Consumers today are cooking at home more often than ever, but they still have limited time and sometimes a frustrating lack of knowledge when it comes to the kitchen. Earlier this year at CES, manufacturers showed up with a wide range of upgraded products — everything from small countertop appliances to premium bespoke refrigerators and ranges — that make dinnertime easier, more enjoyable, and most importantly, smart. Here’s a snapshot of the five connected smart kitchen appliances to watch for in 2022.
LG InstaView Double Oven, Slide-In Range
This new premium kitchen appliance offers seamless integration with the LG ThinQ Recipe feature, which provides more than 18,000 interactive smart recipes and 10,000 shoppable recipes for the ultimate home cooking experience. With its smart functionality, EasyClean surfaces, and modern design, LG’s new kitchen duo offers a complete cooking solution. The highlight of the range is LG’s InstaView technology, which lets home cooks see inside the oven by simply knocking twice on the glass door, illuminating the interior without opening the door and letting hot air escape.
Samsung Bespoke Refrigerator
Available in a choice of 3-door, 4-door and Family Hub models, the new Bespoke French Door refrigerator expands Samsung’s Bespoke lineup of customizable designs. In glass, new colors include White, Gray, Pink, Charcoal, Morning Blue, Clementine, and Sunrise Yellow. In a steel finish, new colors include Tuscan, Matte Black, Navy, Emerald Green, and Stainless Steel. When it comes to technology, the Beverage Center and Dual Auto Ice Maker give users quick access to cold drinks, while the FlexZone keeps ingredients at the optimal temperature. Meanwhile, the Family Hub smart hub brings entertainment to the kitchen and helps families stay organized and connected. In addition, this year, the Family Hub will support Samsung TV Plus, for free TV content and continuous viewing experiences.
Panasonic Smart Inverter Countertop Microwave Oven
The Panasonic Smart Inverter Countertop Microwave Oven, Works with Alexa (NN-SV79MS), can be controlled with Alexa using any Alexa-enabled device or the Alexa app. Once the NN-SV79MS is connected to the Alexa app or any Alexa-enabled device, like Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa can understand more than 100 commands to operate the microwave. When it comes to the appliance’s power, the NN-SV79MS utilizes 1,200-Watt inverter microwave technology. Users can choose from 10 power levels to set the desired power and cook time to evenly and efficiently defrost, reheat, cook and keep food warm.
Gaggenau 400 Series Vario Downdraft Ventilation System
The Vario Downdraft Ventilation 400 series is a quiet but powerful appliance that works to protect the kitchen and surrounding living space from offending odors and vapors. The intelligent, sensitive, and hyper-reactive air-quality sensor detects and reacts to odors — and extracts them from the room using the lowest power level necessary. The automatic function effortlessly removes the distraction of having to monitor the air quality while operating as silently as possible. The Vario downdraft ventilation 400 series is equipped with Home Connect, which gives the cook more freedom in monitoring their appliance remotely.
GE Profile 24-in. Stainless Steel Built-in Dishwasher
This new, sleek dishwasher has today’s consumer in mind with features like Microban Antimicrobial Technology, to prevent bacteria growth on touchpoints, and the UltraFresh System, which uses smart dishwasher algorithms to introduce clean air and reduce moisture. Built-in Wi-Fi powered by GE’s Smart HQ allows the user to control the unit remotely, monitor cycles, and even automatically order more detergent. Finally, the Steam + Sani feature saves time with a steam and sanitize option that loosens tough soils before the wash cycle begins, and it reduces 99.999 percent of bacteria on dishes.