The best home tech to keep cosy and warm at home: smart thermostats, bread makers and more

Laying out the kit you need, so you can take back the time to enjoy it

You’re on the hunt for the right gear to suit the situation and don’t have the time to spend trawling the interwebs. Fear not T3 is here.

This guide will offer you the best of the best, the cream of the crop, so you know what to buy for what you need - no matter what it is.

This week it’s all about bringing you the best gear to keep you feeling cosy and warm in the comfort of your home as the cold of winter attempts to beat down the door. From smart thermostats that find the balance between heating and saving money on bills to bread makers that fill the house with a homely smell and also fill your belly with warm fresh loaves. Check out everything you need to make sure winter reaches peak cosy this year.

Best smart thermostats

Clearly a design revamp has been a long time coming, and as far as most punters are concerned, it arrived with the Nest Learning Thermostat and British Gas' Hive, which are both the best - just at different things. 

Coincidentally, don't get the subscription version of Hive - buy it outright.

The app-accessible integrated heating system was now a reality, with – at least in theory – no more complicated programming interfaces, no more coming home to a freezing house with burst pipes, water all over the carpets and a massive repair bill, and no more waking up in a fridge when the temperature plummets.

8 best smart thermostats 2017

Best bread makers

Bread making has been a British tradition since the Middle Ages, but its reputation has been sullied by mass production, dubious additives and Mother's Pride.

Rest assured there'll be no more of those kind of shoddy, dough-based results when you have a bread maker, though. When they work well, it really is as simple as chucking in a load of ingredients and then going away to do something more productive. There's no kneading, no stirring, no pouring in of mixed seeds: the best bread makers do it for you.

The best bread maker 2017

Best smart plugs

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The Wi-Fi enabled, internet connected Smart plug enables you to do that seemingly impossible thing – switch something on or off without you physically having to wander over the wall socket it’s plugged into and flick the switch. Now you can switch it on or off from anywhere – whether that’s at home, at work, on holiday or somewhere in between.

That means when the days get shorter you won’t have to waste time wandering about turning lamps on and off as they can all be controlled using an app. Or if you have an extra heater plugged in you can even set that from the car on the way home to have it extra toasty. The possibilities are huge.

5 best smart plugs 2017

Best VR headsets

If all else fails get lost in a virtual world with fake flames to trick your brain into feeling warm and cosy - or at least distract your real-world body.

We’ve put together this guide to the best VR headsets on the market. To save you time, to save you confusion, and to let you know how you can dazzle your friends (and yourself) with the latest in cutting-edge technology.

6 best VR headsets 2017 from high-end PC gaming to strapping a phone to your face with some cardboard