The future is here, and while we don't all drive flying cars yet, our homes are becoming smarter. Internet-enabled smart appliances are becoming more popular than ever before, and for good reasons.
It might not seem like it, but smart appliances are a great way to save money and increase your home's energy efficiency. On top of the benefits related to saving and energy conservation, smart appliances make every single aspect of life easier, greatly enhancing the quality of life.
While all parts of your home can benefit from these innovative technologies, one room that is completely transformed through the use of internet-enabled devices is the kitchen. If you're ready to enjoy the benefits of a smart kitchen, read on.
Why Are Smart Appliances All The Rage?
We're sure you've noticed, but we're living in a digital world, and now our homes are becoming digital through the use of smart appliances.
Other than sounding like a futuristic dream, what's so great about the automation of your home with smart appliances that connect everything?
Here are just some of the many reasons smart appliances are taking over our homes, and why you should get your hands on some:
Access While Away
Do you ever need to run out of the house to run an errand, but you can't because you have food in the oven? With smart appliances, that's not a problem anymore. With smart devices, you have access to your home even when you're away, giving you the ability to monitor, control, and secure your home from anywhere.
From checking in to see how much time is left on your laundry load to making sure your oven shuts off at the right time, with smart technology you don't have to be home to do it anymore. To ease any worries about malfunctions, remember that these appliances are strictly tested and come with auto shutoff features in the case of any issues like leaks.
Convenience and Customizability
Smart appliances and home automation mean ultimate customizability, with the ability to match any room in your home to your schedule and mood.
Absolutely need a cup of coffee to start your day? Or maybe some sunshine to get you out of bed? With smart devices, you can have your blinds open to wake you up and your coffee brewing before you wake up. As you enjoy it, your AI assistant can fill you in on everything you have going on for the day.
Not only do these appliances make your life easier, but they're also better for the environment and for your energy bill too.
WIth smart appliances, lights are only on when they need to be, and thermostats adjust to the perfect temperature. In your kitchen, smart devices use less water and less energy to prepare your food perfectly.
Maximum Appliance Performance
Smart appliances don't just make your tasks easier; they make them better too. With smart devices in your kitchen, you never have to worry about undercooking, overcooking, or measuring incorrectly. This applies to other parts of your home too; for example, a smart TV will help you find better apps and channels, and a smart home theatre or audio system can take your movie watching experience to the next level.
This smart home benefit doesn't directly relate to your kitchen, but no list of advantages of smart appliances would be complete without security. There are so many security perks to smart appliances and home automation, such as motion detectors, surveillance cameras, automated door locks, and more; all of which you can monitor from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere.
Whether or not you think of selling your home now, if you ever decide to sell, having a smart kitchen and smart appliances incorporated in your home will be an excellent advantage for your home. Since smart systems make life easier and keep homes more secure, smart homes can sell for much more than homes with conventional technologies.
How Will They Fit Into Your Kitchen?
One of the places in your home where internet-connected devices make the biggest difference in your quality of life is your kitchen.
If the perks of smart appliances have you ready to prepare your home for the future, then you'll be happy to know that turning your kitchen into a smart one doesn't require knocking down walls and hiring construction crews.
While significant changes take some big updates, you can get started on your dream smart kitchen with some new devices and appliances.
Step 1: Understand Smart Appliances for the Kitchen
Smart kitchens and homes, in general, can sound a lot more complicated and futuristic than they are. In reality, smart appliances for the kitchen are devices that are connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), WiFi, or Bluetooth. Smart devices connected in these ways give you the ability to monitor, control, and access them from anywhere via your smartphone or tablet.
For some appliances in the kitchen, you must download an app to be able to control, access, and monitor the device. For other appliances, you'll need to use AI assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google assistant, Cortona, and others. Smart appliances in the kitchen range from super high tech and expensive to simple and affordable items; which means you have tons of options and that there are choices to match every need and budget.
Step 2: Determine What You Need or Want
When you're just starting to build your dream smart kitchen, it can be appealing to buy everything and deck out every component of your kitchen, but it might be better to take things slow. There are so many different smart systems you can choose from, so to keep from getting too overwhelmed, it's a good idea to determine what your priorities are.
Do you want to start small with devices that let you order groceries with the touch of a button without leaving your home? Or do you want or need an oven that allows for cooking automation so you can save time and energy? Also, don't forget about bringing some added comfort and mood to your kitchen; because with smart appliances you can have adjustable lights, music, and more to enjoy.
Step 3: Shop
Once you understand what smart devices are and how they can be used in the kitchen, and you have a general breakdown of your biggest priorities, it's time to shop for your dream smart kitchen.
Remember, with so many different options for the kitchen you want to do your research, read reviews, and then make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck. In the next section, we'll cover the must-have smart appliance categories to get you started.
Must-Have Smart Appliances For Your Kitchen
With so many smart device options to choose from, here are some options that will make life in the kitchen so much easier:
Smart Frying Pan
Smart pans making cooking everything from eggs to seafood easier than ever before. Through the use of sensors, smart pans let you know when the pan is hot enough for your cooking to start, when it's time to flip your food, and when your food is all ready. All of these directions will be sent via notifications to your smartphone via a downloaded app.
Smart Coffee Maker
What's better than having your coffee ready for you when you wake up? Not much. With smart coffee makers, you can have your machine set to brew your coffee at the same time every day, use voice control with an AI assistant, customize temperature controls, and more.
Like most appliances, there are lots of smart refrigerators to choose from, and depending on which one you choose you'll get to enjoy different features. Some common features include digital touch screens that let you keep track of what's in your fridge including expiration dates and all, as well as the ability to view the contents of your kitchen shelves without even opening the door.
Smart refrigerator digital screen systems can also allow you to order groceries via various apps, leave digital messages, stream music, or turn on vacation mode to save energy when you're away from home.
It's time to say goodbye to the mess and hassle that comes with measuring cups, especially when you're making a recipe that includes a ton of ingredients. Smart scales will walk you through thousands of recipes, making baking and cooking as easy as can be. Through the app you download, your smart scale will be able to tell you exactly when you've poured in enough of an ingredient; which not only makes things easier but also saves a bunch of cleaning time and effort.
Smart Egg Tray
Lots of smart devices are hi-tech, but sometimes the simplest things can make life a lot easier. A smart egg tray is one of those simple things. With the smart egg tray, you never have to worry about getting ready to make breakfast, only to find out you don't have enough eggs to start the day.
A smart egg tray lets you know how many eggs you have left (from your smartphone or tablet), tracks when eggs expire, uses LED lights to show you the oldest eggs you have, and more.
Did you rush out of the house and forget to run the dishwasher even though it's loaded with everything? No worries: with a smart dishwasher you can start the cycle from your smartphone or tablet no matter where you are.
These dishwashers are also self-monitoring and keep track of detergent levels, send notifications when programs are completed and recognize when issues like leaks occur.
Smart Slow Cooker/Crock-Pot
A slow cooker or crock-pot isn't a new idea, but it's a brilliant one because it provides the ability to throw a bunch of ingredients in and leave it to cook with no need to pay much attention to things. With smart appliances, it gets even better. In many ways, a smart slow cooker/crockpot is one of the best methods for cooking without actually being in the kitchen.
With a smart slow cooker or crockpot, you can turn the system off on your lunch break at work to have dinner ready when you're home. Or, if you're stuck late at the office or in horrible rush hour traffic, you can lower the temperature from your smartphone so your dinner isn't ruined. These slow cooker/crock-pots will even notify you when everything is cooked to perfection.
Smart blenders work similarly to smart scales but are for smoothies, sauces, juices, and more. These blenders will guide you through recipes, let you know when you've put in the right amount of ingredients, track nutrients, update your grocery list, and more.
Smart Trash Can Scans
A trash can scan device might seem like a weird product to put on this list, but if you've ever thrown out a product and forgotten to replace it, then this one's for you. These trash can scanners attach to your kitchen garbage can, scanning the garbage as you throw it out. The device will add the discarded item to your grocery shopping list.
Smart ovens are less common than smart scales or refrigerators, but they exist and can make life in the kitchen a whole lot smoother. Through the use of interior cameras, smart ovens can identify your food and give recommendations for the best cooking settings.
Plus, over a WiFi connection, you can set your smart oven to preheat, adjust temperatures, and more when you're not even in your kitchen; all while the appliance ensures everything is cooked to perfection.
Whether you're ready to transform your entire kitchen into a smart kitchen through renovations and buying all the best smart appliances, or you're just looking to take some small steps in the right direction, you now know how to get started.
From more free time to more savings, the benefits of smart devices will completely change your relationship with your kitchen for the better.