These days, it seems that nearly anything you can think of comes in a “smart” version. It’s safe to assume that anything “smart” generally connects to Wifi or your home’s smart hub and that you can interact with it from another room or even away from home via an app on your smartphone. But is that all they do? When it comes to smart kitchen appliances, they do much more than just chat with Alexa. And as more brands bring out smart models, the price difference between “not smart” and the smart version is dwindling. Here’s what you need to know about what’s so smart about the three top smart kitchen appliances.
Smart Fridge Basics
The most popular kitchen appliance to go smart is the smart refrigerator. While the specific features vary by brand and model, here is a run-down of what you can do with a smart fridge:
The primary smart refrigerator models on the market are by Samsung and LG, however many other manufacturers have smart fridge offerings that will be coming to market in the next year to two years.
A smart cooking range combines a smart cooktop and a smart oven (or dual oven). Again, specific features vary based on brand and model but here is a good overview of some cool things you can do with a smart range:
Smart cooking ranges are a bit pricier than their not-smart cousins and start around $3,000. Smart range models are available from KitchenAid, Whirlpool, GE, LG and Samsung.
One of the more useful appliances to go smart in the kitchen is the dishwasher. Smart dishwashers feature a number of functional/mechanical enhancements that clean dishes better and more efficiently, as well as adding in smart technology. Here’s what smart dishwashers bring to the table:
A smart dishwasher costs about double what an average, basic non-smart dishwasher does. However, the updated mechanical and functional features of smart dishwashers combined with the technology features add a lot of value. Smart dishwasher models are available from Whirlpool, GE, Samsung and LG.
Are smart appliances the right choice for your kitchen remodel? It’s helpful to consider the smart features of each that you would use on a frequent or consistent basis. Also consider if the features of a particular smart appliance solve an issue that often frustrates you in the kitchen. If a smart appliance has features you would use regularly and makes life easier, it could be worth the investment.