A Splash of Summer

amazing gadgets to keep things fresh this season

Bestway Water Slide

The Bestway Mad Man water slide is the perfect summer essential for South African weather. December gets really hot so what better way to handle the heat than to cool off with a water slide in the garden? It attaches to a garden hose, and has six stakes to ensure it stays in place. Suited for three-year-olds and up. Best to check if your city has any water restrictions before purchasing. The water slide weighs 1.2kgs and comes with a 6-month warranty. Available in red.

Price: R245; Takealot.com

Summer is here and we’ve rounded up some amazing gadgets to keep things fresh this season. The best part is you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home and garden.

Creative Living Hammock

If you’ve got a large garden with lots of trees, it’s time to look at getting a hammock. The Creative Living hammock comes in a rainbow-coloured canvas and nylon fabric that promises an easy set-up process. It is 180cm x 80cm, crease-proof, and comes with two binding strings to tie on a pole or solid branch. The length with the string is 250cm. The hammock is capable of holding up to 90kg. With a Kindle or book, you’ll have the whole family fighting for it.

Price: R239; Takealot.com

Philips Airfryer

Philips has a new version of its wildly popular Airfyer that has made eating healthier that much easier. The new model is smaller in size but retains its 800g basket capacity. It features TurboStar technology that cooks quickly and evenly. It can handle steak, fish or chicken; bake cupcakes; air fry oven fries; and veggies – the list is endless. If you can put it in the microwave, oven or stove, it can go into the Airfryer. A big advantage is that no pre-heat is required. The basket is dishwasher safe.

Price: R2 999. Available at Hirsch's.

Zoku Slush Maker

Imagine being able to make healthy slushies, smoothies, milkshakes or frozen alcoholic drinks in as little as seven minutes, directly from your countertop! The Zoku Slush and Milkshake maker makes this dream a reality. It stores easily in a freezer so it’s always ready for use. It is simple to operate – remove the inner core from the freezer and place it into the outer sleeve, pour your mix into it, and mix and scrape the cup with the included spoon to see your slush freeze right in front of you. Fun for the whole family. Available in purple, red, lime and blue, in a 220ml capacity.

Price: R349; YuppieChef.co.za 

HP Sprocket

HP has made printing cool again with its cute little Sprocket printer. It pairs with Android and iOS handsets to print via Bluetooth straight from your gallery; or from social networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Google accounts. All the magic happens from the app, where you can edit photos, add borders, stickers and text. The printouts incorporate ZINK technology that uses zero ink, and the printing paper is also a sticker. These nifty prints can be given as gifts too, a fun way to share lasting memories. A pack of 10 standard paper sheets are included in the box.

Price: R1 999; 20 x sticky paper R199. MyiStore.co.za

Unicorn Powerbank

Summer is all about the outdoors, this means not being bogged down by charging your smartphone or tablet inside the house, while everyone is hanging out by the pool. This cute unicorn powerbank from Superbalist comes with a charging cable to give you 4400mAh battery life on the go. This would give you about two charges on your smartphone, depending just how glued you are to your social feeds. The cable to charge your smartphone is not included. The powerbank is small at 13cm in height, and pops easily into your handbag. Choose between these summery shades: white, turquoise or purple.

Price: R299; Superbalist.com

Tile Decals

Renovating a house can get costly if you want a seasonal change or a bit of sprucing up. Instead of painting or changing wallpapers, tile decals seem like the ideal fuss-free option. It’s quick and can be applied to any tiled wall, whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen or kid’s bedroom. They are self-adhesive stickers which require the protective layer to be removed first before applying to a flat and smooth surface. A set of 12 striped triangles are available as individual pieces, so you can get creative with the layout. Fits 15cm x 15cm tiles.

Price: R149; Superbalist.com