55% of Americans Think This Increasingly Common Home Feature is Intrusive

Today, it seems like every kitchen appliance, speaker, TV and security system is smarter than us. There are refrigerators with built-in shopping lists, digital assistants that can remind us of any upcoming task, and even washing machines that remember our rinse preferences, all hoping to make our lives a little easier. In other words, Disney Channel’s Smart home 1999 film has officially come to fruition.

However, not everyone wants to live fully On the grid. In fact, 55 percent of Americans think smart homes are intrusive, according to an investigation conducted by Cinch Home Services who interviewed 1,000 people. That’s not all: Seventy percent of respondents said they think their Alexa, Google Home or Siri is always listening. If you’re the skeptical type who prefers faithful analog products, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite home finds that are extremely bright but won’t make you feel uncomfortable in your own home.

The demisting makeup mirror

Robern AiO Surface Mount Medicine Cabinet, 39 inch ($2384 was $3179)


A boiling shower can be a much-needed reset after a long day, but stepping into a sauna-like, misty bathroom isn’t quite as relaxing. Cue de Robern AiO surface-mounted mirror. Now you don’t have to waste time switching between getting clean and your nightly skincare regimen.

A mouse’s silent air purifier

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Molekule Air Mini+, Amazon ($499)


Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or are simply looking for something to reduce those post-cooking odors, the Molekule air purifier, available in two sizes, can handle both (and more) with its five fan settings.

The energy-saving shower head

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Persimmon Smart Shower Head, Hai ($199 was $249)


Upgrade the aesthetics of your bathroom while being more environmentally conscious with Hai’s shower head. The hardware’s Bluetooth capabilities connect to an app on your phone so you can track your water usage after each shower, but don’t worry, there aren’t any speakers that start singing to you halfway through the shampoo.

The self-emptying vacuum cleaner

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Custom Jet, Samsung ($849 was $899)


While most vacuum cleaners now look like they belong on a spaceship (or in Blade Runner 2049), Samsung’s Bespoke Jet goes beyond looks: it cleans itself. With just the push of a button on the charging station, all the dust in the canister is sucked out into an airtight bag.

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