2024 Wellness Guide

Courtesy Polaris


Clean Machines

The latest household products harness smart technology to get the job done.

By Ted Alan Stedman

The four-wheel drive robotic pool cleaner Polaris 9650iQ Sport with Wi-Fi connectivity drives along the pool’s bottom and climbs all the way to the surface tiles while two large, rotating scrubbing brushes remove dirt and algae from hard surfaces. A large debris opening captures bigger objects that are collected in the oversize canister and the iAquaLink control app lets you set the cleaning schedule anywhere, anytime from a smartphone. In manual mode, the Polaris 9650iQ Sport can be directed to target and clean where needed. In auto mode, the cleaning pattern can be customized and follow a weekly seven-day run schedule. After the job is done, use the easy-lift retrieval system to remove it from the water, empty the debris canister, and place it on its dedicated storage caddy. $1,500; polarispool.com

Courtesy iRobot

IRobot’s newest model Roomba s9+ may be the most intelligent robot vacuum to date, taking aim at deep cleaning nooks, crannies, corners, and edges with improved suction lift, as well as PerfectEdge Technology and the newly designed Corner Brush. Mapping the home for ultra-efficient sweeps has also advanced to best-in-class with vSLAM navigation technology that uses an optical sensor to record more than 230,400 data points per second, enabling the s9+ to learn, map, and adapt to any floor plan. The robot is also a workhorse for trapping pollen and mold allergens with its Anti-Allergen System that claims a 99-percent capture rate. And forget about routine emptying, the s9+ unloads the mess into its own base-bin docking/recharging station that holds 30 bin runs. $1,400; irobot.com

Courtesy LG

Save a trip to the dry cleaners with the in-home LG Styler Clothing Care System. Using a menu display on the appliance, which looks like a mirrored armoire, set one of three modes—refresh, sanitary, or gentle dry—to complete any combination of heating, steaming, and drying cycles. LG’s TrueSteam technology eliminates over 99.9 percent of the germs and bacteria found in clothing, while the unit’s moving shake removes wrinkles and odors. A Gentle Dry feature quickly removes moisture, while the Styler’s Pants Crease Care feature ensures a neat, tidy look by eliminating wrinkles and creating a crisp crease line without using an iron. Two sizes are available, refreshing up to five garments simultaneously, including full-length coats. $2,000; lg.com

Courtesy Withings

Step onto the Withings Body Cardio smart scale to take a comprehensive snapshot of your health. In addition to taking extremely accurate weight and BMI measurements, the machine uses heart-rate sensors to check cardiovascular health and uploads data to the Health Mate app, which tracks activity, sleep, weight, and other data points. For goal seekers, the app displays information on the effectiveness of workout activities and provides data on users’ trends and progress over time. At a svelte .7-inches thick with a solid aluminum base, Body Cardio has no feet to adjust, making it the thinnest, most-stable scale available. $150; withings.com

Courtesy Dyson

The Dyson Pure Cool TP04 purifying tower fan captures airborne pollutants while projecting clean air with its 350-degrees of oscillation. Using a HEPA and activated carbon filters, the fully sealed filter system removes gases while capturing 99.97 percent of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. The unit alerts users on its LCD screen and via the Dyson Link app when nitrogen dioxide, pet dander, allergens, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are detected. The resulting data is analyzed and displayed as an overall indoor Air Quality Index. The bladeless fan produces a powerful airflow of more than 77 gallons per second. At nighttime, a special sleep mode monitors and purifies while using a quiet setting. Being Alexa-compatible, you can control the unit using simple voice commands. $550; dyson.com

Courtesy Luxury Living Group

Pollution outside can affect the air we breathe inside, which is why Luxury Living Group partnered with biotech firm U-earth to create the Amadahy Pure Air System. The medical-quality air purifier for the home cleans an area of more than 1,000 square feet (a volume equivalent to 276 oak trees) by deploying a powerful bioreactor to harness water and electrical currents that attract, bond, and effectively digest collected contaminants, resulting in a virtually pollutant-free environment. The system can be housed in any of the several beautifully crafted, customizable enclosures that integrate with the modern home décor LLG is known for. Once the system is installed, use the app to monitor daily quantities of removed pollution and take care of general maintenance. From $6,860; luxurylivinggroup.com