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5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Smart Kitchen Appliance

Are you considering upgrading to some smart kitchen appliances, but you’re not sure where to start? It may seem overwhelming with so many options on the market that include features and functionality that you may or may not need or use.  

The last thing you want to do is to invest in a smart appliance and not know how to properly use it, or choose one with features you rarely use. In this article we’ll review  the 5 things to know before you buy a smart kitchen appliance. Also, how Wi-Fi compatibility has improved the capabilities of today’s household appliances. 

Ensure Compatibility with Your Wi-Fi 

Before you buy a smart appliance, it is important to ensure that it will connect and work properly with your Wi-Fi network and other devices you have in your home. It seems obvious, but for your Wi-Fi devices to work properly you need to have a strong connection.  

If the Wi-Fi connection throughout your home is strong, then using smart appliances can help improve the overall functionality of your home. It also allows you to add customization to appliances that did not have that option in the past. Today your appliances and other Internet-based devices can connect with AI (artificial intelligent) devices like Alexa and Google Home. This provides the added convenience of using your voice or an app on your phone to control any smart appliance remotely.  

Here are some of the major appliance brands that currently offer Wi-Fi capability: 

Samsung, LG, Bosch, Whirlpool, Hobart, and GE are major brands that offer built-in Wi-Fi. However, not all machines made by these brands include Wi-Fi, so check before choosing a model. 

Confirm Security  

As we become more reliant on wireless access and control of our household devices it is important to consider the security risk associated with it. Although having a smart appliance can make things easier, it is important to consider that there is a downside when it comes to home security.  

The remote access that allows you to operate your smart appliances from just about anywhere also creates an entry point to your home network for hackers. Although it is cause for concern, don’t panic. It certainly not a reason to steer clear of smart appliances. There are several ways to secure your home network and protect your smart home from hackers

Self-Diagnosis Capability 

One of the many benefits of smart appliances today is their ability to self-diagnosis a problem. When your appliance is hooked up to your Wi-Fi network, it can transmit internal processing information to the app or hub that it is connected to. This feature allows you to see what the diagnosis is and decide if you can fix the problem on your own, or if you need professional service to repair your appliance. If the issue is more advanced than you can handle, at least you have good information to relay to your service technician, which should help expedite any repairs. 

Will it Be Energy Efficient?  

Another question you may have about smart appliances is, are they all energy efficient? Yes. Energy efficiency is a key benefit that almost every smart appliance today offers. And if you’re wondering if energy efficient appliances are worth it. The answer again is, yes! Appliances that have the Energy Star label can save you up to $100 per appliance each year. Over time these savings can really add up. Most appliances provide any energy cost breakdown so you can do some comparison shopping and see approximately how much you’ll save each month on your energy bill. In addition, energy efficient appliances help conserve natural resources, which helps our environment.   

Smart Appliance Features  

Here are some of the popular features you can expect to have when you purchase a smart appliance:  

  • Wi-Fi connectivity that integrates into your connected smart home. 

  • Start appliances from your smartphone, monitor performance, and check status. 

  • Compatible with voice control systems such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, allowing you to start the appliance, enable various features, and lock or unlock the appliance with just your voice. 

  • Receive alerts on your smartphone when service is needed, when a cycle finishes, or if the sensors detect a malfunction or problem. 

  • Sensors automatically relay information to the device to help the appliance operate more efficiently. 

  • Monitor energy use in your area and program itself to automatically activate when local energy consumption is low, running the appliance during off-peak hours to save you money. 

Upgrading Your Appliances 

Now that you have some insight into smart appliances, you can start exploring upgrades for some of the appliances in your home, such as your dishwasher, oven and/or microwave. Or maybe even a smart washer and/or dryer.  

The features offered by smart appliances certainly add a level of convenience and accessibility that never existed before. And these features can also help you manage daily household chores more efficiently and economically, which can save you time and money. If you would like to learn more about smart appliance features or have questions about service and/or installation, contact your local Mr. Appliance. We have experience with all types of appliances. We can help you choose new ones, install them, and set you up with a maintenance plan that keeps them running efficiently all year long. Give us a call today at 888.998.2011 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.