The kitchen is the beating heart of any home, and it’s a prime location for regular updates and remodeling projects. Upgrading a kitchen is a great way to add value to your home, but it’s also an excellent way to improve the efficiency of the kitchen. If you want to enjoy cooking, eating, and socializing in your kitchen, here are six appliance trends that you may want to look out for.
- Steam Ovens
Many manufacturers are now making steam ovens, and this is a trend that will become more popular in the years to come. A steam oven cooks the food in a sealed steam environment to retain the flavors and reduce the cooking times. This is a very healthy way to cook because there is no need to add oils or fats required to make the food moist. A browning function can add a little color at the end for a roasted finish for your food.
- Refrigerators Get Upgraded
Every kitchen needs a good refrigerator, but in 2020 and the near future, we will see significant upgrades. Expect to see an exciting range of new finishes in metallic or matte finishes that you may want to show off. Hiding a refrigerator behind a cabinet front may become less popular. Another interesting development is flexible compartments that can be tailored to specific foods and ingredients. Smart features will develop even further, and new auto assist functions will allow users to streamline their kitchen.
- Wireless Bluetooth Synchronization
We have seen some amazing advances in wireless sync using Bluetooth devices. This trend is set to continue, and the next logical step is in your kitchen. There will be no need for extended preheating times or antiquated oven timers. An advanced range can sync to your other appliances such as the microwave for coordinated cooking times. Appliances may even perform other useful functions, such as turning on lights when the appliances are in use.
- Touch Screen Surfaces
We’ve seen an increasing number of touch screen surfaces replace a traditional knob and other controls. This is set to continue as we move forward with more finger touch and swiping controls on other appliances. One exciting development is a touch sensitive cooktop that uses electromagnetic heat, and the user can “draw” a cooking surface around the base of their pan. Then the heat can be adjusted by swiping the cooktop surface itself and all without risking a burn on your finger. GE is already working on this technology, and they have a prototype, so we may see this in production in the next few years.
- WiFi Connectivity
The smartphone has revolutionized the world of instant communication, and the rise of apps to control virtually anything has opened up an entire field of innovation. Manufacturers are now making appliances that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone. So, the user can adjust the temperature in their oven, the intensity of their kitchen lighting, and the timer on their microwave from a handy app.
- Multi-Cooker Evolution
One of the most popular kitchen appliances in the last few years is the versatile multi-cooker. Essentially, this is a pressure cooker with computerized controls that allows the user to make tasty and healthy meals in a fraction of the time. We will see similar WiFi connectivity allowing the user to control their multi-cooker remotely. So, you could load the ingredients into the multi-cooker before you leave, and they turn it on and control the temperature ready for your return home.
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