Pricey Household Essentials That Are Worth the Splurge
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You don’t have to do a major renovation to upgrade your home — an upgrade can be as simple as investing in high-quality kitchen tools, smart home gadgets and luxury bedding. GOBankingRates rounded up the best luxury goods for nearly every room in your house that are worth splurging on — because some items are truly worth paying more for.
Pricing information is accurate as of August 1, 2019, and along with product information, is subject to change.
1. Amazon Echo
- Cost: $149.99
Whether you want to play your favorite song, hear the latest headlines or dim your smart home-enabled lights, Alexa can do it for you with the second generation Amazon Echo. The voice-controlled speaker is basically an on-demand personal assistant — and it’s much more affordable than a human one.
2. Black + Decker Portable Air Conditioner Unit
- Cost: $410.17
If your home or apartment doesn’t have central air or a window unit, don’t sweat it. The Black + Decker 14000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Unit will keep a small room cool during the summer months, and also doubles as a heater for cooler weather. The unit is programmable, has electronic controls, an LED digital display, a 24-hour on/off timer and sleep mode, and it can be controlled with a remote.
3. Breville Oracle Touch Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
- Cost: $2,485.98
You’ll never have to make a Starbucks run again if you have the Oracle Touch by Breville in your kitchen. The advanced, automatic espresso machine can make coffee shop-quality espresso, ristrettos, lattes, flat whites and cappuccinos with the touch of a button. You can also create, save and name up to eight customized coffee settings, so you can brew your favorite drink every time.
4. Casper Sleep Mattress
- Cost: $989.25 for queen-size mattress
Casper revolutionized the mattress industry when it started selling its mattresses direct-to-consumer online with no shipping fees. Now the company rakes in about $400 million in sales a year thanks to its highly-rated mattresses, CNN reported. The brand’s Sleep Mattress has a four-layer foam construction for “support, breathability and bounce,” that also keeps your body cool at night. You can try out the mattress for 100 days to decide if you like it, so there’s no risk with this splurge.
5. Egyptian Bedding Goose Down Comforter Duvet Insert
- Cost: $134.95 for queen-size duvet insert
The Luxurious 1,200-Thread-Count Goose Down Comforter Duvet Insert by Egyptian Bedding features a 100% Egyptian cotton cover and is filled with 100% goose down. This duvet insert is hypoallergenic and comfortable for year-round use. “I can’t wait to go to bed at night and sleep in my lovely cloud,” said one Amazon reviewer.
6. Esright Massage Recliner Chair
- Cost: $289.99
The Esright Massage Recliner Chair takes your ability to sit back and relax to the next level. The PU leather chair has reclining, heating, massaging and vibrating features, and is built with two cup holders and four pockets — so you’ll have everything you need right at your fingertips.
7. Fishers Finery Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
- Cost: $58.99 for queen-size pillowcase
It might seem crazy to spend nearly $60 on a pillowcase, but this one just might be worth it. The Fishers Finery 30mm 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase is made with long strand Grade 6 or 6A mulberry silk, and it can be used as a sham or pillowcase. Silk pillowcases can help fight frizz and breakage of your hair, and are gentler on the skin than traditional pillowcases, according to InStyle — those are benefits you can’t put a price tag on.
8. GermGuardian 3-in-1 Full Room Air Purifier
- Cost: $85.97
There are lots of things in the air that you probably don’t want to get into your body, including allergens, smoke, mold and germs. The GermGuardian AC4825 22″ 3-in-1 Full Room Air Purifier cleans the air of these irritants with a HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of dust and allergens and UV-C light technology that reduces airborne bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores. Your health is always worth investing in, so go ahead and splurge on this device.
9. iRobot Braava Robot Mop
- Cost: $254
Mopping can really be a drag — but now you can pay for a robot to do it for you. The iRobot Braava 380t Advanced Robot Mop has both wet mopping and dry sweeping cleaning modes and is capable of cleaning large spaces. The robot is designed to mop and sweep hardwood, tile and stone — simply attach the appropriate cleaning pad and start your Braava. This device is able to navigate around objects and under furniture and features iAdapt 2.0 Navigation to help the Braava keep track of where it’s been and where it needs to go. It also has Maximized-Edge Design to help it get into corners and clean along edges and other hard-to-reach places.
10. iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum
- Cost: $299
The iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum is the perfect complement to the iRobot Braava Robot Mop — between the two robots, you’ll never have to manually clean any surfaces in your home again. The Roomba features Wi-Fi connectivity and is compatible with Alexa, and can be used on both carpets and hardwood floors to vacuum up pet hair and dirt. It’s also self-charging, automatically docking itself after 90 minutes of use.
11. KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
- Cost: $279.99
No baking enthusiast’s kitchen is complete without the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This mixer has a 10-speed control, a tilt-head design for easy access to the bowl and a five-quart capacity that’s large enough to mix the batter for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread. It also comes with a pouring shield to help cut down on mess.
12. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit
- Cost: $159.90
The Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit allows you to control your home’s lights, shades and temperature with your smartphone, remote or virtual assistant. You can set lights to turn on and off at specific times daily, receive notifications if lights are left on, and set a total lighting scene for different moods and activities. The kit is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, as well as other smart-home brands like Nest and Sonos.
13. Nest Learning Thermostat
- Cost: $219.99
The Nest T3007ES Learning Thermostat allows you to easily control the temperature in every room in your house and is compatible with Alexa so you can make a room warmer or cooler with just the sound of your voice. Although this third-generation Nest is a splurge, it can actually save you money in the long-term — it learns your habits and can automatically adjust the temperature for maximum energy efficiency.
14. QKK Portable LCD Projector
- Cost: $96.99
Turn your home into an instant movie theater with the QKK QK02 Projector. The high-resolution LED projector is full HD 1080P-supported and is compatible with smartphones, TV sticks, PS4, HDMI inputs and audio-visual devices. This projector also comes with a 100-inch projector screen and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
15. Ring Video Doorbell 2
- Cost: $199
You’ll never have to wonder, “Who’s at the door?” with the Ring Video Doorbell 2. The high-tech doorbell allows you to see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet or PC, and is also compatible with Alexa. It has a motion detector, too, so you can be alerted immediately when someone is near your door, and you can monitor your home when you’re away with live, on-demand video. That extra peace of mind could be worth the $190-plus cost.
16. Samsung 82" 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV
- Cost: $2,597.99
This premium TV allows you to see movies and television shows as true-to-life as possible. The Samsung Flat 82″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV features HDR Plus, ultra slim array, dynamic crystal color and motion rate 240 for high-quality viewing. It’s also Bixby voice-enabled, so you can search for shows or change the channel using just your voice.
17. Simplehuman Rose Gold Stainless Steel Sensor Can
- Cost: $149.97
Spending over $100 for a garbage can is definitely steep, but trash has never looked as good as it does in the simplehuman 45-Liter/12-Gallon Stainless Steel Semi-Round Sensor Can. The can opens quietly and easily with the wave of your hand, and it’s covered in a nano-silver clear coat to protect it from fingerprints and germs. “It was worth every penny, and I would easily recommend this to anyone looking for a new kitchen trash can,” said one Amazon reviewer.
18. Sonos One
- Cost: $179
The Alexa-controlled Sonos One speaker is significantly more expensive than the Amazon Echo, but what you’re paying for is the higher sound quality. “Going from a second-gen Amazon Echo (which is actually a comparable size) to even just one Sonos One highlights how much sound Sonos has managed to pack into a small box, and how inferior the Amazon Echo is in terms of sound quality,” said one Amazon reviewer. “If music is your thing, buying this over-the-standard Echo seems like a no-brainer.”
The Sonos One speaker also pairs with other Sonos speakers, so you can have continuous music throughout the different rooms in your home.
19. Thread Spread Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheets
- Cost: $89.99 for queen-size sheets
You can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep — or maybe it’s just the cost of the True Luxury 1000-Thread-Count 100% Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheets by Thread Spread. The four-piece set includes a top and bottom bed sheet, plus two pillowcases, all of which are made from 100% combed cotton yarn in a sateen weave, creating an ultra-soft feel.
20. Vitamix Smart Blender
- Cost: $599.95
Easily whip up smoothies, hot soups, dips, spreads and frozen desserts with the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender. The professional-grade, 64-ounce blender is touch-screen controlled and self-cleaning, and also has a programmable timer. The Vitamix comes with the “Simply Blending Cookbook,” and you can access over 500 recipes with the Vitamix app.
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