These gadgets can solve common relationship problems. Bonus: they're all cheaper than therapy.
6. Seriously? Again with the Toilet Seat?
His mother claims she enforced the toilet seat rule, but you’ve had too many close calls to believe her. With the Touchless Sensor Toilet Seat, it doesn’t matter. The seat automatically closes 15 seconds after anyone steps away, so the lid and seat are always down. Simply wave a hand to lift the lid when you want to use it. It not only eases your irritation, but helps prevent the spread of germs ($159.99, skymall.com).
7. When I’m Hot and You’re Cold
Sure, opposites attract, but when one of you is cold-blooded all those other endearing quirks are forgotten. The Dual-Zone Nap Heated Blanket allows you to each set your own temperature so you’ll sleep easy without one of you sweating and the other shivering ($59.99, overstock.com).
8. When He’s Bright-Eyed And You’re Sleepy Tailed
He’s up before the sun, and you just climbed into bed. Lark lets you both sleep (and wake) better. The gadget is worn on the wrist and produces a silent, vibrating alarm, making waking up more comfortable for him and allowing you to sleep soundly or vice versa. Bonus: It also aids in overall sleep improvement with a tracker that records your movements. ($99, lark.com).
9. It Would Be Nice If You Cleaned The Floor This Time
Whose turn is it to mop the floors? “Not it” is no longer the necessary response. iRobot is on it. The gadget moseys around the house, keeping things orderly so neither of you have to. Three different models cover every kind of home: There’s the Roomba vacuum robot for carpet, while the Braava or Scooba handle hard surfaces (from $279.99, store.irobot.com).
10. It’s Time To Reconnect
Remember when you first started dating and would surprise each other with little notes on the windshield, lived for date nights, and were sappy beyond belief? Now it’s an angry text reminder to pick up the dry cleaning (for three days in a row) or a quick kiss as you whisk kids off to assorted activities. Avocado is an app that lets you reconnect on all levels. For practical (and fight stopping) purposes, you can sync calendars and to-do lists, assign each other things, remember important anniversaries, and maybe even schedule that elusive date night here and there. But the app also has a number of other features that allow you to rekindle some of that initial fire, no matter how busy you are. In addition to private messaging, you can send each other custom photo-emoticons, virtual hugs and kisses, sounds, and more. You can also save photos, and, on the premium version, make 30-second video clips. Basically, your tech-world version of the windshield note. (Free for Basic, $19.99/year for Premium, avocado.io).