Smart home appliances are a growing trend in modern home technology. These devices, which include everything from refrigerators and ovens to washing machines and dryers, are designed to make our lives easier and more convenient. With the ability to connect to the internet and communicate with other devices, smart appliances can be controlled remotely, scheduled to run at specific times, and even monitored for energy efficiency. From managing your grocery list to adjusting your thermostat, smart appliances are changing the way we live and work in our homes. They also can help you have a energy efficient home, by giving you insights on how you are using energy and giving you suggestions on how to optimize consumption.
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Ok So What is a Smart Appliance?
I feel like this is an appropriate place to start since smart homes are gaining tremendous traction in the twenty first century.
So what is a smart appliance?
Well, when you’re planning to remodel your home or planning to construct your dream home it’s important that you evaluate all your options wisely when it comes to accouterments, especially if budget isn’t really a concern.
I mean what could be better than a 20,000 BTU multi burner gas stove, or a gorgeous counter depth French door refrigerator? How about an oven that’s smart enough to know to shut itself down when it’s no longer in use? Or a fridge that will alert you if you’ve left the door open? Or maybe waking up in the morning, and your coffee maker starts your morning routine with a fresh brew! This is the essence of a smart appliance.
They are Wi-Fi connected, wireless enabled, smart devices that can add tremendous value and conveniences to your smart home.
Given how quickly our world is evolving and how quickly computer technology is transforming our lives, we find ourselves more and more connected with our everyday inanimate objects such as homes, appliances, and even furniture.
Technology has been slowly and steady integrated into the devices that we use daily. As with all relatively newer trends, it takes time for the technology to stabilize and find their way into our hearts. Whether you like it or not, smart appliances are coming, and we’re here today to discuss how it may affect you!
Why do you need a smart appliance?
To elaborate a bit more, smart appliances refers to modern day devices which uses internet connectivity mated to your typical “dumb” appliance so that they can function more efficiently and effectively, reduce the energy costs to run them, and ultimately, provide instant alert notifications so you know what’s going on at all times.
1. Timely alerts
With the smart appliances, you can get alerts about a problem that may have arisen so that you can fix it quickly before it becomes worse. In addition, the smart appliance can notify when the maintenance is required or indicate where the problem potentially is.
2. Energy savings
With some smart appliances you have the ability to see energy usage. This can be very important in situations where you’re charged varying energy rates depending on the time of the day. With this kind of information, you can easily plan on the best time to run that appliance. Many times smart appliances are also equipped with sensors so that they can turn off when their job is done. For example, traditional dryers may run a dry cycle for 1 hour regardless of how much clothes you toss in, but with a smart dryer, it can sense moisture levels within the unit and adjust the drying temperature and duration based on the contents being dried.
3. You can access them remotely
Some Wi-Fi enabled smart appliances can even be accessed and controled remotely. Combine this powerful feature with automation applications such as IFTTT you can have your morning alarm trigger your coffee maker to start your brew so by the time you are done getting ready, your coffee will already be waiting for you. Or maybe you left the house with the dryer running and now you’re running behind schedule, and you know your clothes are just sitting in the dryer getting wrinkled. With a connected smart dryer, you may be able to turn on the unit on your way home so that by the time you get home, your clothes are fresh, and warm, ready to be folded. The possilibites are quite endless.
Top 8 Smart Appliances For Your Connected Smart Home
With all that said, here are some smart appliances that we recommend for your consideration.
1. Smart Coffee Maker
Behmor Coffee Maker
This is a customizable coffee maker coupled with a smartphone application so that you can easily control the brewing temperature, altitude and pre-soak time remotely. Its pulsed water flow design makes sure that all coffee grounds will be fully saturated, while the presoak function allows water to be added to the grounds before you start brewing. It has a temperature control between 190° to 210° F and its double walled stainless material is able to maintain optimal temperature with an accuracy of 1 degree. You can brew up to 10 cups of hot coffee making it the best choice for families.BUY ON AMAZON!
KRUPS Grind and Brew
This sophisticated coffee maker has an integrated coffee bean grinder which you can use in brewing fresh ground coffee with exceptional taste. It has a 2 – 10 cup selector and a max capacity of 10 cups. It also has a brew strength selector which has three options – mild, medium and strong – so you can pick your personal preference based on your taste. Of course, let’s not forget the features of the bean grinder with an automatic start function and a 5 setting conical burr grinder which can let you select how coarse or how fine you want the coffee grounds to be before brewing.BUY ON AMAZON!
2. Tabletop Smart Oven
This fancy little smart oven has several unique features, starting with a touchscreen control panel embedded into the viewing window itself, instead of your typical buttons and knobs. The second unique feature is that the oven has a built-in camera so you can watch your food cool in real-time (should that be something that tickles your fancy). It has 2 convection fans and 6 carbon fiber heating elements for thorough, even cooking, and even has a food-temperature probe that plugs into the oven wall. The June Oven is extremely feature rich, and has cooking options that span more cooking scenarios than you can imagine: Keep warm, toast, dehydrate, slow cook, air fry, roast, broil, and bake. This oven is also WiFi-enabled allowing it to connect it your network so that you can control it with the app or with your smart home assistant. What makes the oven truly smart is it’s ability to use artificial intelligence to identify the food that is being cooked and adjust it’s programming accordingly.BUY ON AMAZON!
Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air (BOV900BSS )
While the Breville is not “smart” in the sense that it lacks internet connectivity, it is by no means lacking in intelligent features when it comes to cooking your food right. It has a 2-speed convection fan which offers greater air flow giving you that golden, crunchy result evey time. It’s best for baking, roasting, dehydration, and air frying. It has 6 independent quartz heating elements allowing the Breville to distribute heat more evenly precision cooking. It also has 13 cooking functions: dehydrate, slow cook, cookies, reheat, air fry, proof, pizza, warm, roast, bake, broil, bagel, and toast (up to 9 slices at a time).BUY ON AMAZON!
3. Smart Range Ovens
LG 6.9 ft3 Wi-Fi Gas Range Smart Oven (LTG4715ST)
Double decker ovens are an ingenious improvement upon conventional range ovens. When you have busy lives and hungry mouths to feed, you can get so much more done with this LG Smart Oven, starting with a hearty Thanksgiving meal by cooking your turkey in one half of the oven, and your ham in the other. It has sleek smooth touch control for easy cleaning and operation. You can be able to sear, poach, steam and stir your foods with this oven. It has the fastest self cleaning features making it easy to maintain without using harsh or strong chemicals. It has 5 high performance sealed burners which offer flexible cooking power ranging from 5,000 BTU up to 18,500 BTU! Now that’s a lot of heat! The angled, sleek controls put visibility and power at your fingertips.BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
LG 7.3 ft3 Wi-Fi Electric Range Smart Oven (LTE4815ST)
Now if gas isn’t your preference, that’s OK. You can still have your cake and eat it too with the electric version of the LG Oven Smart Oven. Enjoy professional and even cooking in your home with this oven, and cleanup is a breeze with no grills wipe and no crevices for spills to hide. With this oven, you can also cook 2 dishes at 2 different temperatures at the same time. Not only can you adjust the power level of the heating elements, you can actually adjust the size of the heating area from 12 to 9 to 6 inches allowing you to use whatever size pot or pan that suits your needs. It has sleek smooth touch control for easy cleaning and operation. With the 3200W dual heating elements, your food will be cooked quickly (retains more nutrients) and evenly as well.BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
4. Smart Fridge
LG 23 ft3 French Door Smart Refrigerator with InstaView (LMXC23796S)
This counter depth LG Smart Fridge is packed with great features and technologies. Starting with it’s spacious 23 cu ft capacity which can be viewed from the sleek glass panel in LG’s InstaView™ Door-in-Door® design, to its ColdSaver™ Panel which reduces cold air loss, extending the freshness of food contents, to the SmartThinQ® App allowing you to control features of the fridge such as the ice maker, or receive notifcations if you accidentally left the door open. It also has a CustomChill™ drawer with temperature adjustments giving you adaptability if you needed more refrigeration space or freezer space. The LG Slim SpacePlus® ice system allows for maximum shelf space, while still providing adequately for your house parties. It can even self-diagnose with LG’s SmartDiagnosis™ system so you will not be left in the dark.BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
Samsung 21.9 ft3 French Door Smart Refrigerator with Family Hub (RF22NPEDBSR)
This smart fridge is equipped with Samsung Family Hub 3.0 (third iteration of Samsung’s revolutionary mammoth touch screen panel) which gives you the ability to leave digital sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard, view family calendars, and create shopping lists. Integration with Bixby allows you to use your voice to add items to your shopping lists. With 3 built-in cameras, you can see inside from anywhere using the smartphone app. You can even automatically assign expiration notifications and nutritional information to make sure everything is healthy and fresh. There is a ton more features that this ginormous touch screen can provide for your family, such as streaming music, mirror your Samsung TV or Samsung Phone, connect to your Ring video doorbell, and even receive automated updates to your fridge over Wi-Fi. As a fridge, it is no slouch either with Twin Cooling Plus technology for improved temperature and humidity controls.BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
5. Smart Dish Washer
Samsung Waterwall 24″ Wi-Fi Smart Dishwasher (DW80M9960UG)
Ok, a smart dish washer you say? What!? Actually if you think about it, it actually makes some sense. With our busy schedules and life being unpredictable at ties, you may want to be able to remotely monitor or control your dishwasher…or maybe just bragging rights to your high earning friends? In all seriousness, this unit is one effective appliance. It has a powerful streaming wall of water which can deliver the best cleaning results. Its door pops open automatically at the end of the cycle which allows air circulation, thus accelerates the drying time. With the custom setting, you can target various zones of your dishwasher. It’s energy star rated meaning you’ll be able to reduce your energy bills and at 38 dBA, it is also the quietest unit in its class. Personally, I think it also the most elegent looking unit, and will complement your smart home perfectly!BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
LG – 24″ Top Control Smart Wi-Fi Dishwasher (LDT7808ST)
Equipped with LG’s SmartThinQ® technology, this smart dish washer allows you to stay connected as with all the other LG appliances equipped with the same technology. This is one of the most energy efficient and quiet (48 dBA not as quiet as the Samgsung unit) dishwashers on the market. It has a huge loading capacity with an adjustable racking system to accommodate whatever your kitchen can throw at it. It has sleek, hidden controls with clear digital readouts making it easy to select the exact setting you require. It has intelligent sensing capabilities which can detect the amount of grime on your dishes and automatically select the best wash cycle for optimal cleaning. It even has a half-wash mode so you can choose to wash items only in the upper or lower rack. Sounds pretty smart to me!BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
6. Smart Washer/Dryer Pair
Best Choice Washer
LG Signature 5.8 ft3 Front-load Smart Wi-Fi Wahser (WM9500HKA)
One of the best washers money can buy! With it’s smart features, this unit takes out a lot of the typical annoyances when it comes to laundry time. For example, have you ever left laundry in the washer and simply forgot about it for hours, only to find your clothes smelling of mildew several hours later? Well with LG’s Smart ThinQ™ technology, you can monitor the status of your laundry cycles from your smartphone or TV screen without being in the laundry room. Connect the washer to your home Wi-Fi network, and use LG’s app to stay on track of your laundry once and for all. It even has Smart Diagnosis technology to help you figure out what the problem is should anything were to happen to your unit. Smart features aside, this washer is no slouch when it comes to performance. It has 14 wash cycles, and new cycles can be added using the app. It’s 5.8 cu. ft. capacity can handle anything your family can throw at it, from socks to sheets to comforters. Cycles include Turbo Wash, Permanent Press, Heavy-Duty and Delicates to suit a variety of clothing types. With a large front-loading door, and a NeveRust™ stainless steel drum, this LG signature washer will last the test of time (or until you are tempted by the next cool piece of technology).BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
Best Choice Dryer
LG Signature 9.0 ft3 Front-load Smart Wi-Fi Gas Dryer (DLGX9501K)
To perfectly match your smart washer we have LG’s Signature series gas dryer as well (there’s an electric one as well for those who prefer it). Also equipped with SmartThinQ technology, you can use the app to control key features from anywhere, or even use the voice-activated features of Google Assistant remotely. Safely dry all your garments and linens with 1 of 14 cycles including wrinkle care, delicate, SteamFresh, speed dry and many more. This smart dryer has 5 temperature settings along with aSteamSanitary cycle which allows you to sanitize hard to wash or unwashable items such as throw pillows or stuffed toys. One of the coolest features of this dryer is the reversible door. When washer-dryer pairs are placed side-by-side, or stacked above one another, you may want to be able to adjust which way the door opens for your convenience. Just like the washer unit, the dryer is also front-loading with a NeveRust stainless steel drum for lasting durability.BUY NOW AT BEST BUY!
7. Smart Blender
NutriBullet Balance, Bluetooth Enabled Smart Blender
Here are Smart Design Living, we encourage smart, balanced, and healthy lifestyles, and what better way than with a smart blender? If you are health conscious, you are aware of how painful tracking the details of your daily diet can be. The NutriBullet Balance is a smart blender that tries to ease some of that pain by providing certain convenience features to aid in your endeavor. This Wi-Fi enabled blender can be paired (via Bluetooth) with the Nutribullet balance app in your smart device, and using it’s build-in scale, you can automatically measure and log the nutritional value of any smoothie, juice, or whatever you feel like cookin’ up today. The Nutribullet Balance is powerful, feature-rich smart blender that makes a great addition to any smart kitchen!BUY NOW AT AMAZON!
Vitamix A3500 Smart Blender
Although this doesn’t really meet the criteria of “smart” based on our definition, this is still by any means a phenomenal kitchen appliance to have in your home. With 5 programmable settings (for Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning) you can simply load it up and walk-away and have consistent results each time. The A3500 pairs with the Vitamix Perfect Blend App to unlock it’s full potential with 17 programs and 500+ recipes (available for iOS and Android). The touchscreen controls give the machine a sleek look and is easily cleaned up as well. Variable speed control and pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe. The motor base is able to read the container size you’ve chosen and automatically adjust program settings and maximum blending times accordingly. Add a range of compatible container sizes, building a customized blending system designed to fit your needs. A built-in timer helps avoid over- or under-processing your recipes. Just set the timer for the length of your blend, and it will turn the machine off automatically.BUY NOW AT AMAZON!
8. Sous Vide Precision Cooker
aNova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
If you have not heard of sous-vide before, it’s simply a method of cooking food in sealed plastic bags in a water bath. I know that sounds a bit weird, but it offers ultimate temperature control for a perfect cook that only will make chemists jealous. The Anova sous-vide precision cooker has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities and of course, an Anova app for your smart device. All these smart features will ensure that your food will come out tender and moist every time without fail. In addition, the flavors and juices will not escape. This method of cooking produces cooking results which are impossible to replicate using conventional cooking methods. Smart indeed!BUY NOW AT AMAZON!
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
The ChefSteps sous-vide cooker is the smallest, sleekest sous vide tool available at just 11 inches tall and 1.1 lbs. Half the size of other sous vide machines, it’s small enough to slip into a top drawer. 1100 watts of power makes it no slouch when it c8omes to precision heating. Using the Visual Doneness (TM) feature in the Joule app displays exactly how food cooks so dinner comes out predictably perfect, every time. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities means this cooker will pair with Apple or Android smart device so you can control your cooking procedure remotely. A perfect alternative to the aNova Precision Cooker.BUY NOW AT AMAZON!