13 expert-approved gadgets for fall and beyond


Whether you’re planning to spend the remaining beautiful days outdoors this fall or looking to turn your home and office into a cozy retreat before the cold weather hits, there are a few gadgets that can help.

Wirecutter Associate Editor Jason Chen stopped by at TODAY’s 3rd hour to share some handy products that are perfect for the changing seasons. From a portable outdoor lamp to a heated mattress pad for those chilly nights, Chen has you covered.

Keep reading to see all the best gadgets you’ll want to try for yourself.

Must-Have Outdoor & Home Gadgets Seen TODAY

Black Diamond Moji Lantern

This portable outdoor lantern will come in handy for your next campfire, your next camping trip and more. According to the brand, it features a frosted tint for even light and will last up to 70 hours on AAA batteries.

Sunbeam Electric Heated Mattress Pad

Nothing is more satisfying than getting into a warm, cozy bed. Chen chose this heated mattress for those extra cold nights. It has 10 heat settings and auto shut-off. It has over 4,000 five-star ratings on Amazon and one verified reviewer wrote, “It helps me sleep more soundly, maybe I needed a warm bed and didn’t have one before . It also helps my arthritis, I can sit at my desk longer now. “

Rain Design iLevel 2 Adjustable Laptop Stand

Chen says this laptop stand is a great option for those who travel between home and the office. According to the brand, the adjustable height brings the laptop up to your eye level to protect your posture and keep you from feeling hunched over all day. The brand also mentions that it is compatible with MacBooks and most laptops and notebooks.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Whether you’re a remote or hybrid worker or travel a lot, Chen loves this Logitech Bluetooth keyboard. Available in three different colors, the brand claims that this universal keyboard is compact, making it easy to carry around. They also mention that it is compatible with most devices including Windows, Mac, Chrome, iPad and more.

ComfiLife footrest for under the desk

Enhance your home office or workspace with this comfortable footstool, featuring adjustable height and memory foam cushion. According to the brand, this product is perfect for those who sit for a long time and they say it will help relieve back and hip pain and pressure.

Celestron 3-in-1 Outdoor Tool and Electric Hand Warmer

Whether you’re sitting in the stands for an evening game or taking a walk, Chen loves this 3-in-1 gadget for chilly nights because it functions as a hand warmer. The brand also mentions that it can be used as a cell phone charger and LED flashlight, making it perfect for evening walks or even fall camping.

More must-have outdoor and home gadgets, according to Steve Greenberg

“Gadget Nation” author and tech expert Steve Greenberg has previously joined TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share useful and entertaining gadgets. From cool picks for outdoor gatherings to solar-powered bug zappers, Greenberg’s recommendations are sure to be a hit.

Lexon Mina M rechargeable LED lamp

Enhance the decor of your garden or set the mood with these fun lights at late night barbecues. You can change the color of the lighting, from warm white to cool white to blue, by simply pressing the top of the dome. You can also dim it by tapping on top. Plus, the brand says it’s water resistant.

Sunfox solar speaker

From the pool to picnics, a portable speaker can be useful for almost any occasion. Greenberg chose this portable option from Sunfox, which can fully charge in as little as 16 hours of sunlight or two hours via USB. According to the brand, it is also waterproof, sandproof and shockproof, so you can take it with you for many outdoor adventures.

Calicule bowl set

Ice cream shouldn’t be enjoyed like soup. These insulated bowls can help keep frozen treats from melting and even come with their own lids. Depending on the brand, they can help keep ice cream at the right temperature for up to 200% longer than traditional bowls.

To bite

Bug bites are often unavoidable, but according to the brand, this gadget can at least help eliminate some of the itching and swelling they cause. With the push of a button, the device channels heat to the ceramic plates at its tip (up to 124 degrees), which can be applied directly to the bite. The brand claims it’s a chemical-free way to reduce reactions to insect bites for everyone ages 2 and up.

Solar bug zappers

Rather than wasting your own physical energy trying to keep bugs away, Greenberg found these solar-powered zappers that you can place in your garden to help eliminate mosquitoes and other bugs. Depending on the brand, they only require moderate sunlight and can provide protection for up to eight hours on a full charge.

Colsen table fireplace

Whether you’re an apartment dweller or you just don’t have enough room for a fire pit in your backyard, this portable fire pit can bring the ambiance of a bonfire right into your home without any smoke. . All you need is some rubbing alcohol and a well-ventilated room to light it up.

Swimways Dry Float Shadester Pool Float

Relaxing in the pool sounds nice, but not everyone wants to get wet doing it. This float was designed with these people in mind. It is high above the water, so your chances of getting wet are lower. It can hold up to 250 pounds, is ergonomic for comfortable lounging, and has a sun shade to help keep you cool.

More must-have outdoor and home gadgets

Groview Mini Projector

Whether you’re looking to create the ultimate home theater or host outdoor movie nights, this mini projector is a great addition for your home or garden. Featuring easy Wi-Fi setup, you can even connect to Fire Sticks, Chromecast, laptops and more, depending on the brand. Add an 80-100 inch projection screen for optimal viewing, the brand shares.

Bonak Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Your next gathering will be a hit with this wireless karaoke microphone, complete with Bluetooth capabilities. By connecting to your phone and connecting to the included singing app, you can show off your karaoke skills with your favorite songs.

INSMY Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

This waterproof speaker is perfect for the shower, hike, vacation, or anywhere you might want to listen to music. Depending on the brand, it can be completely submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.


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