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The Smart Kitchen                                                     

From smart technology to smart design, there’s a lot to get excited about for the kitchen of the future.

The kitchen has always played an important role in our lives. We are constantly asking it to perform multiple functions. It’s no longer just a place to prepare and store food, but also an office, a homework station, and a place to entertain – it’s got a big job to do. Luckily, it’s getting help meeting these demands from high-tech gadgets and clever design solutions.

How we cook and what we eat affects kitchen design and kitchen technology and vice-versa.  Today’s kitchen needs to cater to the busy professional heating up left-overs, the weekend gourmet and the healthy eater. As much as there is a trend to eat locally-grown, fresh food, there is also a desire to eat global cuisine using authentic utensils and ingredients.  These trends create a unique set of requirements for food storage, handling and preparation.

No wonder, 2018 was declared the year of the pantry. Homeowners are now carving out space for the extra food and appliances needed to create their special meals.  If you are renovating your kitchen or buying a new home, consider adding a walk-in pantry. A dedicated space with open-shelves helps organize all the extra spices, snacks, cookbooks, and appliances. Think transparency and use wire baskets and clear containers, so you can see everything.   

Drawers to replace all the lower cabinets are also a popular choice when it comes to designing your new kitchen, but take it one step further by considering the different functions of your kitchen and divide them in zones.  A cool drawer for drinks by the dining table and a dish drawer for plates by the sink.

Kitchen design is also keeping in mind our use of technologies everyday. Build in a charging station for smartphones and tablets in a drawer under a banquette, so your kids and their friends can hang out and do their homework. Devices can charge up without taking up room on the counter—or leaving unsightly cables lying around.

Since the invention of the computer, there are very few kitchen appliances today that are not powered by computer programs and memory chips. What’s exciting is how todays’ smart technology such as Bluetooth and iPhones are revolutionizing the way we use kitchen appliances and how integrated technology is changing food preparation at home. Who would have imagined, a WiFi enabled range that you can control from your smartphone or a fridge with a built-in barcode reader that will keep track of what you’ve used up and create a grocery shopping list for you. Nowadays, there isn’t much your large appliances can’t do. But what is truly remarkable is all the small kitchen gadgets that can make you an expert in just about any food trend or technique.

Here are 7 new hi-tech kitchen gadgets you may want in your new kitchen.

GE’s version of Bluetooth, called ChefConnect™, allows its Profile Series range to speak to the microwave, synching up clock times and automatically turning on vents and lights when the cooktop is in use.

The Behmor Connected Coffee Brewer connects through an app on your phone.  Now, you can make coffee like a barista. You can control the temperature of the water, presoak time and even setting delayed brewed times in advance.

Belkin Crock Pot WeMo Slow Cooker connects with your smartphone. Turn it on, adjust the temperature, alter cooking time and turn it off from anywhere that has a WiFi connection.

Somabar is a personal bartender (controlled by an app) that mixes up your favourite cocktails in under 5 seconds.

For those of us addicted to the Food Network, Mellow will make you a sous-vide expert, you can even control it from outside the house!

The Hestan Cue, an 11 inch smart fry pan with a 1600-watt smart induction burner and a video-based recipe app—that all work in tandem with one another.

Finally there’s Tetra, a countertop, internet-connected dishwasher that requires no plumbing and is capable of washing two full place settings including plates, cups and bowls in about 10 minutes.  Tiny but powerful it might just save your marriage as recent studies show that dishwashing is the chore that puts most strain on a marriage.

Technology may be connecting us to our appliances and making us better cooks in the process (at least we can hope), but the real convenience is the time saved.  After all, the connection we all need in our busy lives is more time to spend with family and friends while sharing a great meal together.

Are you inspired by these new technologies any millennial might be jealous of or ready to connect your kitchen to this decade? Our kitchen designers and expert installers are excited to meet with you. Contact us today! Book an Appointment

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