05/08/2015 12:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

4 Genius Gadgets In British Homes That Americans Should Borrow

Turns out the average British home is hiding some incredibly brilliant inventions -- and Americans should seriously consider poaching them for their own abodes.

In the video above from Anglophenia, a British guide shows us around her home, highlighting all of the magical gadgets along the way. To be fair, you won't find these inventions in every U.K. household, and it's certainly possible you'll see them in some American ones. But by and large, it looks like we've got some design tips to learn from the Brits.

  1. In many U.K. homes, the washing machine is in the kitchen, and converts into a dryer with the twist of a knob. This eliminates the need to unload and re-load wet clothes, plus you can do laundry and cook dinner in the same room, at the same time. (Oh, and it's a major space saver.)
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  3. There are rarely electric sockets in UK bathrooms (the "bathroom" is the room with the actual bath; the room with the toilet is called the "loo"). Instead of regular sockets, you'll find a special socket just for electric razors. We've got to admit, that safety precaution is pretty smart.
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  5. There are usually separate hot and cold water taps in the restroom sink. No guessing what temperature your sink is going to spit out: This way, you always know exactly what you're going to get. (Just be careful you don't get scalded.)
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  7. And in many U.K. homes, you can turn electrical sockets on and off with the flip of a switch. That would make it very, very easy to totally unplug from TVs, phones and laptops all at once. (And it would make for an extra layer of security in baby-proofing.)
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