As technology advances, the kitchen is developing and adapting to become more and more efficient and intelligent. Wi-Fi connected smart appliances and devices mean that we’re able to spend much less time and effort in the kitchen as technology does all our dirty work for us. We are now able to control our kitchens from anywhere in the world… or just from our couches.

As kitchens become more and more unrecognisable, we decided to take a look at the latest technology to emerge and see where the future of the kitchen is headed…

Ovens and Hobs

Ovens are becoming more and more efficient, saving you time and energy and cooking your food faster and better. Additionally, increasing automation takes all of the guess-work and risk out of cooking as ovens and hobs are becoming able to calculate how long, and at what temperature, food should cook for.

Here’s what’s new:

Inductions Hobs

While not exactly new to the scene, induction hobs are becoming more and more widespread as people realise how good they really are. Made up of magnets designed to exclusively heat the pot or pan, the actual hob remains completely cool to the touch throughout the process.

Able to change the temperature as quickly as gas, they are extremely responsive, energy efficient, and much safer than electricity or gas hobs – perfect for when you have children in the house. As well as being more efficient, they are also sleek and modern, easy to clean and perfectly suited to a more minimalist kitchen.

One of our favourites is the AEG ComboHob, which has touch controls for ridiculously easy use. Plus, with an integrated hood, you’re able to place it anywhere you fancy with no restrictions.

Mastery Range -ComboHob JPG

Steam Ovens

These ovens contain boiling water that generates hot, pressurised steam able to cook anything you want – meat, vegetables, pasta, rice, bread and even cakes. The advantages are that your food cooks much faster than in a regular oven, while more of the nutrients and flavours are retained. Additionally, as it’s a dry heat you don’t need to use any cooking oil at all!

The only disadvantage is that you can’t brown or crisp food. However, this can be remedied by buying a steam combination oven that also includes a hot-air function, like Wolf ovens.

The June Intelligent Oven

With a built in camera, scale and thermometer, all you have to do is put your food into the June and she’s able to see what it is, working out the right time and temperature required to cook it to perfection. Set it to begin at any time, and when it’s finished it will turn off automatically, sending a notification to your phone. The June is the perfect machine for the less experienced chef who isn’t confident, or interested, in cooking, leaving no possibility for error or guesswork.

 

Refrigerators

Refrigerator technology has developed rapidly to keep food fresher for longer at the exactly ideal temperature and humidity. Some smart fridges are now even able to tell you when your food will expire and what groceries you’re running short on!

LG’s Signature InstaView Refrigerator is one of the most advanced to be released: with a sleek web interface on the door, you’re able to to order groceries online (it’s also Alexa enabled), play music, and leave notes for other people in the house, while the internal camera is able to show you pictures of the inside of your fridge so that the next time you’re at the shops, you’re able to check what you do and don’t have.

 

 

Dish Washers & Washing Machines

Smart washing machines are now able to work out the best programme for the specific load you’ve put in, as well as release the correct amount of detergent based on an assessment of the weight and dirtiness of your laundry.

Similarly, new dishwashers are able to automatically choose the optimal temperature, time and volume of water based on each load as well as be controlled by an app – perfect for those days when you’re already in bed before you realise you forgot to turn on the dishwasher.

New technology is also making dish washer design more ergonomic and easier to use. For example, the AEG ComfortLift has a lower basket that slides up to hip level for easy loading and no more bending over. It is also almost close to silent, while its increased speed and pressure makes it a big energy saver.

Mastery Range - ComfortLift JPG

 

Countertop Appliances and Gadgets

Smart countertop appliances and gadgets are coming out everyday with all sorts of new technology being tested out. Here are a few that have caught our eye recently:

Thermometer probes

If you’re not quite ready to splash out on a new oven, you can still get the best results from your cooking with a (much cheaper!) thermometer probe. These probes are simply placed in food during cooking; able to withstand super high temperatures, they constantly read the temperature of your food, sending signals to your phone alerting you to when it needs to be turned up/down or taken out.

The Drop Scale

This clever connected scale is perfect for new bakers. It effectively guides you through a recipe while measuring your ingredients with perfect precision, as well as automatically changing ingredient proportions if you need to double a recipe.

The Zera Food Recycler

This clever rubbish bin is designed to help reduce food waste in landfills by converting household food waste into fertiliser. It can handle up to a week’s worth of food waste (based on the average US food waste figures) and is a great appliance for the more environmentally conscious.

The Panasonic inductive heating counter top and dinner table

This counter is essentially one big stove top that only registers pots and pans, heating them up when you put them on the counter. Similarly, the table does the same when you put down plates. This technology definitely needs a lot of work and fine-tuning, but we like the direction its heading in!

 

With all of these changes, it looks like the kitchen will be entirely unrecognisable in the next few decades. If you’re thinking of a re-design and looking for some advice, book your free design consultation at Optiplan to see how we can help create your dream kitchen using the latest in technology.

 

Sources

https://www.houzz.co.uk/uk/ideabooks/79891474/list/these-ingenious-appliances-will-transform-your-kitchen

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-kitchen-tech,review-3236.html

http://uk.pcmag.com/idevices-kitchen-thermometer/88686/guide/the-best-smart-kitchen-appliances-of-2017

https://www.eater.com/2017/1/10/14225808/futuristic-kitchen-appliances-ces-2017

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/kitchen-remodel/12-hot-trends-in-kitchen-appliances-pictures

https://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/technology_and_appliances_for_the_smart_kitchen_in

https://gearpatrol.com/2017/01/06/ces-2017-kitchen-appliances-gadgets/

As technology advances, the kitchen is developing and adapting to become more and more efficient and intelligent. Wi-Fi connected smart appliances and devices mean that we’re able to spend much less time and effort in the kitchen as technology does all our dirty work for us. We are now able to control our kitchens from anywhere in the world… or just from our couches.

As kitchens become more and more unrecognisable, we decided to take a look at the latest technology to emerge and see where the future of the kitchen is headed…

Ovens and Hobs

Ovens are becoming more and more efficient, saving you time and energy and cooking your food faster and better. Additionally, increasing automation takes all of the guess-work and risk out of cooking as ovens and hobs are becoming able to calculate how long, and at what temperature, food should cook for.

Here’s what’s new:

Inductions Hobs

While not exactly new to the scene, induction hobs are becoming more and more widespread as people realise how good they really are. Made up of magnets designed to exclusively heat the pot or pan, the actual hob remains completely cool to the touch throughout the process.

Able to change the temperature as quickly as gas, they are extremely responsive, energy efficient, and much safer than electricity or gas hobs – perfect for when you have children in the house. As well as being more efficient, they are also sleek and modern, easy to clean and perfectly suited to a more minimalist kitchen.

One of our favourites is the AEG ComboHob, which has touch controls for ridiculously easy use. Plus, with an integrated hood, you’re able to place it anywhere you fancy with no restrictions.

Mastery Range -ComboHob JPG

Steam Ovens

These ovens contain boiling water that generates hot, pressurised steam able to cook anything you want – meat, vegetables, pasta, rice, bread and even cakes. The advantages are that your food cooks much faster than in a regular oven, while more of the nutrients and flavours are retained. Additionally, as it’s a dry heat you don’t need to use any cooking oil at all!

The only disadvantage is that you can’t brown or crisp food. However, this can be remedied by buying a steam combination oven that also includes a hot-air function, like Wolf ovens.

The June Intelligent Oven

With a built in camera, scale and thermometer, all you have to do is put your food into the June and she’s able to see what it is, working out the right time and temperature required to cook it to perfection. Set it to begin at any time, and when it’s finished it will turn off automatically, sending a notification to your phone. The June is the perfect machine for the less experienced chef who isn’t confident, or interested, in cooking, leaving no possibility for error or guesswork.

 

Refrigerators

Refrigerator technology has developed rapidly to keep food fresher for longer at the exactly ideal temperature and humidity. Some smart fridges are now even able to tell you when your food will expire and what groceries you’re running short on!

LG’s Signature InstaView Refrigerator is one of the most advanced to be released: with a sleek web interface on the door, you’re able to to order groceries online (it’s also Alexa enabled), play music, and leave notes for other people in the house, while the internal camera is able to show you pictures of the inside of your fridge so that the next time you’re at the shops, you’re able to check what you do and don’t have.

 

 

Dish Washers & Washing Machines

Smart washing machines are now able to work out the best programme for the specific load you’ve put in, as well as release the correct amount of detergent based on an assessment of the weight and dirtiness of your laundry.

Similarly, new dishwashers are able to automatically choose the optimal temperature, time and volume of water based on each load as well as be controlled by an app – perfect for those days when you’re already in bed before you realise you forgot to turn on the dishwasher.

New technology is also making dish washer design more ergonomic and easier to use. For example, the AEG ComfortLift has a lower basket that slides up to hip level for easy loading and no more bending over. It is also almost close to silent, while its increased speed and pressure makes it a big energy saver.

Mastery Range - ComfortLift JPG

 

Countertop Appliances and Gadgets

Smart countertop appliances and gadgets are coming out everyday with all sorts of new technology being tested out. Here are a few that have caught our eye recently:

Thermometer probes

If you’re not quite ready to splash out on a new oven, you can still get the best results from your cooking with a (much cheaper!) thermometer probe. These probes are simply placed in food during cooking; able to withstand super high temperatures, they constantly read the temperature of your food, sending signals to your phone alerting you to when it needs to be turned up/down or taken out.

The Drop Scale

This clever connected scale is perfect for new bakers. It effectively guides you through a recipe while measuring your ingredients with perfect precision, as well as automatically changing ingredient proportions if you need to double a recipe.

The Zera Food Recycler

This clever rubbish bin is designed to help reduce food waste in landfills by converting household food waste into fertiliser. It can handle up to a week’s worth of food waste (based on the average US food waste figures) and is a great appliance for the more environmentally conscious.

The Panasonic inductive heating counter top and dinner table

This counter is essentially one big stove top that only registers pots and pans, heating them up when you put them on the counter. Similarly, the table does the same when you put down plates. This technology definitely needs a lot of work and fine-tuning, but we like the direction its heading in!

 

With all of these changes, it looks like the kitchen will be entirely unrecognisable in the next few decades. If you’re thinking of a re-design and looking for some advice, book your free design consultation at Optiplan to see how we can help create your dream kitchen using the latest in technology.

 

Sources

https://www.houzz.co.uk/uk/ideabooks/79891474/list/these-ingenious-appliances-will-transform-your-kitchen

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-kitchen-tech,review-3236.html

http://uk.pcmag.com/idevices-kitchen-thermometer/88686/guide/the-best-smart-kitchen-appliances-of-2017

https://www.eater.com/2017/1/10/14225808/futuristic-kitchen-appliances-ces-2017

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/kitchen-remodel/12-hot-trends-in-kitchen-appliances-pictures

https://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/technology_and_appliances_for_the_smart_kitchen_in

https://gearpatrol.com/2017/01/06/ces-2017-kitchen-appliances-gadgets/