Your Guide to Smart Kitchen Technology
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and of course it is true. It’s the setting for celebrations, family dinners, and all the warm and fuzzy times we love. But when it comes to home automation, the focus has often been on other rooms and other elements of design. Now, however, new smart appliances are ensuring that smart kitchen technology is a key part of making your home more efficient while saving you money.
Smart Appliance Overview
Smart kitchen design has made tremendous advances in just the last few years. With Amazon, Google, and other tech giants vying for the ability to steer and control buying decisions, the ability to integrate their home automation hubs with the “hub” of the home -- the kitchen -- has resulted in big moves toward smarter kitchens.
Smart kitchen design isn’t just about cooking a better burger -- it’s about integrating the kitchen and the purchase process to automate everything about the way we live. Smart appliances will know what you need before you do and integrate with food delivery services to make sure you never run out of the essentials.
Best Smart Appliances for Your Kitchen
1. Smart Microwave:
Microwave technology has been slow to upgrade, but finally smart appliance manufacturers are working to make this somewhat dated technology new again. Amazon has created a new microwave with Alexa integration, allowing you to “Ask Alexa” to cook something for you, tell her what it is, and she delivers. Add time if needed by calling out to your Amazon Echo, so you only touch the microwave to put in your food and take it out when ready.
2. Connected Coffee Maker:
The new Behmor Connected Coffee Maker means mornings will never be the same again. Tell it to brew your coffee -- to your personal specifications -- when you wake up and have it ready by the time you get out of the shower. Integrated Amazon Dash means that you never run out of coffee, since this little smartie knows when you’re getting low and automatically orders more.
3. Smart Refrigerator:
Sears’ Kenmore line is moving forward aggressively with smart home integrations, including a smart refrigerator that alerts you if a door is left open, if the power goes out, or if a filter needs to be changed. It also optimizes the interior environment to help food stay fresher and to maintain the ideal temperature. Voice-control for some functions and phone controls for others means you know what’s going on in your kitchen wherever you are.
4. Smart Oven:
Many smart appliance elements have been relegated to smaller, tabletop oven models in the past, but manufacturers, like Whirlpool are finally integrating these into full size ovens and cooktops. New smart ovens automatically adjust cooking conditions in response to integrated recipes and cooking instructions, ensuring that you never overcook, or undercook, your dinner, pastries, or souffles.
How Smart Appliances Save You Money
One of the main ways these new smart appliances help you to save money is by reducing waste in your home. Think about how many groceries you throw out each week because you bought too much or, alternatively, forgot they were there and let them go bad. With smart appliances, you’ll know what you have, where it is, and how to cook it for the best results. More than that, you’ll store them in refrigerators that know and understand the optimum conditions for keeping everything at the height of freshness.
In addition, with integrated shopping and delivery options, you don’t have to worry about running out of groceries, requiring you to order takeout or go out to eat. When you have everything you need, you make more of your meals at home, which is healthier for your family, your fitness, and your budget. With smart ovens and cooktops, even less skilled home cooks can feel more confident and capable making dinner for family and friends.
Connecting Smart Appliances to the Rest of Your Home
If you already have a home automation system in place, you’ll want to consider which hub you’re currently using and choose your smart home appliances for seamless integration with your existing network.
If you are interested in integrating smart shopping with Amazon, you’ll want to use Alexa-optimized appliances. If you are more interested in using the Google Assistant to maximize your efficiency, you may want to choose devices compatible with their system.
If you are just beginning to plan your smart home design, you’ll want to look carefully at the various appliances you want and choose a smart home hub that will work with your favorites. The more integrated the system, the better all of your appliances will work together and communicate.
For more information on Smart Homes and Smart Appliance see our Smart Home Styles FAQS.
Contributed to Your Home blog by Christy Murdock Edgar
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