Design trends: work mates

The latest smart appliances make life easier — from steam-generator irons that help you do the job in half the time to robots that vacuum while you’re out at work
The latest smart appliances make life easier — from steam-generator irons that help you do the job in half the time to robots that vacuum while you’re out at work.

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Siemens i-Dos
Save energy and time with this A+++ rated washing machine. It metes out precise doses of detergent from a dispenser that only needs filling once every 20 washes; £999. Visit johnlewis.com
Samsung NaviBot
The most intelligent robot vacuum yet, a camera on top takes pictures of the ceiling to map the most efficient cleaning path while sensors stop it bashing furniture or falling down stairs. It’s quiet and you can even schedule it to clean while you’re out; £499.99. Visit samsung.com/uk/navibot
Krups Compact Espresseria EA8080
The world’s smallest bean-to-cup coffee machine: chuck in the beans and it does the rest, though you can add froth yourself with the cappuccino attachment; £649.99. Visit krups.co.uk
Tefal Pro Express GV8430
A steam-generator iron with a difference. Not only does it halve your ironing time, because its five-bar pressure tackles both sides of a shirt at once, but this compact model has a unique, timesaving limescale collector; £249.99. Visit tefal.co.uk
Dyson Digital Slim DC35
Your robot vacuum can’t do stairs? Spot cleaning is a breeze with this ridiculously powerful yet lightweight hand-held. Its digital motor spins five times faster than an F1 car engine, giving 15 minutes of constant suction; £199.99. Visit dyson.co.uk
Bosch SKS50E11EU
Now everyone has space for a dishwasher thanks to this compact, colourful model. It’s barely bigger than a microwave, roomy enough for six place settings and it’s fast: less than 30 minutes for a quick cycle; £399. Visit johnlewis.com

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