There are several hot new trends going on in the appliance industry. As far as appliance styling goes, by far the biggest trend as of late is black stainless steel appliances. When it comes to comes to functionality, the hottest buzzword is smart appliances. Smart appliances or connected appliances are being offered by several manufacturers and several other brands have them in the works for late 2017 and into 2018. Samsung, LG, GE and Whirlpool are among the brands that currently have products on the market or are in the process of rolling out products in the smart appliance category.
So what are smart appliances anyway? Broadly defined, smart appliances are appliances that can be controlled through a smart phone, or your favorite virtual home assistant like Alexa or Google Home. These appliances come in every category from cooking appliances like ranges to refrigerators to washers and dryers. Their purpose is to help consumers by adding convenience and control in the context of today's fast paced and connected lifestyle.
Are smart appliances hard to use?
You may be asking yourself if you have to be a technology enthusiast or gadget geek to use these connected appliances. The answer is not at all. Think of it this way, 10 years ago, would it have sounded hard to you to connect your mobile phone to your car and have surround sound audio in your car play your telephone conversations through Bluetooth? It may have sounded daunting. However, 10 years later, the vast majority of us have this technology and use it daily without even thinking about it. Smart appliances work much the same way. In general, you just sync your mobile device or smart home assistant to the appliance directly or possibly through use of an app, learn the appliances connected capabilities and you are ready to go. It's easy. I've personally set up and tested a GE refrigerator with an Amazon Echo and I assure you it is simple!
Who needs smart appliances anyway?
You may also be asking, what are the uses of smart appliances and will I really use them? I'd answer this question in the same way. 10 years ago, did you think you'd be using your smart phone to check the weather or get driving directions to your kids soccer tournament or using and app like Pandora? Probably not, but now it is second nature. Smart appliances will quickly and seamlessly work their way into our lives in the same way. Just a few hypothetical examples will demonstrate this. As far as a connected refrigerator example goes, imagine you are at the grocery store and can't remember if you need milk. You quickly consult your refrigerators interior camera through an app to see if you have milk at home. For connected laundry products, imagine you forgot to take your shirt out of the dryer and need to wear it to dinner in an hour but your are out in the garage. Just instruct your dryer through your phone to tumble your shirt on low until you can grab it and put it on. Another example would be a connected oven. Imagine you are running much later than expected coming from work and want to pre heat your oven so you can throw the casserole you have ready in right when you arrive to keep your evening on schedule Just instruct your range to preheat to 400 degrees and your evening is back on track. As you can see, the possibilities are endless.
Which brands offer smart appliances?
Samsung - Luckily, you have several brands to choose from if you are searching for new connected appliances for your home. Korean manufacturer Samsung, was one of the first to offer smart appliances and they have a wide array of products available. Click here to view the full line of Samsung appliances including their connected models.
LG - Another Korean manufacturer, LG, is also a leader in this space. They too were one of the first to enter the connected appliance market and are also currently offering a full suite of products. Click here to view the full line of LG appliances including their connected products.
GE - A newer entrant in the market is GE. GE, a well recognized name in appliance manufacturing for decided, now owned by Haier, a Chinese company, has rolled out connected appliances in their Profile line. Click here to view the full line of GE appliances including their connected products.
Whirlpool - Last but certainly not least is Whirlpool. Whirlpool is a juggernaut in the industry. They have four brands - KitchenAid, Maytag, Whirlpool and Amana. Whirlpool has chose to roll out connected appliances in their flagship Whirlpool line. Click here to view the full line of Whirlpool appliances including their connected models.
If you are in the market for new appliances, be sure to take a look at smart appliances while shopping.They are really a game changing trend in the appliance industry. Even if you are not ready to buy yet, you might want to see them in person and experience all the cool features they have to offer.
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