Save time in the kitchen with the latest smart technology
By DAN DICLERICO
July 09. 2018 10:54PM
Some smart refrigerators feature LCD screens that make it possible to have groceries delivered to your doorstep without leaving the kitchen. (Dreamstime)
How much are a few extra minutes worth to you in the kitchen? If you’re racing to get out the door in the morning, maybe to catch the 7:27 train into the city or to get the kids to school, they’re probably worth a lot. Likewise, if the extra minutes are the difference between a perfectly cooked meal and one that’s sat in the oven too long.
Security and convenience are the most common benefits of smart home technology.
But time management is another major upside, especially in kitchens. No wonder designers are embracing the technology like never before. Indeed, smart home technology, including appliances that can be programmed remotely and voice-controlled faucets and light fixtures, was identified as a key emerging trend in the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s most recent Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report.
What’s more, real estate agents are starting to tout smart home technology in their sales listings, alongside popular features like hardwood flooring and outdoor entertainment spaces. So besides making your home more efficient while you live there, smart technology will increase its value when the time comes to sell.
Manufacturers have introduced several smart kitchen technologies innovations that emphasize time savings and convenience.
Take smart refrigerators. Several models feature built-in cameras that let you check the contents from the supermarket, saving you a trip when you discover you’re out of milk, eggs or some other must-have ingredient.
We’re also seeing fridges with embedded LCD screens that make it possible to have groceries delivered to your doorstep without leaving the kitchen; the screens also let you browse recipes, sync family calendars and more.
Smart cooking appliances are another potential time saver. Wi-Fi-controlled ranges, for example, allow you to preheat the oven remotely, so it will be ready to go when you get home with the frozen pizza, or whatever else is on the menu for dinner.
So-called scan-to-cook technology is another smart innovation found on new ranges and microwaves; simply scan the barcode on the packaged meal and the appliance takes it from there, setting the correct temperature and cooking time — and even pinging your phone when dinner is ready.