteriPEN Freedom
The SteriPEN Freedom is a handheld UV water sanitizer that is perfect to keep your drinking water clean, no matter where you are. It can easily be recharged via USB. ($119.95)

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Dyson DC41 Animal Complete
Homes with pets get dirty pretty quickly, and that's one of the reasons that I like the DC41, or any other Dyson vacuum cleaner that takes care of the fur of my cat and dog. This tech-savvy vacuum has extra tools designed to deal with pet hair. Dyson's got a new tangle-free turbine tool and the DC41 has got the strongest suction at the cleaner head, which will readjust for different carpet lengths and hard floors. ($570)

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Hoover Platinum Bagless Canister S3865
This Hoover vacuum made Consumer Reports Best Buys list. It has a 12 amp bagless canister with a power nozzle and a HEPA filter. A cyclonic filtration system means that you'll never lose suction, and there are some tools to help you get the job done. ($299.54)

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Purelight UV Wand
This UV wand sterilizer blocks hazardous UV-A and UV-B. It has a germicidal effect on surfaces and even on air. It won't generate any ozone and the filter will even get dust mites. This particular model has a 2-year warranty. ($170)

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Camelbak All Clear Water Purification System
This is a nice water bottle from Camelbak, and unlike some of the different variants, it promises to clear out microbial contaminants up to EPA standards with UV technology. There is a built-in LCD to confirm results. Drinking water is purified in 60 seconds, allowing you to enjoy clean water no matter where you go. Unlike bulkier systems, this can easily be used in office settings or on the go as well as in the home. ($99)

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Verilux CleanWave
This sanitizing wand uses its UV light to kill germs and odor causing bacteria on hard surfaces. The wand is chemical free and emits no harmful odors. You can use it to sanitize electronics, baby toys, counters, bathroom fixtures, pet beds and more. It can be quickly charged via an AC adapter. ($69.99)

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HoMedics Restore Clean Water System
This water pitcher has a handy UV light that will purge microbes from your drinking water. This system is supposed to remove viruses, bacteria and microbial cysts. It combines a filtration system to reduce heavy metals and the taste of chlorine. It makes water taste better. ($19.99)


Honeywell HFD320 AirGenius 5
If you live in the city and are having trouble with the air quality in your neighborhood, an air purifier will make a big difference in improving the air in your home. This model tackles rooms up to 250 square feet. The AirGenius air purifier isn't a HEPA-rated model, but uses an ifD filter to electrically charge attraction between airborne particles and the interior surface of the filter. This air purifier is supposed to be quiet, so you can easily keep it running while you sleep. ($249.99)

Dyson AM04
This combination fan and heater isn't cheap, but it's definitely something unique and useful to have in your home office. Since it makes quite a bit of noise when it starts up, it's probably not best used in the bedroom, but anyone who has use a Dyson Airblade or fan will appreciate the energy efficiency and beauty of this device. ($399.99)

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Miele Olympus S2121 Canister Vacuum
This Miele vacuum works well for rugs and smooth surfaces. The vacuum is compatible with the Active HEPA filter, which you'll have to buy separately. There are some good tools to get into all of the nooks and crannies in your home. The motor has a seven-year waranty. ($299.99)

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