How would you like it if your refrigerator could tell you what to make for dinner based on the food inside it? Or if your oven could call the repairman for you when something was broken—and could tell him exactly what he needed to fix before he even arrived? It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but smart kitchens with intuitive appliances are the wave of the near future. But do you really need a smart kitchen? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might.
People used to scoff at the idea of a cell phone that also worked as a personal assistant and handheld computer, but now over half of all U.S. adults own smartphones. You won’t find many people getting rid of smartphones because owners have come to depend on the convenience these tools provide and the efficiency they bring. The same is true of items in a smart kitchen. A refrigerator that helps you create meals and create grocery lists is one that saves you time and money. Appliances that are intuitive take the guesswork out of your daily kitchen routine, helping you to be more productive and less forgetful. With all of the different technology on the market designed for pure entertainment, it makes sense that smart kitchens with practical applications are currently being designed.
Lower maintenance costs
Smart models of new appliances by LG have a feature called Smart Diagnosis that is designed to streamline the maintenance and repair process. These smart machines do not simply call a repairman—they give owners instructions on how to make repairs first, particularly if it is something easy like a clog or filter replacement. Consumers are given more options when it comes to the upkeep of their kitchen appliances with smart technology. They can opt to fix problems on their own or to reach out to professionals. Some will still feel most comfortable calling for help when kitchen appliances need some extra attention but the option for do-it-yourself repairs will be there. Either way, consumers know what is wrong upfront and this leads to more informed maintenance and repair decisions.
Ease of use
Despite the complexities of smartphones, just about anyone can figure out how to work one in a matter of minutes. The same is true of smart kitchen appliances. The newest models are equipped with touchscreens and some even connect to smartphones so kitchen tasks can be done remotely (how nice would it be to start preheating your oven on the way home from work with the touch of a button on your smartphone?). As more smart appliances hit the market, expect the technology to get even simpler to use—more so than the average refrigerators, microwaves, and ovens in traditional kitchens.
The technology for your own smart kitchen exists. In just a few years, smart kitchens may be as commonplace as smartphones. As you make upgrades to your kitchen, consider swapping out traditional appliances for intuitive ones that make your life easier.