Housework Help: A new generation of home appliances aspires to make chores less boring
Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 February 2013 10:22
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Tuesday, 5 February 2013 10:22
Great article from The Wall Street Journal about gadgets that help with the housework, featuring BK Showplace Manufacturer Moen’s MotionSense faucet!
Ready to Roast
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and a linked Android app let owners remotely control the Dacor Discovery IQ convection, setting it to preheat or program it to follow a particular recipe, such as roasting a turkey at high heat before lowering the temperature. Running late? It automatically switches to warming mode after the lasagna’s 90-minute bake time. The oven will be available this summer.
Price: $4,499 for a 30-inch single wall oven; $7,499 for the double
Homeowners whose utility rates vary by time of day can program the LG Smart ThinQ washer/dryer set to automatically run at the cheapest time. Also, Wi-Fi connectivity and a linked iOS or Android app allow for remote start at any time.
Price: $1,599 each for the washer and electric dryer; $1,699 for the gas dryer
“Nudge” and “alert” features in the new Whirlpool 6th Sense Live appliance line keep track of the Wi-Fi-connected refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer set. They can send phone alerts when a water filter needs changing or detergent is running low. The same link also lets homeowners remotely start the dishwasher or set the dryer to tumble a forgotten load. Available in March.
Prices: To be announced
Don’t forget the NACHOS
A 10-inch LCD screen on the Samsung T9000, Wi-Fi-connected refrigerator uses the Evernote list-making app to manage its contents. Add foods to a virtual grocery list while in the kitchen, and check via smartphone at the supermarket to see if you’re out of Super Bowl fixings. Available in late spring.
It Does Windows
Once this Ecovacs Winbot window-washing robot suctions on, its sensors calculate the best path for the window size before starting to clean. Won’t do windows in temps below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Available in April.
Price: An estimated $299 and up
Sensors in the Moen MotionSense faucet respond to gestures: Place a hand or dish below, and the water flows only so long as it takes to fill the glass or wash a hand. Wave a hand above the faucet to start, and then stop, water flow. Technophobes, there’s also a handle.
Price: $399 and up, depending on style and finish