If you’re looking to install a new kitchen, it is therefore advisable that you should stay on top of any technology trends. Smart homes are only going to become more and more popular, so we’ve put together a guide for the latest must-have kitchen technology.
Large smart appliances
Larger kitchen appliances will often remain a feature of your kitchen for years to come, so when you have your next kitchen installed, it may be a good idea to stay ahead of the curve. Incorporating your kitchen into your smart home can make a real difference to the way you cook, prepare meals and even clean up afterwards. Whether you’re a budding chef with a love of cooking or someone who sees the kitchen as a necessary evil, smart appliances are worth considering.
Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge
Samsung are currently dominating the smart fridge market. Dubbing their latest range of smart fridges Family Hubs, the Korean company clearly recognise that the kitchen - and by extension, the fridge - is the heart of the home. Although they’re on the pricey side, these top-of-the-range smart fridge-freezers come with a huge variety of features. From interior view cameras that connect to your phone allowing you to keep tabs on anything that may be running low from anywhere, to cutting edge cooling methods. The Family Hubs are fantastic refrigerators.
The real selling point of Samsung’s smart fridges, however, is the LCD touchscreen that dominates the door. This touchscreen works similarly to a smart tablet, allowing you to listen to music, order your shopping online, check the weather, write memos and more all from your fridge! You can even mirror your TV and Samsung smartphone screens to the fridge, so the entertainment never stops.
Smart ovens are another traditional appliance being given a seriously futuristic update. Whirlpool recently announced that their new smart ovens could be connected to existing recipe apps on your smartphone to preheat, cook, and turn off as demanded by your chosen recipe. Other smart ovens can be connected to the internet where you can manually turn them on and off as required, a blessing for those days when you come home from a long day of work, only to find that you have to preheat your oven for half an hour before you can even start cooking.
Although smart ovens aren’t quite the standard just yet, that’s likely to change soon. Amazon recently announced that their Echo voice assistant will soon become compatible with smart ovens and microwaves, while other companies such as Bosch and Samsung are already producing smart ovens. Expect their popularity to skyrocket in the near future.
Smart dishwashers and washing machines
Washing up and doing the laundry will forever be some of the most frustrating and time-consuming activities done in the kitchen. Fortunately, dishwashers and washing machines have been available to the average consumer for decades now, but that hasn’t stopped their manufacturers from innovating.
As with the other smart appliances we’ve examined, the majority of the smart dishwashers and washing machines on the market today can be manually controlled with a companion app on your smartphone. Samsung’s latest washing machines work with a ‘laundry recipe’ app, to ensure that your machine will give the optimal wash for the specific items of clothing inside. When it comes to dishwashers, Bosch’s Home Connect system allows you to not only control the wash from your phone or tablet, but it’ll also let you know when you’re running low on dishwasher tablets.
Smart kitchen gadgets
When it comes to smaller kitchen gadgets, the real innovation in smart kitchen tech shines through. From devices that help you to prepare food through pioneering methods like sous vide, to intelligent coffee machines, smart kitchen gadgets are some of the most intriguing electronic devices on the market.
Anova Precision Cooker
Available in Bluetooth and wifi varieties, Anova’s Precision Cooker is a device that promises to help you prepare restaurant quality meals from the comfort of your home. The precision cooker uses a relatively new method of cooking known as sous-vide - French for under vacuum - where vacuum packed ingredients are cooked in water at a low temperature, making sure that they are cooked to exactly the specified temperature all the way through. Anova’s cooker, like many smart devices, connects directly to your phone, providing you with recipes, allowing you to set the cooking instructions remotely and alerting you when your food is ready.
Sage Smart Kettle
With development overseen by experimental chef Heston Blumenthal, the Smart Kettle by Sage is quite remarkable. Considering people in Britain drink around 60.2 billion cups of tea per year, a smart kettle is an incredibly useful kitchen gadget. Although it may not have the wifi functionality that we have come to expect of devices with the ‘smart’ label, Sage’s Smart Kettle is the perfect piece of kitchen tech for a tea fanatic. With dedicated water heating settings to get the perfect cup of green, black, white and oolong tea, along with French Press coffee, it’s ideal for almost every British kitchen.
Smart coffee machines
If you’re more of a coffee drinker than a tea lover, you’re in luck when it comes to smart kitchen tech. With major brands such as Nespresso offering smart coffee machines with Bluetooth functionality, you’re able to create your perfect coffee through your phone. Furthermore, Nespresso’s companion app lets you order in Nespresso pods directly, so you’ll never be out of coffee again. Our favourite thing about smart coffee machines, however, is that you can set some models to make you a piping hot cup for the morning. No longer will you have to groggily prepare that perfect morning energy boost.
Although the majority of smart kitchen devices are simply taking the stress out of mundane kitchen tasks, PancakeBot gives your kitchen an incredibly cool new centrepiece. Ideal for keeping your kids entertained every single day, PancakeBot is a 3D food printer that, when loaded with batter, can produce some incredible looking pancakes. It may seem like a novelty item - to a degree, it is - but you’ll have endless fun with the device. Whether you’re making dinosaur breakfast pancakes for the kids or showing off your amazing new machine at your next dinner party, PancakeBot will give you endless fun.