What’s New in Smart Tech for Your Kitchen
With all the new smart tech products appearing on the market, it feels like we are getting closer to living like the Jetsons. Technology just keeps getting smarter. And setting up your smart home is as simple as putting a smart speaker, like the Amazon Echo Dot, in your living room.
Although the big shows, such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), were virtual this year, new products continued to be introduced.
We’ve put together a roundup of some of the most interesting and innovative smart tech products for your home.
Faucets: A Big Part of Smart Tech for the Kitchen
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have become aware of how easily hands spread germs and bacteria from surface to surface. This is especially true in the kitchen. As a result, touchless-faucet technology is becoming a standard feature.
Kohler. Kohler’s collection of smart faucets with voice-activated Kohler Konnect can be synced to the faucet. You can control the faucet using voice commands through Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomeKit.
Moen. The U by Moen Smart Faucet. Moen offers voice-activation and motion technology. The faucet can be controlled in four ways:
- With voice activation
- A hands-free wave sensor
- By using the handle
- Via a smartphone app
A new “wash hands” command will make sure you wash your hands long enough and at the proper temperature.
You can personalize presets. For example, if you need a certain amount of water at a certain temperature every day for your dog’s bowl, you can set that up in the Moen app. Then all you have to do is walk up to the faucet and say, “Alexa, fill the dog’s bowl.” The correct amount and temperature of water will come out.
Security: Smart Tech for the Home
Smart tech for the home is not a new trend. However, it is continuously being improved.
One area of smart home technology that has become more popular is smart security. This category includes smart video doorbells and smart locks. Over the past few years, smart locks have been improved in both technology and design.
Yale. The Yale company has been making locking devices since 1868. They have proved they know and understand locks.
Their 21st century offering includes Yale Assure Locks and Assure Levers that work with the Yale Access app. With this lock and app you can
- unlock or lock your front door
- share access
- see who’s at the door from anywhere
- control your lock with your voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
- automatically unlock as you approach the door, using Bluetooth. No need to take your phone out of your pocket.
- unlock the door by entering your entry code on the keypad if you don’t have your phone
Smart Tech in the Wellness Home
With more people staying home and working hard to stay healthy, it’s not surprising that wellness living has become a priority. And smart tech is at the forefront of the wellness trend.
A smart steam shower, such as the one from ThermaTouch, lets you give directions to your shower from any room in the home. You can create a personalized wellness routine by telling Alexa to turn on the shower, steam and lights.
Peloton wi-fi connected exercise bikes have figured prominently in the wellness home. Gyms are closed. Weather is unreliable. Peloton bikes with their on-line classes and personal trainers are always available. And FYI, lead times on Peloton bikes is out 8 to 12 weeks. Plan accordingly if you’re thinking about getting one.
Another huge piece of the smart tech-connected wellness trend is the many available health-centric smart phone apps and smart watches. These Bluetooth and wi-fi devices monitor steps, heart rate, calories, active hours, sleep hours and more.
The AeroGarden Bounty Elite Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden provides a way to bring some green, growing life into your kitchen since biophilia is a big part of the wellness home.
You control the features of this indoor, self-contained garden using Wifi and Alexa:
- 3-step water level indicators
- grow lights
- auto-light dimming
- vacation mode to keep plants alive while you’re away
- when to add water and liquid plant food reminders
More Smart Tech Products
High Speed Smart Toaster.
The toaster from Revolution boasts being the first-ever touchscreen toaster. It features smart cooking sensors that perfectly toast bread in more quickly than a standard toaster. Caveat: It is not inexpensive.
Tovala Steam Oven
The countertop Tovala Steam Oven is a smartphone programmable and controlled oven. It cooks foods in different modes: steam, bake, broil and reheat. You set the cook mode and time from your phone and Tovala oven’s automated cooking takes over. You can check on your food’s progress from anywhere and get notified when it’s done.
Instant Pot Smart WiFi
The Instant Pot Smart Wifi is a programmable multicooker that you can control from your mobile devices. It combines 8 kitchen appliances in one:
- pressure cooker
- slow cooker
- rice cooker
- yogurt maker
- cake maker
- saute pan
Using your voice, you can cook, schedule, adjust and monitor the progress of your meals.
Smart WiFi Air Fryer
The air fryer from Cosori has 11 cooking modes. You control it with an app that helps you cook more than 100 provided recipes and monitor its settings. It pairs with Alexa, so you can use it without ever touching one of its touch-screen, LED-lit buttons.
GE Smart Countertop Microwave Oven
The GE smart microwave connects to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa via its SmartHQ technology, so you can operate your microwave from any room in the house.
Smart 12-Cup Coffee Maker
No need to download any special apps to control this smart coffee maker from Hamilton Beach, part of the smart tech kitchen. Just tell Alexa or your Echo device to start brewing. Or you can use it like an old school coffee maker.
Cue Smart Induction Burner & Fry Pan from Hestan
The Cue smart burner and fry pan use embedded sensors in both to connect to the Cue’s app. The app controls the cooking process; it guides you step-by-step through their recipes. The promo information states that the recipe instructions and videos are “foolproof”. The frying pan only works with the induction burner; however, the burner has “manual” mode that works without the app and fry pan.
The June Oven
The June oven is seven appliances in one:
- convection oven
- air fryer
- slow cooker
- warming drawer
You control it from your phone. It comes with more than 400 guided recipes created by professional chefs. The deluxe model is $1000, and they’re sold out. However, you can get on their wait list.
We’ve seen smart ovens and microwaves before, but this is a new one. The GeniCan attaches to your trash can or recycle bin. It scans the barcode on items as you throw them out, then adds those items to your shopping list. You can use the voice control feature if scanning is too difficult.
Connected Double Oven Electric Convection Range from GE
You can talk to your oven now. The electric convection range from GE connects to wifi, so you can set it up to work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and several other apps to make baking easy. Gourmet Guided Cooking technology talks you through recipes step-by-step. There’s an in-oven live streaming camera, so you see what’s cooking. Plus, you can preheat your oven from anywhere, change the oven temp using your phone and adjust cooking timers from the living room.
G7000 Dishwasher With AutoDos With Powerdisk from Meile
The G 7000 dishwasher from Miele is able to do things ordinary dishwashers can’t do. Its innovative AutoDos system with PowerDisk technology always dispenses the correct amount of detergent for the most efficient cleaning. The Miele app on your smart phone uses“AutoStart” to start your dishwasher automatically a pre-determined time. All that wonderful smart tech doesn’t come cheap. The G 7000 costs $3 grand.
Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator With Family Hub
Samsung has a line of smart fridges equipped with Family Hub and Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. The Family Hub built into the refrigerator door functions as a family center memo board; all family members can access it from their phones. Plus, this fridge has a built-in camera that lets you check inside if you’re at the grocery store wondering if you have enough eggs. You can just look inside from your phone.
Speaking of Samsung’s cutting edge refrigerators, they have introduced a Bespoke 4-door Flex refrigerator that comes with customizable front panels in eight colors and two finishes. The new Bespoke models use Samsung’s 4-Door Flex design, which splits the appliance into four quadrants. At this time, you can’t upgrade the Bespoke model to include the Family Hub touchscreen door.
Shown here are the colors you can mix and match for your Bespoke Samsung fridge.
Not Smart Tech, but More Two-tone News
Although this isn’t related to smart tech, it is appliance news. The newly introduced two-tone finish scheme isn’t limited to faucets. Other manufacturers also showed off a mix of finishes. Monogram’s new professional range features a stainless steel finish with solid brass knobs and burners.
At virtual KBIS, Rohl showed their new Eclissi line of kitchen faucets. They make it possible to mix and match finishes for three separate components on these faucets: the spout, the inner knob and the outer ring portion of the knob.
Also in the two-tone finish category, Kohler’s new “Tone collection” offers two finishes that can be mixed-and-matched. Make your own combinations from their selection of Polished Chrome, Vibrant Stainless, Matte Black and Moderne Brushed Brass.
You don’t have to wait for the future filled with flying cars to include futuristic products and appliances in your new kitchen. You don’t have to look far to find the Wifi-connected smart tech product that will make your home smart phone-centric, voice-activated and hands-free.
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