It seems everything is smart these days. The odds are you own at least one smart phone. I bet your living room has a smart TV. Your boiler possibly has a smart thermostat. Hell, I bet you even while away the hours chatting with your smart speaker, asking it about the weather or getting it to tell you hilarious dad jokes.
There is one area of the house, however, that has, up until now, been neglected by developments in smart technology, and that is the kitchen. For me this seems a little strange because the kitchen in my house is generally the busiest part of the home, what with cooking, eating, studying, watching TV, and the vast array of other activities my family get up to every day. But, as with all things, change is inevitable and over recent years smart technology has slowly begun worming its way into areas of kitchen life.
The average kitchen is loaded with devices, like dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, weighing scales etc, that are crying out for the smart treatment. It is, however, becoming more and more common for newer appliances to come equipped with at least some form of smart technology, such as being Wi-Fi or internet enabled, allowing users a control and flexibility not seen in traditional devices.
With this in mind, here are a few of the great new smart kitchen appliances that we think will bring simplicity, convenience, and efficiency to your kitchen.
A smart fridge is more than just cold storage for food. These new modern fridges will notify you when food is about to pass its sell by date. They can help you plan meals based on the ingredients you have in your fridge. You may also be able to see what’s inside your fridge from your smart phone, thus allowing you to plan your grocery shop from within the supermarket. Some of these advanced fridges will even allow you to control other smart home devices such as lights, thermostats, etc and can respond to voice commands.
Who here has spent time getting ingredients, kneading dough, setting aside proving time, re-kneading dough, proving some more, before going to bake a loaf of bread only to find the oven refuses to heat up. One of the benefits of having a smart oven is that most come with built-in performance assessment systems that will identify problems before they begin affecting cooking performance.
On top of this, a smart oven will also allow you to control your oven temperature from your smart phone, or other connected device. Imagine sitting on the coach watching the latest soap opera episode on your TV. Your oven timer beeps. It’s time for you to lower the temperature to prevent the lasagne you have so lovingly prepared from burning. What do you do? Do you run to the oven, lower the temperature and miss the scene where Rico and Sara finally kiss? Or do you keep watching and retrieve a lump of charcoal from the oven when the smooch is over? With some smart ovens you can do both. Whip out your phone, load up the oven app and lower the temperature whilst keeping your gaze firmly fixed on Rico and Sara getting it on.
Smart Washing Machine
Smart washing machines are essentially Wi-Fi enabled washing machines that allow you to set and control them remotely from your phone or other connected device. In addition, you can monitor the progress of your washing via the app and see how much time is left and whether the machine is washing, rinsing, or spinning. Similar to the smart oven, these machines can also identify hardware faults and alert you to problems.
These work essentially the same as smart washing machines. Smart dishwashers are connected to your home Wi-Fi network and can be paired up with mobile devices, such as your phone or tablet. The counterpart mobile app then allows the flexibility of controlling the appliance without needing to be in the same room.
The benefits of smart devices are well known. Nearly all new household appliances these days come with at least some smart functionality and with the kitchen finally getting a boost into the 21stcentury, it won’t be long before we will all be living our lives like the Jetsons.