We're not saying you should buy a clothing-related appliance based on its tech credentials, but in the case of the Samsung F457 Front-Loading Washer ($TBA), it doesn't hurt. Packing Wi-Fi and the ability to be monitored and controlled via an app, the F457 also features a lot of high technology related to actually washing clothes, including industry-leading capacity, seven specialty cycles to handle even the most delicate loads, PowerFoam technology for deep stain fighting, steam cycles for wrinkle reduction, vibration reduction technology for quiet operation, an 8-inch LCD touch screen control panel, and SpeedSpray which delivers shots of water with dissolved detergent for cleansing, followed by a rinsing shot for shorter cycle times. The matching DV457 dryer completes the set.
Give yourself one less thing to worry about with the Breville Tea Brewer ($250). Designed for the discerning tea drinker and incredibly lazy alike, this one-touch brewer features a fully automated tea basket that moves your leaves down into the water, then gently agitates them to infuse your tea with flavor, as the whole system keeps track of what variety of tea you're brewing, adjusting the water temperature and brewing time accordingly. Or, you could just do the same thing with a stove, thermometer, and egg timer. Good luck with that.