Smart technology in the kitchen is all the rage at the moment. To help you make the best choices for your new kitchen, we’ve shortlisted the best smart cooking ranges, refrigerators, and accessories for your Chicago kitchen.
And, we answer the most common questions that our clients ask us about smart tech: how useful are the products and who would benefit from them?
LG’s smart refrigerators come equipped with LGThinQ, LG’s AI platform, that has Alexa (Amazon’s cloud-based voice service) built in. This is the ideal choice for anyone who needs help in the kitchen. Can’t read a recipe and cook at the same time? Ask Alexa to read it out for you. Do your kids want pizza for dinner but you don’t know if you have all the ingredients? Ask your fridge. It will tell you what you need and even order it for you.
Complement the fridge with LG’s Electronics Smart Double Oven. If you’re working from home and cooking, you don’t have to leave your desk to check on the food. Tap on the stove icon to access LG’s Smart Double Oven dashboard — temperature and current settings are displayed there, and you can control what’s cooking from your desk.
LG’s Electronics Smart Double Oven, Image Source: LG
BOSCH SMALL SPACE APPLIANCES WITH HOME CONNECT
This is great for anyone living in a small city residence with limited kitchen space. Bosch’s collection of connected small space appliances are controlled with Bosch Home Connect — an intelligent platform that allows you to manage all Bosch home appliances remotely. So if you leave home in a hurry to get to that Monday-morning meeting and forget to turn on the dishwasher or left the stove on, you can use the app to do the dishes and turn off the stove.
Bosch Small Space Appliances with Home Connect, Image Source: Bosch
Bosch Home Connect, Image Source: Bosch
SAMSUNG FAMILY HUB REFRIGERATOR
This fridge is loaded with smart technology including a 21.5-inch touchscreen, inventory-watching cameras, and a litany of built-in apps, one of which lets you see who’s at the front door. The View Inside app takes pictures of the fridge’s interior and enables you to track expiration dates with drag-and-drop countdown timers. There is an app for recipes and instructional cooking videos, another for your personal home recipes, and of course, you’ll need music in the kitchen, so you can use the Pandora app for streaming music. It organizes grocery lists, orders groceries, and there’s an app so you can change the fridge’s temperature and settings remotely.
Image Source: Samsung
Image Source: Samsung
MEATER SMART THERMOMETER
Do you love your steak medium rare but always end up over-cooking it? The Meater is for you. All you need to do is prep the meat and once it’s ready to cook, insert the Meater probe into the meat. Then use the app to select the meat type, the cut, and how you want it cooked. The app will tell you what temperature it needs to be cooked at, for how long, and alerts you throughout the process. You can even ask Alexa for updates.
Image Source: Meater
Image Source: Meater
Are you always in a hurry to finish your food? Don’t be. Eating fast causes bad digestion and isn’t conducive to weight loss. But, habits are hard to break, which is why you need HAPIfork. It helps you monitor and track your eating habits. If the fork feels you’re eating too fast, it uses indicator lights and will vibrate gently to let you know that you need to slow down. It also keeps track of how long you took to finish your meal, the number of fork servings taken per minute, and the intervals between fork servings. This information is then relayed to an app so you can track progress.
Image Source: HAPIfork
The app comes loaded with recipes and its aim is to make cooking those recipes as hassle-free for you as possible. You even have the option to add your own recipes. What makes this app special is that it can adjust recipes based on your needs, which appliances you have in your kitchen (it can connect to your smart kitchen ranges), and the available ingredients. You can even resize recipes (in case two people want to eat a recipe that serves four) with just a tap.
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Now you have a better understanding of how smart technology can be applied to your Chicago kitchen. If you want a smart cooking range or smart fridge for your next kitchen remodel, our designers will be happy to help you choose the right smart technology for your kitchen.
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